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New Year, new look

January 15 - 21 , 2020

Gulf Weekly Mai Al Khatib-Camille
By Mai Al Khatib-Camille

Gulf Weekly New Year, new look

Design experts have spoken and the top trends for 2020 are set to be fresh and fun, keeping homes looking chic and cool for every season. It’s time to Marie Kondo your home, throwing out what doesn’t bring you joy and putting the sass back into your space through the use of fabrics, colours and furnishings.

Here are five fab features to refresh a room:

Vibrant velvet:

One of the hottest looks for the New Year is velvet and interior design firms can’t seem to get enough of it. The smooth fabric may not be for everyone but it is more than enough to make a statement. It offers the perfect combination of comfort and luxury. Velvet is being pushed by designers to be incorporated for sofas and boasting wider colour options than ever including blues, pinks, burnt orange and shades of taupe.

Bold backsplash:

Make your kitchen and bathroom stand out by adding a lively backsplash. The New Year is all about daring patterned tiles and colours. Mix and match textured tiles and perhaps form designs as well.

Biophilia design:

Biophilia is a new type of design that combines human design and natural elements in a non-manufactured method. Consumers are more conscious about climate change and sustainability that they are beginning to incorporate eco-friendly options into their homes such as recycled wood and other organic aesthetic to promote clean living. High tech homes were in, but 2020 is about getting back to nature.

To the max:

This is the year for maximalism which is the complete opposite of the art of minimalism which is simplifying everything. It is all about embracing the grandeur of design such as going big with bright colours and gaudy décor.  As different designers said: “It’s caring without actually caring.”

Going green:

As as we embrace earth tones and sustainable home accessories, its only right to jump on the environmentally friendly train by adding splashes of green colour throughout the home. Plants for example add the perfect pop of colour to a neutral-hued room. Over the past two years, people saw a huge rise in the incorporation of vegetation and it does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Invest in rubber plants, money plants or snake plants to add some rich greenery. You can even add leaf-patterned accessories, wall paper, cushions or beddings.

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