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Top Interior Design Trends 2020

Home Décor Trends


Our interior design expert Amanda Hanley tells us what interior trends are hot this year and how you can incorporate them into your home.

The New Year is already upon us, what better time to transform your home. Whether you are adding some finishing touches or completely renovating, here are some top tips on how to embrace new and exciting key interior trends.

While a house exterior may give the first impression, it’s the interior design that reflects your personality and makes you feel at home. To breathe new life into your home this year, think about updating and introducing unique fabrics, wallpapers, furniture and lighting- elements that lift a room and transform it into an exciting space.

Printed pattern power

Our upholstery fabric choices became still more daring in 2019 and this is set to continue in 2020. Printed velvet is still a strong favourite. Its bold, striking and eclectic patterns are perfect for those who want to stand out and add a touch of personality to their interiors.

Pattern on your upholstery does not mean that you cannot have pattern elsewhere too. Vary the scale and type of pattern for the best effect, making sure each choice has one colour in common.

Cole & Sons Midsummer Bloom wallpaper depicts abundant summer flowers in full bloom, perfect for a hallway entrance or stairway to create a warm and happy welcome.

Full bloom florals

Floral wallpaper is a trend to look forward to this year as we saw a flurry of florals with botanical finish designs in 2019. We can expect 2020’s florals to be an abstract chic rendition and continuation of this style, with a more contemporary touch. Opt for bright colours mixed with pretty pastels, as well as vibrant tropical designs to create that dramatic effect.

Using wallpaper is a brilliant way to transform your home for this season and provide personality. A bold, large -scale print in your hallway will add interest. Equally, a deep vivid, unexpected colour on one wall of your living room against a uniform palette of grey or stone will change the mood entirely.

The humble houseplant

Indoor plants, silk flowers and faux botanicals have been best sellers over the last year, and this trend will continue into 2020 and beyond. Cropping up constantly on social media, interiors magazines and in the most chic homes, hotels and social hubs, this is a style that is really to be embraced. As well as being fashionable, they provide an instant lift to a room, making it feel finished and loved.

Most of us adore having fresh flowers and plants in the home, but they can be hard work, have a limited life span, and it’s difficult to find interesting varieties that don’t cost the earth. However, with silk blooms, which are now barely distinguishable from the real thing, we can all have stunning flowers and plants around the home all year round. In winter, you still have the varieties you enjoy, in summer, they will not wilt in the heat, and you don’t have to worry about direct sunlight.

Providing leafy green décor and with increasing news of their health benefits, the houseplant has become a must-have for our homes. Suitable for any room in your home, you can use hanging plants for shelves and mantelpieces, or soften a coffee or side table. Forget “less is more”; more is definitely more!

Purple reigns

Ranging from sumptuous dark-jewel tones to bright and cheerful hues, energizing purple is sure to add a feeling of warmth to your interior. It’s a long-term favorite for bedrooms and bathrooms, as it can cleverly look both classic or contemporary, depending on the room setting. The colour has long been associated with royalty, as there is something majestic about purple painted walls and furniture.
Try using your favourite hue in your hallway to create a welcoming feel. Whichever shade you are drawn to, bring it into your home with confidence and reap the happy benefits of this versatile colour.

Tactile texture

Textures are an essential consideration when planning a room – so much can be achieved by simply playing with them. Whatever the colour palette, mixing textures can instantly create another layer of decoration and interest. Tactile materials, such as the enormously popular luxurious velvets, and soft leathers, look fabulous teamed up with patterned or chintz floral soft furnishings, and larger than life botanical or arty wallpapers. Velvet is the fabric of choice for soft furnishings and upholstery – now is the time to be brave and order that “forest” green Chesterfield sofa or deep teal footstool. As for leather, it is now making a move into the bedroom, onto upholstered headboards and quilted chairs.

Amanda’s rules for interior design

The first rule is that there are no rules! Don’t be afraid to go with your instincts and express your personality in your design decisions. How you personalize your space is what makes it unique and interesting, and in turn leads to a warm welcoming home. Make the rooms fun, even eccentric if that’s your style… and don’t take things too seriously!


New build houses
Thu 18 Jul 2024

Congratulations! Buying a new home is such an exciting moment. Whether it is your very first home or you are upgrading your current property for something a bit nicer, there is no feeling like it. New build homes are such a great investment. Not only are they brand new for your family but you can feel confident that they have been designed with the future in mind. Many properties come with eco-friendly features which are great for safeguarding your family. Financing a new home can be a bit of a minefield. Let’s take a look at how you could buy your new home as well as some things to look out for along the way. Mortgage Mortgages are the most common financing option when buying a home. Buyers of new builds can benefit from mortgages designed for the intricacies of the new build process. Lenders may be a lot more critical when looking at your application as there is less security for them with a new build. As construction timelines can be subject to delays and issues, be sure to keep in touch with your lender and see if you can extend your mortgage in principal agreement. You may be able to get some help with buying a new build home. If you are a first-time buyer, look into whether you are eligible for a discount under the First Homes Scheme. Incentives from builders It is in the best interest of building developers to sell their new homes, so some may offer you incentives. You may be offered cash towards your deposit which will be transferred to your solicitor on completion. If you do take advantage of this, remember to inform your mortgage lender. For people who have already purchased a home, developers may be able to help you sell your old house. A developer-assisted sale is one where they will aid you with independent valuations, appropriate deals or the actual sale. This is often free, and they may pay for your estate agency fees. Hidden costs Buying a house can come with hidden costs such as stamp duty and moving costs. Delays in the construction of your new build can often be costly too. When thinking about your moving budget, it is wise to incorporate a buffer zone for additional expenses. Advice The home-buying process is not a straightforward one, so seeking help from professionals is prudent. A lot of the process includes legal intricacies which will be beyond your capabilities. Mortgage brokers, for example, will be invaluable when it comes to getting you a mortgage in principle that works for your situation. Not only will you be able to get the best deal and save money, but a broker will save you so much time. Instructing a firm of solicitors will also be worth the expense. They can do land searches, deed transfers and keep everything above board for you going forward.

Endellion Lycett Green - you drifted by
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