2020's top 10 decor trends – the looks that defined this most unusual of years

1. Closed Doors

As we are spending more time at home – working, relaxing and entertaining on Zoom – cleaning has become a more regular occurrence. Therefore, having items on display was a huge no-no for 2023. This was the year that we chose to keep things covered behind closed doors.

2. Maximalism And Color

Color was back in a big way in 2023. It was the year we choose to forgo the rules of yesteryear and embrace all the things that we love and cherish. After all, we were now spending more and more time at home. The key was to contrast bright color with plenty of neutrals and natural tones, to avoid an overwhelming look.

3. Broken-Plan Living

2023 is the year that we finally did away with the once popular open-plan space. Zoning replaced open-plan in a phenomenon that was referred to as ‘broken-plan’. This new way of living employed the use of screens, freestanding furniture, cabinetry and house plants to create distinct zones and nest like nooks intended for working, relaxing and cooking.

4. Natural Texture

With an ever-changing and challenging political, economical and social climate, it came as no surprise to see that nature was at the heart of our design choices in 2023. ‘Brilliant for bringing the beauty of the outside in, a new approach to natural textures reveals everything from colored marble and matte limestone, to dried flowers, eco advances and classic organic textures.

5. Unique Design

With so many of us working from home in 2023 – the need to curate a space that was truly unique and individual was at the forefront of our design ethos.

6. Organic Form

Organic forms in nature continue to grow in popularity for 2024, but they first catapulted to 'fame' in 2023. Exploration of the natural world, combined with innovation in design encouraged the development of abstract shapes and simplified forms. We chose designs which mimicked nature at its finest and most rustic.

7. Classic Blue

The trend for Classic Blue replaced Living Coral for 2023. A prominent shade in nature, this moody color was seen on walls, accessories and even lighting. Associated with calm and quiet, Classic Blue introduced a much needed sense of serenity and stability to the start of the new decade – before things really took a turn.

8. Grown-Up Glamour

A trend that’s never far from our minds, grown-up glamour and high sophistication embraced a maximalist approach to décor where pattern reigns and there’s no such thing as too many trimmings. Inspired by the roaring twenties and rise of the iconic Art Deco era, glamour was back with a bang for 2023.

9. Forever Furniture

2022 had seen a dramatic shift away from fast fashion and throwaway trends. In 2023 we wanted to look at all the ways we could make more eco conscious decisions at home and one of these is the ‘buy once, buy well’ ethos.

10. Wellness In Design

If there was ever a year when mental health would come to the forefront of interior design, 2023 was it. Unsurprisingly, we were constantly seeking out ways to enhance our mental and psychical wellbeing within our spaces, and the home is no exception. With more time to spend in the cozy comfort of your own home, staying in didn't necessarily mean missing out.

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