Interior design trends for 2020

Interior design trends for 2020

2020 is off and running and the net is full of predictions for 2020 trends. A lot of them are fairly arbitrary, seeming to push the tastes of a particular designer or brand. They are likely as accurate as horoscopes in the tabloids. Nothing is for certain, but we definitely think there are a few trends brewing that have been weighing in on search engines and across social media.


Minimalism combined with indoor/outdoor vibes will be strong in 2020 - image via Remodelista

While the roaring 1920s saw the beginning of modernist design, monochrome and minimalism, in 2020, interiors will continue to be influenced by modern minimalism, but this time, with an environmental imperative.

Design in 2020 is driven not only by aesthetics, but by passionate concern for our environment and the desire to lead a more balanced and sustainable life.

Here are our trend predictions for interiors in 2020.

Neo mint

As far as colour trends go, there's a few out there - some of them seem a little of the mark.

We like London based trend forcaster WGSN's, Neo Mint- an airy, pastel green.

Following extensive research that included observing street fashion, social media, current affairs and big data, WGSN's colour director Jane Monnington Boddy commented:

"What is becoming clear is the importance of neo mint – a shade that succinctly aligns futuristic development with nature."

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The Budapest cafe, Chengdu China - image via Pinterest

Not only does it have a cool, futuristic vibe to it, fitting for the start of this decade, but as a green tone, it retains the connection to nature.

We've seen a return to pastels and creamy tones the past couple of years, from soft pinks to muted browns, so it's no surprise that it's now a pastel green that takes the spotlight.

WGSN also forecasts four other soft colours as popular for Spring and Summer 2020 - purist blue, cassis, cantaloupe and mellow yellow.

Neo mint is gender neutral and perfect for a time where traditional classifications and representations are falling away and there is increasing need for colours that are inclusive.


Biophilic Design is an extension of the sustainable architecture movement which aims to create buildings that are both environmentally friendly and energy efficient. Biophilic design is about incorporating natural materials, natural light, vegetation, nature views and other experiences of the natural world. The idea is that living in spaces which are more connected with nature positively affects our wellbeing.

By 2050, it's estimated 68% of the world's population will live in cities and current statistics already indicate the average person spends 90% of their time indoors. So it's not surprising that we are increasingly looking for a more tangible connection to the natural world.

Biophilia covers wellness, productivity, and profitability in one, so this design trend is destined to continue well into the 20s.

Less is more

In 2020, the battle to conquer clutter will continue. We have less need to impress with our possessions. As we shift our focus on what creates value in our life, it moves further away from the accumulation of stuff and the need to impress with the biggest and best flatscreen.

Interiors will be increasingly influenced by functionality, practicality and tidy solutions. In furniture, this can mean designs moving further away from open shelving where you need to worry about how the items are ordered and displayed. Rather, tucking items away behind cupboard doors or drawers. It can also mean customised solutions, like bed frames with in-built storage or getting a carpenter in to turn an awkward corner under the stairs into a storage solution.

Marie Kondo's clean up crusade around the concept of joy sparking will continue to have an influence. A focus on mimimalism, not cold with hard edges, but a minimalism softened by a carefully curated selection of details and décor that spark joy, will come to influence the way we design our homes.

It's been dubbed, 'Personal Minimalism'. It's about creating clean lines that are accented and enlivened with the things that are meaningful for us , in moderation.


Personal minimalism relies on a home owner developing the skills of knowing what to include and what the leave out. In the less is more crusade, we are called on to become careful curators of the artefacts we give attention to, and practiced de-clutterers, capable of culling the inventory we can leave out.

An extension of the less-is-more trend, is how we live and particularly our shopping habits. There is a push to developing more sustainable purchasing of furniture and products that are built to last which thereby reduce the need to accumulate and later, discard.

Natural wood kitchens

Apparently, the reign of the white kitchen is over. The trend for kitchens in 2020 is toward natural wood cabinets, islands and shelves. Particularly lighter wood tones enable a bright and light vibe without necessarily needing white cabinets and glossy veneers.

