Interior Design Trends 2020

Updated: Sep 18, 2020

Hello folks! Nice to have you here on my blog. I will tell you the new, juicy, spectacular interior design trends that will shape the new decade!

Architects and interior designers are well aware of their responsibility in improving their clients’ well-being and even helping them in the prevention of diseases, as they search for the best solutions for their interior design projects.

1. Biophilic Design ( aka oversized plants)

Indoor plants, large oversize trees are the new layer found in interiors. In order to maintain certain level of connection with nature, this trend aims to integrate nature indoors as a way to improve our health, psyche and ecosystem. The use of reclaimed wood, hanging plants, green walls and large green installations are some of the main trends that we are seeing and that will shape interior design in the next decade.

2. Neotenic Furniture ( Chubby Design)

Voluminous curves, nostalgic organic forms are back in 2020. From lamps, couches, coffee tables and chairs, this new interior trend gives curvy- ness to a space. This new trend is led by furniture with rounded edges and tubular forms, and also known as neotenic design, from the concept “neoteny”—the exaggeration of childlike features. An appropriate concept to describe the playfulness these pieces can add to any space!

3. Arches

Arches are normally found on traditional buildings; museums, opera halls. Why not be in your own home?

These arched doorways, walls and windows elevate your home into being a personal opera house. Aligned with the “Chubby” and Biophilic Design trends, arches appear as a new way to add curves and more organic shapes inside our homes, not only through actual archways but also through decorative patterns painted on walls.

4. Natural Fiber Furniture ( Rattan/ Wicker)

Using natural materials such as rattan and wicker is a more sustainable way to style your home. One of my personal favourites; giving your home a modern, rustic and earthy vibe. This traditional material is being used in chairs, carpets and lighting, mixed and matched with more modern design. “Rattan/wicker is having a resurgence; it warmly reminds me of my childhood and has evolved in fresh and exciting ways whether in chairs, tables, or lighting, it is the perfect layer to balance modern and traditional style.” — Nicole Fuller of Nicole Fuller Interiors

5- Home Offices

During COVID- 19, most offices has shut down for security reasons. However, people had to continue working. So they started to work from home and this trend became 2020's most wanted space. It isn't only multi- functional but also practical in terms of doing all the required work from your computer screen when self- isolating. In this context, working areas become less formal and can coexist with other living areas. This has led to the appearance of mini study nooks that are integrated into larger furniture pieces, such as hidden within closets or added to bookshelves.

6- Sleek Clean Kitchen & Two tone kitchens

Invisible handles and and cabinets for a fully integrated kitchen is the new trend. The aim is to make your kitchen look very clean and sleek. Most kitchen appliances, handles and pulls on drawers are created in an invisible hardware. These range from Push Latches, a mechanical or magnetic device installed inside the cabinet that allows you to open the cabinet by pushing the door, to Integrated Handles where you can pull drawers thanks to inwardly beveled edges, and more simple solutions such as Hidden Pulls that are affixed to the top edge of each door so that just a sliver juts out. The objective is to have a minimal space with a seamless and sleek look. Two tone kitchens are also a trend to give more variety of colour to your kitchen cabinets!

7- Bold Monochromatic Walls

Painting one side of the wall with a bold colour is very popular at the moment. It gives a new vibe to a room instead of just painting each wall white. This chic and sophisticated look will change the way you feel at your living room. “Monochromatic does not have to be pale. Colors like Cobalt Blue, Kelly Green, or even Aubergine can evoke monochromatic in a daring way, that’s full of personality and elegance.” — Jonathan Rachman of Decorist

8- Multi - functional spaces

“While workspaces become less formal and closets are becoming increasingly important spaces in the home, more and more clients are opting to take back wasted space in their home offices! A closet can easily be combined with an office, since both spaces are able to disappear behind doors when not in use. A flexible workspace and fashion-forward decor help to blend these two functions seamlessly into a space that is both inspiring and productive!” — Lisa Adams of LA Closet Design

“The atrium changes the form of the original building and opens an interface with the pine tree, focusing on the occupants’ mindfulness and the concept of Vipassana in Buddhist meditation.” says Kang Zhikai, lead architect of INHERESSENCE DESIGN STUDIO. “We use this model to explore living interfaces and to imagine new ways of living, weaving a wonderful blueprint for future life,” he goes on to say.

9- Terrazzo Marble

Terrazzo marble is now being used not just on the flooring but on the walls, ceilings and even furniture. This typical marble flooring used in Venetian houses over 500 years ago had its initial comeback in the 1970’s. In 2019, the material had another comeback and has become popular among designers once more. The terrazzo we see nowadays is a mix of bigger chips of marble, quartz, granite and glass, with less density and a more striking graphic look.We will probably continue to see this material being used throughout the next decade, but not only in flooring but also applied to kitchens and living room furniture. This graphic pattern will appear printed on wallpapers, fabrics and even weaved into rugs! ( Usually used in airports are now found in your own home)

10- Wood/ Concrete Purest State

Exposing wood and concrete as raw materials on walls, ceilings and floors is a trend architects and designers are using to achieve warmth and elegance for interior spaces without falling into expensive budgets. The combination of both is capable of engaging all senses beyond the visual and have attractive qualities such as durability and low maintenance.

11- Stairs integrated with Furniture

Stairs aren't being used only for a connection of two floors but also for different purposes. Some examples are stair offices, tables, kitchens, drawers, libraries, cupboards. This gives a different vibe to the stairs as well as more space to use in a home. So both practical and beautiful designs! As a creative way of utilizing the space left under stairs, several interior design projects have added storage spaces or even the integration of the steps into a larger furniture design, such as a working area or shelving.

Dulux colour of the year: Tranquil Dawn

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