French national Kaltoum Dumonceau — who’s own contemporary, colourful family villa in Dubai was a contender for InsideOut’s Home of the Year 2018 campaign — styled a creative living room scene especially for InsideOut showcasing several must-have trends that 2020 is tipped to offer. Her beautiful vignette was presented at Dubai’s inaugural INDEX Home exhibition in the autumn, part of the Middle East Hospitality & Design Week, of which InsideOut was the Official Magazine Partner.
As we head into 2020, Kaltoum explains the concept behind seven of the most inspiring trends she styled, all of which are distinct yet work together, and how to get the look at home.
Mix and match
Retro, antique, vintage or mid-century inspired pieces paired with contemporary ones will break the mold and give so much character to a space. In 2020, mix and match to create unique spaces that tell a story. That’s what I did with a gorgeous vintage Persian carpet from Iwan Maktabi, the superb mid-century-modern shaped sideboard from Home and Soul, and the contemporary armchair with metal legs from The Line Concept. Instead of clashing, the carpet and sideboard mix well with the armchair, demonstrating how you can put together a variety of styles and time periods to create a harmonious space.
In 2020, home interior trends will continue towards natural materials like wood but with a big presence of rattan, jute, cane and wicker. These are all elements that we find outdoors and bringing them inside will make your home feel fresh. The three wood and cane coffee tables from Urban Nest added texture and warmth to the space I created.
In terms of colours, we’ll see a lot of pink, green, blue and yellow pastels. All shades of pink will be hot in 2020 with the introduction of a more peachy shade that works very well as a neutral colour, as seen in the peach sofa I sourced from 2XL Furniture & Home Decor, which adds a delicate and elegant touch.
Green and pink
Dark green on an accent wall or textiles will also be very on-trend. Green and pink pair well to make a great contrast; I used a deep green paint on the bottom part of the wall which made a strong backdrop for the curved sofa, accessorised with funky green and pink cushions from Wear the House. These beauties immediately add some spice to the room and create a rich look on the sofa.
We will continue to see green botanical elements enliven interior spaces in 2020, with plants having the power to bring the outdoors in and immediately inject a fresh feel to any room. They are known to boost your mood and, as a plant lover, I couldn’t agree more. In this setting, I put a tall fig tree from Dubai Garden Centre in the corner next to the sofa. When you don’t know how to fill an empty corner, adding a plant is always a good idea. The running ivy on the sideboard looks lush and inviting and the little succulents dress the table top.
Ceramics with a handmade edge will be the home accessory of 2020: tableware, vases, planters, statues, wall plates ... you name it! People want to be surrounded with objects that have a soul, and something handmade will always be more special than mass manufactured pieces. Handcrafted ceramics like these pastel jars from East Gallery or the vase from Home and Soul, can be artfully arranged and are easy to incorporate into any interior. They have a slightly “imperfect” finish to them, and that’s what makes them beautiful.
Wallpaper has experienced a comeback these past few years and we’re not getting rid of it in 2020! Nature-inspired prints will be very popular; birds and florals will be big trends. I love this chinoiserie wallpaper from Style Library, which looks so refined and produces an open garden feeling. Try creating a statement wall with a difference: at INDEX Home, I went for a geometrical look, painting the bottom of the walls in a deep green from Jotun and cutting the wallpaper to create two triangles that visually hug the space in a cosy and artistic manner.
Kaltoum Dumonceau is the creative eye behind home décor blog Bayt Kalthoum. A French national with Moroccan heritage, Kaltoum is an interior stylist and rising influencer now based in the UAE, who loves experimenting with vibrant colour and mixing contemporary styles with Arabic art and accessories.
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