Eyes front: Exploring 2020’s commercial interior trends

Eyes front

Exploring 2020’s commercial interior trends

The world of commercial interiors moves at break-neck speed. Blink, and you might miss the sector’s next focus.

With a packed 12-month calendar of events, both home and away, magazine round-ups and more colour forecasting than you can shake a stick at, keeping track of the latest trends can feel like an impossible task.

But, fear not. Acting as your trusty trend advisors we will guide you through what’s tipped to be hot in 2020, so you’re up-to-speed in less time than it takes to eat a mince pie.


Royal blue and burnt orange

Pantone’s declared it: as of this month, Classic Blue is its 2020 Colour of the Year. Rewind nine months, and you’ll see that at Roger Lewis HQ it was, in fact, already the shade of choice for our Kyoto collection.

And that’s not the only colour trend we foresaw. Burnt orange featured as part of our 2019 photography, complementing the regal blue with an injection of fresh, vivid vibrancy.

If you head to Instagram, you’ll see that the pairing of orange and blue has been doing the rounds for a few months now, with designers embracing the juxtaposition of light and dark for their 2020 schemes.

Expect to see some variation on the trend’s core colour palette, with the introduction of greenery as sustainability continues to dominate the built environment’s agenda.


Deeply comfortable

As commercial and residential spaces continue to merge, comfort has never been more important. Whether encouraging socialising, remote working or relaxing, our needs from furniture have gone from being purely aesthetic to highly usable.

As we enter a new decade, comfort has become a focus in all areas of our lives, from the clothes we wear to the leisure environments we visit. Though, nowhere is it more evident than in the commercial furniture sector.

With Italian design details such as classic curves being a huge influence on the pieces we create at Roger Lewis, alongside Scandinavian usability, comfort is at the heart of what we do. As we move into next year, this element of the wellbeing and personalisation trend will continue to take centre stage in hospitality and workplace settings.


Italian postmodernism

Over the last 12-months, commercial design has taken a more playful departure from the pared-back, minimalism that was favoured back in 2016/17. Just as there’s been much change culturally since then, interior design has also changed, flexing in response to society’s mood.

Rather than err on the understated side, with plain colour palettes and simplified shapes, designers have embraced the bold, taking cues from The Memphis Group and Bauhaus movement.

From primary shades of red, blue and yellow, to avante garde form, interior pieces in 2020 will continue to envelope fun. There’s still much on the horizon politically to induce anxiety, and so even in the wake of the wellbeing era we’re expecting to see more engaging spaces than tranquilising ones.



Continuing with the theme of playfulness, curves will prevail as the shape of choice for designers in 2020. Although geometrics still very much have a place in commercial design – it was the chosen pattern for countless brands at the 2019 design shows – sharp, angular edges are being overtaken for something distinctly softer.

In furniture design, curved arm, back and leg detailing is leading the way. Paired with either the expressive colours of the postmodernist revival, or instead a toned down pastel palette, designers are largely opting for point-of-difference over blend-into-background style.

Again, a trend that’s no stranger here at Roger Lewis, our latest ranges have adopted the comforting curve. Check out the Onyar sofa.

So, there you have it.

A whistlestop tour of the trends we’ll be looking to for inspiration in 2020. Are there any we’ve missed? Let us know on Instagram.

We also wanted to take the opportunity to wish you all a very
Merry Christmas & a happy and prosperous New Year. See you in 2020!


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