Top five styles of the 2030s.

We live in crazy times where trends and fashion change from day to day. Our lives are getting faster and faster, and the integration of technology into our lives is only accelerating these changes. The rise of the Internet and various social networks in recent years, along with the increasing use of them among all age groups, enables the preparation of styles and the acquisition of ideas from other environments. It is also noticeable in architecture and other industries related to it.

When we define certain works or historical persons, we often refer to the period in which such works took place, such as e.g. baroque or renaissance. When we hear the word “baroque”, we immediately get a picture of the look of the work of art or the work, which means for this period.

What about the time to come? In what style will we live and live? How would you divide the architectural styles of the coming decade?

CONTEMPORARY STYLE – “go with the flow”

This is a style that is constantly changing according to trends. This is the main difference compared to the modern style, as the style is often confused. Modern style is also more relaxed, warm, and decorated.

  • COLORS: neutral black (white, gray, black, cream) with color accents
  • FURNITURE / DESIGN: simple shapes, clean lines, natural raw materials, lots of goods
  • MATERIALS: wood (parquet), textiles (carpets), a combination of metal, stone, and glass
  • OTHER: patterns of geometric shapes, and visible construction does not need to be hidden


MINIMALISM – “less is more”

Minimalism established itself as one of the main styles as early as the early 1990s. The main guideline of minimalistic design is dilution, where we get rid of all unnecessary elements. It is characterized by clean lines, an open floor plan, and lots of light. With a gentle color palette and a small number of furniture pieces, the space becomes seemingly larger.

  • COLORS: neutral black (white, gray, cream); combinations of only some that differ slightly from each other
  • FURNITURE / DESIGN: simple geometric shapes, clean lines, and pieces match and complement each other
  • MATERIALS: wood, concrete, glass, ceramics (decoration), textiles (carpets)
  • OTHER: an outstanding piece of art / furniture, complemented by greenery


JAPANDI Style – ”scandinavian + japanese”

A combination of two minimalist styles, Scandinavian and Japanese, results in a warm hybrid that is strongly attached to nature. The focus is on open space and functionalism.

  • COLORS: neutral earth tones (white, gray, black), natural tones
  • FURNITURE / DESIGN: clean lines, functional, quality
  • MATERIALS: wood (contrast of wood tones), details with metal, textiles (warm carpets, blankets)
  • OTHER: greens (only a few pieces per space, but with large, elegant leaves)


MID-CENTURY MODERN – “the timeless one”

As the name suggests, this style dates back to the middle of the century, and originated in post-war America. The style tried to break the traditional boundaries and start the modern era, eventually evolving into a retro design with Scandinavian simplicity. This style is more vibrant, uses more colors, and is often related to nature.

  • COLORS: wooden symbols, invigorating with earth colors (yellow, oil, orange, green, turquoise)
  • FURNITURE / DESIGN: construction not hidden, furniture on legs, organic shapes
  • MATERIALS: wood (even more unusual types), textiles
  • OTHER: paintings on the wall (graphic, abstract), greenery


INDUSTRIAL – “fuss-free & no-nonsense”

Inspired by spatial warehouses and industrial-style factories, simplicity in raw and recycled materials creates more austere and elegant spaces. This style knows how to take advantage of the imperfection of products or walls.

  • COLORS: neutral elements (white, gray, black), gifts in dark colors
  • FURNITURE / DESIGN: untreated, noticeable construction
  • MATERIALS: wood, steel, iron, baking pan, brick, concrete, leather
  • OTHER: art as a revival of the color palette, interesting accessories (lights, mirrors)



Certainly, certain similarities can be found between all the listed styles and the characteristic red thread of the 2030s style. Lately, the focus has been on “pure” art, without unnecessary kitsch and accessories that would destroy the overall look. Here, too, as with many things, the slogan “less is more” is worth considering.

We also notice that several branches of art are going in this direction, which gives the coming years a distinctive look.

But it is also true that we live in a time that is more technologically advanced than ever, and the development of technology is exponential, and the connection between different industries and experts is at a level we have never seen before.

Because of this, we can say that progress itself gives art a touch of unpredictability. Art, technology and much more can often turn in an unknown direction.

Author: Urška Uršič