Brisbane design trends and what to look for in the 2020’s
I once sold a house that had red kitchen benchtops. A colour so red you’d struggle to see your tomato sauce bottle – and the red didn’t stop there. The blinds were red. The plastic of the toilet suite was red. The door handles and the window frames. Even the window frames were a red metallic tone. It was the early 1990’s so fashions were clearly very different to today. Beige on beige was not yet a thing. But this was extreme and every buyer who saw this bold home did a mental deduction on the price for the cost of eradicating the red!
A couple of decades on and neutral palettes and sleek, crisp whites have become commonplace in our city. They’re maybe too predictable. So we’re both a little nervous and a tad excited when we hear and see the latest in Brisbane design trends. The wave of bold statements being made with interiors like ‘patterns on patterns’, dominant wallpapers and rich coloured marbles. We’ve asked some experts what we’re in for in the 2020’s.
Christopher Gyzemyter from Brisbane’s CG Design Studio says: “Commitment-phobes beware, because there is one common theme, and it’s ALL about COMMITMENT!” He says pattern on pattern is a great example of this new bold approach. “This look is about embracing colour and pattern and almost literally anything goes as long as you fully commit. If you love green paint your whole room green then layer with pattern upholstery, florals, stripes, checks it all works.”
Christopher says the days of neutral bathrooms are numbered. “We are seeing a strong trend forming, particularly prevalent in the world of bathrooms, and that is dramatic, rich and showy marbles. We aren’t talking about the cool-greys or traditional Calcuttas, we’re meaning punchy, intense stones in hues of burgundy, green and blue. These show-stopping marbles become the ‘hero’ feature of the space, best paired with a barely-there wall-tiles and rich timber.”
Damien Moczynski of Styled Property stages homes for their sale campaigns so he’s always mapping the latest Brisbane design trends. He agrees the days of straight lines and beige have passed. “We’re adding more texture and layers with soft furnishings and opting for curved pieces like round mirrors and coffee tables.”
Damien says home sellers should use the “2020 colours of classic blue and olive green”. For Christopher classic blue is an easy choice: “Whether used boldly to make a statement in the kitchen or entry foyer, or accented in soft upholstery and cushioning, classic blue is the effortless colour that works with everything.”
One trend we’re looking forward to is the ‘return to nature’. Christopher says, “We have seen natural fabrics and fibres have a resurgence. We have fallen in love with rattan and wicker furniture all over again and the natural material teamed with timber, travertine, terracotta and brass is a big trend we are going to see more of.” Damien agrees, “Style your home with an organic touch with greenery and timbers.”
So is it time to go ‘boldly’ into the future? Christopher says neutral still has its place in Brisbane interior design. “It’s time to move away from the cool greys that have dominated the past decade and warm up a little. Warm neutrals are the next trend – think, limestone, travertine and oak coloured timbers.”
It looks like the 2020’s will be a far more colourful decade for Brisbane design trends and that means getting the decor right will be trickier for most of us. Interior designers are about to get busy.
Only one request from us. Please don’t choose an all red decor!