The team at Design Work Studios, your local Wokingham architectural studio, have put their heads together to come up with 10 trends to watch out for this coming year.
Increasing public concern for the state of the environment has given momentum to initiatives such as Passivhaus (for new builds) and EnerPHit (for existing buildings). Expect to also see the growth of green roofs, living walls, and biophilic design.
2. Smart Homes
Gadgets can help by monitoring usage, and also automating functions, such as light, temperature and security. You can even check in to see what your dog is up to when you’re out at work!
3. Tech Imaginings
When doing a home renovation, it can be hard to visualise from drawings what the finished product will look like. Virtual Reality comes to the fore in allowing you to walk through your project before it even begins.
4. Open-Plan Living
The popularity of open plan living will continue this year, with even more emphasis on the ideal configuration for both entertaining and quiet, cosy time.
5. Boot Rooms
These are becoming popular as a way of keeping utilities out of the main area, somewhere to leave your boots after a muddy walk, and even a dedicated space to shower off the dog!
6. Vaulted Ceilings
If you don’t have existing beams worthy of exposing, no problem – you can just add new ones!
7. High-Gloss Kitchens
Expect to see forest greens and midnight blues abound, with brass replacing the copper accents popular in 2019, along with hidden handles and integrated appliances.
8. Lantern Skylights
Natural light is always on-trend, but lately we are seeing more people branching out from traditional flat skylights, opting instead for lantern models.
The Pantone 2020 colour of the year for 2020 is the elegant ‘19-4052 Classic Blue’, while Milan Design Week showcased bolder shades of lemon yellow, pumpkin red, fuchsia, and sky blue.
10. Mid-Century Modern Furniture
There are many new offerings that take inspiration from this design era, and it is possible to get hold of unique second-hand pieces that provide great quality for a good price.
Which of these trends gives you inspiration for a new project?
If you have some ideas you would like to discuss, get in touch with us today!