The top design trends of 2020
From colour palettes to furniture, wallpaper design and beyond. Here's our list of the home trends embraced by decor lovers and designers this year.
Before 2020 the thought of flower-power wallpaper would make most people cringe, but this year we changed our tune. Large scale, bold colour, and even metallic versions were a huge hit.
Layering Old & New
2020 was the year the home decor world saw people get comfortable mixing and matching old and new. People even began purchasing locally made souvenirs while on their travels to help tell the story of who they are.
The reign of cool tones ended in 2020. Besides travel restrictions and lockdowns, it is easy for those living in big cities to feel disconnected from the natural world. This year I took the time to renovate parts of my home that began to feel tedious, and almost claustrophobic. If I couldn't live in the middle of nature, I was determined to find ways to bring it inside. Changing my colour scheme was the first step. I went for the obvious choice; green—the primary colour of nature and the colour of growth. I used different tones on my walls, bedding and general home decor. Many other people worldwide opted for neutral earthy tones, such as tans and beiges, making interiors feel clean and natural.
Fun bathroom design
This year we saw more people have fun with colour, materials and wallpaper, especially in bathrooms.
Going green with lovely, real indoor plants helped us fill our homes with personality. Once again, I very enthusiastically placed them everywhere I could, including the bathroom. I'm now the proud mother of three hanging plants, six cacti in varying sizes, two succulents, and one tall philodendron named Gino.
This year people splurged on their bed, mattress, and a nice set of sheets. You spend half your life in bed, so why wouldn't you? Better sheets mean better sleep. After all, 2020 was a challenging year for all of us; we deserve the extra comfort.
Furniture with rounded edges
This 2020 trend transported us back to another decade. We saw some 60s, 70s and 80s throwbacks with a modern twist and a focus on line and curve.
We also saw many vintage and traditional detailing in furnishings from the 1800s and early 1900s. But we didn't see it everywhere. This time around, it was all about incorporating just one or two statement pieces.
The 2020 Pantone Color of the Year is Classic Blue (a navy shade). The colour provided the perfect contrast for interiors and exteriors this year in traditional and modern home styles. The shade offers a stately look without going completely black.
The all-white kitchen trend is so 2019. This year it's been all about coloured cabinets. The movement in 2020 was to pick one or several elements, like the kitchen island, kitchen wall cabinets, or base cabinets in daring colours, like dark red, bright yellow, green or navy blue.
Rattan and Wicker Furniture
Rattan/wicker had a resurgence in 2020. Bringing in materials typically found outdoors and making them a part of your interior decor was a huge trend. Baskets, rugs, and lampshades in these materials brought elements of nature into peoples homes.