If you’re looking to renovate, revamp, style your home for sale, or just add some interesting new features to your home, take inspiration from what the style-makers say will be the biggest design trends of 2020.

Fatter furniture

According to Vogue Living, ‘chubby’ furniture will be 2020’s biggest design trend, with oversized, curvy silhouettes replacing streamlined looks. Cristina Celestino for Fendi Home’s “Back Home” collection is one excellent example of the chunky furniture movement that has recently flooded Instagram and Pinterest.

Big, bright and colourful

Domain recently polled interiors style gurus about the big trends on the horizon for 2020. Apparently, bigger, brighter colours and an explosion of patterns and textures are being used to inject more excitement into homes. The wallpaper trend continues unabated, with vintage prints still being hugely popular. Warm, tonal colours are having a moment and a lot of lilac and mauve hues were spotted at Milan Design Week.

Minimalism and Neutral Tones

In contrast, Summit Coatings, house painters working in Sydney’s North Shore and Northern Beaches, say that they’re seeing a growing trend for minimalism in large family homes – perhaps it’s the ongoing Marie Kondo effect? They note that the preference is still for neutral tones in interiors, such as muted greys. When it comes to colour pops for accents, their pick is vintage bolds from the 70s and 80s, which can create a surprisingly contemporary look. The streamlined Scandi look that has been so huge in recent years and it doesn’t look to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Grandmillennial Style

According to House Beautiful, so-called ‘Grandmillennial style’ is having a moment. Which is what now exactly? It means embracing what would once have been considered more old-fashioned home hobbies and furnishings, such as
needlepoint, chintz, botanical prints and ruffles. Blending these traditional charms into more clean, modern spaces can create a playful study in contrasts.

‘Slow’ design and sustainability

With concerns about climate change growing daily, there’s a huge movement toward sustainable solutions in home design. Environmental concerns are taking centre stage in every aspect of homes from their original architectural design to how people are purchasing home furnishings. The ‘slow design’ movement emphasises recycling and re-using, rather than buying new, wherever possible, which means vintage and second-hand goods are hugely popular and more people are looking to support local craftspeople over big manufacturing chains. Auctions, antique stores and markets both real and virtual are all great places to source second-hand furniture and furnishings.

Smart Homes

The growing popularity of smart home technology can also create more sustainable homes by enabling better control of consumption. The big smart home tech trends for 2020 will include voice-activated devices such as Google Home and Alexa infiltrating more homes, smartphone app control of heating and cooling (among other things), and a wealth of new smart kitchen appliances flooding the market from fridges and ovens to coffee machines.

Sustainable gardens

Many family homes in the Ku-ring-gai Council area of Sydney’s Upper North Shore have wonderful large gardens, which are well-positioned to capitalise on some of the major trends in garden design and landscaping. These include another sustainability movement – growing your own food through developing vegetable gardens and planting fruit trees. More home gardeners are also switching to natural methods of pest control and composting. In homes with less outdoor space, such as for those who have downsized into an apartment, vertical gardening on walls, fences and even windowsills, is an increasingly popular way to go greener.

If you’re looking to update your home and add value in 2020 contact the Chadwick team for advice.

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