The year 2020 naturally resonates with the idea of 2020 vision, marking the beginning of a new decade, this is a great time to start reimagining our homes and looking at our surroundings with fresh eyes.
We can create a whole new atmosphere in our homes so easily and this can resonate through every area of our lives. Building an inspiring environment to live and share with family and friends helps to motivate us to bring order and colour to our lives and bring a new perspective to the year ahead.
They say that life imitates art, and interior trends and artistic expression are intrinsically linked, so allow your home to be your canvas and pick up on your favourite themes for a refresh or a revamp this year. Looking forward into 2020, the key interior trends for the year are reflective of societal shifts so there’s a clear move towards more consciously sourced products and authentic materials collected in simple, fuss-free manners. Provenance is key and there’s a move away from mass-produced interiors towards using more thoughtful artisan crafted products and unique designs.
International influences always come through in interior design trends and this year we move away from bright pastel tropical themes and vibrant Moroccan touches, to more minimal, warm neutrals and tranquil palettes. Perhaps when you consider the chaos and uncertainty we see across the media every day, combined with political upheaval and wild weather – it’s not surprising that there’s a clamour for calm. Serene spaces and comfortable fabrics are all part of helping us escape and unwind. So, this year picks up on ever-popular Scandinavian influences, but also there are tastes of Japan coming through too. As we embrace the cuisine, so too some of the style and simplicity of a beautiful country and this year we will see style touches from Japan and Scandinavia being fused successfully for a soothing look.
Another key theme touches on art itself – pulling together influences from various sources of abstract art. The beginning of the 20th Century brought this movement away from direct depiction to more representational art. Famous pioneers in this modern move were Kandinsky with his elaborate, colourful compositions; I immediately think of Piet Mondrian, with his grids and blocks of solid colour framed in solid black and white; and one of the clearest influences represented through this interiors style alludes to the style of Robert Delauney, with his dynamic circles and blocks in mustards, russets and grey-blues.
This is a really bold and exciting style of art that you can have great fun exploring and I would recommend immersing yourself in some of the history of the style before finding the elements and palettes that inspire you the most and then deciding how best to integrate these into our homes. One of the joys of this form of art is its licence to surprise and to challenge, and this essence can be really inspiring when thinking of a room refresh, and it’s entirely up to you how far you push the boundaries of your own ideas.
Think initially of some central loose abstract themes – large chunky geometric shapes immediately come to mind. This year we’ll see some great furnishings and accessories to support a really fresh abstract vision. You can start with this in one item, either a large, bold rug or similar statement piece, and simply construct a cohesive palette around this for the rest of the room. This allows you to dip the toe in the water of the theme and bring just a touch of the bits you like best. Or you can use it as an excuse to push the boat out a bit and experiment a bit more wildly.
The palette trend for this look in 2020 hangs around warm rusty peaches, blue greys, deep browns with touches of teal or mustard. Take one of these colours across a full wall for the wow factor and pair that with black and white geometric shapes for a really bold look. Or take inspiration from all the overarching trends and focus on creating a simple, warm, honest effect with an abstract touch, think deep mochas, whites and fawns with statement accessories in abstract bold shapes and throw the odd curveball splash of bright orange or vivid ochre to add interest and bring it alive.
The abstract shapes can be layered minimally but be careful not to overdo it. Let their boldness and uniqueness speak for themselves and less is definitely more for this look. It works well using abstract designs on relatively flat accessories such as rugs, wallpapers, duvet covers and cushions. This means that you can regulate the impact by adding as just a touch here or there, or by making it the core central statement and building a room around it.
You can even take the shapes to the wall if you’re thoughtful about it. Bold blocks of colour on different walls can work well, and use picture frames or mirrors in geometric shapes to build up an abstract shape of its own on the wall itself. A few chunky square vases and lamp bases help to continue the flow of the theme, or soften it with pale curvy sculptures and leafy plants.
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