Keen to stay ahead of the game? Check out our round-up of the coming year’s hottest interiors – from colour-laden schemes to vibrant flooring.
Images: Sofa.com; Hone
While interiors are thankfully becoming more considered in terms of their sustainable and eco-credentials, maximalism is still order of the day. Eye-catching schemes combine pattern, adornment, texture and generous, fluid shapes for bold impact. Think rich velvet upholstery, fringing and tassels, playful colour clashes, such as a burnt orange sofa paired with deep pink walls, large-scale prints and florals, plus plenty of artwork, books and collected pieces. Take inspiration from the curved silhouette of Chiara Provasi’s heirloom quality Wave Orange 3-Piece Sectional Sofa at Artemest (artemest.com).
Images: Cole & Son; Benjamin Moore
Shrinking violets look away now – powerful colours are hot news, from vibrant scarlets to deep forest greens and moody, inky blues. But a sense of playfulness keeps the look from being overbearing – consider midnight blue drapes paired with bold floral papers, such as the new Pearwood Collection of bold wallpaper prints by Cole & Son (cole-and-son.com; £110 per roll), or jungle green walls combined with plenty of natural wood and sisal flooring. For those who favour a softer palette, delicate pink strikes a contemporary note, especially complemented by sleek monochrome furniture. First Light, Benjamin Moore’s Colour of the Year 2020, promises to encapsulate the positivity of a new decade and works brilliantly as a neutral with added oomph (benjaminmoorepaint.co.uk).
Images: Pooky; Brokis
Statement lighting headlines in 2020, and while simple, angular shapes with a mid-century vibe remain in vogue, look out too for standout pieces that feature unusual silhouettes or bold colour pops. We love Pooky’s attention grabbing Wisteria table lamp (£174), with Fuchsia Drum Shade (£95; pooky.com), or the whimsical balloon shape of the Memory Ceiling Light (£153; brokis.cz). For an heirloom piece, check out the bulbous, handblown Zelda lamp at Porta Romana (portaromana.com) or bag a one-of-a-kind Venetian glass lamp base via eBay or a local antiques dealer.
Images: Kitchen Makers; Atkin & Thyme
Style with Substance
With the current push towards sustainability in interiors, vintage, recycled and small-batch artisan items are headlining. “In the 1950s, people would save for that one piece that would be cherished for a lifetime before being passed down through the generations,” says Sandrine Zhang Ferron, founder of Vinterior (vinterior.co), an online marketplace bringing together the antique wares of more than 1,700 dealers. “Now, we are finally reconnecting with the idea of an heirloom.” You don’t have to go for a famous name. G Plan, Ercol and McIntosh are all leading brands that regularly show up for very reasonable prices. “Among mid-century pieces, sideboards, mirrors and rugs are still in plentiful supply,” says Sandrine. Vintage pieces pair well with natural materials, bold prints and patterned weaves. For a mid-century flavour, check out Atkin and Thyme’s pieces, such as its Jade Bar Cabinet (£549; atkinandthyme.co.uk).
Images: Romo; Carpetright
Far from being an unassuming part of an interiors scheme, floors are now seen as a room’s ‘fifth wall’ and are adorned accordingly. Carpet is back in vogue but not as we know it – stripes, florals and geometrics are all the rage. For one-of-a-kind, sophisticated appeal, try Carpetright’s dramatic Columbus Houndstooth in Mono (£32.99 per square metre; carpetright.co.uk). In kitchens and bathrooms, keep walls plain and let the floors do the talking with smart, off-beat geos – we love Amtico’s Signature Stucco range (£70 per square metre; amtico.com) and its sleek Diffusion collection (£70 per square metre) perfect for delineating a dining space.
Article written by Emma J Page