The Top 4 Interior Design Trends of 2020

Each new year brings with it new styles and trends. Sometimes the trends we see are brand new, but more often than not we see the return of much loved styles from the past that are back with new additions and twists to make them better than ever.

Here are some of the top Interior Design trends you will see in 2020.


Black and White Interiors

An image of a dinning room, with dark kitchen benches, white pillows, a small table in the middle with a plant.

Image credit: Julia Robbs

That’s right, Black is back. Black and white is a classic colour combination that we have seen come and go a lot in the past few years.

In 2020 we will be seeing this old favourite return alongside some more natural earthy hues, such as the warmer tones of bare wood, as well as dusty pinks, soft greens, and warm clay tones. To really make an impact with this colour combination, make sure you get the right balance between Black and White. 50/50 is a good mix, but it’s really down to personal preference. If in doubt then it’s a good idea to favour the lighter colour (White) while using Black for accents and details.


Brass and Gold Accents

A bathroom with a white bath and gold shower. White walls and natural light coming inside of the room. A plant can also be seen on one of the sides.

Image credit: Anna Stathaki

Warm metals are another trend that’s here to stay in 2020. Used in the right way, Gold accents can add glamour and opulence to almost any space, as well as adding just the right amount of warmth to any otherwise ‘cooler’ colour combinations.

Don’t go overboard though, too much gold can start to feel tacky so keep it restrained by limiting your use of gold to accessories and hardware.


Eco Friendly Interiors

A desk, with a desk lamp, fireplace, wall art and a flower. A book can also be seen on the top of the desk.

Eco Friendly Paint. Image credit: LittleGreene

Sustainability was a big topic in 2019, and now that we are in the dawn of a new decade, we will be seeing a big focus on sustainability in Interior Design. This trend is all about being mindful of the materials we are using in our interiors; considering how they were made, using reclaimed and sustainably manufactured materials, and investing in pieces that will last a lifetime as we move away from being a ‘throwaway society’ as trends come and go.

There is a huge range of new products available that are made from recycled and sustainable materials, such as tiles, textiles, flooring and accessories, and there are even eco friendly paint brands available now that use non toxic and low odour ingredients in their products.



An image of a room with several plants, a sofa and a small coffee table.

Image source: Unsplash

We have been seeing more about Biophilia recently, and this trend shows no signs of slowing down in 2020. Biophilia is all about the connections between humans and nature, and bringing nature into our homes and workspaces not only enhances the look and feel of the space, but also has many health benefits for us as humans too.

Some of the benefits of using plants in interior spaces include: better air quality, boosting your mood and creativity, and increasing concentration and creativity. Plants can be used almost anywhere in interior design, you just need to make sure the plants you are using are suitable for the light and climate of the space. 


In your interior design projects, have you used any of these trends? What tips have you found that worked well?


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Written by: Ines Tome

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