Interior Trends for 2020

A grey linen sofa piled with cushions and throws

Okay, so as I’ve mentioned previously, I’m not a slavish follower of trends. As an interior designer, you do need to be fully aware of the shifts in taste and style. However, you also have to ensure that your clients don’t end up with a home that looks out of date within a year!

Whilst trends change and evolve, they do so at different paces – some are popular for years rather than merely a season. Take the Nordic trend, it has been with us for years now and yet continues to be popular because it’s just so “liveable”.

Many of the key trends for spring/summer 2020 offer new ways to update an existing decor. This means you don’t have to redecorate your whole home to freshen it up. So let’s have a look at a few of the home décor offerings for this upcoming year and how you can incorporate them in to your own home.

1. Abstract

This is the fun, free-spirited interiors trend that takes inspiration from abstract expressionist artwork. With bold geometrics, hand-drawn sketches and playful blocks of colour this look is all about expressing personality in your home. The purpose is to evoke emotion and create a mood.

Bold patterns and punchy colours lend a more playful approach to styling a decor. As with the expressionist art movement this trend celebrates the imperfect and fluidity of the hand-drawn. Line drawings play a key focus within this look.

This is where colour comes into the forefront. This trend allows you to be bold with colours, even with combinations – try burnished red with navy or mustard with mauve. Use this trend in any room you want to make a statement. Translating from canvas this trend is best represented flat on cushions, prints, statement rugs and wallpaper designs.

2. Simplicity

Evolving from the Nordic trend of 2019 this look is stripped back style. The purpose is to create a calm, comfy, chilled-out space to relax in – it’s all about making our homes a safe, inviting space to rest and regenerate. Trade bold and bright for soft and neutral and go for pared-back pieces and considered choices.

If you like simple, understated style and honest, unfussy pieces but still want a home that feels relaxed and comfortable rather than overly minimalist. You’re drawn to crafted, artisan style, raw materials and unrefined finishes and prefer to invest in quality pieces rather than quick-fix buys. Textures and tactile qualities are taking the place of bold colours for adding interest.

Embrace warm neutrals, from oatmeal and natural buff. Beige makes a comeback as the perfect base colour to build upon. Accent colours are still soft, think the new Dulux Colour of the Year 2020, Tranquil Dawn.

3. Comforting Cocoon

Layer up comforting cushions, throws, knits and faux furs to make any space feel instantly inviting. This approach will see you through the winter and is still light enough to see your home fashionably dressed ready for spring.

The emphasis on natural pigments remains at the roots of this trend. Go for a mix of cool blues and greys teamed with accents of warmer pinks and browns. This organic colour palette can be complemented by washed teals and mossy greens, that are easy to work into a relaxed, neutral scheme.

Comforting textures, soft colours and decorative details are key for textiles and bedding this season. Think quilted throws and bedspreads in washed linens and tactile weaves. These can be mixed with thick woollen blankets with decorative fringing, tassels and trims. This trend suits you if your home is your haven, a personal sanctuary that you enjoy and that you don’t treat as a showpiece. Nothing is reserved for best. Furniture feels comfortable and inviting with deep sink-into sofas and hearty tables to gather around. You like a low-maintenance look with weathered woods, faded tones and time-worn finishes.

This homely look is perfect for places with character, whether it’s a period property or a country cottage, this style sits well in combination with parquet flooring, exposed beams and bare brick. Style with a mix of vintage and new home buys to add charm.

4. Eclectic Metallic

This is 2020’s bold, confident and sassy take on the glamour trend.  This is a grown-up look that channels Thirties sophisticated elegance with a little sexy Seventies-style opulence thrown in. Here shapely furniture with rounded curves and fluid shapes takes centre stage. Pick rich tones for key pieces, such as royal blue or ruby, mixed with warmer tones of ochre, rose and bronze. Layer on the bling with lashings of metallic touches – think gleaming gold, burnished copper, brushed brass and bronze.

This is suitable for any room where you want to make a real style statement, because this trend is not one for the faint of heart! Show your flamboyant side with a glam cocktail trolley in the living room, an extravagant wallpaper in the dining room, and plush textiles in dusky tones and a characterful accent chair in the bedroom. For this look Deco meets mid-century with a collection of mix-and-match accent chairs, paired with statement sideboards, cocktail cabinets, bar carts and tables in burnished brass and glossy marble. Velvet is still reigning strong throughout the next few seasons, especially when it comes to furnishings.

5. Asian Influence

There’s been a strong Japanese design element running as an undercurrent through interior collections over the past few seasons. This autumn/winter it’s really come into it’s own as a stand out trend. A mash-up of elegant Japanese minimalism and rustic Scandinavian simplicity, “Japandi” as it’s known, is a hybrid trend bringing together the best of these two much-loved styles. This trend is the one for you if your home is your sanctuary and you take a less-is-more approach with uncluttered spaces, clean lines and a calm, subdued colour palette.

Keep the colour palette soft. Embrace calming tones of pale blue, muted green, light grey and neutrals with small accents of richer shades, such as teal, indigo, rust, emerald and black. For furniture mix pale, blonde Scandi woods with Japanese-style black and dark woods to bring depth.

Combining the mindfulness elements of Scandinavian hygge and the Japanese theory of ‘wabi-sabi’ this trend finds effortless beauty in the simple, imperfect things. Lantern style lighting adds a soft ambient light, perfect for a serene feel.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my round up of some of the trends for 2020, however, like I always say – your home is for you to do what you want. Just use trends as idea starters, you don’t need to follow them exactly!

‘Til next time

Angela x

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