As I made my way through the maze of modular furniture and high-concept light installations, yours truly stayed laser focused on one thing only: identifying major trends that are destined to impact home interior decorating going forward.
This was no small feat, fellow trend-watchers, given that IDS is a showcase of over 53,000 of the world’s leading products, companies and superstar change-makers, each hoping to inspire and transform the future of design. However, I’m happy to report that three trends did become very apparent to me:
Trend #1: Light Wood Tones
Goodbye Veronica, hello Betty! Blonds dominated this year’s show without a single dark-coloured espresso or ebony wood in sight. Using light woods in your home will help lighten and soften your space and invites opportunities to play with contrast – for instance, pairing a sleek black table and natural blond dining chairs. Light wood not only makes a big impact on flooring trends in 2020, but on closets, doors, cabinetry and furniture too, proving versatile and complimentary to a wide range of contemporary, coastal, modern farmhouse, mid-century modern or Scandinavian design styles.
Trend #2: Mixed Metals
It used to be that you’d never wear gold and silver jewelry at the same time. But we are fortunate to be alive at a time when mixing precious metals is now recognized as a knockout fashion trend! Same goes in our homes, where mixed-metal hardware, fixtures and accents are making a bold and modern statement in bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms. Of course, there are rules when it comes to creating this trendy look – like choosing a dominant metal finish (say, brushed nickel) to use the most, then adding a contrasting accent finish (antique brass) to compliment it.
Trend #3: Big, Bold Colours
The future is bright, my friends – as in bright, bold and beautiful! While we have seen a lot of subdued and quietly elegant shades in the recent past, all indicators are pointing to much more vivid and vibrant colour trends up ahead. I saw some amazing furniture combinations – a candy pink couch with cobalt blue accents, a lime green chaise, coral and orange patio furniture, marigold walls. If you’re feeling a bit shy, start small by playing with pops of colour in small doses: throw pillows, picture frames, area rug, accent chair, or add some razzle to your dazzle by painting a powder room, interior doors or a side table in an eye-catching shade.
Navigating the predicted design trends at IDS 2020 definitely required 20/20 vision, but I’m excited to see which ones will emerge in our homes in the year ahead.
Sudbury, where should I go next? If you have ideas of places I can find interior design inspiration and do some trendspotting, please let me know by leaving comment below.
Weekends are a treasured time to spend catching up on chores or relaxing with friends and family, but they’re also the perfect time to tackle some of those small projects that will make your space more functional and inviting. Updating your front door with paint and hardware is a simple and impactful project that can be completed over a long weekend.