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Plywood kitchens totally fit this light and bright vibe and will be popping up al over Instagram and Pinterest in 2020.

'Kitchen' gardens

Fresh herbs in kitchens are a wonderful addition. Not only do they add a fresh burst of greenery and often refreshing fragrance, but they liven up any meal and are so versatile. A pot of fresh mint in some creative hands can take you from bath time to tea time, a morrocan cook-up or of course, mohito hour!

In 2020, we'll become more and more interested and adept at growing herbs in the kitchen. It's part of the greater trend of bringing nature into the home and builds on the botanical trend we've seen in recent years.

Indoor plants

As part of the biophilic trend, bringing plants inside is still going to be big in 2020. The forecasted on trend plants for 2020 include cacti, olive trees, long leaf figs and the cast iron plant. The fiddle leaf fig and monstera will continue to be popular.

Long leaf fig

The long leaf fig. Image credit: Homes to love

Inside out

Also in line with biophilia, is the trend to not only bring nature inside the home, but bring the home outside. Outdoor living will continue to be popular in 2020. Yards, balconies and terraces will continue to be transformed for maximum livability and hygge. Solutions to outdoor living like solar powered lighting, fire pits and outdoor heaters as well as more elaborate initiatives like outdoor kitchens or mud kitchens for the kids, will continue to be popular into the 20s.

Multi-functional spaces

The trend toward open plan living will expand in the 2020s, blurring the lines between defined space and rooms, taking us closer toward multi-functional spaces. This also mirrors a societal shift where our homes have to adapt to accommodate the needs of bonus families, kids and often pets, shared between homes, as well as an increasing work from home trend. Our homes need to be more flexible than ever before when the number of inhabitants and how they use the space is changing.

2020 will particularly see a surge of interest in study nooks and flexible work corners and spaces. Increasingly the focus will not just be on making use of 'spare' space, but on using living space flexibly, to address multiple purposes and needs that have not traditionally 'belonged' in that part of the home. No longer relegated to a child's bedroom, a study/work space can now become part of a kitchen or lounge-room, for example.

A new definition of luxury

In line with the less-is-more trend, is the changing definition of luxury. Luxury is less about consumption (the more you have, the richer you are) or prestige (the bigger the better) and becoming more about the precious resource of time and wellbeing. Luxury has a new focus on inner wellbeing - getting a good night's sleep, having the space to relax or to practice something like meditation or yoga. Consequently, a well designed bedroom and bathroom take centre-stage in prioritising wellness.

Japanese bathtub

Image credit: @signaturehw

Luxurious beds draped in soft linens and spacious spa-like bathrooms will be an area of interest in 2020. Pinterest has recorded a lot of searches for japanese soaking tubs for bathroom design which, with their depth, beautiful aesthetic and built-in seat, make for the ultimate bathroom bathing experience.

Protest art

protest poster

Image credit: Cool Hunting

Posters have always been a popular and easy way of making homes personal. And now there's an increasing number of protest posters popping up with either humourous messages or environmental activism. A fun way to voice frustrations!

Animal free influences

Vegan lifestyle will have an impact in interiors as people attempt to go animal free, forgoing leather sofas or down quilts.

Leading the charge for 'vegan design' is the world's first vegan suite at the Hilton London Bankside.

Vegan suite

World's first vegan suite at the Hilton London Bankside. Image credit: Hilton London Bankside

Generally, the trends that we'll see in the 2020s are about adapting to present circumstances and improving. It's about trying to be our best selves in how we live and shop, to be kinder to ourselves, each other and our environment.

The 20s will be less about 'smart' homes, robot assistants, and high tech gadgets as we begin to near digital exhaustion and seek refuge to unplug at home. For milennials who have grown up digital, it's becoming cool to go analogue, and design will be driven by a biophilic return to nature as well as a lifestyle shift to simple analogue pleasures like a good book in the bathtub and boardgames with family and friends.

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