While we may consider ourselves to be the authority on fashion, we’re becoming more and more enamoured with interiors. The lines between fashion and homeware are becoming increasingly blurred on Instagram, after all, with many of our favourite style bloggers showcasing their equally well-turned out homes on their grids in addition to their outfit of the days.
With our interest piqued, we decided to ask those in the know what they think 2020’s top interiors trends are going to be. Though marble, velvet and dried flowers are still proving very popular for the year ahead, there are three trends which interiors experts are championing for 2020.
We consulted with Philippa Prinsloo, Partner and Design Manager of Homeware at John Lewis & Partners, Kai Price, Co-Founder and Director at Att Pynta, and Ruth Wassermann, Design Director, at Made.com to find out how we should be decorating in the new decade. Here’s what they said…
“Centred around creating calm, our Spring Renewal edit is a response to our increasing need to reclaim our natural rhythms, connect to the natural world and consider our wellbeing, explains Philippa Prinsloo, Partner and Design Manager of Homeware, John Lewis & Partners. “This collection utilises understated earthy tones to create a restorative and relaxing retreat. As we become more mindful of what we eat, how we exercise and relax, we understand that our environment plays a significant part in affecting our mindset. By creating a look that layers natural materials and champions craftsmanship, Spring Renewal forges a textural landscape.”
“Velvet doesn’t show any signs of slowing down as a material, but we are starting to see more diversity now in the form of bouclé, sheepskin and other, more natural-looking textured fabrics coming through,” says Ruth Wassermann, Design Director, MADE.com. “People are looking to make bolder decisions with their upholstery, and statement chairs in these more trend led materials are a really accessible place to start. We’ve also seen a resurgent popularity of natural materials. Timbers in natural finishes are joined by woven materials, cane, bamboo and seagrass, the finish of these being more casual and less polished.”
There’s another brand taking this trend a step further. “With a huge focus on environmental issues, we have definitely seen a shift from ‘fast’ interiors to buying pieces that will last and are seen as timeless,” says Kai Price, Co-Founder and Director, Att Pynta. “We have always loved handcrafted ceramics and will be focusing of styles that have a classic feel to them, while being ethically made and not mass produced.”
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“We’ve started to see a movement which we’ve coined “eccentric country,” reveals Kai Price, Co-Founder and Director at Att Pynta. We’ve seen this trend creep in more and more recently, as people want to give their homes a country feel. Creating a cosy home, that is full of colour, prints – this can be from printed fabrics on sofas, wallpapers, adornments – then juxtaposed with lots of artwork and paintings. A colour pallet of yellow, pale pink and greens seems to be the most popular. See Luke Edwards Hall’s Instagram for inspiration on how to channel the look.”
Philippa Prinsloo, Partner and Design Manager of Homeware at John Lewis & Partners agrees that we are becoming more creative with our surroundings. “Our customers are embracing colour and pattern to deliver an eye-catching look for the new season. Mixing styles and pattern, the palette offers a freedom to express individuality and create a real personality for your rooms. Featuring the return of classical style icons including the slipper chair, the chaise longue and the pleated lampshade, this nostalgic nod provides a strong sense of welcoming.”
“Classic blue is making a comeback with Pantone naming ‘Classic Blue’ the colour of 2020,” says Kai Price, Co-Founder and Director at Att Pynta. “This colour is timeless, and it works wonderfully with mustard yellow and dusty pink hues.”
Blue tones will instantly bestow your home with an air of calm, particularly when paired with tonnes of grey and white. However, as Kai suggests, it feels fresh and new when partnered with more vivid tones akin to that found in the eccentricity trend.