We can all envisage at some point having seen an interior where its interiors look overdone and designed when a previous design trend was in fashion. In 2019 we saw many trends in interior design come and go, but there are still some surprising trends that have stuck around. At Kensington Design we like to be bold and adventurous in our interior design and have curated a list of trends for your interior design thoughts and also have our own thoughts on which trends will stick around for the duration of 2020.

Heirloom Craftsmanship:

As the world becomes ever more eco-friendly conscious, from banning single use straws and charging extra for plastic bags, designers are also taking into consideration to abandon the ‘fast-fashion’ ethics of the interior décor world and instead are choosing well-made pieces, typically built for performance, but also to elevate the home’s style in a deeply personal way. We advise clients to invest in custom pieces instead of picking cheap fixtures from big cardboard boxes. Investing in pieces that will last a lifetime will help save money in the long scheme of things. Custom and well-chosen pieces  will also be more likely to be more durable and not need to be fixed or replaced as frequently over the years, and could even help save you on your energy costs.

Metal Accents & Hardware:

As we have spoken of brilliant craftsmanship and its importance, metal fixtures such as faucets, pendant lights and drawer pulls have made a big impression in design this year. Rose gold is still faintly a popular colour, but the one of the best design trends we have seen in 2020 is to mix the use of metals.

Polished brass, brushed nickel, copper – there are endless choices, finishes and colours available – so why limit yourself to just one? Our advice when mixing metals is to stick to a colour palette: choose one finish and then throw in other metals as accents. Try to limit yourself to two or three finishes so that the space or room does not look too busy.

Drapery hardware and curtain rod finials are a great way to bring in metallic accents, and are available in a variety of finishes. Black, bronze and brass are three of our most popular finishes for drapery hardware.

Go all Natural:

In 2019 a large amount of the design world was inspired for their 2020 trends from nature, and so natural colours are very popular this year. We have noticed a shift back towards light wood tones, browns and warm beiges for 2020. Grey and cool toned neutrals have largely been dominant over the interior décor landscape for years, but this is starting to slowly phase out.

White has always been a popular and timeless colour, but we are also seeing a resurgence in wood tones, such as oak and pine. Rattan and can furniture coordinate perfectly with woven wood shades.

Many designers are taking their design cues from the flooring or joinery colour within a space, or choosing blinds and curtain colours to keep in harmony with the walls.


If you prefer a bolder and more colourful look, then begin to take your inspiration from the maximalism movement. Mixing patterns, colours and textures is highly encouraged here. Opt for earthy and moody colours for a room that feels cosy but still has a dramatic impact. Maximalism brings a new emphasis on self-expression with both exciting and surprising colours. Tropical colours, such as deep watery blues, hunter greens and jewel tones mixed with natural textures bring an organic touch to a space that leaves no accessory spared. A don’t forget that contrast can be key in maximalism – punchy colours create drama and interest. Create depth by combining different textures.

Bring back the 70s & 80s:

It’s hard for us at Kensington Design to not love a colourful space, and we have seen (and loved) that trends from the 70s (and 80s) have made a comeback in interior design. One word to describe this trend coming back into design: terrazzo. As striking as this material is, terrazzo is an expensive commitment, so if you are loving this 70s style throwback remember to keep your budget in check and try taking a colour cue from the classic 70s palette: greens, oranges, marigolds and warm wood tones.