Trends in the interior design world always move more slowly than the fashion we put on our backs, and it’s more true now than at any other time. In uncertain economic times most of us cling to the familiar, and the things in our surroundings that comfort us. We certainly don’t want to be spending loads of cash. And at the same time we are on the cusp of a sea-change of opinion. We can no longer keep taking our planets resources for granted. Both of these things will influence what we do in our interiors, not only in the coming year but for many years to come. This doesn’t mean we can’t spend at all. We all know that is never going to happen. But maybe we will finally ‘spend less, spend better’, and maybe this will be the biggest influence on 2020 Interior Trends.
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You all know I’ve been banging on about this for years. I’ve now been living in my current home for six years and the only major piece of furniture I’ve bought in that time is a new sofa. Everything else came with me and I’ve either happily fitted it into my new interior, painted it, re-purposed it, or moved it on to the cottage. At the cottage I re-used all of the furniture that came with it and again, only bought new sofas and installed new mattresses. It just makes perfect sense to me, and I predict that this will more and more become the norm. It doesn’t mean that your interior can’t move with the times. There’s always wallpaper, paint, and soft furnishings to inject new pattern, colour and personality into a tired looking room.
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Buying second-hand is also more satisfying than buying cheap flat-pack furniture that everyone will recognise. It will undoubtedly be better made, will last longer, and will introduce individuality. Nothing adds interest to a room more than a handsome antique or a quirky one-off.
Comfort and Well-Being
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Wellness is a word bandied about a lot at the moment but it is nothing new. Yet there does seem to be a renewed interest in creating a home that is nuturing and enveloping. This means different things to different people of course. Some may consider a pared back Scandianavian style home good for the soul, while others might fill their homes with pattern and texture and create a maximalists dream. At the same time more consideration might be given to the sustainability of new purchases, their eco-credentials and their impact on the environment all of which impact on our well-being.
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I’ve written about Biophilia before, and I predict that this will be a trend that keeps on growing. Never since the seventies have we seen so many plants in peoples homes or indeed in the workplace. It’s a way of connecting with nature as our natural world is shrinking. It’s advantages are manyfold and not just to do with aesthetics either – although a room with an abundance of greenery will always make me smile. Biophilia is good for us. Incorporating direct or indirect elements of nature into homes will reduce stress, blood pressure levels and heart rates. All the while increasing feelings of well-being.
The happy result of all of this, will be homes that are as individual as us. Homes that don’t have to conform to what is in fashion or on-trend. Homes that simply make us happy.