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The 2020 Interior Design Styles and Trends You'll Fall in Love With

Posted 13th January 2020

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No matter how you spend your days, one fact is always true: you want your home to be a place of comfort. You want it to capture your personal style and make you feel (pun intended) at home.

Crafting a beautiful home interior is more difficult than it seems, though. After all, there's a reason professional interior design is such a thriving industry.

Still, it's entirely possible to design a beautiful home yourself, especially if you start with a home layout you love from a New Zealand home builder. The first step is learning about all the top interior design styles and trends like these.

Mixing Time Periods

It's no secret that people today are designing their homes with inspiration from all different time periods. Some people love modern or futuristic styles while others prefer mid-century looks or the vibrant colours of the 1970s.

In the coming year, the trend is to blend a few time periods together into one. For example, most of your home could have a very modern look with clean lines and bright whites. You can bring in retro design accents that remind you of the 1940s or 1950s.

Of course, there are limits. Stick to two different eras. If you have accents from six different decades in the same room, it tends to look messy and unplanned.

Bringing the Outside In

People all over the world are getting more and more invested in "going green." You can do that in your home by doing more than installing new windows.

Incorporate live plants into your interior design. You can use as many or as few plants as you want depending on how they fit your design plan. This can range from one or two plants in the corner to a long row of indoor succulents or herbs.

As an added bonus, you get cleaner air in your home too.

Monochromatic Looks

If you struggle to find colour pairings that complement each other, you're in luck. There is a surging trend toward monochromatic colour schemes.

You can do this in a few different ways. A bold, edgy take is to cover a room with the same shade. That includes wall colour, furniture, decor, and other elements.

A more popular option is to use multiple shades of the same colour. For example, you can have royal blue walls in a room filled with light blue and navy blue design pieces.

While this has been more common in kids' rooms in the past, you can carry the trend into any room of the house.

A Blend of High Class and Humility

There are certain materials that people immediately think of as "high-end" and "low-budget." In today's homes, those two classes of materials are living peacefully side-by-side.

For the most part, the key is to use luxury materials for the primary staples in the room while accenting with humble materials. For example, you can set the tone for a beautiful kitchen with a marble or quartz countertop. Add design accents made with rope or rattan bar stools and you have a custom and gorgeous combination.

The same goes for your furniture. A luxury fabric sofa pairs well with burlap pillows.

Multifunctional Spaces

There used to be a design rule that every room had to be its own, well-defined space. While that works for some homeowners, others have struggled with this because they have a limited number of rooms in their home.

Today, that's no longer a problem as the trend of multifunctional spaces increases.

For example, you can have a guest bedroom that doubles as a hobby room. You can fill the room with a decorative arrangement of supplies for your favourite hobby. Add a day bed that can function as cozy seating while you're enjoying your hobby.

If you work from home but you don't have a separate room for an office, the same trick applies. Incorporate a desk into the design of your living room or master bedroom. 

The only rule is to make sure that your design style stays consistent throughout the room, no matter how many spaces you're combining.

Accent Doors

Interior doors are essential for privacy and boundaries within your home. Who says that has to be their only purpose, though?

More and more homeowners are using their interior doors as accent pieces. You can do this by painting your doors a bold colour that contrasts with the rest of the room.

If you're more ambitious, you can even paint a pattern on your doors. It all boils down to your personal style and what complements the design in your home.

Top-Notch Textures

When most people consider interior design, they focus primarily on colours. In today's trends, though, texture plays a much larger role.

As you design your interior decor, think about how to incorporate more textures into your home. Consider which textures fit best with the style and atmosphere you want.

For example, if you are creating a cozy, warm, traditional like, go for faux fur and other soft textures. 

If you're lacking texture, there are plenty of ways to add it in. Throw pillows offer a fantastic opportunity for texture, and so do wall hangings. You can even add texture to the walls themselves with certain wallpapers.

Finding the Best Home Interior Design Styles for Your Home

Keeping up with the best interior design styles and trends can help you keep your home looking cool and cutting-edge. At the same time, don't underestimate your gut. Find ways to combine the latest trends with the styles and looks that feel natural to you in your home.

Of course, there is only so much you can do with interior design. You need to start in a home with a great structure and quality home designs. To start that process, learn more about custom-built homes today.