Well, it's safe to say that the new decade got off to a bumpy start; not only for the interior design industry, but for us all. While the Covid-19 pandemic may have sent 2020 in directions that we did not anticipate, causing untold disruption, the present challenge has also become the birth-place of innovative new approaches to design, and a re-assessment of our deeper principles. Just as American Vogue editor Anna Wintour has called for the fashion industry to reflect on our truest human values – and use the current crisis as an opportunity to re-emerge as something more grounded and earth-friendly – those within the interior design industry are finding inspiration in the self-awareness that comes with spending so much more time in the home. Here, we will explore some of the interior design trends that are rising through such uncertainty, from wide plank wood flooring, to spaces created for connection, in which there is certainly room for great optimism!
Creating More Sociable Spaces
As unexpected circumstances have seen us all spend more time with family than schedules normally allow, while leading us to appreciate those we cannot be with all the more, a trend for spaces to enjoy together is taking flight. Imagine soft and substantial seating areas, visually stirring bar carts, and cocktail hour seating in the garden. We love the idea of homes not created with only style in mind, but with wonderful experiences that they can accommodate placed front and centre. It speaks to a more connected and human shared experience in our future, in which we hold onto the value of time well shared.
The Cleverly Concealed
2020 has certainly brought an up-kick in marvellously designed storage, to be seen most spectacularly in the rise of concealed kitchens. Spaces with high-volume storage become a highly aesthetic and minimalist composition, in which all of our hoarded knick-knacks are delightfully veiled. Such clean visuals offer the perfect opportunity to make those which were traditionally supporting features the new focus. Combining concealing carpentry with stunning high-design parquet flooring offers unbeatable wow-factor while providing a hugely practical space that will always require only the closing of a few doors to return it to it's ultra-stylish fresh form.
Rebellious inversion of the spotlight is something that we will be seeing all over the place as the year continues, and what more playful form could this arrive in than the trend for statement ceilings? It would seem that our changes in lifestyle have helped us shed some of the ways in which we were most stuck, and look at things through a new lens! As the decade finds it's footing, expect to see statement ceilings with bold colour choices and embellished trim, balanced by expansive flooring choices. A feast for the eyes above can be incorporated into a dream space with the application of wide plank wood flooring – a flooring trend that is dilating in scale, just as it dilates the appearance of the spaces it inhabits! Why not entirely reinvent your interior with lifting hardwood, in the form of wide plank wood flooring, or the other of-the moment look – ash wood flooring – and embrace the revivifying trend of a complex statement over head?
Combining The Traditional With The Modern
A release of rules and regulations is certainly providing enticement, as 2020's interior designers play with eclectic miss-matching, with an exploratory and expressive vibe flourishing in all directions. Cutting edge modern pieces sit upon traditional design parquet floor, or weighty antiques upon sleek ash wood flooring. Decreed aesthetics such as Scandi, oriental, or 70s retro can now be mixed and matched, just so long as the result is indeed a finely composed cocktail. This abandonment of decree provides interior designers with the chance to really demonstrate their mettle, as intricate layers of aesthetics are build to create fabulous interiors that are loaded with interest.
Favouring The Responsible And Sustainable
It's hardly surprising that witnessing nature blossom in the absence of so much human activity has further inspired nature-led trends. As skies and rivers grow clearer, industry designers and consumers alike are yearning to capture and support our recuperating environment. For 2020, this arrives in the form of a surge in organic shapes, and an emphasis on sustainability as increasing awareness leads home-owners and businesses to explore the ethical element of their buying choices. Envision natural materials, with classic design parquet flooring of sustainable or reclaimed wood, hardwood grains, natural fibres, and sweeping lines inspired by the vibrantly living. This trend brings an emphasis on quality, craftsmanship, and creators acting with integrity, which are sentiments that the team at Unique Bespoke Wood could not feel more passionately about!
Dialling Up The Saturation
While previous years have seen white-as-white kitchens, pastel and pallid hues, and an enduring affection for grey, it would seem that we are all craving a slightly richer palette. Kitchens – aside from those which are cleverly concealed – are instead veering towards two-tone aesthetics with warm wood highlights. The impressive calibre of today's engineered hardwood flooring means that welcoming wood aesthetics can now be embraced in the kitchen with total confidence. What better look could be chosen, as our awareness is heightened that this room truly is the heart of the home? Grey as the “it” colour has been replaced with Pantone's 2020 selection of Classic Blue – once again breathing a little more life into our inner sanctums. The rest of our colour schemes see saturation raised, bringing an increased sense of abundance, and launching spaces that demand to be fully inhabited. We can't wait to assist those who are claiming their interiors for greater enjoyment. If you wish to explore wide plank wood flooring, ash wood flooring, or any design parquet flooring, contact our team for expert guidance!