Keep An Eye Out For These 2020 Interior Trends

A “trend” is a fashion. A mode. A style. A craze. We all follow and obey trends, sometimes without even knowing it. Interior design and decor trends aren’t as simple as starting in the first month of the year and finishing at the end of that year. Some trends are still featuring from a year ago (like a good song staying on the charts). Others get added and sneakily and make their way into our homes. We have done some research and chatted with our designers to find out what trends will be extended and added to 2020 so you can prepare for what’s to come!

Humble Materials

In the next few years, the use of humble materials will become popular. Designers and creatives are once again inspired by the Japanese trend, Wabi-Sabi. Wabi-Sabi is all about finding beauty and comfort in the imperfection of things. Humble materials aren’t pricey or luxurious, but this doesn’t mean that they aren’t beautiful and interesting. They are filled with character. These are materials and concepts such as plywood, live edge wood, exposed natural framing, burnt wood, rattan, jute, sisal, etc.


And the marble mania continues. Need we say much about marble? It’s been around for a while and is always a stunning material to use in your interior design. The rock that keeps on adding amazing textures to our interiors! If you are looking for marble inspiration, be sure to have a look at the brand Salvatori, for commercial and residential products and projects.


In a world controlled by money, careers and fast-paced lifestyles, the human need to connect and be closer to nature has grown stronger. In 2019 Biophilic Design has become quite a big thing and it will continue to be a thing. Surely you’ve seen nature incorporated into residential and commercial design all-round? Biophilia has the power to intensify creativity and clarity of thought, reduce stress and better our well-being. How can we achieve this?

By bringing natural elements into our residential and commercial spaces we reach a state of serenity, inspiring us to perform better in various categories of our lives. Buildings with a view of nature, being close to natural sources or even just adding a water feature will influence the people around these sources. Or did someone maybe mention an indoor garden? Using organic materials is also another way to incorporate biophilia.

Cane (or Vienna straw)

Cane (or Vienna straw) is going to be a definite feature in interiors. Chairs, consoles, room separators and accessories can all be made of  Vienna straw. Vienna straw is back in fashion and redefined in a more contemporary way. This is a touch from the ’70s as it was most popular during that time frame. According to Etsy (an e-commerce website focussing on handmade and vintage items and craft supplies) shoppers are lately attracted to furniture covered in fringe and velvet which can also be drawn back to the ’70s.

Neo Mint

According to WGSN (a trend forecasting company), the colour of 2020 will be Neo Mint and shades thereof. This is a compilation and portrayal of science, technology and nature. 

Pantone named Greenery their Colour of the Year in 2017. Since then, different tones of green have been adored. Neo Mint differs from the botanical shades that have dominated the market for the last two years and looks brighter and lighter. 

Other colours te keep an eye out for are earthy tones, the return of black, terracotta, neutrals and all-round feminine tones. 

Mixed Metal Features 

How lovely is it that we finally reached a point of not worrying if our brass taps are matching our copper door handles? Mixing metals is now a trendy thing to do. This makes life much easier. It’s a very specific look for a specific taste, but if you happen to be that specific person, you just hit the jackpot. 2020 will be supporting your taste! A tip to make this trend work is to still choose one dominant metal and then picking accent metals to go with it.  

Round /organic shapes. Curves.

Furniture and designs with round shapes compare to a classic and soft feel. Curvy designs are also a great match for modern looking buildings and designs. You’ll see these shapes, particularly in seating and upholstery. To make this trend more clear to you, think of arches, rounded corners and wavy accessories. Contrasting curvy shapes with straight lines will add a soft flare to something that might potentially look too harsh. 

Neon Lights

Neon Lighting became quite a fashionable sight in the past two years. The trend will continue to attract people, as it is so quirky and playful! You can envision neon signage and lighting in commercial spaces as it attracts customers. This doesn’t mean that you can’t incorporate it into residential spaces. You might just be the real trendsetter.

Earthy textures

To harmonize with the feminine shapes forecasted for 2020, earthy textures will be making an appearance too. Earthy textures and organic forms will most likely dominate the palettes of interior design. Textured upholstery fabrics such as tweed, wool, felt or bouclé is exactly what you are looking for when wanting to add earthy textures. 

Touch of Africa

Last but not least, patterns and colour combinations deriving from our African continent will also be featuring in interiors. Anything from baskets, tribal ornaments and prints, mud-cloth bed throws and bold primaries.

So there you go! These trends can be expected to be seen during 2020. Although we can’t escape trends, always remember fashion designer, Oscar de la Renta’s relatable words: “Fashion is a trend. Style lives within you.




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