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McW Interior Design Lifestyle

Interior trends are constantly evolving so the excitement of creating the perfect scheme for your home can often turn into a daunting task. You may have an idea in mind but knowing where to start becomes the challenge. The sheer volume of choices available today is both incredible and vast with sampling books for paint, wallpaper, fabrics, flooring numbering in the thousands- before you even start to look at furniture!

At McKenzie & Willis we aim to expose our customers to a total furnishing and interior experience. Our showrooms are equipped with extensive libraries of sampling showcasing the latest design trends in curtaining, upholstery fabrics, blinds, wallpapers and floorcoverings.

So what are the design trends we’re seeing emerge?

Patterns are having a resurgence, from bold retro designs to subtle florals that look like watercolour paintings. With the advancement in digital printing techniques, the look of fabric and wallpaper patterns have developed to create the effect of the pattern being painted on or to appear as sharp as a photograph.

Texture remains an important element in interior design and the ways to create it are boundless. Using both natural and man-made fibres, or a combination of the two, textiles and wallcoverings are becoming increasingly technical, adding depth and interest to a room. Natural fibres such as grass cloth and cork, which have scarcely been seen since the 1970’s, are returning to wallcoverings. The trend for traditional textile favourites is strong – linens, velvets, silks and satins – to complete either a sharp contemporary or classically calming scheme.

The natural world is also well represented in design trends – with birds, insects, animal prints and greenery in designs. Furs also make their way into homes, adding to the textural elements.

Colour palettes are quite varied with everything from soft blush pink and pastel blue, to jewel tones of gold, olive green, teal and navy. In keeping with this, rich, warm reds are making a comeback. Neutrals remain with the pearl based greys and soft whites, while black accents are still strong and won’t likely be going anywhere anytime soon.
2015’s big emerging trend stays strong for 2016 – metallics! Not just as an accent colour or in accessories, but also woven into fabrics and as gorgeous shimmering effects on wallcoverings. Particularly gold and copper, but also pewter and silver, are now being widely represented on a vast range of furnishing elements.

Our team are constantly being exposed to the latest collections and trends from the top New Zealand and International design houses and can help you to create the ‘wow’ factor you have been looking for.

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