Rapport International Furniture
By Madeline Zuckerman
Spring 2020 Design Trends
With the launch of a new decade, many homeowners are seeking novel ways to reinvent their living spaces. While some are looking for clever and subtle new details to set off existing interior designs, others are preparing for a full change of color palettes, materials, and furnishings. No matter your position between two ends of the spectrum, these design trends for spring 2020 will give you inspiration as you enhance your residential environment.
The name navy blue dates to a citation from 1813, and had been employed as the primary color of the British Royal Navy since 1748, specifically designed to contrast with the white accents of naval uniforms. Because of Great Britain’s outsized influence in world affairs at the time, most other navies around the world adopted the color into their uniform designs. Today, Classic Blue in a navy shade is recognized as the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year, and the world’s top interior designers are embracing the return of this bold and stately hue.
Vibrant whites, warm shades of pink, and warm accents of gold and copper serve to create pop and sizzle atop luxurious navy. Whether using navy textiles to modernize a whitewashed, shabby chic room, or applying wall treatments to set the stage for a complete look, navy applications work beautifully to create contrast and a sense of elegance.
Mind the Curves
In 2016, the design world lost a pacesetter with the passing of Vladimir Kagan. He had designed for Marilyn Monroe, Lily Pons, Gary Cooper, the United Nations, and Disneyland, among other high-profile clientele. When he passed, his most iconic designs skyrocketed in both value and market impact. Arguably the most influential of these designs is his Serpentine sofa, with a curved shape and back that is graded, rather than geometrically cut.
The trickle-down effect works for buyers today. Although the original Serpentine remains far outside of the average buyer’s home design budget, the demand was such that other designers found inspiration in Kagan’s original design and crafted their own variations on the theme. Today, curved sofas and couches can be found in modest apartments and homes, as well as lavishly budgeted designer homes. The most important aspect to integrating the curves? Don’t try to fit them flush into corners and against walls. Instead, put them in positions of prominence and truly embrace the stylish vibe they give.
Continuing with design trends that were just starting to appear last year, the move towards the timeless in tasteful, subtle touches is cropping up again. The first of these are vintage accents. Traditional details from furniture from the turn of the 20th century from spindles, spooled legs and artisanal woodworking are important touches that are being used in measured and specific doses.
While vintage furniture will continue to be appreciated and integrated into modern designs, another way that the timeless will be embraced is through patina and aged touches. Expect to see color trends in clay and terracotta, and antediluvian decorative items like earthenware and ceramics.
Finally, in statement furnishings, the royal canopy bed has returned. And while your grandmother’s canopy bed embraced solid and thick fabrics wrapping stout headboards, today’s canopy beds use modern materials in their manufacture, and appear sleeker. Look for streamlined upholstery, acrylics, and complimenting metals in the contemporary canopy bed design.
Spring 2020 is promising to introduce stunning and bold designs. With new approaches to blending classic colors, design elements, and furniture options, this season will be an exciting and inspiring one.
In addition to featuring a complete line of Natuzzi Italia in Rapport International Furniture’s two expansive showrooms, located in Palm Desert and Los Angeles, Rapport carries the largest selection of affordable modern contemporary furniture within Southern California, with most collections available for immediate delivery.