The trends heading for our homes in 2020
If you’re a fan of our Show Home style, we’re here with the inside track on the designer looks that will be taking centre stage for the year ahead.
Our interior designers have been hitting the trade shows in London and Paris to discover the latest trends and find inspiration for the new season.
So what are the key trends to watch for in 2020?
Hot on the heels of Dulux announcing its colour of the year – Tranquil Dawn, a cool shade of pale green – exhibitors at MAISON&OBJET, in Paris, also showed that soothing, relaxed tones are the colours of the moment.
Dreamy palettes of soft blue, dusky pink and moss green are being given a lift with blocks of mustard, biscuit and deeper blue, while warm browns provide an earthy base.
As it was last year, black is still a popular choice but its use is more moderate with designers choosing to include it as an accent colour beside tranquil tones and dull gold.
As a society we’re becoming more conscious about the choices we make and the things we buy, so upcycled items are big news. While re-purposing tyres for use as footstools or plant holders isn’t for everyone, more subtle ways of reusing materials is likely to be an enduring theme, such as using recycled glass and plastic to create high-end vases and accessories.
Leading on from this is the celebration of imperfection in natural and man-made textures and finishes.
Distressed effects are creating striking wallpapers that look like exquisite prints, while raw finishes like concrete, marble, terrazzo and plaster are still abundant in accessories. Woven materials like rattan are being seen in room partitions, furniture and textured light fittings.
Although we’ve seen natural greenery take centre stage in recent years, plants and florals are more pared back for the new season, with handpicked stems and autumnal colours coming to the fore.
In contrast, retro wallpapers with striking prints are making a big statement, while padded and embossed surfaces are another bold look on every designer’s radar. Linen headboards, with large imprinted patterns are being seen in a mix of natural and formal styles.
Other luxurious looks include coloured marble table tops, with dull gold or black frames, and retro-style curving lines, bringing softer shapes and forms to furniture.
In terms of classic styles guiding our interiors, Scandinavian, Japanese, Dutch and Italian influences are everywhere. Japanese inspired retro chairs with curved backs and arms are popular, while Scandi style blonde woods are being seen in everything from tables and sideboards to place mats and serving bowls.
Novel trends, such as the use of internal human body forms in accessories, sent a message about connecting with ourselves more through our homes and interiors. These included sculptural pieces like wall lights and vases.
So whatever your style, you’re sure to find a new season trend for you – with many of these influences and ideas coming soon to a show home near you!
For more design inspiration, download a copy of our Inspirational Homes magazine or follow @redrowhomes on Instagram.
Photos are of exhibitors’ work at MAISONETOBJET. For a complete list of exhibitors see www.maison-objet.com/en/paris-design-week