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What's really causing a stir in the interiors world in 2016? Celia Sawyer answers all…

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The last few months have been a whirlwind. I’ve been designing inside a private aircraft (Airbus A340) for a high-net worth client, commissioned to consult on a new build property which is currently only a hole in the ground, and meeting various TV producers about new shows, I don’t know how it’s mid-August already!

One thing I have noticed are some key design changes this year. I feel 2016 is a pivotal time, where forward-thinking, unique designs are at the forefront of what we as interior designers are doing.

The first half of 2016 has very much been about individualism, embracing who you are and creating one-off pieces to match in the home. We are embellishing home-grown talent and artisans more than ever; those who are experts in their fields are coming together to create masterpieces as one. I have experience of this myself as I have teamed up with award-winning Grace of London to tailor-make bespoke and beautiful baths to act as art for the home. Heritage and appeasing British artisans to produce truly individual pieces, created by dedicated craftspeople, is playing an important role in luxury design this year. Equally locally sourced materials have become a staple.

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Another element that is having its moment is 3D Printing Technology. This has been a huge influence in the first half of 2016. 3D printing allows designers the capability to specify and create custom pieces for clients. The options are limitless; if you can dream it – it can be done. Clients can pick a famous scene, works of art or favourite personal photographs and it can be used to create personalised wall coverings. A nostalgic, striking method to dress your walls in the most individual way possible. 3D printing is hugely innovative and I have seen a lot of the suppliers I work with be ahead of the curve and offer this. A stunning way to create focal points for each room in the home.

Luxury materials continue to wow in the interior design world. Many of my clients’ desire one-offs and finite materials in the home as these exude timeless quality and authenticity that modern materials cannot seem to match. Gold, brass, copper, iron, platinum are well and truly in demand.

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Black and gold working together in harmony is exceptionally on-trend. Five years ago people feared black, now it’s having its resurgence in furniture, fabrics, lighting and entire room schemes. I love working with black velvet, gold piping, gold accessories and juxtaposing where the black and gold is used.

The design world is constantly moving and I love staying at the forefront, seeing new practices for the first time and encompassing them into my own work. Remember, trends are merely a collective thought, you do not have to follow them if they don’t ‘speak’ to you. Your home should personify who you are and as we’re seeing this year, embracing the essence of you is mightier than ever.

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