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Are you looking to build your dream home in 2020?

Before you lock in the final design, it can be good to check out what interior design trends are emerging or expected to materialise in the coming months. After all, you don’t want to miss out on something unique that will add function and style to your new home.

The year 2020, like all years, is expected to bring new trends, new ideas and new techniques for the home. Equally as many current trends are expected to go out of style. To ensure that your new home has the best chance of success, here are our top tips for interior design in 2020.

1. Introduce Plants

Indoor plants are a great way to liven up your home.

Your choice of plants and other greenery should complement your overall colour palette well or create a focal point in the room.

Be sure to use plants that are well-suited to the indoors, and especially those that do well in low light.

Home gardening expert Sergio says that while interior design includes a vast assortment of styles, all styles benefit from indoor greenery. The horticulturist explains; “Plants add life and colour to a space, while also bringing you closer to nature. You can benefit from doing your research, picking plants that play well with background colours and place in unexpected places to make the living space thrive with excitement”.

2. Invest in Proper Lighting

Your home needs to be adequately lit to help amplify the visual cues you’ve invested in.

A well-lit home also appears far more spacious and inviting than a darker one.

Consider investing in proper lighting fixtures such as table and floor lamps. These come in handy when you’re looking to create a warm ambience in living spaces, hallways, and bedrooms.

3. Choose an Unexpected Theme

Giving your home a theme that’s a little out of the ordinary will give it a completely new look and feel.

Experts recommend deciding on your theme early and using it as the basis for everything else in the home.

Be sure to pick no more than three core colours for your colour palette. Play around with various tones from the palette to determine the best one.

Consider testing everything on a mood board before executing it. You could use either use a traditional approach or digitally create these themes. Both enable you to be creative when choosing the right theme and hues for your home.

4. Integrate Artwork

Artwork is a great way to bring a harmonious flow to your wall space.

Introducing artwork to one or all your walls (i.e. framed tapestry, photographs, or prints) eliminates dullness on the wall and the room in general.

Play around with your artwork to see what textures and colours to use.

Find a piece you love first, then work your way up with some more exotic ones.

5. Pairing Patterns

Interior design experts recommend pairing different textures and patterns together.

The only trick here is to ensure the patterns and prints look good together.

One way to do this is by mixing everyday patterns with eye-catching prints for balance.

6. Consider Good Quality Centrepieces

While you may be inclined to go with the latest trending furniture pieces, experts recommend going for good quality items instead.

A high-quality couch, bed, stand, or vase can adapt to any room setting and become a focal point. They can be adapted to what’s trending by adding soft furnishings (throw rugs, pillows, etc.), which can be replaced when needed.

High-quality pieces, especially furniture, will also save you money and time in the long run. These do last a lot longer than many of the trending items you’ll see pop up in 2020.

7. Borrow A Few Pro Tips and Tricks

Many professional interior designers use odd numbers to amplify or add a visual appeal to a room.

This can be in the form of accessories, tables, and artwork.

You too can do the same by arranging accessories in groups of 3 or any other odd number.

Be sure to use items with varying textures, heights, and tones to amplify the visual effect.

Eiran Trethowan says that the smallest things in your life can affect your greater results. Much like architecture, it’s important to utilise the small elements of an interior. She explains: “Picture the room with certain colours and textures. Interior design is about turning your ideas into a liveable space, with or without the means of specific understanding. Play around with design, starting from the middle of the room and work outwards. When you feel comfortable and productive at home, you set the tone for the rest of your life”.

8. Invest in a Statement Floor Mat

Floor mats not only help make your home more comfortable but can also be used as a decorative piece in the house.

However, you need to choose just the right rug for the job. It should create an outstanding statement without giving up on the comfort look and appeal.

Several factors such as the theme and size of the room ought to be considered when shopping for such a rug.

9. Less is More

Minimalism is the way to go if looking for a stylish look and feel in your home.

Instead of stuffy living spaces, consider decluttering to get rid of outdated and unnecessary items. This leaves you with tons of living space that will make your spaces look comfortable and fresh.

Interior design expert Gary Hamer says it’s impossible to deny the serenity and simple beauty when confronted with a resolved minimalist interior. “Everything should be functional and add value to the space. You still need all of the items in a space for it to function. Pieces need to speak to one another and relate in regard to things like line, colour and mass. The space must provide meaning based on the accessories used”.

10. Don’t Forget the Bathroom

Do not overlook the design potential that your bathroom can provide. No matter the size or shape of your bathroom, give it the same attention that you would give a bedroom, living room or kitchen.

Add a bit of personality to your bathroom by bringing in lush towels, stylish tapware and ambient lighting.

This will make it more inviting than if it were just neutral.

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