I was asked last week what I thought were the current trends in interior design. Unlike with fashion, interior design doesn't have seasonal trends, but themes generally appear first through interior design projects, eventually filtering to the general public via trend driven retail furniture stores like Restoration Hardware, Mitchell Gold, Ligne Roset and ABC Carpet & Home.
One trend I'm seeing is over-sized coffee tables. I was recently in Restoration Hardware and the coffee tables were scaled up to complement the longer sofas, decked out in Belgian linen of course. As London-based interior designer Kelly Hoppen remarked in LuxDeco's article about this new grand scale of coffee table, "the more monolithic the better."
A second trend I see is with chandeliers, which continue to be vintage inspired, but are less industrial and more romantic with open cage designs. The Edison exposed bulb is still with us. Iron continues to be a popular metal, however for a more modern look bronze, nickel, rose gold, white wrought iron and beaten black metal are set to be the big 2016 trends.
Kelly Hoppen project - Beirut livingroom
Kelly Hoppen designed living room showcases the large-scale coffee table that you could practically sleep on with a pair of banquette-long sofas
Kelly Hoppen open basket effect chandelier
Kelly Hoppen project
Kelly Hoppen project - mixes metals of gold, pewter and wrought iron for an eclectically modern vibe
Restoration Hardware definitely has their finger on the pulse of residential design trends
Restoration Hardware Vaille Crystal chandelier
Restoration Hardware Foucault's Ord clear crystal chandelier
Restoration Hardware shows off the oversized coffee table and sofa combination