Interior Trends for 2020
The new decade has begun and there are many debates and predictions into what the new year will bring for interior design and architecture trends. Whilst so many are predicting what will continue into 2020; the only thing we can be certain about is that there will be change! Here’s a roundup of some of the predictions we’ve seen come through the Fisch office so far.
Well being and comfort were big players for inspiration during 2019 and they are showing no sign of letting up. Stress related illnesses are predicted to be the primary cause of sickness in 2020, accounting for 44% of all work-related absences.
Schemes championing tactile surfaces and humble materials have been frequenting the industry. We’ve seen a revival of wall paneling, finishes like waxed plywood, Shou Sugi Ban, the Japanese art of weather-proofing wood to a fine charred black and surfaces like cork and bamboo. The popularity of houseplants which started in 2018 is now prompted by health benefits rather than aesthetics. Greens and botanical designs have become increasingly popular as urban dwellers attempt to re-create a sense of nature inside their environments. Niche paint brands and materials that reduce airborne odours and bacteria are becoming the popular choice.
Shou Sugi Ban
We’re finding more and more firms moving away from the standard ‘9 to 5’ and as work culture changes; the spaces we use to work in move with us. Teams frequently change their day-to-day activities and need flexible solutions like height adjustable desks that can be easily moved around to make meeting spaces. Movable storage allows for hot desking for flexible workers and acoustic screens create varying degrees of privacy and a reduction in noise levels.
The Flex collection from Steelcase
Flex appeal is moving into the food and beverage industry with clients requiring a flexible space that will endure and make a good return for their investment. Whether that’s quality equipment that can carry out a multitude of different functions or using dividers to create a luxury private dining experience.
Major brands are scurrying to acquire clean and green credentials as consumers demand transparency. Smaller brands who have always advocated a circular economy are finding their time has come to shine. Crucially, the products being created are also beautiful. Consumers are thinking more long term than they have in the past, people will be buying fewer, but more high-quality pieces. This could mean that fast furniture and decor may be on their way out.
In the restaurant industry, diners are becoming more concerned about the environmental impact of their food.
We’ve seen reclaimed wood in flooring, wall cladding and furnishings for several years now and the trend is not on its way out. Now we’re coming across more and more materials being added to the circular fold. Tiling made from construction and demolition waste; furniture made from PET bottles, rubber from tyres and even seashells and feathers.
Living walls, green ventilation and lighting systems are just a few other options to consider.
Designers are being urged to embrace the circular economy and to look at the afterlife of their product; how they can be re-purposed for future use?
The New Monochrome
Whilst all things green are the current dominating trend; monochrome is predicted to return later in 2020. Not in the stark modernist style from a decade ago but a warmer and more tactile palette such as the Monochrome collection by The Paint and Paper Library. The collection is presented as a set of six pairs of black and whites with subtle undertones from ochre to pink, grey, blue and green, tonally formulated to be used together in chic, subtly harmonious relationships.
The subtle combinations in the colour collection avoid any unpleasant, harsh contrasts of pure jet black and bright, brilliant white whilst still allowing the maximum impact associated with black and white schemes.
The colours that we use to fill our spaces impact us psychologically. Sticking to one colour palette helps create a soothing and restful environment. Monochrome easily creates harmony – because it’s really all one base colour.
In the food and beverage industry the high street is still dominating with quick and casual food and drink. Street food is still an exciting trend and one that retailers would be wise to tap into. For a while, the trend was very centred around London but its appeal has broadened, and independent food venues and pop-up venues are now well established across the UK.
It’s creative, fun and it suits millennial's and Gen Z customers' preference for experiential, exciting dining experiences. Customers expect more than they did ten years ago and come for the full experience. Great food in a great venue (think quirky décor, comfortable seating and less of the cans of lager and portaloos). Consumers are less loyal than they used to be, they’re prepared to go elsewhere if a setting isn’t right.
Jo Parker-Liddle - Jan 2020