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    From interior décor magazines to Pinterest and Instagram, we are flooded with ideas for our next home makeover. A new decade brings with it new trends and after scouring page after page, we bring you the most popular décor trends for 2020.

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    Pastels are still popular, but there is a shift towards adding some warmer nudes and earthy neutrals to make a space cosier and more inviting. Think soft amber, terracotta, muted apricot, warm rose and dusty pinks, creamy beige and taupe, khaki, off-white, and oyster white. All this is complemented by rich, saturated colours. Imagine wardrobe doors in aubergine, a deep green sofa, a navy-blue accent wall – it’s about adding a little colour-blocking pop to the room.

    Materials

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    Image: Courtesy MIANZI

    Last year saw a major shift towards handmade pieces and sustainable décor, which only seems to be gaining popularity this year. Consumers are getting more conscious about how the things they buy impact the world, and so, they are looking for designers and brands that are more local and incorporate sustainable procuring and manufacturing processes. Recycled and upcycled pieces with a shifting focus on handmade have gained popularity. This year is also seeing a trend of natural materials like solid wood, brick, stone, bamboo and cane taking centre-stage. From walls to flooring to furniture, installing a quality piece ensures durability and longevity.

    Shapes

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    Image: Courtesy Instagram

    While minimalism relies on sleek and clean lines, 2020 is seeing these minimal pieces being softened with curves. Curved chairs and sofas, arched doors, rounded mirrors, flowing light fixtures, all suggests an inherent sense of comfort. It’s not just about softening sleek lines; natural contours are also gaining popularity – picture the beauty of a live edge counter that follows the natural lines of the wood or a dining table that showcases the elegance of the natural structure and grain.

    Biophilic décor

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    Image: Courtesy Instagram

    Biophilia is described as “an innate and genetically determined affinity of human beings with the natural world”. Incorporating biophilic designs into architecture and décor is good for our mental and physical health. Essentially, human beings seek out deep connections with nature. So, this is a little more than placing a smattering of potted plants around your desk, it’s about simulating the natural world. Earthy colours, natural materials and fibres, plenty of daylight, natural contours and organic shapes, botanic prints, flowing water features, fragrant plants, living roof, moss wall – all of these elements help you feel closer to nature.

    Dramatic elements

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    Image: Courtesy Instagram

    Dark botanicals, sleek canopy beds, a mix of metallic highlights, colourful sanitaryware, textured paint, artistic 3D wall surfaces and wood panelling, a sculptural light – the trend this year is about taking comfortable spaces and elevating them with just a hint of drama.

    Styled entryways

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    Image: Courtesy Instagram

    Whether it’s right outside your main door or just as you walk in, styled entryways are starting to gain popularity. How you style these areas depends on your tastes and space restrictions but get creative with accent mirrors, statement lights, unusual consoles, plants and curios.

    Nadezna Siganporia

    A published writer and editor, Siganporia specialises in the design, décor, travel, culture, and food genres. Being from a military family, she constantly moved to new places, which brought about a love for travel and exploration of cultures and cuisines. When not writing, she can be found devouring Wodehouse literature, sketching, or stalking her three rescue cats, camera in hand.