Your home should be a unique reflection of your personal style, right? That said, it can be helpful to borrow design inspiration from the latest and greatest interiors trends dominating the home décor space. That’s why we’ve compiled our top choices of the best interiors trends for 2020.
Read on to discover which interiors trends are making waves this year. Plus, we’ll show you how to easily incorporate them into your home so your spaces look timeless and classic, yet remain on-trend and fabulous!
1. Striking black and white
Modern monochrome is nothing new, and we’ve seen plenty of black, white and grey dominate the interiors space for years now. Interiors trends in 2020 breathe new life into the monochrome scheme.
This year, we’re seeing bold black and white, with striking patterns and styles instead of the more sophisticated, muted looks we’ve been used to.
This is especially apparent in tiling; we’re seeing dramatic Art Deco tiling adorning bathrooms and statement-making black and white striped furniture.
Get the look: To get this bold look, try incorporating zebra-striped cushions on your couches. Even incorporating the stark contrast of black cushions against a white couch (or vice versa) can add a pop of intrigue.
For something a little more eye-catching, wall art can jazz up the look of an entire room. Browse our range of bold monochrome or modern designs to create unique, personalised artworks for your walls.
2. Spaces with multiple functions
As a society, many of us are adapting to having to live in smaller spaces, particularly if we want to live near the city. As the size of our spaces become less important, what’s inside those spaces becomes more of a priority. Rather than have items which only serve the purpose of being aesthetically pleasing; or, on the other hand; purely functional. Interior designers are finding ways to tick all the boxes.
In this way, a spare room becomes a luxurious home office that also doubles as an extended wardrobe. Hidden storage becomes a priority, and material possessions which don’t have a function outside of looking good start to become obsolete.
Get the look: Purchase multi-functional furniture that allows you to incorporate hidden storage into all your spaces. That way, you can make use of secret storage draws under the bed, inside an ottoman or underneath seating. You could even hang shelves in under-used wardrobes.
Rather than adding ornaments on precious bench or table space, all your available wall space can be utilised. You can achieve this by adding floating shelving, which can be adorned with books, ornaments, and small canvas prints. Or, just adorn your walls with stunning pieces of wall art.
3. Organic materials
Organic décor has been given a new lease on life in the interiors space due to rising concerns in society about sustainability and minimising waste. Using natural materials means that items can be recycled and reused if needed, unlike synthetic materials, which can be hard to recycle, if they can be recycled at all. They’re also hardwearing and look timeless in the home.
We’re seeing modern design shift from a harder, industrial-style look to a natural look, with décor made from natural materials. These tend to emanate a warm, lived-in feel. And while this design trend is nothing new, it will continue to dominate in 2020 in ever-newer and more exciting ways. Think materials like rattan, cotton, linen, wicker, jute and timber, in all forms.
Get the look: This interiors trend is easy to incorporate, both selectively in certain spaces of the home, or by choosing just a few key pieces to incorporate the look into the existing style of your home. For instance, this look can be pared back with a more modern industrial style to create a modern eclectic or beachside look, or can be tied into a country farmhouse or Hamptons-style home with plenty of natural colours and fabrics to soften up your home.
Furniture is one of the easiest ways to incorporate this trend into your homewares décor scheme. All you need to do is choose pieces which are made using natural fabrics; think wooden bed frames, seagrass baskets and cane chairs with white linen cushions.
Or, to affordably add a touch of the natural world, forage for driftwood, dried palm leaves or leaves, which can be used as natural, decorative pieces.
Once you’ve selected your furniture, extend the look with a few select pieces of wall art; add some pieces of wrapped canvas for a raw look. We have a variety of designs to choose from, but some of our favourite ideas for a more natural, organic look are:
4. Bringing the outdoors in
Our natural connection to technology has meant that many of us are seeking to become more and more connected with nature in our homes and office spaces, using plant life.
Plants don’t just look fabulous in your spaces; research has shown that being among plants can help us feel happier, reduce our stress levels and even increase productivity.
Get the look: There are so many indoor plant varieties available that you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding which ones look best in your spaces. Plants can be added in decorative pots on the floor, or small plants can be added on desks, shelves and tabletops. Or, to save space, add small pots to floating shelving or hang them outside or on your walls; just be careful not to over-water them!
If a real plant is too high-maintenance for you, some of the fake variations look almost like the real deal.
Or, in lieu of actual plants, you can decorate your walls with wall art in order to bring nature to your spaces. Our top ideas for wall art that feature plants are:
- Prints of palm trees or tropical scenes
- Images of the monstera plant
- Botanical prints, which can look great in the kitchen
- Images of banana leaves
5. Luxury bohemian chic
Although by no means a “new” trend, bohemian has a new lease on life this season, but with a more luxurious feel. Bohemian is, by definition, typically quite relaxed, yet this new take has a more sumptuous feel to it. Bohemian luxe is all about rich fabrics and colours, with a mix of patterns, colours and textures. It takes bohemian to the next level by upping the style stakes with carefully considered, tasteful and high-quality pieces.
