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Decorating and colour trends 2020, Habitat plus

Welcome — Trends don’t develop in a vacuum, burning brightly for just one season before evaporating without a trace. They’re slowly progressing ideas, evolving incrementally until they become new yet similar variations of the same general theme.

Trends don’t exist in a vacuum, either. Colours, materials, finishes and concepts build upon one another until they take shape into something greater and better defined. Over the course of a decade or longer, we start to see the strongest and longest lasting combinations of the most prevalent ideas begin to become synonymous with a particular time or era – locked into the pages of decorating and design history.

The contents of this habitat plus bring focus to the most relevant trends out there: those that are continuing to evolve and be redefined as well as those that are just beginning to take shape. Most importantly, it is full of inspiring ideas which you can blend and combine with your own. While it’s one thing to be cognisant of the trends that are out there, it can be quite another to know how to translate them to your own project in a way that reflects your tastes and personality. We hope that what you’ll find in this habitat plus helps you with both.  Happy decorating!

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Paint, wallpaper, decorating and colour trends 2020

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2020 Trend Spotter Look for this 'trend spotter' symbol to find out where you can learn more about another hot trend shown elsewhere in this booklet.


Nature as an inspiration for interior decor

Au natural

While nature has long been a common inspiration for décor, woodland tones like mushroom greys, such as Resene Napa, and fern-inspired shades, such as Resene New Leaf, are among the most popular hues. Flora and fauna motifs are wildly popular too, which has led today’s on-trend natural looks to split into two main sub-categories... more


Green colour trends continue to flourish

Green continues to flourish

Just like pinks, greens too have gotten dustier – with sage, mint, olive, jade and emerald being the current favoured variations... more


Warm whites anchor interior colour palettes

Whites warm up

The minimalist movement has encouraged many of us to live a more clutter-free and thoughtful life. With this, shades associated with minimalism – such as creams, beiges and whites – are popular choices for anchoring interior colour palettes... more


Aqua splashes in - trending interior colours

Aqua splashes in

Aqua is at the front edge of trending interior colours at the moment for walls, painted furniture, accents and accessories. From bluer versions like Resene Freelance to greener shades like Resene Yowza, there is an aqua to suit all spaces... more


Dark and dramatic colour for interiors

Dark and stormy

Dark and dramatic colours have captured the imaginations of courageous colour lovers seeking a refreshingly different look to bring into their interiors... more


Spiced just right - trendy terracotta colour schemes

Spiced just right

For an elemental, nature-inspired colour with a truly contemporary feel, terracotta simply can’t be beat. A shade that’s not quite pink and not quite brown but not exactly beige or red either, it’s a somewhat difficult hue to define... more


Sunny disposition - yellow colour trends

Sunny disposition

According to colour experts, no hue expresses hope and reassurance more than yellow. While mustard still remains a design staple, more optimistic, buttery tones are rising up the ranks.

One of the hottest new colours, cheery ‘Gen Z yellow’ is starting to add a refreshing burst of brightness to décor. With its lively sunshine hue, this shade is a ray of positivity... more


Pink is one of the defining colours of the decade

Pink prevails

Whether you love it or hate it, pink has been, and continues to be, one of the most defining colours of the decade. In fact, there hasn’t been any other colour that has become quite as sensational or made as much of an impact on decorating trends... more


Minimalist murals - painted wall murals

Minimalist murals

A painted wall mural instantly opens up a room – and your imagination. Instead of covering an entire wall, why not define a special area with a little artistic flair? Paint direct onto your wall or furniture or take advantage of the flexible décor trend and paint onto a surface like foam board for a moveable mural... more


The Art deco revivial trend for 2020

Deco is in the details

Walk into any popular furniture store and you will see the undeniable presence of the art deco revival trend that has swept in seemingly out of nowhere. As a counterpoint to edgy industrial looks, art deco revival offers a new opportunity to bring an abundance of refined luxury and opulent elegance to our interiors... more


Embrace pops of bold bright colour in your interiors

Bold brights

Embrace pops of bold brights. The best part about this trend is that you’re free to use just about any hue you like, so long as it contrasts with the rest of your space. And, by painting these colours on furniture and accessories instead of the wall, it’s easy to switch it out if your tastes change or you get tired of a certain shade... more


Wallpaper features continue to trend in 2020 - fun designs and sophisticated colorways

Off the wall

Wallpaper features are continuing to be popular in styles ranging from faux finishes through to quirky conversational pieces that bring a sense of whimsy and creativity. Collections like the Resene Portobello Wallpaper Collection uses fun designs in sophisticated colourways so that they can work well with a wide range of interior styles and tastes and add a little levity to otherwise serious spaces... more


Inspired exteriors are using pops of colour

Inspired exteriors

We’ve been seeing more and more pops of colour being introduced to exteriors, adding refreshing creativity and curb appeal among oceans of neutral weatherboards... more


Other 2020 decorating trends to be inspired by - 15 trends

Other trends

Flora and fauna • circle of life • anti-trend • tone-on-tone • block out • fab floors • architectural accents • weathered bliss • in the groove • smart walls • curated collections • ready for anything • horizon line • more plum to come • battens up... more


Favourite colours from popular New Zealand stylists

Stylists’ colour loves

Amber Armitage • Megan Harrison-Turner • Emily Somerville-Ryan • Vanessa Nouwens • Annick Larkin • Kate Alexander • Melle Van Sambeek • Gem Adams • Greer Clayton... more


An on trend office space

Habitat plus #12
Decorating and colour trends 2020

Contributing stylists: Gem Adams, Kate Alexander, Amber Armitage, Greer Clayton, Megan Harrison-Turner, Laura Lynn Johnston, Claudia Kozub, Annick Larkin, Vanessa Nouwens, Emily Somerville-Ryan, Leigh Stockton, Melle Van Sambeek.

Contributing photographers: Bryce Carleton, Jamie Cobel, Simon Devitt, Sharni Dysart, Wendy Fenwick, Melanie Jenkins, Becky Nunes

The wall in this on-trend home office space is painted Resene Sea Fog with a colour block feature in Resene Fast Forward, which was also used on the ledge shelves and desktop. The chair is painted Resene Clockwork Orange, the hooks and floor are in Resene Truffle, and the organiser is in Resene Alabaster, Resene Truffle and Resene Earthen


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