The Hottest Interior Design Trends Over The Last Decade

A lot has changed in interior design over the last 10 years. The 10’s have provided us with the revival of mid-century modern design, the introduction of terrazzo to new homes and a love of house plants to name a few. Interior Design has come a long way over the past 10 years as people have taken time to decorate their homes in exciting ways. Now that this decade is coming to a close, I have rounded up the hottest interior design trends of the 2010s.

Grey became the new beige:

The reason for the shift away from creams to greys is based on a number of factors. For starters, interior design has left behind the days of garish and bold patterns on walls and floors in favour of using subtle accent colours on accessories. Grey definitely became the new beige as it provided the perfect canvas to build on because it complemented any accent colour. I for one am hoping grey continues to be the new beige in the 20s as it is a much more pleasing base colour!

Grey the new beige
(Image Credit: Wooden Furniture Store)

Marble:

Marble has long been a popular material choice for homeowners, but in the last few years, it has seen a huge revival. Adding instant glamour to any space, marble is perfect for luxe design fans. From decadent kitchen cabinets to decorative wall clocks, marble is no longer confined to the bathroom. It has well ad truly earned its place on my hottest interior design trends list!

Marble
(Image Credit: Scarlet Park)

Millennial Pink:

In 2017, one colour took over our homes: Millennial pink. This delicate blush shade was so popular that it could be found from everything from our clothes to our walls. Gorgeous when paired with silver and brass accessories, millennial pink worked as a complementary colour to a pale palette as well as livening up dark schemes.

Millennial pink
(Image Credit: Nanan Patisserie, Poland)

Mid Century Modern Revival:

The mid-century modern movement developed between 1933 and 1975 and saw the invention of some of the most iconic pieces of furniture in history. From the Eames lounge chair to the Arco floor lamp, this period of design is truly inspiring. So much so, that there has been a huge rise in modern replicas on the market. Think dark woods, curved forms with mustard yellow, teal and orange.

Mid century modern
(Image Credit: Damian Russell)

Botanical prints and house plants:

For the past few years, house plants have become essential homeware items. Cacti and succulents in terrariums have been the true shining stars of this trend- personally, I absolutely love them. We have even made sure that our planters have followed trends too, with Scandi inspired planters and macramé hangers being the most popular. No matter how green-fingered you are (or aren’t), there’s an indoor plant to suit your home and lifestyle.

Botanical prints have also been everywhere recently. This trend is likely to continue for the next

Botanical living room decor
(Image Credit: Uniqwa Furniture)

Terrazzo:

By some accounts, terrazzo (Italian for “terrace”) dates back 8,000 years, to the Venetians. In more recent history, terrazzo saw a huge surge in popularity in the American 1970s, when thin-set terrazzo (resin rather than cement) was invented before quickly falling back out of style by the end of the decade. Traditionally seen on tiles, over the last few years Terrazzo made it’s way on to our furniture, home accessories and even fabrics and wallpapers! 

Totally terrazzo
(Image credit: Paper Mint Paris)

Global influences:

The 2010s ushered in a greater sense of connectivity throughout the world with the rise of social media. It made it easier for people of different cultures to interact and share ideas with each other. As far as interiors go, people began to take elements from different countries to create one cohesive scheme. The look invited the fusion of decorative ikat prints, paisleys and intricate Indian block prints. Rich tones and rugged textures symbolised the authentic, nomadic trend.

Global influence bedroom
(Image credit: Debenhams)

Bohemian:

If you were around in the 1970s, it’s likely that you’ll remember the craft of macramé. This intricate knotting technique produces beautiful results – it’s no wonder this decoration found it’s way back into our homes and onto my hottest interior design trends list. From statement wall art to modern plant hangers, macrame adds a touch of simplistic elegance to any space. It came with the revival of bohemian decor, which involves a lot of tie-dye patterns, woven accessories and dreamy motifs.

Bohemian bedroom with macrame wall hangings
(My design for Andrew Henry Interiors)

Scandi décor:

Characterised by minimalism and functionality, Scandi décor has been big throughout Scandinavia for more than 60 years. As our desire for simplistic, stripped back styles grew, Scandi design principles quickly rose to fame across the world. Offering clean lines, neutral colour palettes and raw materials, the Scandi look is both practical and beautiful.

scandi dining
(Image credit: Scandinavia design)

Gallery walls:

A fantastic alternative to statement wallpaper, gallery walls have enabled modern homeowners to bring their own personalities into their living spaces. With thanks to companies like Desenio, creating your own gallery wall could not have been simpler. Quick to install and easy to change when the mood strikes, you can truly make your gallery wall your own. Fill frames with your favourite art, or showcase your precious family photos in true style. Even pretty wall mirrors and sculptural pieces were weaving their way into gallery walls towards the end of the decade.

gallery wall
(Image Credit: Desenio)

Overall, I think this decade has been pretty great in the interior design world. Looking forward to the 2020s, I think there will be a greater need for sustainable, environmentally friendly design. Also, Pantone paint has revealed that their paint colour for 2020 is Classic Blue, so I’m sure we’ll be seeing the bold blue hue everywhere next year.

What’s been your favourite decor trend from the last decade? let me know in the comments.

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See you next year!

Eve x

20 thoughts on “The Hottest Interior Design Trends Over The Last Decade

  1. I plan on using several of these trends in my new home…along with a healthy dose of farmhouse. Hopefully it will all work together!

  2. I love having grey as the new beige, Scandinavian decor and global influences on interior decor! I’m looking forward to seeing how this next decade goes (I love blue)! Thanks for sharing!

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