And just like that, another year has passed! A year in which I hoped to finish my studies, become a fully fledged interior designer and finally moved house to start a new renovation. Did I accomplish any of these things? Well, unfortunately it’s a big fat no, but my motto for 2020 has to be “onwards and upwards!”
interior trends for 2020 – jewel tones, ribbed furniture, rattan and abstract faces
Nina Embroidered Cushion – Marks & Spencers
Sienna Claret Velvet Shell Chair – Audenza
Pearl Lowe Wisteria Midnight Wallpaper – Woodchip & Magnolia
Origami Paper & Mango Wood Lamp – Rockett St George
Rattan Basket – HM Home
Oval Decorative Mirror – Mink Interiors
Embroidered Cushion Cover – HM Home
Rima Beech Ribbed Sideboard – Peca
Rose Giclee Print – Seed of Memory Art
Hampstead Bamboo Table – Garden Trading
Cresta Navy Blue Velvet Shell Chair – Artisanti
Woollahra House Interior Design – Decus Interiors
Living Wall – Dobbies
But, one thing that has remained is my passion for Interior Design and what better time to look at the next interior trends than at the beginning of a new year. 2019 saw the slow death of all grey interiors as people became bolder and more confident with their décor choices. Will we see Scandinavian inspiration continue to dominate the interior world? Will 2020 see the shift towards more sustainable practises within the home? With sustainability at the forefront of many peoples interior decisions, I think a lot of past trends will continue into 2020 with a few subtle changes.
Scandinavian style is not going away completely! Instead, it is slowly morphing into Japandi style where Nordic design meets the calm simplicity and elegance of Japanese interior design. Nordic and Japanese styles are quite similar in the fact they evolve around less is more, an orderly and uncluttered space where inspiration is drawn from the natural world. Think Nordic designs use of natural woods to Japans use of bamboo, cane and mango wood and panels made of paper or cloth.
Leading on from Japandi style, Japan has always been a step ahead when it comes to biophilic design. I think we will see more of this trend appear in our homes as we strive to be sustainable and eco-friendly with materials such as rattan, wicker, bamboo and raw wood appearing in our homes.
Plants are going nowhere in 2020 and we will find more innovative ways to display plants in the home. Instead of creating feature walls with paint or wallpaper, we will use shelves to display our plants, or even incorporate a living wall from faux succulents or foliage.
Jewel and Earthy tones
Dulux’s creativity palette probably sums up the colours of 2020 for me. It is a delightful mix of rusts, dark greens, burgundies and soft pinks. We will increasingly see people move away from grey as they experiment more with colour (although we’ll still be seeing grey in the home as this is still such a fabulous neutral colour). We will be buying statement pieces, like sofas, in bright sapphire blue, or deep red in velvet (because let’s face it, no other fabric can do jewel tones better) and complimenting them with warm earthy tones.
As we become braver with our interior and decor choices, we will be looking to experiment with paint colours and using more than one colour on a wall. Colour blocking is the practise of using contrasting bold colours to make a real statement to a room. This could be anything from creating a two tone wall, designing geometric shapes with contrasting colours, painting the ceiling a different shade to your walls or painting the woodwork in a bold bright colour to really make it stand out!
Scallop and Ribbing
We seem to be living in an ever increasing harsh and divided world so I feel that the straight lines and corners of interiors will give way to curves and circles in 2020. The scallop shape has already been highlighted in 2019 with Topps Tiles naming Syren as it’s tile of the year and we are seeing ribbed surfaces slowly appearing on furniture and walls. Will the ribbed surface replace panelling in 2020?
Maximalism and Eclectic décor
The interior community is slowing moving towards buying less mass-produced items and looking to repurpose, reuse and upcycle or buy second hand furniture. This will see a rise in individuality in the home, more eclectic décor and maximalism with clashing prints, colours and unique style. Floral Chintz (think English Country Manor), murals, bright paint colours and patterned wallpaper will see an increased presence as people tire of seeing the same interior trends in the home and grow with confidence thanks to the inspiration seen on Pinterest and Instagram.
Faces and Portraits
This is not a new trend, rather we will see more abstract faces appearing in print, on cushions and ceramics. The new Jonathan Adler collection with H&M featured geometric prints and plenty of whimsical faces on ceramics which sold out quickly, proving it to be a popular trend.
New trends come and go, so what is here to stay in 2020? I don’t think we’ll see the ubiquitous green going any time soon. The extremely popular dark blue kitchen units of 2018/2019 will possibly turn to dark emerald green and there will be an increase of velvet in our living rooms. Crittal doors are definitely here to stay with the potential for reeded glass Crittal style windows and shower panels in the bathrooms. What trend would you like to embrace in 2020?