The beginning of a new year is always exciting, capable of generating a mixture of emotions, ranging from curiosity for the novelties that await us, to the frenzy of seeing our expectations attended, which inevitably trigger a desire for change. Pervaded by this effervescence, let's see what will be in fashion in the furniture and decor industry. Below I review the main trends for the 2020, anticipated by the Milan Design Week and consolidated by the latest editions of Maison et Objet.
A general trend that I see in the interiors is to put aside Scandinavian style mnimalism in favour of a stilish and chic approch achieved through a clever combination of materials and decorative details.
In 2020 materials will be key, this year is is the consecration of metals used for purely for decorative purposes. Unlike the industrial style in which iron and aluminium were a necessary consequence offactory refurbishing and objects reciclying. From now on, silver, gold, tin, copper and steel will the finishes of mirrors, lamps, table legs and chairs, but be careful not to mix more than three metals together so as not to create confusion. The new combination of metallic and mat black finishes allow the furniture to get rid of that second-hand vintage allure to become extremely chic and innovative.
When it comes to material we canno't to write about velvet that is becoming more and more popular and defenitely it is going to stay for a while. Used for padding and covers of sofas and armchairs, velvet is that detail that is going to enrich the furniture and create a comfortable environment. The velvet pads are strictly in vibrant shades such as deep blu, green, pink, yellow and burnt orange.
Another trend to keep an eye on is Vienna straw and the usage of other natural materials such as bamboo and raffia for furniture and accessories.
Regarding home decor, I have to mention wallpaper that is going to play a big role in all rooms and not just in the bedroom. Of course wallpaper is revised in a modern key, characterized by geometric motifs (another trend that continues to be present) or floral, in the latter case the flowers are generally stylized and with vibrant shades.
Wallpaper isn't the only detail that will make us jump into the past, but there will be also tiles. Last year I mentioned several times cementine for bathroom and kitchen, this year marble, stone and wood are the main materials for the extra large format.
Finally, greenery, if previously cactus was the must, now will start to consider dried flowers and in particular the so-called "pampas grass", which go very well with vintage natural materials such as the Vienna straw.