As 2020 begins, we’re already seeing the end of the previous decade’s interior design trends. Scandinavian aesthetics and minimalism swept through homes with sparse and neat decors embellished with understatement and plants. Now, we’re starting to see the opposite. Spartan design is out and bold individuality is in.
If you’re one of the many homeowners redecorating this year or perhaps taking on a larger renovation project, we’ve put together a list of 6 interior design trends to help keep you ahead of the game.
Maximalism, the idea that more is more, runs contrary to minimalism. However, that is not to say that your homes will become cluttered with non-essentials. Instead, maximalism is about consideration and celebration. Fill your empty shelves with cherished objects and cover your walls in prints mounted in various frames to build an aesthetic of cosiness and sentimentality.
Adopting a more maximalist design takes confidence, knowing that items and aesthetics won’t always match, but it’s this brave and bold attitude that makes homes really shine.
Cookbooks, cooking shows, and celebrity chefs continue to grow in popularity, but this time tuning into Bake Off isn’t enough. People are cooking more, baking bread and curing bacon. Pantries are being built, chest freezers installed, and cupboards are growing in size.
Even if they seem to dominate the space, large freestanding pantries are being brought into kitchens to be filled up with various spices and grains, ready for any new recipes that come to mind.
As more people are prioritising garden space and natural environments, they are also building private log cabins right behind their homes. These aren’t just being used as spare rooms and reading nooks, but are becoming bars, music studios, gyms, and even saunas.
Sustainable products have been very popular over the past few years. More people are switching on to the fact that we only have limited resources. Expanding on that, many homes are now looking to be even more sustainable by reusing, reclaiming, recycling, and upcycling old products.
Charity shops and antique stores are being combed by thrifty creatives who are buying old furniture and bric-a-brac then giving them new life. Expect to see more upholstery television shows appear this year too.
For the past few years, as homes are filled with simple, light wood furniture, forward-thinking collectors have been buying dark wood items, often art deco designs, cheaply. Now, they are set to return.
There’s a growing nostalgia for simpler times with elegances and Gatsby-esque celebration. Opulent dressers and large vases will be back, though the fur might be left behind.
Plain and pastel are overused. Homes are beginning to open up to patterns, the wackier the better. Fitting with maximalism and art deco, people are looking to buy plush rugs and colourful cloth to drape over surfaces.
Statement walls and big designs are in too, with people using them to help their Instagram profile pop with individuality. If you’re an influencer, paint over that bare, white wall – a colourful design is much more memorable.