Every year the interior design world is set alight by new trends that can help to inspire you with your own home interior. Trends develop as a result of industry professionals’ opinions, international interior shows, and the opinions of top textiles producers.
The interior trends this year, in some cases, are a reflection of our current lifestyles. That is increasingly eco-conscious consumerism and the need for less but more value.
Here are the top interior design trends for 2020.
1. Classic Blue is the New Grey
Grey has been the standard in modern interior design for the last few years and quite frankly it has become dull. Welcome classic blue! The Pantone Colour of the Year 2020.
Blue is often associated with cold and dad emotions but if worked correctly with your interior it can breathe new life into your home. When worked with correctly, the classic blue can look elegant, clean and contemporary. You don’t need to immediately paint the entire room with classic blue but use carefully with walls or furniture that make a statement (as pictured above).
An added benefit to blue it’s simplicity in incorporating into your existing interior design. Blue can work in most color schemes.
2. Deep Textures
Textures have become all the rage in modern interior design. They help to add depth to any room and if used correctly can make a real impression. One specific trend using textures is to layer up different textures of the same color which can help to create a unique but beautiful look inside your home.
The use of textures is also much more liberal than it used to be. Once reserved only for your kitchen backsplash, bathroom tiles, cushions or walls. Now, textures are being used in new and unique ways including contemporary rugs, doormats, and one hot trend is to used real dried plants that have been pressed to create unique textured designs.
3. Secret Kitchens
Over the last few years, the trends for kitchen design have varied greatly. Some people opted for extremely minimalist designs, others decided to go the opposite and bring everything out of their cupboards to display. Now, in 2020, it seems everyone has met halfway with minimal-esque kitchen design with secret cupboards, drawers, and fridge.
The result? Stunning but simplistic kitchen design that looks modern, stylish, and is most importantly, functional. A big part of this trend is to create unique storage spaces that allow homeowners to keep all their kitchen equipment neatly hidden away but easily accessible. Kitchens are often associated with being a room for mess but no longer with a secret but functional kitchen.
4. Social Spaces
This new trend for 2020 is a reflection of our modern need to stay at home more and spend less. Going out and socializing is becoming increasingly expensive to a point where people are now choosing to spend their time at home. Therefore, home bars, BBQ areas, and larger living room spaces are becoming increasingly popular.
Instead of going out to dine, more and more people are choosing to stay at home and invite their friends and family round for social events. This is great news for anyone who enjoys the comfort of their own home.
5. Pink is Here to Stay
It’s not just classic blue that is trending this year, pink continues to be popular among many interior designers in 2020. Pink is obviously an incredibly bold and bright color which this trend does not include. Instead, soft, pallet and neutral pinks are the best to use for your home. You don’t want your living room to look like a 13-year-old girl’s bedroom.
A good rule of thumb is to avoid any shade of pink that reminds you of Barbie. Instead, go for blush-toned, muted pinks. Finishes should be kept matte, avoid anything shiny and pink.
6. Traditional Prints in Contemporary Spaces
Image from Pixnio
This mix of old and new gives rooms a refreshing new look. It may not be everybody’s cup of tea but most can admit it offers something new the world of interior design. If you are not into patterns then this trend is best left alone.
However, this trend reflects society’s current obsession with the olden days and 60s design. We have seen this in the fashion world for a few years now including the hipster trend. Old design and patterns are back but in a contemporary new setting.
7. Sustainable Design
As climate change continues to dominate the headlines across the world, people are waking up to the hard truths behind their consumer choices. Interior design is often a major culprit of using unsustainable and unethical design elements.
This year, designers are looking to use more sustainable materials in their design. This means using materials such as bamboo, hemp, and other natural fabrics that come from organic and responsible sources. Not only are these eco-materials much kinder to the environment they have natural ultra-strength, breathability, moisture-wicking, antimicrobial, and even hypoallergenic properties that benefit you and your home environment.
Reusing, recycling and upcycling old furniture is becoming increasingly popular too avoiding the need to buy new items that carry a heavy carbon footprint.
Some designers are evening excluding any interior design elements that are made using harmful chemicals such as VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Carpets are one of the most common items that contain these harmful chemicals which have been shown to cause adverse health effects such as skin irritation and an itchy throat.
This year, interior design goes “green” which is great news for our homes and the people living in them. The planet needs our help to protect it and making these simple changes can help a lot.
The biggest impact you can make to help the environment this year is to simply buy less. Going minimal in your design reduces the need for unnecessary design elements that carry big carbon footprints.
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