The best home interiors are a genuine reflection of ourselves — how we live and see ourselves. As we enter not only a new year but a fresh decade, our homes can also evolve to meet our needs and further enrich our lives. If you are wondering what to do with your home next, here are a few home and interior trends for 2020 to keep an eye out for.
1. New Neutrals
Neutrals come in classic and serene shades with either cool or warm undertones. In 2020, we see a transition to warm, earthy neutrals that create a natural, zen-like environment — basically a space that seeks to reconnect us with nature and authenticity.
For refreshing neutrals that offer a sense of tranquility, go for soothing muted colours such as coral, navy, and “Tranquil Dawn”, Dulux’s Colour of the Year 2020. Tranquil Dawn is a hazy green shade inspired by the colour of the morning sky to bring the “human touch” at an increasingly technological and digitised age. This versatile shade of green can also be used to create spaces for care or for play, and contributes to the biophilic trend popular with interior designers and architects.
2. Natural Selection
In 2020, our collective yearning for biophilic design, a concept that incorporates the natural world with our living environment, extends to our furniture and home accents.
Natural materials like terrazzo, rattan and light wood are eco-friendly, and have become quite the priority when choosing new furniture. “Think mid-century modern, sleek and a touch of relaxed bohemian,” says Julian Koh, Brand & Design Director of Commune, a local lifestyle and furniture brand.
Lightwood such as solid oak is not only durable and sturdy, but also versatile for Scandinavian Modern, Minimalist and Contemporary Interiors.
3. Bigger is Not Always Better
As homes in Singapore get increasingly smaller, today’s young homebuyers are looking for pieces that fit comfortably within the small living spaces typical of city life, without compromising on function and good design that can be beyond their budgets.
This means a shift towards light, form-fitting furniture that provides smart solutions for urbanites and apartment living, instead of big or heavy-looking furniture with thick materials and legs.
4. Sustainability Shift
As we gravitate towards more eco-friendly lifestyles, it is only natural that our living environments reflect that as well. Sustainable homes are built to reduce our environmental impact, and are not necessarily complicated or expensive to do so. Besides heat-reflecting paint that increases energy savings for lighting of rooms, it is important that we furnish our homes with sustainable furniture — furniture that can be continually reused and disassembled, or used for a lifetime.
Sustainable furniture brands, such as Commune, reduce their environmental impact right from the beginning of the manufacturing process, with things like timeless product design, responsible material sourcing and efficient production. Aside from featuring recycled materials, Commune also uses wood sourced ethically from sustainably-managed forests, as well as lacquers and coatings with low lead content.
By buying well-designed furniture from sustainable brands, you are not only advocating for the green movement but also investing in quality, heritage and longevity within your homes.
More than just trends, our homes are an extension of who we are and what we believe in. With purposefully adaptable furniture and decor, our homes can go from being just living spaces to comfortable, meaningful spaces for us to live and make memories in.