2020’s Trends Will Bring Mellow Warmth to Our Homes

With bold shades of terracotta, burnt orange, ochre and buttery tan, gorgeous tactile textures such as bouclé, and furniture and accessories echoing nature and organic forms, the most influential interior trends of 2020 promise to bring mellow warmth to our homes.

Prepare yourself

From the initial worries about the amount of work involved, to the ‘Did I really pick the right colours?’ debate, right through to relaxing on your sofa for the first time when it’s done, we all go through a series of emotional stages when we revamp a room.

It’s vital to plan ahead and allow at least a couple of weeks for your ideas to crystallise. Luckily, the strong organic vibe for 2020 – simple, natural forms offering a luxurious yet inviting retro look – is easy to interpret.

Don’t forget texture

Some living rooms can look ‘flat’ and uninviting. This is where texture comes in, and 2020 sees a strong focus on bouclé. It started on the catwalk and is now firmly fixed as a staple texture for a warm and inviting home. The looped yarns, often in several subtle shades, create a raised ‘curled’ quality that gives a sophisticated but cosy feel.

Rob Ellis at DFS also says that in 2020 smart stitching detail will bring pattern and interest to decorative finishes on sofa arms, footstools and cushions.

Keep natural light in mind

Spend some time watching how the light falls in various points across the room and how the sun moves around it. This will not only affect how you see colours, but help you decide how to divide up the space for various activities, such as reading or watching TV, socialising and relaxing, of course.

Keep accents in focus

Dark ebony, walnut trims and furniture accents in steely grey will bring a defined edge to interiors in 2020, so you may have to be disciplined about what you keep and let go.

A cluttered space doesn’t evoke calm, so a good idea is to box up everything – cushions, throws, planters, vases and light fittings – and take them out of the room. Then carefully sort through, choosing only items that will enhance your new look. The remainder can be stored for future use or donated to charity.

Create a sociable space

If you have room, it’s great to incorporate two sofas to make a living room feel sociable and friendly, and 2020’s luxurious, richly textured fabrics – leather, velvet and suede – provide endless possibilities. ‘If you’re mixing two different styles or sizes, consider scale – how will the sofas look together and sit in the room overall?’ says Rob Ellis at DFS. ‘Don’t forget their depth, as well as width and height.’

For a welcoming, cosy environment in a larger room, think about zoning. Place sofas close enough together to create an area that’s clearly designated for gathering round rather than having them too spaced out or floating at the edges.

In a smaller room, measure, measure and measure again – and look for a compact design. The new DFS So Simple range, for example, offers eight contemporary styles designed with smaller spaces in mind.

Which of our 2020 interior designs trends do you find the best for your home style?