Design Trends Making a Comeback

We all know that trends come and go, particularly in the world of interior design. Last year and this year, in particular, we have seen numerous trends that haven’t been de rigor for years come back into fashion as stylists, manufacturers, editors, and others look increasingly to the past for ideas. Here are some key trends making a comeback that you should keep your eye on today.

Woven Furniture

Woven furniture has had a few periods of popularity before and, after going out of fashion for decades, is back in a big way right now – not just in sunrooms or patios, but throughout homes. Cane, wicker, rattan, and other furniture has resurfaced in a contemporary way that’s showcased in everything from woven dining room and reading chairs to intricate bed frames, bedside tables, benches, shelving units, and more.

The trend helps you to add a soft, natural element to your interior design. It’s especially used in a modern, boho way now when mixed in with darker grounding shades such as charcoal and matt black. Steer clear of using it in a room with too many light, pastel shades if you want to be on-trend. If you’re not sold on adding too much of this look into your property, start small with things such as appealing woven ceiling fans, a single wicker chair in the bedroom, or a bedside table in the guest room.


Wallpaper has been slowly but steadily making its way back into the interior decorating mainstream over the last few years. Many of the most prominent design names are using it or even lending their brands to collaborative  wallpaper projects.

Energize one or more rooms in your home with removable wallpaper that showcases big, bold, modern designs that add impact and creative flair. Almost like a wall-sized piece of art, today’s wallpaper options are large-scale and dramatic and add plenty of pizazz to any room.

Colorful Kitchens

For many years, most of us have kept our kitchens simple, light, bright, and white. After all, this neutral color palette suits all sorts of architectural styles and looks clean and fresh. However, color is creeping into the cooking zone of the home more and more.

With many designers and homeowners sick of the monochromatic, monotonous look, there has been a resurgence in appliances made in both bright hues and pastel shades, not to mention colored cabinets and striking benchtops. If you want to add energy to your kitchen without going all the way, bring in a pop of color with fun backsplash tiles or the smaller benchtop appliances you use, such as kettle, toaster, food processor, and coffee machine.


Are you sick of having to streamline all of your possessions and stick with simple furnishings, minimal accessories, and neutral shades in every room? If so, you’ll love the fact that maximalism is overthrowing minimalism in 2020.

Whether it’s to do with people wanting a change or needing to feel comforted by lots of homely belongings in a turbulent world, or something else, now’s the time to pull out all your beloved trinkets or pick up exquisite new finds from op shops, markets, or antique stores. Be open to looking beyond clean surfaces and sleek designs. Instead, look at pieces with plenty of curves, details, and even oversized scale.

Tin Ceilings

This letting go of minimalism is also affecting architectural and fixture and fitting design choices. Today, many people are keen to evoke old-world appeal and enjoy charming interiors that tell a story and have an emotional connection, whether their home is decades or hundreds of years old or brand new.

One way this choice is coming out is via the revival of tin ceilings. They were popular in the 1800s, and now homeowners and designers are yet again being drawn to the attractive, timeless patterns found in these kinds of vintage-look ceiling tiles. This funky feature can be customized to fit any room size or aesthetic, with many different embossed design options and shades to choose from.

80s Style

For years most of us have laughed about the lurid stylings that defined the 1980s and cringed at photographs of ourselves taken during the decade. Yet, in another example of people likely being sick of minimalism and all-white rooms, we’re seeing a current trend evoking the eighties’ heady boldness yet again.

Increasingly, people are incorporating fun retro aesthetics through 1980s-style pastel and neon shades, as well as geometric forms. If this all feels a little too bright for you, add in 80s flair with chequerboard and houndstooth flooring or upholstery.

The saying goes that a change is as good as a holiday. In a year when a global pandemic means many vacation plans are being postponed, now might be a great time to give your home a reboot. If so, consider one or more of the above trends as you design the spaces afresh.

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