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New Design trends to decorate your home

by Elizabeth Harmon
Posted: December 16, 2019

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With the new year just around the corner, it’s often a good time to consider making some changes to your home – out with the old and in with the new! This could mean simple interior decoration like a lick of paint and adding a beautiful new piece of furniture, or it could involve a complete redesign. But with a new year comes new trends, so what is “trendy” and what’s not for the year ahead?

This article shares five trends you should keep in mind for 2020:

1. Bold colours

Whilst grey tones and monochromatic rooms have been popular over recent years, in 2020, we can expect to see a lot more colour being introduced into homes. Think brightly coloured walls, colourful cushions, bright rugs and multicoloured, bold accessorise. The key is to create an impactful space whilst ensuring everything works together and isn’t too overpowering. Don’t forget the purpose of each room too and how you want it to feel i.e. a bedroom can still have colour, but it needs to be used in a way that ensures it is still conducive with relaxing and getting a good night’s sleep.


2. Multifunctional spaces

Whilst we have been combining kitchens and dining rooms now for many years, it’s becoming more popular to create multifunctional spaces in other ways too. A home office, for example, could have a desk attached to a murphy bed so it easily and quickly transforms into a guest bedroom. In child’s bedrooms, beds are being raised to make room for playing underneath and even space for a desk to do homework. The often-disused under-stairs areas are also becoming transformed. Instead of just being a place to hang coats, it could be used as an office space, a reading nook and in more elaborate cases as a spectacular wine cellar!

 

3. Creative storage spaces

Are you fed up with having clutter lying around, or simply not enough space to store everything? It’s simple enough to just put your clutter in the loft or garage, but in 2020, storage is going to become more creative. This will enable you to maximise the space available, whilst keeping it organised and stylish. This could be anything from hidden storage under seats, making use of vertical spaces, turning the under-stairs area into pull-out draws for more functional storage, stairs that convert into drawers, raised flooring for under-floor storage and much more - Your imagination really is the limit!
 

4. Mixing old with new

We often tend to sway towards either modern styles or more traditional styles, but a trend that we can expect to see more of next year is mixing old with new. This could be modern cushions on a retro leather sofa or adding old wooden (or even upcycled) furniture to a modern, sleek living room. This can add heaps of character but needs to be thought through carefully so that everything fits together effectively.

 

5. Bold plants

For years we’ve understood the benefits of having plants in the home (such as to reduce carbon dioxide and certain pollutants) as well as to be able to enjoy bringing a little bit of the outside in. However, in 2020, expect to see plants that are bigger, bolder, more eye-catching and that really make a statement. Think along the lines of a Rubber tree or a Fiddle Leaf Fig. Consider putting one in the corner of your living room, each side of your sofa, or it could like spectacular in a big open plan kitchen. Before positioning the plant though, make sure you understand how to care for it (i.e. whether it likes shade or direct sunlight) otherwise it won’t last. However, for those who don’t have green fingers, artificial plants are also becoming more popular and some can be extremely realistic!

Do you have a passion and a flair for interior designing? Do you spend hours on Pinterest looking for home decoration inspiration? Consider turning this into an exciting and successful career as an interior designer! Take Open Colleges’ Certificate IV in Interior Decoration course now and learn basic design principles that will help you to get started.

 

 

Elizabeth Harmon

Elizabethis an experienced Freelance Social Media Consultant based in the south of England. She works with a growing number of clients all around the world, showing businesses how to use social media more effectively and helping them to get the maximum benefit from it.

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