The Top 2020 Interior Trends

Whether it’s a quick coat of paint to brighten a room, replacing soft furnishings or more extravagant overhauls, here are five key interior trends to incorporate into your home in 2020.

Colour of the Year

Dulux has revealed its ‘Colour of the Year’ for 2020 as Tranquil Dawn™. A panel of experts selected the soft green hue to embody the nation’s mood on the approach of a new decade. It reflects a growing desire to understand what it is to be human at a time when advances in technology are making us feel increasingly disconnected from each other.  

The Dulux Colour of the Year 2020 was selected by an expert panel of colour designers, trend forecasters, design specialists, architects and editors from around the world.

Now in its 17th year, the panel, which included former Editor in Chief of Elle Decoration UK,  Michelle Ogundehin, and was chaired by Heleen van Gent from AkzoNobel’s Global Aesthetic Centre – identified the nation’s overwhelming desire for reconnection. 


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Mass production, digitisation, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics are part of society, and while digital connections have improved aspects of living, the lack of human connection has made life poorer – and all the more chaotic. Fuelled by a greater understanding of the impact society is making on the planet, the panel identified the universal theme for 2020 as a desire to create more opportunities to experience ‘A Human Touch’ in our lives and in our homes. 

Colour of the Year 2020 has four supporting trend palettes which capture the essence of being human and show how Tranquil Dawn™ can be used to create spaces that enhance what we need and want in the year ahead: to seek Meaning, to Care, to Play, and to encourage Creativity. 

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Natural style interiors 

Furnishings and accessories are taking inspiration from the great outdoors this season. Expect dashings of natural woods in furnishings and beyond, be it panelling, room dividers or coffee tables. The use of vegetation such as plants tall palms, cute succulents and cascading hoya are perfect for breathing life into the home on a relatively cheap budget. If you’re not green fingered, there are some great faux options too! The introduction of nature in the home plays on our increasing awareness of the world we live in and it’s fragile state.

The Great Outdoors

Merge your indoor entertaining areas with the outdoors by creating a seamless flow between the two spaces with the use of tiles. Using the same effect flooring tiles, this will enhance and create the illusion of a bigger space. Choose a pattern or porcelain stone effect. This trend works well with kitchens or living areas that open onto the garden.

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Abstract prints

Add some fun into the home with straight lines, bold patterns and daring prints. Geometric style cushions and expressionist artwork are perfect for embracing this trend, but if you’re feeling brave add it to your walls.

Artisan homewares

Think hand crafted and ethical. This is a quick and easy trend to add to the home through the use of accessories. Invest in throws and cushions made from raw materials. They are great to add to living rooms and bedrooms for understated style!


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