15 Trends of 2016: Through ELLE DECOR’s crystal ball
DEC 29, 2015 | By ELLE DECOR Team
For the first time ever, India’s top design pioneers offer their predictions for the year, hoping to help you make an informed decor decision. In this 15th anniversary special feature, they unveil how a new wave of fabrics, surfaces, colours, furniture and more will converge to weave stylish scenarios that will shape your modern home…1. Natural MonochromeBy Chanya Kaur, The Pure ConceptStay in line with the barcode shade scheme and experiment with textures instead. For your sofas and accessories, play with black and white printed fabrics that emulate the African wild and sport raw grain.2. Graphic Floors & Rose Gold MixersBy Abhinav Khandelwal, FCMLWarm up to fittings that channel quiet luxury. While chevron and hexagon printed surfaces bestow a timeless essence to a modern setting, faucets in a radiant blush tone ensure polish to your privy’s calm aura.3. French RevolutionBy Samvit Tara, Roche Bobois India
Revive the Rococo age by giving it a 21st century makeover. While handcrafted baroque details remain, the upholstery evolves…couture materials like velvet, solid colours and intriguing, recurrent patterns take over.4. Modern HeritageBy Amit Syngle, Asian Paints Drape your walls in handmade art tinged with flavours du jour. Intricate patterns that honour authentic craftsmanship narrate stories of India’s vibrant architecture and vintage textiles, forming an intriguing backdrop for your style of interiors.5. Dark Decadence By Mayank & Anuja Gupta, Apartment 9Go rogue with sultry, rich tones of black. Goth inspired furniture, embossed and velvet fabrics and medieval era accents in silver and dull gold, mould a Victorian meets avant garde space.6. Galactic Carpets By Ayush Choudhary, Cocoon Fine Rugs
Gravitate a little more towards space exploration. Telescopic images of nebulae and galaxies transferred onto art worthy floor rugs, coax you to be curious and consider life beyond Earth.7. Engineered StoneBy Jurgen Wolf, Hafele India
Be grounded by uniformly textured and shaded variants, originating from a raw, unpolished source. Quartz is not only adaptable to suit your personalised finish, but it can also withstand scratches, heat and moisture to last you a long time.8. Informal WorkspacesBy Navroze Godrej, Godrej & Boyce India
Break down the walls of your cubicle. Offices become more casual and transparent, persuading better creativity and productivity. Open, collaborative spaces encourage people from different fields to ideate together and inspire each other.9. Citrus CoolBy Simone & Ajay Arora, D’DecorSavour flavours of this tangy spring palette for a breath of fresh air. Lime green and lemon yellow mingle with soft blossom prints and neutrals like cream and beige on nature inspired fabrics, echoing a tranquil scenario that mimics the green outdoors. 10. Non WoodBy Abhishek Saraf, Square Foot
See timber adopt a new colour wheel, beyond light and dark browns. Arctic white, soot black and ash grey impart surprising textures on the versatile material, creating balmier moods.11. Wallpaper Co-ordinatesBy Raseel Gujral Ansal, Casa Paradox & Casa PopWelcome back match-and-match. Motifs and elements of a heavily graphic partition multiply onto upholstery and side panels, for a perfectly balanced scene.
12. Gilver By Akanksha Himatsingka, Atmosphere Furnishings
Put a little love and glitter in your textiles. Bed linen and upholstery sparkle in combinations of gold and silver, balanced by sobre greys, acrylic yarn weaves and mesmeric fractals.13: Indo-Modern CraftBy Anjali Goel, La SorogeekaLet India’s present and past meet in the middle and conspire something new. Premium stone, metals and flawless finishes, along with traditional precise details like exotic inlays, merge in furniture for the contemporary home, reflecting the richness of yesteryears and clean design principles of now.14: Retro Upgrade By Iqrup DhamIja, Iqrup + Ritz
Rediscover symbolic icons of the ’60s and ’70s. Staples like bar cabinets and sideboards along with furniture exuding curved silhouettes, geometric shapes and colours like lime and grey, follow a new groove with 21st century alterations.15. Print on Pattern By ELLE DECOR India
Write a whole new definition of “pretty kitsch”. Baroque patterns contrast with geometrics; natural textures merge with synthetic fabrics; neon and primary shades mesh together, creating a surprisingly coherent design vocabulary.