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By Kristel Coombes

“What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.” While our personal lives may need a bit of refreshing, our homes deserve the same kind of attention too. Lucky for you, I’ve tackled the New Year shift in the hope of easing your design transitions at home. This year’s interior design trends focus on wellbeing, comfort and sustainability. Let’s take a look at the colours and trends we will be lusting over in 2020. Here’s the story so far…

#1 Eclectic Glam

This trend introduces a fusion of 30s sophistication and 70s luxury interiors.  A classic and subtle scheme is achieved using curved pieces and fluid shapes. Rich tones of royal blue or ruby can be mixed with warmer tones of ochre rose or bronze for a glam finish. Implement metallic accents into the space, such as burnished coppers, golds and bronzes to achieve a retro twist. Do not be afraid to layer on the bling as metallics are trending this year!

When it comes to furnishings, velvet is reigning strong over the next few seasons. Deco meets mid century in this trend with plenty of piping, tassels and fringing across furnishings and home accessories. If your living and dining spaces are open plan, go for a plush statement sofa to anchor your design, add some dining chairs in a contrasting tone and weave the space together with accents of gold and brass furniture from unclutterer, lighting and cushions. With this trend, playfulness is the perfect final touch!

“What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.”

#2 Japandi

Japandi is a very obvious fusion of the Japanese style and Scandinavian style. Aspects of ‘Hygge’ (the Nordic term for the homely feeling of cosiness) and Japanese ‘Wabi Sabi’ (finding beauty in imperfection) harmonise to create a stress-free environment. If you love a fresh design infused with simplicity and functionality, this trend is for you. Japandi features clean lines, neutral tones, a love of natural textures and a deep respect for craftsmanship. For those of you with hectic modern lifestyles, this trend will help you create an environment in which you can truly unwind.

#3 Honest Interiors

This look is stripped back, creating a space to relax and regenerate. The colour palate emphasis on natural pigments remains at the root of this trend, for instance oatmeal, washed teals, or mossy greens. Get ready to trade bold and bright colours and embrace soft and neutral ones. This trend features raw materials and unrefined finishes, such as terracotta, rattan, hemp, cane, and straw.

Implementing comforting cushions, throws, knits and faux fur will instantly transform your spaces. For the bedroom décor, think quilted throws and bedspreads, washed linens, thick woolen blankets and decorative fringing, tassels and trims. This approach will see you through the winter and still feel light enough to see your home fashionably dressed when ready for spring.

‘Hygge’ (the Nordic term for the homely feeling of cosiness).

#4 Abstract Patterns

Inspired by abstract expressionist artwork, this trend is all about expressing personality in our homes. Bold geometrics and abstract patterns evoke emotion and lend a playful approach to styling and décor in these spaces. Celebrating the imperfect fluidity of hand drawn forms, colour comes to the forefront with this trend. For an instant update try burnished red with navy in any room to make a statement. This look is best represented in the use of abstract cushions, rugs, wallpaper designs and duvet covers.

#5 A Natural Edge

When bringing the outside in, we want to create a space that mimics the beauty, shapes and colours of nature in a way that fits your environment and your lifestyle. If you want to design a warm space, then think of autumnal hues and rich wood tones. If you want a bright and airy space to inspire movement, green colours and fresh plants is the way to go. After all, the easiest way to bring the outside in is by decorating with plants. One thing we’re seeing a lot of this year are terrariums which require less maintenance than larger plants. Whether you go big with a potted tree or adorn your shelves with adorable succulents, having living, breathing plants in your home will instantly give your space a more natural feel.

This trend is all about expressing personality in our homes.

It’s time to usher in a new decade of design! There is no escaping trends, whether you live by them or feel completely unaffected by them, everything designed for our homes is influenced by a wider trend. Still, one must remember that nothing is passé if you really love it. In other words, the root of all design should always be happiness.

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