They say some things never go out of fashion, but it can be an entirely different story when it comes to home décor. Thankfully some of the more heinous design mistakes of yesteryear have been consigned to the trash heap, never to return (think furry toilet seat covers, waterbeds, avocado bathrooms or Artex ceilings).
Still, while we should undoubtedly be grateful some echoes of the past are gone forever, many previously de rigueur design trends are enjoying somewhat of a revival. Here are just a few home décor trends making a comeback in 2020.
The resurgence of timber
Not so long ago, kitchen décor was pretty much all about clean lines and the color white – a lot of white. However, in recent years, timber has been making a slow but assured resurgence with a huge range of wooden kitchen units and cabinets now available. Wooden cabinets, cupboards and breakfast bars look particularly striking when teamed with granite or stone floor surfaces to add contrast and lend focus to a room.
Bean bags – reimagined
Beloved by children all over the world, the beanbag was once a de facto statement of cool in any kid’s playroom. However, despite being very much a trend of the 1970s, the humble beanbag is also enjoying a renaissance in 2020 – albeit in a very different style from the early versions.
These days, beanbags have been completely reimagined and repurposed appealing to adults and kids alike. Companies like Comfy Sack now produce a huge range of over-sized, stylish and comfortable beanbag furniture that adds a sense of chic, flamboyance and panache to any room.
Going green with cork furniture
Cork, another mainstay of the 70s, is also making a dramatic comeback – though, thankfully, less as a wall-covering and more as furniture. Cork has huge advantages over other materials in that it is very light and hard-wearing. Moreover, it is fully biodegradable and harvesting the material from trees allows them to absorb increased amounts of Carbon Dioxide, which is great for the planet. If you want to buy green and choose truly environmentally-friendly furniture, cork could well be your best option.
Once the preserve of 60’s chic, wood paneling is also enjoying a rebirth – particularly when used on feature walls. Fixing wide planks helps give prominence to the natural shapes of the wood grain, lifting an otherwise plain room and adding warmth and style. When contrasted against white walls and a natural-colored carpet, wood paneling can bring a feeling of rustic elegance – especially well-suited to bedrooms. Complete the look by adding plain wood furniture and drawers/cabinets.
A return to dark kitchen worktops
Again, very much bucking the trend for all-white kitchens, dark worktops are staging a revival and feature prominently in new-builds and redesigns. In particular, granite and quartz worktops are proving particularly popular due to their extremely hard-wearing qualities and stylish looks. Indeed, when it comes to durability, quartz is almost unbeatable and is so scratch-resistant that only three other natural minerals can damage it – topaz, diamond and sapphire. Moreover, quartz is also non-porous, meaning an end to unwanted staining or bacteria build-up on work surfaces.