They say that travel is good for the soul, but you don’t need to be a frequent flyer to bring the style of foreign countries into your life (or your home). When it comes to 2020 home decor trends, we’re seeing plenty of global inspiration in elements like paint colours, furnishings and even renovations. From elegant Japanese soaking tubs to vibrantly hued Spanish-style bathrooms, these popular interior design trends from around the world add fresh sophistication to any address.
India: Lively Living Rooms
Comfy, cozy and colourful – what more could you ask for when it comes to your living room? One of the year’s biggest interior design trends is inspired by Indian homes. With features like lots of seating, low-to-the-ground couches and shiny brass accents, Indian living rooms bring a fresh spark to your space.
Japan: Shapely Soakers
Freestanding bath tubs are a major bathroom decor trend for 2020, speaking to our collective craving for relaxation and beautiful design – and Japanese-style soaking tubs take that trend to the next level. Japanese soaking tubs are freestanding, but they’re also usually deeper, more compact and more curvaceous with a circular or oval shape that’s perfect for a long, soothing soak.
Australia: Stylish Steps
Don’t forget about your yard! This sometimes-overlooked area can bring a big boost to your livable space – and to your home’s value. With this in mind, Australian garden landscaping ideas – like living walls, foliage plants and artful stone paths – are trending for their big-impact (but relatively low-maintenance) appeal.
France: Antique Inspiration
What’s old is new again. French antiques are seriously trending for home decor in 2020 – holding a coveted spot on Pinterest’s annual report on the top 100 emerging trends for the year. From antique wooden bedroom furniture to patinated mirrors, the feel is elegant, ornate and classic.
China: A Feng Shui Feel
While the Chinese practice of feng shui is complex, a few of its basic tenets – like harmony, balance and organization – feel right at home as they make a fresh start for the new decade. When it comes to implementing elements of feng shui decor, a few good places to start are to clear the clutter, strategically place patterned rugs on the floor (to help slow the flow of energy or chi through a room) and maximize natural light.
Belgium: Sleek Lines
Another way to embrace a low-clutter lifestyle in your home decor is with sleek, simple and modern Belgian-inspired furniture. Belgian-style furnishings tend to be clean-lined with an emphasis on architecture – similar to these ultra-modern coffee tables in a soft robin’s egg blue.
Spain: Brighter Bathrooms
Bye-bye boring. Bright and lively, Spanish-style bathrooms bring sunny hues and spa-like details to your space. How can you transform your bathroom for a more Spanish-inspired feel? Keep things simple with a few coats of cheerful yellow paint or go for an intricate array of decorative floor tiles for a bolder impact.
Morocco: Pull up a Pouf
Bright, colourful and full of energy: Moroccan interiors are full of flavour. One easy way to add a touch of Moroccan-inspired flair to your living room is with a pouf (or two). Similar in look and function to an ottoman, poufs tend to sit flat on the ground and resemble durable, overstuffed pillows – making them incredibly versatile as footrests, side tables or even extra seating.
Try a pouf in a lively knit design or opt for a more sophisticated take in neutral-hued leather.
Mexico: Colour Pop
Mexican home decor is all about embracing rich colour and dynamic, lively energy, which is why Mexican-influenced colour-pop interior design elements are becoming more and more popular. This makes even more sense when you consider that saturated, primary colours are on trend this year – in fact, Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2020 is a timeless Classic Blue.
Ireland: Jewel-Tone Walls
Deep, dark and definitely glamorous, rich jewel tones are a staple of stylish Irish home decor. A chic alternative to popular light, white colour schemes, walls painted in deep jewel tones like emerald, amethyst and sapphire are instantly sophisticated.
Greece: Marble Influences
You can’t really get more classic than Greek design and marble. While marble sculptures are timeless, marble and marble-inspired finishes are a more contemporary way to add a luxe feel to kitchen backsplashes, furnishings and even the walls.
England: An Eclectic Mix
While we often tend to think of British decor for its classic, regal finishes or countryside-chic accents, another emerging interior design trend from England is totally eclectic. Mixing colour, pattern and a variety of elements from different time periods, eclectic designs offer the perfect blend of whimsy and history.
Croatia: A Plush Seat
Keep things comfy with Croatian-style furnishings in your living room. Whether oversize, overstuffed or just plain plush, Croatian-inspired couches and armchairs embrace luxurious living for the new decade.
Colombia: Wonderful Wicker
Wicker is a traditional touch in Colombia home design that’s becoming increasingly popular in contemporary home decor all around the world. From light fixtures to indoor furniture, pieces made in wicker match the overall trend of using more natural materials in interior design.
Singapore: Art Deco Accents
Increasingly popular in Singapore home decor, 1920s-inspired art deco accents bring a touch of luxury and glamour to home interiors. Using a blend of metallic details, geometric lines and rich jewel tones, art deco elements make a modern revival for fixtures, furnishings and artwork.