By: Rick Hess/Mae Case
Interior design trends are reflections of the lifestyle changes we embrace in society. As our mindsets and attitudes shift about certain behaviors and ideals, it’s often reflected in the built environment surrounding us. Design Institute of San Diego predicts that 2016 will be a year in which interior design focuses inward: a step back from using technology as a room’s focal point and opting for knowledge and enrichment to take the center stage instead, open spaces that can be customized easily to fit the demands of a family’s day-to-day needs, customization to suit the owner’s personality, and a continued acceptance of building spaces with a strong connection with nature and that promote health and well-being.
The Year of Slow Tech
Doesn’t it seem that technology has taken over the world? Well, not just yet. Buildings may be incorporating some of the latest technology on the market, but we at Design Institute of San Diego are starting to see interiors that move the focus away from the digital screen and back on books. Don’t be surprised if more homes in 2016 incorporate full libraries as well as making books and bookcases a focal point within the design.
Cost Efficient Spaces
Homes around the world are no longer divided into multiple rooms separated by walls. Clients on a budget, such as the clients of the MJE Home, want to make the most of their space. “They wanted to have an apartment that could adapt to host a different number of people depending on the time of the year, but they didn’t want to have their space divided into a lot of small rooms,” according to design studio PKMN. In response, the designers equipped the home with a central rotating wall that allows for multiple functions within one space, including living, dining and sleeping. This cost-efficient trend is something to keep an eye on throughout 2016.
With such a huge array of furniture and materials to choose from in today’s design market, it is getting easier for clients to customize their spaces. Interior designers are continuing to incorporate natural materials, stylish finishes and integrated storage into their designs. This Paris apartment for a fashion designer shows us how spaces can be aesthetically pleasing while also incredibly efficient, and completely customized.
Health and Well-Being
Interior designers are increasingly responsible for designing environments that actively promote health and well-being. This has been a trend and will continue in the new year. One example, the Ballarat Community Health Primary Care Centre, “creates a new approach to delivering quality and affordable healthcare … inspired by the benefits of contact with nature and community,” according to architectural firm DesignInc. An atrium runs through the building provides the space with natural light and ventilation. Particularly as it ties into sustainable strategies, designing healthier buildings will surely be a trend to stay.
A Connection with Nature
Who doesn’t enjoy an interior that has a direct connection to nature? We noticed in 2015 that there was an increase in the use of natural materials, especially within kitchens. With an increased focus on sustainability and designing spaces that promote health and well-being, we at Design Institute predict that warm woods, reclaimed materials, and bringing the outdoors in through daylighting techniques will continue trending in 2016.
As a whole, society continues to embrace sustainability and it has shown in our built environment for the past several years. We are seeing a desire for simplicity and efficiency in our homes and commercial spaces. We’re excited to see these trends pop up throughout the year and follow where they lead us going forward.
“Design Forecast.” (2016). Metropolis, 108-113.