Furniture like fashion gives shape to constantly shifting trends which mirror changes in lifestyle and taste. As we look forward to discovering what will be now at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile show in Milan this April, we take an advance glance at home trends for 2016.
NATURE and SUSTAINABILITY
Natural style is confirming itself to be the trend for homes in 2016 as well, and we’ll be witnessing a comeback by natural wooden furniture with visible grain in every part of the house, from the living room to the dining room, from the children’s room to the study. On solid wood, the trend is to avoid aged or bleached effects typical of rough or rustic style. Processing, including processing by hand, focuses on increasingly contemporary finishes and polished textures reflecting non invasive treatment of the wood.
The dominant hues for walls, decorations and extras are warm, cosy and always draw their inspiration from nature. Light and delicate nuances are interrupted by touches of highly visible colour, like mustard yellow, sienna red, deep lichen green which, in small quantities, bring out the delicate atmosphere of the environment adding an exotic touch.
For example, in the living room, furniture and sofas will taken on autumn colours, playing with the soft contrasts of brown against leather and mustard to create an atmosphere with the warm spirit of sunset and the intensity of coffee.
MIX OF MATERIALS
This eclectic approach also plays on a combination of many structural and building materials which create sensory contrasts in order to make the whole room dynamic and youthful: modern lines blend with traditional architectural elements, natural wood with opaque “mat effect” varnish, “cold” steel accessories with “warm” leather or fabric cladding, vintage items with geometrical shapes.
In 2016, homes, like lifestyles, will open up to a slow and eco-friendly approach, which prizes raw materials, embraces innovation as a service to functionality and recovers living areas as the expression of subjective individualities.
You too can make your house a more welcoming place in a just a few steps, taking advantage of the furniture and decoration bonus which has been extended in Italy to last throughout 2016: this facilitation grants a tax deduction on the purchase price for buying furniture, decorations and now white goods as well, and one can save a lot on taxes.
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