One of Australia’s leading design experts has revealed the interior trends he doesn’t want to see in stylish homes come 2020.
The Block’s Darren Palmer understands all too well how easy it is get swept up in the excitement of a new fad or a fresh idea.
However, he said not all work and, in fact, some are just too ‘trendy’ to have any real or lasting impact.
Darren has looked at what is currently popular and shared the ideas worth avoiding.
Australian interiors expert and The Block judge Darren Palmer (pictured) has revealed the trends to be wary of come 2020
1. Acid bright colour and gem-inspired tones
In the past few years, a neutral palette has been in keeping with design trends.
And while this look is still popular, of late there has been a shift toward colour.
Darren said hues like living coral (a type of bright orange) are currently fashionable as are acid brights and gem-inspired tones.
But to be ahead of the curve these should be paired with de-saturated, secondary pastels.
Bright colours look stunning and are currently on-trend, however, Darren warns these hues may only have a limited appeal
The expert said before jumping on the colour ‘bandwagon’, take time to consider how colour might work in your home down the track.
‘Don’t jump on the trend bandwagon unless it fits you like a glove. Be prepared, though, the fit might not be so good in the future,’ he told Domain.
2. The overuse of grey
One interior trend Darren believes is definitely on the way out is the use of colder greys in the home.
While the shade works well as a neutral, he believes warmer tones including browns, are set to take their place.
‘If you want to move in a trend direction though, the thermometer is definitely skewing toward the warmer neutral hues,’ he said.
A grey palette does make a serious style statement, however, trends in the coming year will see the use of warmer tones including browns
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3. Too much terrazzo
According to a design report by building and renovation site Houzz, terrazzo is set to be massive in interiors in 2020.
While Darren said how much he also loves the material, he offers a word of warning to those thinking about embracing the trend:
‘Avoid using terrazzo in floor tiles or things that are hard to update unless you truly love it for its merits,’ he said.
He adds it is possible to ‘play it safe’ with terrazzo by featuring it in the home by way of interesting and affordable accessories.
Terrazzo is set to be a massive trend in 2020, however, Darren cautions against overuse unless you ‘truly love it for its merits’
4. Words and letters as decor
If there is one interior fad Darren would love to see gone it is words and letter as wall art.
He said while the trend might have looked interesting at one point, it is now considered dated.
Darren also said hanging a lot of framed pieces on one wall is no longer in vogue.
He said today’s trend is more about buying art or prints which better reflect an individual’s aesthetic.
Words or phrases as wall art is a trend that has definitely had its day, according to Darren
This ornament might look cute but it doesn’t send out a particularly ‘grown-up’ vibe
5. Playful ornament as accessories
Decorative items, such as a ceramic French bulldog, might look cute but according to Darren these pieces no longer come with any real style cachet.
He said while the trend is appealing, in particular to dog lovers like himself, these ornaments and others like it don’t send out a ‘grown-up’ vibe.
Rather than ditch the accessories, Darren suggests adding to a child’s room where they will provide a lovely touch of whimsy.