In the field of interiors, trends are monitored carefully. Changes to your home or workspace are usually time-consuming and costly, so it’s important for choices to be carefully considered. Lisa Fabbri, co-founder and head interior designer of Signature Finish, shares five trends to look out for this year.
1. Environmental Influence
Choices for our interior spaces must become more environmentally conscious, encouraging a positive impact on the way we live and contribute to the planet. Fortunately, suppliers, manufacturers and designers are getting on-board. Now, more than ever, there are cost-effective choices to invest in, whether it’s items made from sustainable and recycled materials and water-saving and eco-friendly appliances and services to architectural design that is more accepting of and focused on efficient energy use.
2. The New ’70s Look
This trend has already started, but will truly come into its own over the next few years. It seems we are continuing the search for balance in our fast-paced, high-tech lives and our homes need to offer us a sanctuary. The look is simple and honest, maximising natural light and making use of natural timbers and simple lines. Think earthy tones for walls and upholstery and large indoor plants in wicker baskets or macramé planters.
3. More is More
For many years, the notion of “less is more” has been closely followed, exercising disciplined limitation towards interior design and decor. It has been a successful and popular trend in its simplicity and control of space. The new trend, however, wants to allow more freedom and for personalities to shine. Colours, patterns and texture can be mixed. Boldness and exuberance are welcomed. The rules have been relaxed and personality and vibrancy are key. Be warned, however – this freedom can be more difficult to get right.
4. New Mixed Metals
There is a renewed interest in metals and metallic finishes. Rose gold has been popular for a while, but trends are now moving towards other metals such as copper, brass and silver – brushed or polished – and in combination with each other for added vibrancy. Accessories in metal finishes are easily available from most homeware stores. Metallic finishes and patterns are also available on wallpaper and fabrics.
5. New Trend Colours
This year, Pantone declared Classic Blue as the Pantone Colour of the Year 2020. Plascon issued Mulberry Leaf and Dulux, Tranquil Dawn. The common thread in all of these is a return to nature and the freedom to be quite bold in your choice of colour.