Fabric trends 2020 – the colours, patterns and materials to use

We showcase the 2020 fabric collections, which celebrate raw materials, organic textures, natural scenes and crafts such as mark making and weaving.

2012 sees an abundance of colourful blooms in the form of beautiful, smaller scale contemporary florals. New fabric designs feature a variety of flowers perfectly captured in spontaneous, fluid brush strokes.

‘With design inspiration more accessible than ever before, we’re seeing homeowner’s tastes evolve and become braver. As we transition to 2020, this more confident approach to interiors has encouraged a step away from safe, muted tones of the past, in favour of expressionist trends that feature graphic prints and rich colour palettes,’ says Louisa Tratalos, Head of Brand, Arley House.

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1. AHEAD OF THE CURVE

Sweeping lines, tactile surfaces and deep tones of copper and red combine to create a deliciously warm and cocooning interior, with contrasting textures and a touch of glamour. Rich, plush velvets are certainly here to stay. ‘Matte velvets in solid colours tend to be most popular, however this is being quickly followed by the more classic textured velvet finish that offers a look that’s full of character and charm,’ explains Jo Butters, Creative Designer, Parker Knoll.

Fabric trends 2020

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Fabric trends 2020

Etienne Grand Sofa in Mancini Charcoal, £2,250, Parker Knoll.

2. RAW WEAVES

With pronounced warps and wefts, these stubby fabrics in rustic checks and bouclés resemble cloth cut from an artisan weaver’s loom.

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3. THE ARTIST’S MARK

Loose brushstrokes, playful daubs and block prints on fabric in a strong monochrome palette bring sophistication and simplicity to interiors.

Fabric trends 2020

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4. WILD FLOWERS

Celebrate exuberant floral prints in lush colour combinations.

‘In particular florals take a moodier turn across fabric design, with a fixation on dark heritage blooms that create an air of faded grandeur. Bold, dramatic blooms are perfect for those looking to make a statement; by utilising a floral motif in a darker palette throughout one’s upholstery, an injection of personality is achieved without it looking overly chintzy,’ enthuses Louisa Tratalos, Head of Brand, Arley House.

Fabric trends 2020

Romano fabric in Plum, from £85, V&A Arley House.

Fabric trends 2020

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5. MELLOW YELLOW

Muted earthy yellow ochre – a pigment used since prehistoric times – contrasts beautifully with neutral charcoals and greys, and works with blond wood for an alluring mid-century vibe.

Fabric trends 2020

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6. DREAM WEAVER

Abstract motifs and designs resembling misty landscapes, plus sumptuous textures and soothing sunset tones create a slightly surreal mood for a relaxing interior.

Fabric trends 2020

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7. RICH TAPESTRIES

Idyllic pastoral scenes and stylised flora and fauna designs bring an established, traditional edge to interiors, and a dreamy reflection of the natural world.

Fabric trends 2020

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