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Hot interior design trends around the world according to experts

Looking for inspiration for your next home renovation of makeover? Here are 12 interior design trends worth checking out.

What’s hot in the interior design world? From personalising home accessories to incorporating the elements of nature and more, here are the hot interior design trends that designers around the world are talking about. Have a look!

#1 Multifunctional spaces

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With many people switching to remote work in 2020, it is only obvious that creating multifunctional spaces is a top priority for homeowners. A kitchen island can be both a dining table and workstation. Even small spaces or transitional areas can be well-utilised to serve more than one function. (Above) project by Free Space Intent

#2 Upcycle, repair and personalise

2020 is a year in which interior designers are putting a big focus on sustainability and reducing waste.

Interior designer Harriet Anstruther says that this year sees an upsurge in homeowners upcycling, mending and personalising their accessories. Though upcycling is not new, people are becoming more environmentally conscious, and Harriet believes that more folks will desire to learn the right upcycle skills. Workshops will become popular in domestic projects.

#3 Elements of nature

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Jason Grant, author, stylist, and designer, says that he includes an element of nature in every space he creates. It can be an oversized palm leaf, a handmade ceramic, a piece of furniture made of timber, or some native botanicals. Jason likes to create spaces that give out calm and relaxing vibes and for that, he gets inspiration from his favourite elements of nature including the ocean, the beach, and the bush.

Certainly, the idea of home as oasis is welcome in these times, so as far as interior design trends go, this is one that will stay.

#4 Earth tones

Yes, cold tones are out. Trending in the interior design world are shades of chocolate brown, olive green, wine, and yellow ochre. Try switching to these warm earthy tones for a comforting and neutral feel in your home.

#5 Art deco

#3 Tech-savvy interior Interior designer Laurence Carr says that smart technology connected homes, and AI applications at home are going to be at the forefront of 2020. Smart technology is going to keep homes organised and also give mental peace. Plus, instead of considering such products as luxury items, they should be viewed as installations that will improve the quality of one’s life

Caroline Chin Geyler, Founder and Creative Director of Arete Culture, says that Singapore is seeing the resurgence of Art Deco influenced interiors. Art Deco elements add richness to the home. All the glamour of deep jewel tones, sleek metallic accents, and plush upholstery of the past continue to be relevant today.

#6 Tech-savvy interior

Interior designer Laurence Carr says that smart technology connected homes, and AI applications at home are going to be at the forefront of 2020.

Smart technology is going to keep homes organised and also give mental peace. Plus, instead of considering such products as luxury items, they should be viewed as installations that will improve the quality of one’s life.

#7 Simple shapes

Vincent Van Duysen, an acclaimed architect, believes that design is now about more simplistic proportions and sensuousness. In his design collaborations, he tries to retain the essence of form while incorporating as many technicalities as possible.

#8 Chic caning

#3 Tech-savvy interior Interior designer Laurence Carr says that smart technology connected homes, and AI applications at home are going to be at the forefront of 2020. Smart technology is going to keep homes organised and also give mental peace. Plus, instead of considering such products as luxury items, they should be viewed as installations that will improve the quality of one’s life

Amber Dunford, an interior stylist, recommends the use of chic caning accessories and furniture. Stool seats, cabinet doors, lampshades, and many more are made of caning material, the same material used to make classic bistro chairs.

This beautiful material permits light to filter through it, creating a light and airy vibe. You can get a beautiful dappled lighting effect if you use it in lighting fixtures.

#9 Bringing in mixed metals

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Metals, namely silver, gold, tin and copper, are being more widely used in interior design. Metal decor in particular, is heading the trend. You can try mixing silver and brown metals or iron and gold or bronze. However, see that you limit the combination to not more than three metals in one room. Image source: Collected Interior Design 

#10 Geometric tiles

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Geometric tiles are hot in interior design and are often used in bathrooms to bring an unexpected splash of colour to the space.

Behzad Kharas, an architect and Chairman and Managing Director of The BNK Group, says that geometric tiles are inspired by Turkish / Moroccan design, and work best for either eclectic or rustic bathroom spaces.

#11 Eclectic design

Matching the old and new is still hot in 2020. Choose primary modern decor and chip in some antique accessories. It can also be done vice versa. For instance, hang a contemporary piece of art in a space full of antique accessories, or place an antique lamp on a modern table. All these moves can add fascinating appeal to your space.

#12 A style that tells a story

#11 Bringing in mixed metals Metals, namely silver, gold, tin and copper, are being more widely used in interior design. Metal decor in particular, is heading the trend. You can try mixing silver and brown metals or iron and gold or bronze. However, see that you limit the combination to not more than three metals in one room.

Linda Hayslett, the founder of LH Designs, is of the opinion that people are going to become conscious of cultural designs and will want to incorporate more authentic pieces. She says that knowing the story of how a certain piece is created makes people more eager to have spaces that emphatically resonate with their personalities.

Wrapping-Up

There you have it! These are the hottest interior design trends around the world as spoken by top international designers. Hopefully, they will offer up all the inspiration you need while working on your home renovation or makeover. Remember though, that the home should be about you, so always go with what truly reflects your personality, taste and lifestyle.

About the writer:
Richa Parmar is an architect and presently works as a Senior Manager/Architect Blogger at GharPedia. You can reach her on LinkedIn

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