7 Design Trends You Can Expect to See in 2020 and Beyond

Have you started embracing the latest changes to the architecture and design industries yet?

Over the past 20 years, construction has evolved to pave the way towards a future where traditional spatial concepts will no longer be valid. 

This shift is very exciting, allowing for creativity to bloom. 

Here are 7 trends you can expect to see more of in 2020 and beyond. 

1. Reusing and recycling 

In the architecture sphere, circular economy principles are becoming widely implemented. The end goal being a reduction in the environmental devastation caused by construction.

To date, construction has followed a linear model: produce, build, use, and then demolish or discard. That included extensive natural material and energy consumption as well as huge amounts of waste being produced. 

In contrast, the circular economy runs on a model that is based on a type of cradle-to-cradle design. The model’s base principle is taking advantage of and reusing anything that is considered waste. The model uses resources efficiently during all stages of the construction process. 

Numerous manufacturers offer building materials already that have a circular lifecycle. 

There are coatings and finishes that are made from recycled materials, like glass or tyres, materials that are made from the paper industry’s waste and insulation panels that are made from crushed cork wastage. 

Building using natural materials like straw also generates less waste since they can be reused and recycled, which means a reduced consumption of resources and energy.

2. Smart homes and home automation 

For both renovated homes and new constructions, smart home technology and automation are an upward trend. Increasingly, automation systems are in high demand for controlling the security, light and temperature of homes.

A smart building reduces bills and provides users with increased comfort. Our domestic architecture reflects increased social awareness of the environment, and the way in which we use and abuse it.

The roofing experts at Mr Highlights know the importance of building a home with the natural environment in mind. 

They say, “it is important to build with natural resources in mind. For example, houses with big open windows facing east to catch the morning sun will save money on lighting. Be smart with the design and you will pay less in the long run!”

3. Multipurpose and open spaces 

Spacious, diaphanous environments are becoming increasingly popular. Multipurpose living areas allow you to gain space and are incredibly practical for living with a family.

Integrating two spaces, for example the living room and kitchen, is very common and simple to do. By utilising the same flooring, same decorative themes and removing any unnecessary walling, you can create a space that is more practical and appears larger.

If you think about modern architecture, you can see the shift towards open, light filled spaces. It’s a trend that is as practical as it is aesthetically attractive.

4. The un-kitchen

It isn’t surprising that kitchen design has moved away from a purely functional look with two-pack polyurethane cabinetry, practical flooring, and utilitarian tapware.

Rather, contemporary kitchens can be stylish and not solely functional. The un-kitchen.

Think timber or metal legs extending out from island benchtops, hanging metal shelves and upholstered bench seats adjacent to work areas. 

Another trend are kitchens built completely from bespoke cabinetry, to hide all of their functions when they aren’t being used.

Decorative devices like shiplap, moulding and un-kitchen-like colours can help to disguise the space’s purpose. Those features can help to continue the rest of the home’s aesthetic into the kitchen. 

The experts at Richmond Kitchens & Joinery believe in the versatility of the modern kitchen. 

They say, “historically, the kitchen was purely a place of work. We believe that food is meant to be celebrated and shared, and so should the space. Kitchens are more than just a functional space; they’re a meeting place.”

5. All those extras 

Do you have 1.5m of extra space in your kitchen floor plan? 

No longer will savvy homeowners have to decide between more bench space or a pantry if they find some spare metres. They can extend into the new space instead, building in integrated banquettes, kitchenettes, study nooks – really whatever their heart desires.

Integrating lifestyle elements into the kitchen helps to create multifunctional spaces. This is especially important in smaller bayside properties. Since they are essentially in the same space as the kitchen, they will use the same finishes as the kitchen to provide a feeling of aesthetic fluidity. 

Kitchens can be a multifunctional space. So, create a community feel with a multifunctional kitchen.

6. Arches and curves

Over the next year, arches and curves will continue to emerge as a major interior design trend. 

The 2010’s saw many buildings with harsh edges and angles. Because of this, it is safe to predict there will be a flip in design trends. Emerging technology and innovation will facilitate more adventurous forms.

For example, in the bathroom, open shelves with curved fronts, curved ends on vanities, curved handles, light fittings that have curved details, and fish scale tiles are all potentials to create interesting designs. 

7. The bathroom is a place to relax

People don’t generally think of the bathroom as a place where you can relax after a long and hard day at work. But it truly is a place where you can disconnect from the outside world and reconnect with yourself while taking a shower or soaking in the bath to help release all of your tension. 

A well decorated and designed bathroom can ensure the most relaxing experience possible. These days, the bathroom is not just a space that is solely dedicated to our hygiene.

The modern bathroom goes well beyond just being a basic washroom – it’s a real space that can be designed so that we can enjoy a greater sense of relaxation at home.

New bathroom trends use white or light-coloured coatings with easy to clean tiles that transmit a sense of serenity and calm. The shower has become the bathroom’s main protagonist, either a shower with a screen or an in-built bath. 

It is very important to have the right dimensions so using it is comfortable for all. 

Having functional furniture with plenty of storage capacity and indoor plants will create a rejuvenatingatmosphere for taking care of yourself and relaxing. 

Want to know more? Contact SECON Constructions today.

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