9 Interiors Trends You Need To Know For 2020

From colour popping designs to multi-use, space-saving furniture and hand woven materials, get set for the new decade with our forecast of the upcoming trends hitting homes in 2020…

Celebrate the new decade by treating your home to a little refresh with our 2020 interiors trend predictions. Whether earthy pigments are your thing or you have a penchant for patterns, keep scrolling for some serious design inspo. The best news? You can get ahead of the curve with our round up of must-have pieces to buy now.

1. Natural materials & warm earthy tones

As we explored with our biophilic design campaign, there’s been a huge surge in the desire to connect with the natural world around us. With a rise in rattan, bamboo and other natural materials being used in our homes, our friends over at Livingetc have predicted this trend is only set to get bigger in 2020. Maudie Manton, News Editor at Livingetc, says that “Earthy pigments are set to continue in 2020 – think sun-scorched hues including warm terracottas, saffron and burnt reds – that all have a warming quality and offer a sense of connection to the natural world.”

Natural rattan chaise longue, orange rug and colourful cushions

2. Colour block designs

One of our favourite trends at Habitat and a key feature in our new spring-summer collection, it’s all about colour blocking in 2020. Whether you want to dive right into the deep end with bold bright colours or choose more elegant, earthy tones, it’s time to find your colour mojo.

Orange 3 seater fabric sofa, yellow cushions and multi-coloured rug

3. Curved silhouettes

Whilst straight edged designs may have dominated our spaces for years, it’s time for curved designs to make a comeback. As Maudie from Livingetc explains, “Silhouettes should be cosseting, cocooning and comforting. For this we will see a move towards gentle curves – almost mimicking that of the human form – in favour of angular shapes and sharp lines. Think sofa’s with wrap-around backs, high arm rests and plush upholstery and beds with enveloping headboards.”

3 seater grey fabric sofa with walnut oval coffee table

4. Sophisticated glamour

A move on from last year’s 70’s inspired luxe trend, this year is all about adding the glam factor in a sophisticated way with luxurious materials such as velvets, marble and glass. Pieces to look forward to include a white marble dining table, luxe velvet chairs with brass legs, and richly coloured velvet sofas. Can’t wait? Tap into the trend now with our top picks from the current collection.

Blue velvet 3 seater sofa and rose gold coffee and side table

5. Feng-shui decor

Pinterest have given us some serious inspiration with their 2020 trend predictions and one coming out on top was feng-shui decor. All about the art of balance and bringing a sense of calm and tranquillity into your home, this trend is one that won’t be disappearing anytime soon.

Wooden dining table with wooden dining chair and green ceiling pendants

6. Hand woven & handmade designs

We’re seen an increase in demand for handcrafted designs and it’s no surprise. Adding a unique and personal touch to our homes, these handmade designs take a longer time to make, often requiring the skill of a specialised artisan or craftsman. As Maudie explains “People will be keen to see the hand of the maker across accessories and lighting. Hand woven materials, natural fibres and hand-glazed finishes will go to show the care and attention that’s been invested in a design, offering one-off pieces that honour craft and tradition.”

Collection of colourful, handmade vases

7. Pattern, pattern and more pattern

Building on the success of both figurative and abstract designs, patterns are here to stay with zigzags and symbols taking centre stage in 2020. Martha Coates, print designer at Habitat, shares her views on the latest trend “We use zigzags and triangles a lot in our pattern design at Habitat as the sharpness of the shape feels relevant and modern. This season is a mixture of cut out shapes used as symbols in softer palettes of mustard, celadon blue, ink blue and forest green.”

Multi-coloured, patterned rugs

8. Space saving/multi-use furniture

Whether you’ve got a small home or awkward spaces to fill, space saving furniture is here for the long run so it’s now even easier to make your compact home stylish. As Livingetc explain ‘There will continue to be a huge appetite for space-saving, multi-use design that caters to ‘generation rent’. We will also start to see ‘multi-functional’ and tech-enabled designs; side tables with wireless charging points, furniture with in-built sound systems and TV’s as artwork are all exciting developments to keep an eye on’.

Wooden dining table with red metal legs and chairs


9. Colour of the year: Blue

Feeling blue? Never fear. This year it’s in and it’s as cool and calming as ever. Named ‘classic blue’, Pantone have released their 2020 colour of the year and we have a feeling this one’s going to remain popular for a very long time.

Blue velvet 3 seater sofa, blue plant pot and glass coffee table


Which is your favourite trend?


All of the above images feature Habitat’s spring-summer 2020 collection, so some may not be available just yet. Keep an eye on our new in section to shop trending products as they land. 

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