This is the second post of a series “Style, Substance and Color:...
In the fast-paced world of an always-on culture, we see people struggling to find ways to disconnect. In 2020, increasingly dense urban environments continue to push the rental prices up, while the square footage of the newly built apartments continues to shrink. But while the space might be at a premium, the importance of creating a properly balanced home sanctuary inflates.
The role of the cities and our place within them are being rethought. We become aware of the significance of creating a healthy and nurturing environment for us to withdraw and recuperate. Following the footsteps of the previous seasons, home crafters are continuously turning away from the fast-fashion industry and prioritizing investments in furniture and decor.
The overwhelming stress we are exposed to each day influences the way we feel about our homes. The past couple of years brought a major shift in how urban dwellings are being used. From a place to sleep, eat and take a shower, our personal space has now, once again, become the most meaningful place in our lives.
The chaos of the city living and the lack of privacy and space, develop a strong need for a more mindful approach to decorating. Designing for wellbeing is on the rise as homemakers now have a good grasp on the impact that the color, layout, furniture and material choices can make in their day to day lives.
Urban dwellers now see their homes as retreats. Places where they attend to their holistic sense of wellbeing while catering their deepest creative yearnings.
The mindfulness trend encourages us to design our homes in a way that supports both our physical and spiritual growth. Having a dedicated space for meditation and yoga practice is on the rise as we feel in a desperate need for adopting more calming rituals in our daily routines.
And while the request for a more natural environment and materials inside the home continues to gain traction, appealing humane and sensorial features (and novelty) of smart homes are simultaneously boxing their way to the general public.
In 2020, the maximalist trend will continue to grow. Looking to adopt a more optimistic mood, urban dwellers seek colors, bold patterns, shapes and textures. To create a stimulating environment where they can express their authentic selves, home crafters are turning to items with a story. A rediscovered appreciation for less than perfect pieces, raw, handmade and vintage, sees us seeking expressive art and adopting folk motifs into our homes.
The diversity that’s been lost in the sameness of the dense apartment boxes most urban dwellers live in, fights back through the expressiveness of their interiors.
In 2020, the trend of increased eco-consciousness will outgrow the early adopters and push mainstream. Sustainability in home decorating and increased use of recycled materials are becoming more affordable and easier to reach. The consumers show a growing interest in new materials, their lifecycles, and the making process itself. Veganism is becoming a more frequently discussed topic in the interior design circles.
Alienated from Nature, urban dwellers are looking to adopt more greenery into their lives. The urban jungle trend continues to grow in popularity as more and more homeowners learn about the benefits of living with plants.
Decluttering, slow decorating and maximising the available natural light are also in focus.