As with the new season fashion trends, we also see emerging home décor trends each season that tempt us to update our homes. While trends do come and go, there are subtle ways you can switch up your existing space so it feels fresh and new for this coming year. Here are some of my favourite suggestions:
Cool tones have been in circulation for so many years now, so I love this new push towards earth tones. It’s refreshing, and also really warm for the home. I’m mainly into chocolate brown, burgundy, olive green, and yellow ochre and imagine using them in a couch, a wall, draperies or throw pillows and blankets.
Monochromatic shouldn’t be restricted to just pale shades (i.e., taupe, grey, or white). Colours like Aubergine, Cobalt Blue, even Kelly Greens can also go monochrome in a way that’s full of energy and personality, while remaining very elegant.
Mix and match
What goes around comes around, especially when it comes to home décor, and while this may be a new trend for 2020, it’s a design philosophy I’ve believed in ever since I started in this business. I love layering old and new and mixing and matching vintage with my more modern pieces. I’ve never been a big believer in the one-stop-shop for everything in my home. I pick up great finds all over the place.
Quirky bathroom designs
I’ve always said that if you’re going to play and have some fun with your home décor, then your bathroom (or powder room) is the best place to start. In this space, I would go big with fun, patterned wallpapers, materials, and colour.
When you embellish interior spaces with houseplants, you’re not just adding greenery. These living organisms interact with your body, mind, and home in ways that enhance the quality of life. Going green with some of your favourite indoor plants helps to give your home personality while adding another layer to your space.
Furniture with European-inspired detailing is trending right now. Italian and German influences can be seen in the relaxed, sloping arms of couches, metal legs, and more. Even more traditional furniture brands are catching on offering European-inspired silhouettes and features.
Invest in better bedding
Given we spend half our lives in bed, and also how critical our sleep is to our overall health, it’s time to splurge in your bedding. Invest in a quality mattress and a beautiful set of sheets and throws this year. Investing in these items also means you’re investing in yourself.
Wicker is back
I love that wicker (and rattan, incidentally) is having a resurgence. Not only does it harken back to my days in my childhood home, but it still has this chameleon quality to adapt to any house setting while always looking fresh and exciting. There are so many different styles of tables, chairs, even lighting right now to choose from.
People may not want to deal with the upkeep of real stone, so this year we are going to see a shift to faux marbles (man-made materials and porcelains) on their kitchen countertops. With so many different designs and looks, you can easily find a faux marble that works in your existing space, and you wouldn’t even guess it’s not real stone.
Back to the ’80s
The ’80s are having a moment right now, especially in fashion, but we also see this trend trickle down into home design too. While most of the trends coming out of that decade I’d prefer to leave there, what I do love is the more tubular forms happening in furniture design, particularly in couches, chairs, and tables. I think there is a way you can inject the ’80s into your home in a modern and tasteful way.
The 2020 Pantone Colour of the Year is Classic Blue (a navy shade), which means you will see a lot of this colour in the new year. Luckily, its versatility can work in traditional and modern home styles. Whether you use it as a wall paint colour or inject the shade into some accessories, the colour adds a lovely contrast. Also, when we’re talking about navy, don’t forget about black (it’s closest friend). The French have always loved these two colour combinations paired together, and I do too. It’s extremely sophisticated and it will work beautifully with white. A truly timeless look!
Accent with Patina
One of the more prominent emerging design trends is actually in the appreciation of age and patina. In addition to adding more vintage pieces into your home, you can also see this trend played out in colours: clay, terracotta, as well as decorative dishware like earthenware and ceramics – my favourite!