Top 5 interior trends for 2020

By Emma Ryan 06 January 2020 | 1 minute read

There are five trends set to play out in 2020 when it comes to interior styling, according to an expert in the area.

Top 5 interior trends for 2020

Justine Wilson, director and principal stylist at Vault Interiors said a new year and new decade presents an opportune time for property owners to shake up their interior design.

“2020 is not like any other year; it represents the transition into a new decade and the beginning of a completely new interior landscape and some new emerging trends with the ever-evolving rise of technology, changes in human behavioural patterns in the home, and an unlimited range of options available to us,” Ms Wilson said.

“Everyone wants to be ahead of trends, especially when it comes to styling and entertaining.”

Ms Wilson’s top five trend predictions are:


1. “Byron boho”

Ms Wilson said presenting your home in a similar fashion to the “idyllic life in Byron Bay” will be a key trend for many home owners moving forward.

“The look combines a pared-back boho feel (signified by travertine coffee tables and dining tables) with crisp white linen armchairs and sofas (usually with a slipcover),” Ms Wilson explained.

“The trend also includes large sisal rugs, rattan sideboards and media units and decorated lots of dried floral like palm fronds and orchids. The colour palette is very relaxed and washed out like the coastal environment.

“For furniture, think soft oaks and painted walls in cream and white. Introduce a few washed linen terracotta and olive cushion accents and a potted olive tree in a large rustic stone pot – the perfect accessory for this look.”

2. Organic spaces

Organic spaces, including sunken outdoor lounge pits made of concrete, rendered or sandbagged walls, and large handmade tiles, “either plain or with a subtle pattern”, is set to be another design trend set to plague the 2020s.

“Instead of standalone furniture areas, people will opt for furniture built into the landscape or designed to be an extension of the building, such as large outdoor bench seats, round concrete tables and outdoor kitchens made from earthy rustic-looking rendered walls,” Ms Wilson said.

“The organic spaces trend is Mediterranean in origin, so if you have been to the Greek islands or seen pictures, those iconic rounded shapes will give you an idea of the overall look. It’s the perfect look for an alfresco space, giving a luxe resort style feel to your garden.”

3. “Australiana hues”

According to Ms Wilson, cushions, art and accessories will lean towards an Australiana palette in 2020.

“We will see colours from the bush, the red desert and the coast. Rusty and earthy tones like orange, red, terracotta, mustard and brown will be popular along with the more coastal tones such as deep-sea green, olive, emerald and navy. Popular fabrics will include velvet, linen and woollen fabrics, texture as much as tone,” she said.

“People are gravitating to more unique and local handmade items like pottery and ceramics when it comes to accessories, which sees a shift from the coloured glass and metallics finishes that have been on trend the last few years.

“Pair a handmade vase with simple floral such as twigs, an overscale bunch or greenery for a table centrepiece. Source handmade crockery and a linen table runner to create the look.”

4. Increase in wall art

While wallpaper has been “overlooked the last few years after it enjoyed a resurgence in the early 2000s”, Ms Wilson believes large overscale floral prints, Aztec designs and geometric shape designs will be back on trend in 2020.

“Instead of a feature wall, full rooms are now being done to create a real impactful visual feature – even the ceilings!” she said.

“For a more glam or traditional property, install wooden wainscoting or dado rails painted in rich colours, paired with busy bold wallpaper on top. For more modern homes, grass cloth wallpaper in deep colours will continue to be on trend.”

5. Sustainable styling

2020 is set to see home owners evoke a bigger focus on being eco-friendly, Ms Wilson said.

“2019 was a big year for all things eco, but 2020 is going to be even bigger,” she said.

“While the emergence of this trend might seem sudden, the interest in going green has been gaining traction for a few years now.

“Reducing carbon footprint, the materials and products we use in our spaces is becoming increasingly important.

“In 2020, more Australians are going to be looking at ways to reduce their energy consumption, such as installing quality windows with good insulation, and reduce waste by placing emphasis on products that can be repurposed or reused. Calling all vintage pieces!

“Green homes tend to be happy homes! Often, these measures encourage a better environment for their occupants, too. If you think about it this way, knowing what materials, designs and furnishings to use becomes easier.”

Top 5 interior trends for 2020
Top 5 interior trends for 2020
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