Here at the Den we believe in finding your own unique style and adapting that to work for you and your lifestyle, rather than conforming to set rules and trends. However trends don't have to be followed to the letter, they are there simply to inspire, so it's always fun to see what new ones are coming through and how they may influence the decisions we make. So with this in mind, here are some of our favourite trends to look out for in 2020, to either embrace or take inspiration from...

Green Walls
Over the past few years we've seen a move away from the popular grey toned darker walls to more lighter and softer shades. In 2018 Dulux announced 'Heart Wood', a dusky mauve grey shade, as their Colour of the Year and then last year the warmer neutral colour of 'Spiced Honey'. For 2020, 'Tranquil Dawn', which sits somewhere between green, blue and grey, and is inspired by the fleeting beauty of a morning sky, has been hailed the new Dulux Colour of the Year. Combine with either other neutrals for a calm soft look, or darker shades of green and warmer pinks for a more styled look.

Dulux Colour of the Year 2020 Tranquil Dawn Dulux Colour of the Year 2020 Tranquil Dawn
Image credit: Dulux

Structured Simplicity
Evolving from Nordic Retreat, one of the biggest trends of 2019 this Scandinavian inspired look embraces a simple, stripped back style. Channeling all things calm and serene, the trend uses warming neutrals and texture to create an uplifting and nature inspired space to retreat to, escaping from the outside world.

Structured Simplicity Trend | Dominic Blackmore for Ideal Home Structured Simplicity Trend | Iconic Lights
Image credit: Dominic Blackmore for Ideal Home and Iconic Lights

Two Toned Kitchen Cabinets
Colour has been creeping back into the kitchen for a few years and now we're starting to see the trend of embracing not just one colour, but two different colours - particularly darker colours for the lower cabinets and lighter shades for the wall cabinets, or open shelves, which are still proving popular especially in industrial inspired spaces when using reclaimed wood. Contrasting materials are also big news, adding interest and style to one of the most used spaces within the home.

Fritz Fryer | Real Homes Optiplan Kitchens Dorchester Collection | Ideal Home
Image credit: Fritz Fryer via Real Homes and Optiplan Kitchens Dorchester Collection via Ideal Home

Eclectic Glamour
An adaptation of last year's Retro Revival trend, this year we see a slightly more bold and confident interpretation of the glamorous trend, honing the elegance of the 1930's with the sexiness and fun of the 70's. Rounded edged furniture and scalloped edges are mixed with golds and metals for a dramatic look.

Eclectic Glamour Trend | House of Eclectic Glamour | Trend Book
Image credit: House Of and Trend Book

A few months back, Pantone announced their colour of the year for 2020 as the cobalt blue hue, Classic Blue. Associated with communication, introspection and clarity, this vivid blue shade apparently helps aide concentration and re-centre thoughts. "A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication," says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone Color Institute.

Blue Trend | Pantone Classic Blue Pantone Classic Blue Trend | Amazona Atelier Blue Trend | Italian Bark
Image credit: Norwegian Jotun Lady, Amazona Atelier

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