Climate Change is on everyone’s mind and there’s no doubt this acute awareness has filtered down into every aspect of our lives. As consumers, we are prioritising natural fibres and fabrics when it comes to interiors – the big fabric houses are taking notice and all frantically competing to release the most sustainable fabrics possible, utilising recycled plastics wherever possible. We’re also noticing a huge shift towards vintage furniture, upcycling, re-upholstering and curating a truly unique interior in the home by utilising found items already in existence. This in turn will lead to our homes becoming more individual as we search for creative ways to express ourselves, rather than simply buying off the peg.
Rather than the stark black and white of Modernist monochrome schemes past, this new take on a minimal Scandinavian-inspired interior involves varying shades of greige and neutral rust tones; the focus being on creating interest and nuance through various textures with a strong focus on matt, rather than glossy, surfaces. In order to create this pared back feel in your home, look to incorporating varying tones of warm beige and rich terracotta tones with dried grasses and just a touch of understated luxe in the form of vases and unglazed ceramics.
Gone are the days of structured, upright and utilitarian mid-century style seating, 2020 has given rise to a more glamorous and enveloping shape, swinging 60s style, when it comes to chairs and sofas. Expect to see a rise in oversized, glamorously curved sofas creating a snug cocoon in which to relax, and high-backed armchairs that add a glamorous touch to even the simplest of spaces.
2019 saw an explosion of Art-Deco influence when it comes to interior design and it looks like the trend isn’t going anywhere. Designers are moving away from faux-industrial inspired naked Edisonstyle pendant lighting towards something with a touch more opulence and femininity. Delicate frosted glass and opal shades not only lend a sense of glamour and sophistication to a scheme, but also project a more subtle, diffused light than their utilitarian predecessors.
Another Art-Deco inspired trend, fluting is set to make a huge impact in our homes in 2020. Highstreet stores have already hopped on this trend with vigour, meaning fluted textures can be found on anything from glassware and vases, to doors, lighting, sideboards and even mouldings. Fluted panels situated within joinery can add an interesting dimension, bouncing light around the room whilst offering privacy, depth and a sense of intrigue.
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We are looking to durable, man-made sisals and flat-weaves to create natural charm and texture of a natural floor, while being able to stand up to more rural and coastal interiors, and more robust in a busy domestic setting.
Freshness and contrast for the 2020 colour palette. Bold colours are still very current. A striking paint colour works very well with natural material palettes such as timber and stone helping to blend a traditional space with a fresh modern feel. Bright upholstery choices can also anchor the room well with a simple, lighter wall tone.
Pattern and print remains at the forefront, particularly on cushioning and lampshades. We like to play, often with a secondary bright colour on trimmings which can help to punctuate a scheme.
Parquet flooring can create a little grandeur, even in a small space instead of more generic, straight laid floor. There are many choices available which are much simpler to lay than traditional parquet.
A move towards freestanding furniture instead of built in joinery, particularly in the Kitchen. Many traditional kitchen companies create wonderful cabinetry for the traditional country house, all as freestanding elements that allow the room to feel more spacious and breathe. With kitchens as always, alluding comfort and creating room to live in rather than workspace is key. •
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