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2020 TRENDS

Design to express, not to impress

John Tanedo

Welcome to the future, 2020 has arrived! Our constant pinning has paid off as we come to you with our favourite trends for 2020. Let’s enhance our creativity through the Biophilic Design trend, stroll into the romance of 1920’s Paris and daydream into a terrazzo sunset setting. We have sourced our favourite looks and inspiration for the new decade and completely transformed our showroom into a blissful prop paradise ready for a new year of adventures and new beginnings.

70’s Daydream

Think Miami Vice meets terrazzo, bright sunset hues and Matisse-like shapes. The versatility of velvet has exploded throughout the trends this year and we are loving it. Create lounge settings of luxe sofa’s and ottomans splashed with crystals, mirrors and a soft sheep skin rug to sip your tequila sunrise and relax upon. With funky coffee tables of mosaic pattern, copper wiring and 70’s art, we have ourselves a little daydream.

Further this trend with foliage elements and bring the sunshine inside with ceramic planters and gorgeous banana leaves. Placed in blush coloured glass wear to capture sparkles of light and reflection, mix in dried flowers and to add uniqueness and textural diversity.

It’s new baby:

History Repeating Itself

It’s the year 2020 and drawing inspiration from the iconic roaring 20’s, we’re envisioning a new jazz age; a decade of change and prosperity. Will history repeat itself? The theme of The Great Gatsby has been seen and repeated for many years but 2020 will see Parisian romance twist this trend into our day-to-day lives. The American and European amalgamation sees gold glitz and silk textures float into interiors, delicate pearl bags casting thoughts of Coco Chanel and coupes of champagne balanced on velvet arm chairs. Our modern millennial culture disrupts this mood by adding to the cast, chunky sneakers with your pearl bag, Scandinavian details adding to the velvet décor and gold monstera leaves disrupting lavish ostrich feather arrangements. As the flapper dress represented the death of the 1920’s corset, silk midi dresses in 2020 characterize the modern feminist.

To create the ultimate new 20’s look, ignite your passion for texture with velvet furniture and silk fabrics. Add a Parisian influence with sculptures and the American dream through foliage arrangements of orchids, ostrich feathers and monstera leaves. Incorporate art deco metallic tables next to pearl chandeliers. Keep it modern with a casual approach to styling; glass trinket boxes, cat-eye sunglasses and of course a bar cart for all your champagne evenings, because champagne will never go out of style. 

Party like it’s 2020:

Biophilic Design

What is biophilic design you ask? The practice of incorporating nature and natural elements into the built environment. Who doesn’t love the crackling of a fire, sitting by a window with rays of sunshine pouring in or having a bouquet of fresh flowers nearby? Biophilia is the science behind implementing the natural environment into our often sterile, industrial and urban environments.

Infuse your senses with woody scents of bamboo and wicker whilst the soles of your feet ground themselves on the different textures of patterned rugs and rustic floorboards. Feeding a happier and calmer mind, the freshness of monstera leaves and succulents fill the air, trickling into the biophilic trend of 2020.

Bring positivity and tranquillity into your space by immersing the outdoors with the indoors and the indoors with the outdoors. Adding a touch of live foliage and utilising neutral and light colours, envision the eco-lover inside of you relaxing into a Zen state of mind. Reuse pre-loved materials, add those ethical and natural elements and walk into a surrounding of serenity.

Props that will be the ying to your yang:

Classic Blue

Blue… The colour of the year. Classic Blue to be precise. A colour that aids concentration, creates calmness and peace, and is simple, elegant and timeless.

Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.

With turbulence in our current economic and political climate, the Pantone experts turned to Classic Blue this year to instil a sense of tranquillity throughout the design industry. With design influencing areas from architecture and interior, to fashion and technology, art and film, this colour will create guidance for those lacking direction and inspire an honest approach to expanding our thinking and consciousness.

Boundless Blue:

Romanticism

Simillar to the 1920’s trend, the romantisism trend features the reinterpretation of centuries past in a modern context. Think European cities and alfresco cafes, old book shops, and museums filled with paintings and love stories. An Instagram feed where every photo is taken in that soft glow of the afternoon light and textures of chic fluffy cardigans and juxtaposed against silk slips. The boudoir dressing room is the ultimate backdrop for this regal yet simplistic trend.

Encapsulating Romanticism perfectly is the smoothness of blush silk, sculpture-white fabric and speckles of gold on marble, with a focus on statement pieces and minimalism. The mixture of velvet and sheer add the touch of luxury along with modern touches of gold geometry and mirrors for a spacious illusion.

With European-It-Girls on the rise setting trends of fashion, creative and expressive lifestyle, we can’t help but fall in love with these effortless, female-led trends. We are bringing classic-chic back with avant-garde femininity and we are in looove.

Accessoires que nous aimons:

Iced Lilac

We’ve seen millennial pink take the stage and now it’s time for the hottest pastel of the season; lilac. With visions of sweet violet toned bouquets, this trend has blossomed into our wardrobes with hues seeping from plum to lavender. The diluted purple is perfect to contrast against other pastel tones, creating dreams of a candy coloured wardrobe. Evolving from the 2018 colour of the year; Ultra Violet, this aesthetic is a dream result from the Pantone vivid purple and the millennial pink trend melding together.

Pair with gold details for a polished look to avoid the pre-teen eye shadow pot memories we all have. Opposite yellow on the colour wheel, this tone works well when paired with warm tones of ochre and terracotta. Alternatively, subtle blue-grey neutrals work beautifully with the floral shade and even experiment with pops of copper for a serene scene.        

See the trends in action in our showroom at

The Prop House – 306 Vulture Street, Woolloongabba 4102. 

For more information about visual merchandising, contact VM+ at (07) 3217 4500 or email vm@vmplus.com.au

Chat to our prop stylist today at props@theprophouse.com.au


Written by Rosie Schulz and Lia Pritchard

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