Creating an experience touching the user’s senses has been an attempt and focus of all Interior Designers. Providing the best possible user experience is all about understanding the users. Why is creating this experience so important? There are millions of users and tonnes of competitors they can choose from, which is why themes and trends in interior design continuously keep evolving to meet the user needs and requirements. They will select the service that best suits and speaks to them. Upcoming trends in the year 2020 have been dominating and revamping many spaces. The following are a few trending themes that have made their way in consumer homes:

10 Trending themes in interior design in 2020
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1. SUSTAINABLE SETUP

“Sustainability will be in everybody’s mind when designing interiors. The building industry is starting to focus on healthy and new materials.”  –Laurence Carr, interior designer.

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One of the biggest interior design trends for the year 2020 is that some consumers and designers are taking greater responsibility towards the environment. The focus is on merging nature into the design of interiors and making it a part of everyday life through various means like eco-friendly furnishings, design for energy efficiency, design for waste reduction- Reclaim, recycle, reuse: involving 100 percent recycled glass tiles and countertops, organic carpet tiles, vinyl-free wallpapers, stools made from scrap metal, and lamps out of leftover or reused timber. 

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2. MINIMALISM

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This design theme plays with a combination of minimalist design principles and brings out statement pieces that attract and bring style to the space that includes nuanced and crisp ambiance that never goes out of style. It encompasses clean lines, a concise color palette, restrained use of textures, and furnishings hence creating warm, inviting spaces with every element having a proper place radiating “less is more”. This style stripped down by eliminating everything unnecessary to things with an essential purpose. The paired-down aesthetics exemplify simplicity at its best. 

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3. METALS

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Bringing in and mixing different types of metals in one space or a furniture piece is becoming a highlight in interior design trends. Finishes and furniture in silver, brass, tin, and copper are prominent, and mixing these up is taking them a step beyond. Majorly these are visible at vertical and horizontal faces in furniture or wall treatments in the room with a light fixture of the same metal next to it.

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4. PATTERNS

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Layered patterns have become a popular trend and are more prevalent for furniture and textile design. Matching pattern with its integration from the wall flowing right to the floor and in upholstered furniture, curtains, rugs, and bedding is catching the eye. Their layers include contrasting colors with a similar pattern or pairing up bold stripes with floral prints.

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5. NATURE LUXURY

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Oversized plants, indoor gardens, and blending with nature to get a relaxing space is becoming one of the critical themes of interior design in all setups- residential, commercial, hospitality, and educational.

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Biophilic style is a theme that incorporates natural materials and elements into the built environment with focus being on the user’s wellbeing and health. Attention is captured on bringing in maximum natural light through courtyards, skylights, incorporating water in the form of water bodies or fountains, use of natural materials like stone, wood, and projecting nature’s image in interiors. 

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6. CANE: MATERIAL EXPLORATION

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Chairs, consoles, room separators, stools, cabinets, lampshades, and many other furniture pieces are being designed with cane in boho, modern and traditional styles. A contemporary attempt and play with shapes are being taken into account to create a unique, casual, yet comfortable element to any space. The material looks weightless and airy that also helps penetrate light giving a very organic vibe that goes well with natural décor in the area.

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7. BOHO CHIC WITH ECLECTIC AMBIANCE

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This style has become a key theme in making a home stylish yet comfortable. It showcases an eclectic mix of various styles reflecting the user’s personality and interests. A classic example of mixing and matching design styles is classical furniture with modern accents or vintage tapestries and finishes. The output of such a technique is personalized and unique, which could either be minimalistic or bring out the pop color or elements in the space. 

8. CURVES

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This design theme is a throwback to the trends in the 60s and 70s that highlighted the beauty of the form. Design emulating soft curves and circles reflect softness in the interiors. Ample numbers of furniture pieces are getting attention due to the elimination of corners with rounded edges and curved shapes becoming a part of modern interior design. Rounded arches, bubble light fixtures, rounded corners of sofas, chaises, benches are spotted with undulations reflecting organic form. Renowned as one of the hottest trends in 2019, this design style shows no signs of subsiding anytime soon. 

9. WALL COVERINGS 

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Full height 3D wall coverings, designs, wallpapers, large scale art, and murals are a new trend coming up in 2020. These pieces become a backdrop for multiple things like cozy corners, entrance walls, bed, couch, or staircases. These make the space look dynamic, and very few elements are required around it to complete the look. Vibrant colors, 3D textures, and patterns add a personality that becomes an accent in the space.     

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10. ARTFUL APPEAL: ART DECO

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The artful influence of the Art Deco style is continuing in spaces. The symmetry and balance provide a structure and discipline to the overall area. The influence of the style is still prevalent, but it is less ornamented, organic, and reflects restraint. These interiors are set apart by using layers of distinct lighting, mirrored elements like lacquered wood, glossy paint, shiny chrome brass fittings, gold, silver, stainless steel. Geometry is abundant in this style, including chevron patterns, zig-zags by making the space unique and eye-catching. Glass topped tables, mirrored sculptural elements add to the elegant feel of an art deco styled space. 

Author

Chitvan Mathur is an Architect and Designer who is passionate about how spaces tell a story through powerful conceptualisations. A strong believer in the ability of architecture, she combines research with critical thinking and aims for quality by bringing her aesthetic and clean eye to all parts of her work.

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