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During these unprecedented times, the landscape is ever-changing when it comes to interior design. With 2020 leaving us no choice but to stay indoors, we can expect to see quite a few changes when it comes to how we love to style and decorate our homes.

This year we are expecting to see the end of the ‘official’ kitchen area and instead, the rise of cheeky leftover spaces; noticeably another change would be to see the terrazzo become a foundational material in a home due to its colourful designs and rise in the fashion industry, also metal is set to clothe the most fashion-forward homes. 

‘Unkitchen’ your kitchen

The kitchen happens to be the most popular room to renovate in a home because of how much our needs evolve when it comes to food and beverage creation. Modern kitchens should have a splashback from Simply Plastics. But as new tools and technology come into our kitchens, in terms of design, contemporary kitchens would also be integrating more small touches of furniture-like elements that reflect the rest of the home’s personalised decor. This still gives it a more distinctive characteristic of the owner. When we’ve reached the end of this trend, we will see kitchens that are capable of disappearing completely into cabinetry similar to more popular Japanese homes. By hiding all functionality when not in use, your kitchen looks decluttered and lets guests focus on the unique decor. 

Functional Nooks

Do you notice any extra space in your kitchen renovation plan? Even just a 1.5m space of the floor? According to homeowners no longer need to weigh out using the space for a pantry or more bench space when they have spare areas. Instead, homeowners are making the most of these small spaces and extending into it, transforming these into more functional spaces like integrated reading nooks, banquettes and kitchenettes. This trend of functional nooks in the kitchen grew in 2019 and we don’t see it leaving anytime soon. We can’t blame you, having a nice, cozy, space in your kitchen to have coffee in and relax with a book is enviable. 

More Natural Colours

Earthy colours are all the rage in 2020. From beige, stone, soft eucalypt greens and light browns sprawled on walls, these have been the more popular interior colours. All hues that can be found in more natural materials such as jute, sisal, hem; the colours of unbleached, undyed wool, natural clay colours, natural stone. With more people opting for calmer colours, they’re seeing the mental benefits of having it by being able to find more solace in these colours. In turn, making their homes safer spaces to process everything happening in the world. Although, this doesn’t necessarily mean louder colours are out of the picture. Researchers say that strong colour hues such as merlot, spicy pink and peacock blue with added shading are on trend for those who wish to show their personality through their interior walls.

Curves and arches

Curves and arches are set to emerge as a major interior design trend because of the feminine touch it adds to homes. Straying away from hard lines, these curves create softness in spaces that are otherwise filled by hard surfaces. More architectural elements are set to embrace rounded edges through arches for entryways between rooms, circular windows, and curved walls. While this was a popular trend as well in the ’70s, because of the help of technological advancements this type of architecture is easier to develop in homes nowadays. 


The emergence of terrazzo will be huge in 2020. Terrazzo is a composite material that is poured in situ or pre-cast. It is formed of chips of marble, granite, or glass, and is evident in popular bathroom design boards, but this year we’re expecting to see this beautiful material expand into benchtops & homewares, with the colourful chips becoming larger and colourways becoming bolder and more intricately designed.

Metal cladding

While more homeowners are showing an inclination to technological innovation, with all the new gadgets out there set to make our home lives easier, there is still a desire for greater sustainability. There is also the need for safety and always-changing realisations about wellbeing in the homes, thus the rise of metal cladding. With more and more issues and accidents coming to light when it comes to bringing combustible materials into homes, more people are shifting into sturdier and less flammable options. Not only is it easy on the eyes because of its more minimal look, this also means you get more durable material. So it’s goodbye to timber slates and brickwork for now, and instead, hello to copper, steel and zinc. 

A More Enhanced Well-being

With more people getting into wellness and healthier lifestyles, more people are integrating soothing decor into their interior designs. Some examples of these are lamps that adjust their intensity according to natural circadian rhythms, soothing palettes and low-VOC paints, or decor that is made to integrate house plants, all of which are architecture made to assist us on our wellness journeys. 

These are set to grow in importance and push a conversation for how designers should create decor in the coming years. Even in recent years, we have seen many designers and homeowners renovate their spaces to include more natural light from windows and skylights; exterior views to have easier and wider access to nature; and transform water sources into aesthetically beautiful ponds, fountains.

Eco-friendly Homewares

With the evergrowing concern about climate change, sustainability is a must and should never go out of style. Experts say this trend is definitely on the rise, as it should be, receiving many requests from their homeowner clients to integrate this type of lifestyle into their homes, but not just for the homeowners themselves but also for their children to learn how to adapt and continue for a greener future. With the harm of single-use plastic and environmental pollution, professionals and designers have been pushed to innovate even more in the years ahead, developing recyclable materials for homewares & decor. Since 2016, the integration of “green” materials was a high priority and only continues to increase.