Written by Hugh Metcalf

Interior trends for the living room in 2020

Looking for fresh inspiration for a living room makeover? These are the big trends set to make an impact in the coming year.

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Image: DFS

The living room is the heart of many a home, so it’s an important space to feel inspired in. If yours is feeling a little more shabby and a lot less chic, why not give it a makeover for 2020?

We’ve picked some key trend predictions which we expect to big news in the living room in the next year and beyond to inspire your next decorating scheme.

Biophilic design

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Image: Oak Furnitureland 

Biophilic design refers to the idea of creating a home or space that connects back to nature – something increasingly important for homes in urban environments as a form of escape. An easy way to do this to fill your space with nature, and houseplants are a great way to do this. You could also focus on softening the divide between the interior of your home and your lovely leafy garden – something that can be accomplished with big windows and design concepts that help to blend the inside and out.


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Image: Oliver Bonas 

Retro styles are perenially popular in interiors, but rather than squared, blocky, mid century-inspired furniture, look towards pieces with softer, curvy lines. This Luna sofa from Oliver Bonas in Azure velvet is giving us total 70s vibes, but Art Deco style scallop chairs are also a growing trend.

Patterned sofas

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Image: Joules Patterdale cuddler, DFS

Patterned sofas aren’t always necessarily timeless pieces, but as we try to make more of an impact with our homes in the age of Instagram, it’s time to get braver and commit to a strong look. If you love your current sofa, but fancy something with a bit more pizzazz, why not investigate reupholstery? It’s likely to be cheaper than purchasing a new sofa, and busts your choice of fabric designs wide open for something truly one of a kind.


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Image: Carpetright 

There are plenty of on-trend colours doing the rounds right now, but one that’s making a fresh comeback to interiors is lilac. This pastel purple shade was left behind in the homes of the 90s, but it’s now enjoying a revival as part of a growing appreciation of playful Luna sofa from Oliver Bonas in Azure velvet.

Squidgy furnishings

loaf sugar bum sofa

Image: Sugar Bum sofa, Loaf 

Home comforts are top of the list for 2020, so move away from sleek but under-padded chairs and sofas, and opt for something super soft and squishy. Loaf’s brand new Sugar Bum sofa is a sweet treat for your posterior that’ll help you stay comfortable on a boxset binge.

Distressed walls

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Image: Habitat 

Looking for interesting ways to bring texture to your walls? Distressed finishes are a big trend – from lime paint that naturally picks up an uneven wall surface to raw plaster finishes. This is a look that you’ll see all over Instagram.


Inspired to bring any of these trends to your living room? Let us know on social! Tweet us @goodhomesmag or post a comment on our Facebook page, or post your living room on Instagram using the hashtag #ThisGoodHome.



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