So the year is coming to an end already and boy has 2016 gone by fast! It’s nearly that time of the year again to start thinking of the things we did not accomplish in 2016…so as to carry them on in 2017 and the cycle continues. I’m tempted to call us lazy creatures, but I won’t.

So today we’re going to do a recap of some of the trending interior design statements that were there in 2016.As predicted in the beginning of the year, it was a more visual year proudly embracing Art Deco which was a 1920’s – 1940’s design movement. A style of visual arts, architecture and design that began in Europe particularly Paris characterized by strong bold colours, geometric patterns, natural textures and soft shapes.

There was an emphasis on quality and detail, a style that I feel will not be threatened by change because as it turned out, it was adaptable to most spaces …nobody complained.

These are some of the things I noticed in 2016 space designs:


Black and white has never run out of style but it seems to me that this year, people took a leap of design faith and appreciated something far from the norm; colour became something personal, there was more appreciation of richer, darker, bolder and warmer shades… something magical and care free about it.

  1. Matte finishes and chalk finish paints.

They diffuse light instead of reflecting it, in other words, they are non-glossy paints. I think I was the number one fan of this category of paint finishes. So simple, so subtle and yet demanding that you look at them…stare… and even better…get tempted to touch! With an array of finishes creating countless combinations of colours to your amusement, they basically represented the more permanent look of wallpapers and boy did they do it well!


Photo courtesy  of savoo

  1. Faux fur.

To add a hint of luxury, this irresistibly satisfying texture was seen in duvets, area rugs, throw blankets and pillows especially in coffee browns and neutrals. Have you ever seen something so beautiful it makes you want to blush? I rarely blush, but when I do…it has to be a faux fur. It was a statement on its own and I’m afraid I have nothing more to say about it.


  1. Florals

This particular cluster made a major comeback this year from curtain fabrics to furniture upholstery, remember how we associate florals to grannies house? It sounds like a crime saying that about it anymore. From time honoured bouquets to bold leaf patterns, this Victorian style was back with a bang in 2016 and I predict it’s going to run the streets come 2017! Watch.


  1. Custom tailored furniture.

Mid-century modern furniture style made spaces more personal through making stand-alone statements. The common L shaped seats were forgotten for a minute there as we saw a reign of raw timbers and strong fabrics of antique pieces being introduced especially to individual homes that yearned for a mid complex, old age look. Nothing beats a properly sculptured antique piece!


  1. A minimalist approach in Kitchen designs.

Kitchens had neutral and more polished looks with some being a little adventurous by having mismatched cabinets that looked simply amazing!

 mismatched-cabinet-colors-in-a-trend-home-kitchenPhoto courtesy of Clark Wilson Builder

  1. Timeless piece collections.

Remember when I was talking about design treasures? Getting collections from countries you’ve visited or cool places you’ve been to? This year there was a boom in the collection of one of a kind art pieces from sculptural items to unique ceramics for use and decorating purposes.


  1. Polished rooms

There was less clutter and more visible floor space. Sleek and minimal decorations were the order of the day in some spaces which was quite appealing to me .Did you also notice that some of the best restaurants in Kenya used this approach? No wonder the calm and collect when you were eating out.

  1. Pattern and Texture

It was the year to experiment with pattern that showed a willingness to make bolder statements with pattern and texture moving away from the simple colour and single print combination.


  1. Decorative tiles

The market has been flooded with beautiful tiles this year! The common white tiles, uninspired, characterless, moody, not to mention how they make you feel emotionally empty when you look at them were pretty much thrown down the drain giving way to uber gorgeous and colourful tiles. I am not saying you go back home sulking about your white tiles…no. You can always accessorize to make them look less boring plus I appreciate minimalism of course. All I’m saying is that if you’re building or renovating then the tile world is yours for the taking with too much to choose from numerous design collections!


photo courtesy of palm brothers 

Guys, those were 10 of the most noticeable and interesting trends I saw this year, I hope they were insightful and a good read too!

Can’t wait to see what interior design trends 2017 will be loving!!Happy New Year already!

*peace and laughter*




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