Despite the wrongful thinking of the public, that modern architecture and design are always minimalistic and ascetic it is true that both of them are often manifested with straight lines, subtle color schemes, and all in all with elements, which with its modesty can be perceived as very unreachable and detached. However, in this new decade, the colorfulness and lively patterns are coming back into our homes.

The following is an analysis of the most common elements we’re about to see in the upcoming decade.


In the last couple of years, the popularity of room plants got significantly bigger. The Internet is practically oversaturated with photos of aesthetically lighted monsteras in the old city apartments. Inner gardens are one step further, being a sustainable element, where they create a microclimate and bring nature to us.


For all the people, who don’t have any patience or space with plants, the innovative solution is upholstery of either walls or furniture with tropic motives. In such a way the room looks more refreshed and connected with nature.


More and more popular are becoming ”designer” elements that look inflated and usually come in different vivacious colors that remind us of abstract art pieces of the early 20th century. This furniture, because of its attention-stealing looks, works as a standalone piece or in combination with subtler elements, but can also work in combination with lively furniture pieces.


These are the so-called statement tiles. They usually come in smaller dimensions, which gives them a somewhat retro look (a lot of them can be linked to the tiles from the 70s).


Another constant on oh so many Pinterest mood boards. This element definitely signals a more luxurious, even bourgeois type of living area. Even though its placement can make an interesting spatial form, we need to be careful not to make spaces that will look outdated too soon. It’s not hard to imagine how in 10 years they, could remind us of today’s outrage over popcorn ceilings.


It is an interesting way of emphasizing furniture lines and accentuating the differences in materializations. Black contours have been in wider use since a couple of years ago, but their elegance and spatial highlighting can really make a difference in a dull room.


Furniture or wall dressing in colorful rocks only accentuates the richness of materials and lushness of the equipment. In combination with inflated furniture, it can look very relaxed and playful.


Another material, we’ve borrowed from the former century. Modern terrazzo in comparison to its old forms contains bigger particles that are often more colorful. Along with the usage of actual terrazzo, a lot of times wallpaper with terrazzo patterns is used.


Concepts of open space are nowadays very popular, but the biggest deficiency of them (in combination with badly organized space) is the lack of privacy. The system can work instead of immovable walls and furniture. Curtains only fixed parameter is the railing on the ceiling (the curvier the line the better), which makes the space soft and flowing.

For the most part, the trendy elements are basically iterations of last century’s trends. The word ”trend” itself means a general direction in which something is developing or changing, change being constant and thus the trend itself being very fleeting.

 It is a good designer’s job to treat trends as statements and manifestations of the time, rather than striving to always follow the newness of it.

Katja Orehek