The beginning of a new decade often means new design trends, new building technologies, and materials. Trends come and go, but as witnessed in the past, some trends have remained relevant for years and even decades.
It’s no secret that keeping up with trends is time-consuming and also expensive, which is why most homeowners prefer to ignore them. However, introducing an idea or two to your design could help change how your house looks and feels.
This year is set to experience a lot of trends but below are some of my favourites:
1. Minimalist Maximalist Design
Maximalism and minimalism are two personalities that are worlds apart. One is interested in practicality, openness, innovation, and keeping things simple while the other (maximalist) is interested in decadence, diverse aesthetics, extravagance, and excess.
A minimalist maximalist setting would include features such as blush velvet dining chairs with dark wood panelling as the canvas.
2. High-tech bathrooms
Bathrooms of the future have been around for a while, especially in Asian countries like Japan. However, the US has been slow to embrace these high-tech bathrooms. In 2020, it’s expected that bathrooms will receive a tech upgrade. In Japan, the toilets have seat warmers, noisemakers, timers, automatic lid openers, self-washing bowls, bidets, and posterior wash. The uptake of these toilets has been slow, but it’s expected to increase as more homeowners seek to enjoy the comforts of high-tech toilets.
Other high-tech features expected in 2020 include smart showers, automatic sinks, and mini-fridges. Bathrooms with voice-activated features will also become popular. Others will want smart mirrors and built-in Bluetooth speakers.
It’s interesting to see how bathrooms are changing and how people continue to seek more comfort in the bathroom.
3. Sustainable home design
Over the last decade, builders and designers have gravitated towards sustainable building. This trend is expected to continue in 2020 as builders seek to build energy-efficient homes that are good for the environment. The need for energy efficiency and sustainability has prompted interior designers to create sustainable interior designs.
For example, you can use plants such as bamboo palms, pines, or gerbera daisies as decorations. These plants will improve air quality and offer a natural ambience. Also, avoid dark colours, allow more light into the house and rearrange your home such that the kitchen and living room receives more natural light than the bathroom and bedroom. Source eco-friendly furnishings and choose furniture made of recycled materials or any other material that will last longer.
4. Personality in dining spaces
The dining room needs some personality as it’s the one place everyone gets to hang out, eat, study, and catch up on the events of the day. To accomplish this feat, you need to consider five features that add personalities. One of which is positioning- the placing and setup of the dining room is everything.
You want the dining set up close to the kitchen for easy transportation of meals. Add some ambience by using dim lighting. Place a rug below the dining setup to add texture, softness, and colour to the space. Also, place a centrepiece such as artificial plants, candles, or table runner to add colour and depth to your dining room.
5. Integrated living spaces
Integrated spaces have been a hit and miss, with some embracing them and others having strong opinions against them. However, it’s expected that the trend will continue into 2020 as the idea of having the kitchen as the centre of activity is alluring.
Integrated living spaces have a few advantages, such as improved traffic flow, aesthetic appeal, multi-functional spaces, and shared lighting. The integrated layout also improves access to the living room, dining room, and kitchen.
6. Bathroom seating
Bathrooms have become a relaxing space, a place to cool down after a long day. Thus, homeowners want to enjoy a spa-like experience where they can relax or browse the internet. This is why stools and benches have become common features in the bathroom.
7. Smart, connected homes
The uptake of smart homes is quite low, with only 1 in 4 internet users owning intelligent home devices. Despite the slow uptake, it’s expected that the trend will balloon this year. This is because homeowners want to enjoy the safety, energy savings, convenience, and control while others want to monitor their homes.
There are still a few challenges that need to be addressed before the US can fully embrace smart home automation. It’s estimated that the smart home automation market will grow by 7.5% per year to reach $262.63 billion by 2025.