Get the look: In terms of colours, get inspired by jewel tones like emerald, ruby and sapphire. This look is also quite eclectic meaning you can mix modern and antique pieces together with wild abandon, tastefully, of course.
Try making a statement with a classic piece of antique furniture, like a colourful armchair or a striking statement artwork. When choosing your artwork, try to echo the existing colours in your room; for instance, if you have selected a cool colour palette, a deep green artwork with hints of silver might work well here to create an elegant look.
For wall art ideas, browse our collection of millions of images.
6. Earthy tones and textures
In line with the sustainability trend, earthy tones are surging in popularity. Popular tones are taken straight from nature, such as various shades of green and blue and browns, or earthy reds, oranges and pinks reminiscent of a sunset on a balmy summer evening. On the other side of the spectrum, olive green is being touted as one of the “it” colours of the season and has been seen used in fabrics all around the home.
Get the look: Luckily, colour is one of the easiest trends to add into your interiors, and can be incorporated quite cheaply, by adding a freshly-painted accent wall or scattering a few new cushions in the living room to add a pop of colour.
To fully embrace the earthy tone trend, pair earthy neutrals, with colours like sand and taupe and combine them with richer accent colours like periwinkle blue, lilac or dusky pink.
To add a new dimension to your look, aim to incorporate texture where you can, and plenty of it. Think soft furnishings in fabrics such as felt, bouclé, tweed, or wool.
7. Brushed brass fittings
The past few years have seen an explosion of black hardware, in the kitchen and the bathroom on taps, handles, doors, lighting fixtures and everything in between.
While black will always remain timeless and chrome will always have its place, brass hardware is making a comeback in a big way, particularly in more classic-style homes, as well as in farmhouse-style and rustic homes.
Brass hardware is one of those trends that will go in and out, but has always been a quiet achiever in the design industry. Instead of the shiny brass of the ’90s, brass hardware in 2020 has more of a weathered look that can give more of an antique or industrial feel.
Get the look: Brass fixtures look great in monochrome kitchens, either modern or classic. You can even utilise a mixed-materials look in a modern-eclectic home using gold and brass hardware to create a unique look. Brass can bring some much-needed warmth to a Hamptons-style kitchen or bathroom with an expanse of white.
Not everyone can afford to change their tapware at the drop of a hat, but this trend can be incorporated quite easily in the lighting and accessories space. Brass tapware in the bathroom can work well with metal wall art or an oversized statement mirror with an elaborate gold frame.
8. Geometric patterns
Modern geometric patterns have been around for a while now, and if you’ve already adopted this interiors trend, the good news is that it isn’t looking to change anytime soon.
But, instead of overdoing it, to adopt this look successfully, you need to achieve a harmonious balance between strong geometric lines and other design components so the look doesn’t overtake your spaces.
Get the look: Pick a space in your rooms where you’d like to incorporate this trend. That might be your bathroom tiles, a geometric wallpaper that doesn’t look too bold, or a large piece of geometric wall art.
Keep in mind that geometric prints can be overwhelming. It’s easy to make a room look overly busy if there are too many other patterns in use. To make the most of your geometric look, try to tone down other aspects of your room with a neutral couch, chairs, walls and other furniture.
9. Modern florals
Yes, florals are nothing new, but they are another interiors trend that are seeing a resurgence in 2020. Instead of your grandmother’s traditional pink floral wallpaper, though, think bold, vibrant florals. Modern florals can range from wacky, wild jungle floral prints to more delicate feminine designs.
Get the look: Get romantic and adopt this interiors trend with wallpaper, cushions, or wall art. Wall art with floral botanical illustrations or a floral pattern can lend a unique look to kitchen or living room walls, or opt for a modern floral design for something a little funkier. Try either soft pink florals or bold, colourful floral designs.
10. Mixed metal interiors
Mixed metals can suit a range of looks, from rustic or Hamptons and coastal styles to modern industrial and everything in between.
We’re spotting all kinds of metals, from tin to chrome, gold, brass, bronze and silver. Rose gold and copper – perhaps one of the most overused interiors trends in the last couple of years – is officially out. This can only be a positive for the mixed metals trend, as it can often be too complex to add to a mixed metals look.
Get the look: When mixing metals, don’t mix more than two or three in a room, otherwise, your spaces can easily become too busy. Plan your décor styling carefully, and aim not to include too many conflicting tones, textures or styles in the one room. Even modern eclectic rooms are curated with care. Try to have a common thread linking your styles, whether that’s colour, shape or style. Stick to a sophisticated colour palette with neutrals, pastels or jewel tones.
Whether you choose to adopt one or more of these interiors trends this year, trends work best with a touch of personality. Use these trends for inspiration, but stay true to your own design vision. After all, you’re the one who has to look at your home all day! Adopt the trends which suit your budget, lifestyle and unique tastes so that your rooms are still functional yet stylish.