“2015 was a fun year, we used the hexagon tile,” says Nathan Ruttner, Interior Designer at Techne Architecture and Interior Design in Melbourne.
“This tile, acting as a feature, allowed us to break our rules stepping away from mainly using the square and rectangle tile. But as fast as it has come in, the overuse of it has really given the hex a dated look.”
Feature lighting and feature walls
“Putting lights over benches, over vanities in bathrooms and over dining tables is an overused idea,” says architect Jesse Linardi, design director at DKO Architecture in Melbourne. “It’s not so much that the idea has no merit, rather that lighting fixtures tend to date very quickly.” The same applies for feature walls using fake stone or wallpaper, he adds. “Simple classic and natural finishes tend not to date.”
“The idea of the feature wall has given birth to the vertical garden,” says Ruttner. “Indoor plants themselves are a great way to liven a space especially when they are in beautiful ceramics pots. Although vertical gardens add a nice touch of ‘greenery’ to the space it does feel like a done idea, usually done wrong.”
Warm metallic finishes – gold, rose gold and brass – are “overused, overrated and far from timeless. I don’t see any of these lasting,” says head of interior design Narelle Cuthbert from Plus Architecture in Melbourne. “Instead we will see a trend where lighting and key pieces will remain in these tones contrasted by other finishes and textures.”