What will the best-dressed homes be wearing next year? Absolutely asks Juliette Thomas of Juliettes Interiors to predict interiors trends for 2020
By Juliette Thomas
Let’s start with colour trends…
We would say that the clear colour favourite is currently Neo Mint, a clean, fresh and cool shade of minty green with a blue base. It is serene and calming with a hint of fun. If a whole wall of neo mint paint or tiles is too much for you, choose items of luxury furniture, accessories or lighting to give neo mint accents.
Close on its heels, however, and maybe even set to take over the top spot, are softer shades of more natural, yellow-based greens. Perfect for those who are not fond of a cool, candy colour, these greens range from light chartreuse or pistachio shades through to mid-sage and deep forest green.
Natural, Earthy Colours
These warmer greens work beautifully with all the natural, earthy tones that are coming to the fore. Cool greys are making way for warmer neutrals, and we are also looking forward to deep, dark reds, rich russets and plummy burgundies. Along with rich mustards, we will also start to see softer, golden yellows – a welcome addition to the palette if you find mustard too jarring. If you’ve outgrown millennial pink, it’s worth thinking about oxblood. This deep, rich, brownish red (maybe with a tiny hint of purple) is more of a quiet movement than a trend – but just imagine a supersoft oxblood leather sofa or a sumptuous velvet armchair. We think it’s time for a change.
After several years of rich navy, blue is becoming duskier. Mid to deep shades of moody blue will be seen on walls, soft furnishings and striking pieces of statement furniture. It works well with so many other colours, including warm neutrals, soft yellows and accents of plum, pink and neo mint.
Ahead of the Curve
The overriding theme for interior design in 2020 is curves. Smooth sinuous lines, scalloped edges, padded curves and fan shapes are popping up everywhere. This is not to say that sleek, straight lines are going away – this one will always be a matter of personal taste. Curves can be classic and elegant or more flamboyant. How far you wish to go is up to you.
Texture and Comfort
Today’s furniture is all about relaxation. Home is where you come to rest, to de-stress and unwind. Yes, you want your furniture to look beautiful, but no longer at the expense of comfort. Texture plays a big part in this movement, with supremely soft leather or warm nubuck, smooth velvets, natural linens or modern, textured fabrics. Everything is designed to envelop you in layer upon layer of comfort.
You cannot have missed the growing trend towards natural materials. We are loving soft woollens, rattan, wood and leather. Beautiful herringbone flooring, woven wicker and knitted throws. Plump wool cushions, cool linen fabrics and natural cotton coverings. We see this as a trend that will only grow as environmental concerns take on a greater focus.
We are seeing an increasing desire to move the outdoors indoors. As well as looking fresh and healthy, there are health benefits to living and working alongside plants. Amongst other things, they soak up some of the free radicals and pollutants caused by all our gadgets. In design terms, this trend also feeds into the bold, botanical vibe that we have been seeing in wallpapers and textiles. Our advice is to avoid anything small and fussy. Be brave and go for big, bold foliage that makes a proper statement.
More men are getting involved in decisions about interior décor, fuelling a distinct trend towards more masculine styling. We don’t mean bachelor pad bling. This is something less flashy and much more refined. Yes, you’ll find black marble and metal light fixtures but these are softened with vintage-inspired luxury sofas, comfortable designer armchairs, warm and timeless colours and the natural textures of wood and leather.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this sneak peek into next year’s trends. Remember, this is just a snapshot of ideas and inspiration. The most important thing is that you choose colours and styles you love. Unless you plan to update your décor every year, you have to live with your choices for a while to come.
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