January 14, 2020

Top 5 Home Design Trends Of 2020

All-white kitchens, accent walls, hygge—these are some of the home design trends that defined the 2010s.

But as we enter a new year and a new decade, we’re leaving all that behind us and looking to the future. Here are the top 5 interior design trends of 2020.


According to Better Homes & Gardens, eco-friendly materials were big in 2019 and will continue to be popular in 2020 for interiors and exteriors. Recycled, natural and sustainable materials such as bamboo, jute, cane, raffia, reclaimed wood, yarns and earthenware have a reduced environmental impact and create a connection to nature inside the home. When it comes to building, using recycled materials doesn’t just reduce waste, but cuts down on costs as well. This trend runs to the garden too: BHG noted that native, drought-resistant and low-maintenance plants will continue to be popular in 2020 for both pot plants and gardens.

Nature-inspired colours

It seems that in 2020, we’re all thinking about the environment. That translates into neutral, earthy interior colours such as beige, stone, warm browns and soft greens. This palette could be a reflection of the natural world, with the kind of hues you would find in clay, natural stone, undyed wool, olive and eucalyptus trees. Trend forecasters WGSN and the colour experts at Dulux agree. For their Colour of the Year, they’ve both chosen pastel greens: Dulux selected a calming shade called Tranquil Dawn while WGSN went with the fresher Neo Mint.


Terrazzo is a composite material containing chips of marble, quartz, stone or glass. In other words, it’s a way to recycle bits of scrap material into a beautiful new product. It was invented by Venetian workers who used marble offcuts in their cement flooring, according to Elle Decor, and it’s really enjoying a resurgence. Searches for terrazzo on home improvement platform Houzz increased by 28% last year. In 2020, we can expect to see stylish, bold and graphic versions in all rooms of the house—on floors, walls, benchtops, splashbacks, and even on tiles.


What’s old is new again, so dig nana’s dusty old rocking chair out of the shed and turn it into a statement feature. Good Housekeeping recommends incorporating just one or two accent pieces into a room, such as an antique painting or a piece of spool-turned furniture. But if you love classic and traditional decor, you needn’t limit yourself to just a touch of vintage. Mix and match old and new to your heart’s content, taking inspiration from what House Beautiful calls Grandmillennials—young people with a penchant for “granny chic” design elements like rattan and wicker, scallops and skirting, ruffles, and good old fashioned needlepoint.

Colourful kitchens

In 2020 we’re moving away from the all-white kitchens that defined the previous decade. Good Housekeeping suggests introducing bold pops of colour through your cabinetry, or for a more subtle effect, using natural wood for shelves, cupboards and islands. If you’re wary of such a big change, Country Living recommends storing colourful pottery in visible places such as open shelves or glass-fronted cabinets. Another way to bring in colour is through your appliances, whether it’s your larger white (or green or purple) goods or your smaller benchtop gadgets.

If you’re looking to update your home for 2020 contact our team for advice today.

Article by Jacqui Walker

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