Home decor trends 2020

The key looks for updating interiors – Ideal Home Magazine round-up the top design trends they say your customers will be looking out for in 2020 to stay ahead of the curve.

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 surprise and delight. But there are also key colours that become the big thing for decorating our homes.

Many of our key trends for 2020 offer new ways to update an existing decor. This means your customers don’t have to redecorate their whole home to be on song with the latest styles.

There’s no escaping trends. Whether you live by them or feel totally unaffected, from popular paint shades to furniture choices, everything designed for our homes is influenced by a wider trend.

Ideal Home Magazine have seen the previews from the high street and beyond; and there is plenty to look forward to! They have rounded up the top home decor trends to look out for, to help give homes a refresh for 2020.

Trend 1 – Abstract Energy

This is the fun, free-spirited interiors trend that takes inspiration from abstract expressionist artwork. With bold geometrics, handdrawn sketches and playful blocks of colour, this look is all about expressing personality in our homes. The purpose is to evoke emotion and create a mood – and that, it certainly does.

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

The colour palette

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.

Where to use it

In any room you want to make a statement. Translating from canvas this trend is best represented flat on cushions, duvet covers, statement rugs and wallpaper designs.

Trend 2 – Structured Simplicity

Evolving from the Nordic Retreat trend of 2019 this look is a 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. Has grey had its day?

The new neutrals are warming, as we look to create a calm yet uplifting space to retreat to from the outside world. Trade bold and bright for soft and neutral and go for paredback pieces and considered choices. This element of more thoughtful home choices comes from the trend for being aware of sustainability.

Where to use it

This look works in any setting, whether it’s a rustic kitchen or a small modern bathroom, but it’s especially at home in a living room or bedroom, paired with a dark accent colour.

When to choose it

When your customer likes simple, understated style and honest, unfussy pieces but still wants 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.

The colour palette

Shift away from cool grey, with more yellow based neutrals. Embrace warm neutrals, from oatmeal and natural buff. Beige makes a comeback as the perfect base colour to build upon.

Trend 3 – Honest Comforts

Layer up comforting cushions, throws, knits and faux furs to make any space feel instantly inviting. This approach will see your customer through the winter and still light enough to see their home fashionably dressed ready for Spring 2021.

The colour palette

The emphasis on natural pigments remains at the root 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, and thick woollen blankets with decorative fringing, tassels and trims.

When to choose it

When your customers’ home is their haven. A personal sanctuary that they enjoy, that they don’t treat as a showpiece and nothing is reserved for best. Furniture feels comfortable and inviting with comfortable sink-into sofas and hearty tables to gather around.

They like a low-maintenance look with weathered woods, faded tones and time-worn finishes.

Where to use it

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.

Trend 4. Eclectic Glamour

A move on from Retro Revival last season, this is 2020’s bold, confident and sassy take on the glamour trend. Taking it up a notch this reimagined trend 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 within this elegant theme.

Think 1920s elegant occasional chairs with the scalloped shell-like backs and soft edges.

The colour palette

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.

Where to use it

Any room where your customer wants to make a real style statement, because this trend is not one for the faint of heart. They can show their 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 reigning strong throughout the next few seasons, especially when it comes to furnishings. With tactile qualities in favour this look is jazzed with piping, tassels and fringing.

Trend 5 – Japandi

There’s been a strong Japanese design element running as an undercurrent through interior collections over the past few seasons. Textile retailers have presented customers with collections bursting with rich silk textures, graceful bird motifs, stylised oriental prints and structured furniture shapes.

A mash-up of elegant Japanese minimalism and rustic Scandinavian simplicity, Japandi is a hybrid trend bringing together the best of these two much-loved styles. This trend is the one for your customer if their home is their sanctuary and they take a less-is-more approach with uncluttered spaces, clean lines and a calm, subdued colour palette.

The colour palette

Keep the colour palette soft. Embrace calming tones of pale blue, muted green, light grey and pink with 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.

Where to use it

This pared-back look will work in any room. Choosing quality over quantity will give small spaces room to breathe. While the busy patterns and statement dark pieces work just as well in larger rooms and open-plan spaces.

Combining the mindfulness elements of Scandinavian hygge and the Japanese theory of ‘wabi-sabi’ this trend finds effortless beauty in the simple things.