TREND #4: Florals or Leaves

Last year, black-ground florals (no, that’s not a typo!) made a comeback in a big way and this year the floral vibe is still very much with us. But leaf prints have also made a very strong case for themselves in the decor world over the last couple of years, with banana leaf and Delicious Monster being firm favourites.

So which one is your trend of choice this year – is it floral or luscious leaves? Do you prefer soft and feminine or bold and strong florals? Or does tropical rain forest prints get you all excited?



I remember my early days at Laura Ashley, where traditional florals were all the rage. At first, I didn’t care much for any of them, but by the time I left, I had fallen in love with quite a few! Fast forward 1.5 decades and florals are still with us, albeit in a much more contemporary form.



VT Wonen

Embrace the trend wholeheartedly and go for something bold! A beautifully busy floral print chair makes a statement in this rustic room. And while you’re at it don’t be afraid to complement it with other floral patterns – the more the merrier!



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VT Wonen

Choose a pretty floral print to bring a soft and delicate feminine touch to any room. Combine it with a bolder print on a chair or occasional piece for a little bit of drama.




Italian Bark

Combining a traditional wallpaper with some clean, modern lines is a great way to update a look. This gorgeous wallpaper is based on an 19th century print, but because of the combination with crisp white finishes and slim black lines, it is perfectly on trend.




Lovely Clusters

If bold is not your thing, choose something small with a floral theme like a throw or scatter cushion. That way you’re also quite safe should the trend fade!




VT Wonen

Florals don’t always HAVE to be feminine either – this bedroom shows that grey scale prints and deep blue make for a beautifully bold room.





This gorgeous room with its eclectic mix of styles and era is being dominated by this breathtaking floral wallpaper – and why not? It works!



Big leaves, lots of green and tropical themes characterize this luscious trend. While green is certainly the predominant colour, let’s have a look at the different options:




Cactus may just be the new banana leaf! The informal style of this gorgeous wallpaper is great for a kids room or any other room in the home that does not take itself too seriously. Love this!




Hannah in the House

Using botanical prints is a wonderful way to give instant life to an industrial setting. Use liberally on accessories, prints and embrace green accents. Don’t forget actual plants – they are very much part of the trend!




Made By Lemon

This wall will make you feel like you’re living in a tropical paradise, even if you’re in the city. Accessorize with a subtle palette of moss-green, white, grey and black for an uber-cool room.




Sofie Boersting

Sometimes, all you need is a wall painted in soft green moss and some comfy scatters. Just gorgeous!


But, as with all trends in The Real Trends 2016, there can be only one.

Choose your favourite nature trend below!

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TREND #8: Eclecticism

So often, when someone doesn’t quite have a style they call it eclectic but that assumes that just throwing things together because you don’t know what you like denotes a style.

The formal definition of eclectic is deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources (source) but that still means that it is a style per se and not just a mishmash of everything.

Eclecticism is getting bigger every year – I believe this is because people are becoming more individualistic and original in the their taste. They don’t want to conform to just one thing in their home but rather have a collection of vintage and modern, sentimental and designer, bright and muted. Putting together different styles in a room require both confidence and care to get it right.

standing out

style by emily henderson & domaine home

Choose one strong piece to stand out in a room: the teal wing-back chair provides a wonderful pop of colour in a room filled with natural wood, leather and wool. The deep-buttoned sofa is a classic piece in an otherwise very slick and modern space.

chair affair

adorable home & a beautiful mess

Having a variety of chairs is a great way to have a functional collection. Use them as is in a neutral room or paint them all in the same bright colour for an instant focal.

colour blocking

home beautiful & apartment therapy

Get the different pieces to work together with colour blocking: choose bright colours for a bohemian look or soft pastels for a tranquil space.

framed & mirrored

the jungalow & flickr

Put up a collection of frames or artwork to create an eclectic wall display. Anything goes in this display – mix textures and colours and play with the arrangement on the floor first before you put it up.

modern minimalist

Eclecticism is not only for those who like busy rooms and bright colours: an eclectic interior can just as beautifully be created with a few key pieces. Find a common colour, finish or shape and group the items together, whether they are ceramics on a dresser or chairs around a table.

When you think of all the different furniture and decorative pieces that you have, you most likely have a bit of an eclectic space as well. Make sure that you curate those pieces with a common thread to create a cohesive space.

Happy decorating!