If you want your interiors to look fashionable and Instagrammable, then you need to know the key home trends for 2020 to discover what’s hot for the home this year.

There’s full-on colour, as well as more pared-back looks with natural materials (rattan’s ruling currently), alongside some key must-haves – love seats, dressing tables, and glamorous headboards. In other words, plenty of trends and stylish items to choose from.

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But what’s emerging most strongly is that this decade, there’s no need to follow the crowd.

Trends should be followed selectively rather than religiously. A successful home is where your taste rules (we’re all becoming much more informed and confident about expressing it, thanks to inspiration-filled sites like Instagram and Pinterest).

Home trends 2020

We’ve chosen some best buys (including high-street bargains) and brilliant looks to help you create your own perfect, personally-tailored space.

1. Feel the love

We’re embracing curves and cushioning in seating, as we hanker after homes which cosset and comfort us, and the love seat has become a must-have.

“Love seats are the ultimate giant armchair for those who love to stretch out and get comfy, or if you’re feeling romantic you can snuggle up together,” says Claire Wilks, from the Sofa.com design team.

“They’re also a great space-saving size for those who are tight on room. Velvet, so practical now with protective finishes, are one of the most popular  upholstery choices and they ramp up the luxe effect. ”

2. Turn to table-scaping

Home trends 2020 plates and cutlery
Black & White Dash Pad Print Dinnerware Set (available from February), £70, JD Williams; 16-Piece Cutlery Set – Black & Brass, £79, Cult Furniture (JD Williams/Cult Furniture/PA)

Table-scaping is the new on-trend description for creatively decorating tables. So stand down your boring workaday china and go all out with fancy cutlery, table linen and snazzy plates. It’s all about dressing to impress. For inspiration, trying searching #tabledecor and #tablesetting on Instagram.

3. Rule with ribbing

Home trends 2020 Umage Audacious Cabinet – Silver Grey, cabinet with ribbed sides
Umage Audacious Cabinet – Silver Grey, £659, Sweetpea & Willow (Sweetpea & Willow/PA)

Grooved, ribbed textures are riding high this year, and the effect can be seen in upholstery, wood, and glass. We love this stripe-effect, ribbed cabinet.

4. Explore wild style

Home trends 2020
‘Explore’ is one of the new themed ranges from George Home: Cushions, from £7 each, Rattan Table Lamp, £55 (George Home/Asda/PA)

If you’re over that hot, steamy jungle look – all palm prints and tropical colours – the latest, more pared-back desert look could be just for you.

Bold tribal prints, an earthy palette, natural materials and vibrant animal prints are combined in the new George Home collection, which is so well-priced you can afford to experiment. But beware: it could inspire some serious summer wanderlust.

Home trends 2020 cushions and rugs
(L-R) Cow Print Duvet Set, from £10; Giraffe Bath Towel, £7; Cow Print Cushion, £7, George Home (George Home/Asda/PA)

5. Wing it

Home trends 2020 birds in home fashion
Flamboyant Animal Lampshade In Deep Navy, £40, Mint & May; Peacock Navy Boudoir Cushion, £40, The French Bedroom Company (Mint & May/The French Bedroom Company/PA)

Birds are having a moment – and zingy pink flamingos are now competing for attention with that most regal bird, the peacock, whose brilliant blue plumage is so in tune with 2020’s trend for blue hues (Pantone’s Colour of the Year is Classic Blue).

6. Pamper and pose

Home trends 2020
Rattan Dressing Table and Mirror – Black, £399, John Lewis & Partners (John Lewis/PA)

Special stand-out pieces make a room. Think cocktail cabinets which add glamour as well as holding all those drinks and glasses. Dressing tables are now vying for attention too – there’s a brilliant array of slim, handsome examples suitable for compact rooms. And by clearing all that cosmetic clutter, you’ll be well on your way to a peaceful space.

7. Let your heart rule your head

Home trends 2020 skull with flowers
Black Feminine Skull With Gold Flower Ornament, £65, Rockett St George (Rockett St George/PA)

“Just as fashion trends have shifted to celebrate individuality and personal style, so have interiors,” says Lucy St George, co-founder of uber cool interiors destination, Rockett St George.

“I’m always a fan of throwing away the rule book – taste is often overrated – and I believe if you love it and it makes you smile, then it deserves to be celebrated in your room.”

Take inspiration from trends and the world around you, she says, but always make your home a reflection of you and what you like. “Go to town with all your favourite things and curate displays around your home that express your individuality – so that ‘you do you’!”

8. Go green or go home

Home trends 2020 going green lampshade, plant and throw
(L-R) Otton Green 3 Tier Easyfit Shade, Green, £120, Habitat; Artificial Bamboo Tree, £25, George Home; Forest Green Knitted Cotton Throw, £56 (was £80), Habitat (Habitat/George Home/PA)

The colour – and its association with eco-friendly living – has been strong for a while and shows no sign of waning. A wall painted in a deep shade of green will ground a space, and other vibrant colours for furniture and accessories will ‘pop’.

John Lewis’ ‘Eclectics’ theme for spring/summer is a stylish blend of zingy colour and stand-out designs. Inject punchy shades with contemporary wall prints, jewel-colour lamps and cushions.

If you’re feeling flush, invest in an elegant Refine 3 Seater Sofa in a glowing Elegant Velvet Mustard, £1,299, and a Lounge Chair in a brilliant pink, blue and orange Ampana Print, £499, both John Lewis.

9. Go for gold

Home trends 2020 gold mirror and side table
Marble Beaded Pedestal Side Table (available from February), £199, John Lewis; Feather Mirror (available from February), £40, Very (John Lewis/Very/PA)

How to instantly add character to a room? A couple of stand-out pieces featuring that winning metallic shimmer should do the trick.

10. Bring Eastern drama to the boudoir

Home trends 2020 eastern-style headboard
A large statement headboard always makes an impact in a room: Oriental Black Floral Headboard, £475; Black Wood And Brass Leg Bedside Table, £140, Rockett St George (Rockett St George/PA)

Staying home is the new going out, and JOMO (the ‘joy of missing out’) is a buzzword – which means spaces need spoiling with luxury touches and details.

“We’re predicting a rise in Eastern influences across interiors this year,” says Jane Rockett. “Inspired by increased global travel and our adventures around the world, trends are set to celebrate unique pieces collected or inspired by past travels, that bring back memories and create a unique and personal interior.”

The style-aware should look out for decadent dark wood, woven cane textures, oriental prints and structure furniture, adds Rockett.

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