Open-plan homes have been a popular design choice for many years, however, 2020 is set to see this trend continue, with spaces coming together to create a versatile, functional multi-room.
This trend allows homeowners to make the most of their small or awkward spaces. Choose furniture that can serve multiple purposes, such as a fold-up sofa bed, or even a day bed. Day beds have grown up, they’re now perfect for any space as both a practical addition and a sweet spot to relax. Create an office space that doubles as a storage room with strategic wardrobes or tables. When it comes to living and entertaining areas, selecting coordinating materials and colour schemes will link the spaces, whether it’s just between a kitchen and a living room or internal and external rooms.
Biophilia is the love of nature. We are becoming more and more aware of our environmental footprint, which means that many decisions are being impacted, including home design. Sustainable materials are a significant trend for 2020. Not only is this trend environmentally friendly, but it can also positively impact your health. Adding more greenery and opening up spaces with large windows and less artificial light, can improve air quality and create a light and airy space. The love of nature doesn’t stop at choosing sustainable materials, 2020 will see natural colour themes take over, with plenty of beiges, soft greens and earthy browns.
Kitchens are the hub of a home, with the most activity occurring here it’s no wonder that people are eager to make the kitchen as practical and appealing as possible. This year sees the fall of the conventional kitchen and the rise of the “unkitchen”. To coincide with the trend of versatile spaces, kitchens are becoming more minimal and accessible, with many opting to have custom cabinetry created. Customising this space means that you can design it to suit your lifestyle. Have a hideaway for cabinets and storage to keep clutter to a minimum and open up the area to smoothly move from one room to the other.
A new structural trend looking to re-emerge in 2020 is the addition of arches and curves in spaces. This style is a reflection of the nature trend as people are embracing softer shapes. Curved walls, circular windows and archways can be seen more in architecture this year.
This composite material has long been used in bathrooms and has been in and out of trend over the years, however, 2020 may see it featured in kitchens of other living areas. The material is versatile as it is comprised of chips of marble, quartz, granite and glass, so it can be selected and created to suit any space. It’s durable, making it a great choice for a benchtop or splashback.
If minimalism isn’t your cup of tea, maximalism is also coming into trend, this focuses on mixing unexpected patterns and textures. Metals look to be one of the front runners. Combine different metals, such as iron and gold or bronze for a statement. The trick with combining textures such as metal is to not go overboard and find the balance.
Metals are also making an impact on the exterior of homes, becoming more popular due to the rise in environmental concerns.
Home automation is on the rise quicker than ever. We are constantly seeking ways of improving our lives, in this case, it’s a matter of ease and convenience. With smart technology, you could control your home from the comfort of the couch. This is also a great way of becoming more energy efficient. You can monitor your usage as well as control almost every appliance in your home.