Interior Design Trends That Set the Stage for the Next Decade
2020 has more people thinking about their interiors, especially since homeowners have spent more time in their properties than usual. With this in mind, property owners’ focus has shifted from futurist indulgence to a sustainable approach that incorporates natural beauty, sleek space-saving measures, and organic shapes used in ways that are evocative of classic decor and modern chic simultaneously.
Here is a quick breakdown of 2020’s top home decor trends with a focus on what will likely influence interior design over the course of the coming decade:
Going Au Naturale
“Natural” means many things in the context of furnishing a home. Spring 2020 saw homes filled with indoor plants, rubber trees, and fern prints on wallpaper and art prints. This trend, also referred to as biophilic design, focuses on large plants, reclaimed wood, and vibrant green shades. It creates a calming, natural atmosphere that provides a quiet getaway from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day living.
Another crucial element of adding more natural components to the home is choosing furniture made of natural fibers. Rattan chairs, wicker ottomans, and bamboo flooring are all seeing a rise in popularity for their durability and comfort while lending a more authentic and modern feel to a room. The juxtaposition of these elements with sleek white or black fixtures is especially eye-catching.
Raw materials are also seeing a surge in popularity, particularly wood and concrete, for adding some additional aesthetic appeal that is unmatched compared to painted drywall. This look also complements a variety of decor styles, such as industrial or Scandinavian. On top of that, these materials are low-maintenance, making the visual payoff even sweeter.
Curves, Colors, and Organic Shapes
The curved doorways characteristic of early 20th-century construction are coming back in a big way, lending a timeless air to any space. This emphasis on curves is reflected in biophilic trends as well as in furniture.
Not only is furniture embracing natural materials, but it is also becoming more curved and taking on interesting organic shapes derivative of nature. These curves are accentuated with a neotenic chunkiness that is both playful and nostalgic for any homeowner looking to give a room a more youthful look.
These construction and furniture trends come in tandem with more vibrant colors, even in bathrooms, which have primarily stayed white the past couple of decades. Feel free to get more daring with your color choices with colors like pink, mint, olive, navy, salmon, and gold.
Modular Spaces and Open Floor Plans
Separating spaces with stuffy walls is losing its flair in favor of maximizing openness in living rooms and common areas. Instead of walls, homeowners are embracing dividers, curtains, and movable panels that also work well for transforming multipurpose rooms in a home.
This fluidity and openness have also allowed the transformation of essential structures into decor that seamlessly blends with furniture. Stairs can become storage spaces, shelving, or office areas. Shelves and other nooks and crannies are excellent places to set up a casual office anywhere and anytime.
Seamlessness is a theme that has extended into kitchen functionality with such innovations as:
● Push latches, which can be either magnetic or mechanical. These latches allow users to push cabinets open without a traditional handle.
● Integrated handles make use of cleverly-beveled edges for sleek opening functionality.
● Hidden pulls, tucked away near the tops of doors, make opening cabinets a breeze while maintaining a subtle, minimalist look.
2020 has also been party to a rise in repurposing or finding additional use for building materials. Terrazzo marble, which initially saw a comeback in the 1970s and again in the late 2010s, is not restricted to flooring anymore. In fact, homeowners can find plenty of use for this sturdy and beautiful material in kitchens, living areas, and more.
Marble has become extremely popular not just as a construction material but also as a pattern for wallpapers, textiles, and even rugs. The look is no longer a one-note texture but a composite of granite, quartz, glass, and even flecks of gold to offset the cool neutrals typically associated with this material.
Overall, the 2020s show plenty of promise for homeowners looking for a more natural ambiance that makes smart use of limited spaces and adds functionality in unexpected places. This combination adds charm and uniqueness to any home while allowing any room to unlock its full potential.