BY HEBE HATTON DECEMBER 31, 2019 We've looked into our crystal ball of future interior design trends to see which will be big in 2020.How have we gathered this year's top 20? Well, it's a list made up of themes and schemes we have seen seeping into interiors (ahem Pinterest, ahem Instagram, ahem design forecasters... paint manufacturers, fabric designers... and so on) for the past few months.We've also added some tips and tricks to help you design and decorate with the trends you love, no matter the size of your rooms or your budget (because unfortunately not all of us can remodel our bathroom in terrazzo just because Instagram says it’s cool). BLUE IS THE NEW GREY
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Yep, we said it, we never thought it would happen but our love for grey has been pushed out by blue! And if you don't believe us, believe Pantone. Not to boast or anything, but we did have a sneaky suspicion that the Pantone Colour of the Year 2020 was going to be blue. It felt like it was time for a blue. The 2020 colour is called Classic Blue, and it's just that: a classic blue. It's clean and elegant but it's also really uplifting and (in comparison to the last few years) a really easy colour to incorporate into your home.For loads of blue room ideas to get you inspired, check out our feature.
AND WE ALL STILL LOVE PINK
(Image credit: Furniture Village) Bet you the last time you wanted to redecorate a room pink you were probably about to. But after a decade or two of being associated with tweens' bedrooms, pink is most definitely back! There are, however, a few rules for mastering this candy colour. First one being, avoid anything that vaguely reminds you of a colour Barbie would wear; blush-toned, muted pinks are the way to go. And keep finishes matt – anything shiny and pink, and you are entering six-year-old's bedroom territory again.So, with those little gems of wisdom in mind, go and check out our pink decorating ideas.
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A big player in the world of interior trends, let’s take a look at Dulux Colour of the Year 2020: Tranquil Dawn. It's green! Well, it's as soft and neutral as green can get, but still, we like! The story behind the colour is all about 'the nation’s mood on the approach of a new decade' and how we feel about living in a world so technologically advanced we are starting to feel disconnected from one another. It's a colour that's massively grown on us since its release in autumn 2019; it’s a really versatile shade that seems to completely change when you combine it with different palettes. Bring out its cooler side by mixing it with steely greys or soften it up creams and even light pinks. TEXTURE, TEXTURE, TEXTURE
📷(Image credit: Shutterstock) 2020 trends aren't all about colour either, we are seeing texture increasingly being used to add interest to rooms too. A look that we are loving is layering up different textures in the same, or very similar colours. It's perfect if you are big on neutrals so need to find different ways to decorate your rooms without using too many colours.In a living room, cushions and blankets are an obvious way of doing this but in other rooms, try bringing in textures with plants (dried flowers are everywhere going into 2020) prints and well curated knick knacks. TRADITIONAL PRINTS IN MODERN SPACES (CHINTZ IS BACK)
📷(Image credit: Little Greene) Look, we don’t make the trends, we just report on them, so apologies if this offends anyone – but chintz is back. Not familiar? It's essentially a traditional pattern on a light background. And you know what? We like it A LOT, especially if it's matched with contemporary pieces. CONCEALED KITCHENS
📷(Image credit: Hub Kitchens) You may have already had the ingenious idea to disguise a pantry behind an integrated cabinet door or integrate your fridge into a kitchen unit, but have you considered concealing your entire kitchen? Yep, that’s a thing now, and it’s becoming a huge design trend. With living spaces getting smaller and storage getting smarter, clean, minimalist kitchens are getting increasingly popular. Items that once cluttered worktops – kettles, plug sockets, knife blocks, even taps and sinks – can now disappear into flush cabinets and uninterrupted surfaces to make the most of all space available. Nifty no? Perfect for open plan kitchen diners or for small kitchen design, they are great for creating a streamlined look in a contemporary kitchen, too.Kitchen above (concealed) and below (doors open) by Hub Kitchens.