By Jason Grant
My job as a stylist is to share what I see happening in the market here, there and everywhere. As always, I don’t suggest you be a slave to trends but there is no escaping their influence. Choose to get onboard or ignore completely, it’s up to you!
The biggest trend on the radar is soft brights. They are going to be big! Pantone led the way with the announcement of their two colours of the year for 2016: Serenity and Rose Quartz. This pale blue and pale pink will be the leading colours in this trend of soft shades. Minimal black and white and the Scandi look are at saturation point, so it’s time to embrace colour and add some to your space. A new year and a fresh start — no need to reinvent, just a little evolution.
I understand colour isn’t for everyone but these soft shades are easy to work with. For those not brave enough to play with colour in a big way, start small with textiles, cushions and accessories. And, for those more brave, think floor rugs, bed linen and artworks for a bigger statement. I recommend Urban Road for affordable and fashion forward artworks. These dream-like shades have a nod to nostalgia and a touch of ’50s retro. Add a fresh update with some new linen, perhaps Aura Home, they are always up to date with on-trend textiles and a mix of colour and patterns.
In general, 2016 will be pretty but not too feminine.
Another trend to keep in mind coming into the new year is a focus on comfortable homes. We take pride in our homes and now more than ever, our emphasis will be on entertaining and relaxing in our individual spaces. So collect and surround yourself with things that make you happy as well as secure and comfortable. Remember it’s your home and it should feel good!
— Mr Jason Grant is a stylist, author and the newly appointed ambassador for Life Instyle, Sydney (18-to-21 February, 2016).