Architectural trends according to architects and decorators

Architectural trends according to architects and decorators



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Nobody better than prestigious architects, interior designers and decorators can know better what the architecture and decoration trends are going to be for the coming years and for this 2020. Under these lines, you will find in alphabetical order, depending on the name of each one, the personal opinion of renowned experts in the sector on the main trends in architecture and decoration. 

These are new concepts, aspects, materials, technologies and vision of the environment that will prevail in the field of architecture and interior decoration throughout this year and during the following ones. Keep reading and you will know first-hand the new trends that come to stay in the field of architecture and interior decoration. 

Alfredo Muñoz 

Architect at ABIBOO Studio


As specialists in architecture and interior design of luxury residential spaces, we are observing in our clients a growing interest in two interesting interrelated trends and with a global background.

The first one is related to sustainability , against the premise of bringing a new life to objects that would otherwise be discarded. Likewise, each time, there is a greater interest in local products or near the place where they are implanted. There are very creative ways to create exquisite and unique spaces through everyday and even previously used objects. Recently, we are raising some of these strategies in our designs.

This new character of exclusivity goes hand in hand with the second trend that we see growing: the artisan creation of objects and products . Unique and customizable products with their own character are increasingly valued in the market. This trend can be exploited by large companies trying to break with the homogenization of products , rescuing ancestral knowledge and investing in unique objects of higher quality and differentiation.

We believe that in the near future we will see very interesting designs following both trends. In any case, trends are simply tools that designers have to understand the market in general, but the important thing in exclusive design is to work collaboratively, among all team members, including clients, manufacturing companies and design teams. in order to give a unique response to the specific needs of each family.

Borja García and Laura Ros

Architects at Made Studio


2020 and 2021 will be vibrant years when it comes to trends. Changing the decade is not a trivial event and what we write today will be the beginning of what our futures will call “the new 20s”. We will see extreme positions that move us to opposite poles; from immersion in digital abstraction, getting  the language of perfection and neo-surrealism  off the screen to explore new restaurants and offices.       

At the opposite pole, the penetration of nature into our homes will continue to take giant steps. Overcome the urban repopulation that we have suffered with the re-entry of indoor plants in the architectural scene and the proliferation of blameless materials, we move on to the next chapter. The rawness, the sincerity, the environmental responsibility  will be the following requirement on the part of the user. Zero treatment, proximity trade and, in short, knowing the origin and avoiding unnecessary product handling will result in crude, popular and resounding cutting spaces where evidence of the presence of nature and the absence of surface artifices. Coderch  and  é sar Manrique They will walk around our reference boards again (they never left ours). 

Last but not least attractive, we will have irreverent attitudes, free and with a clear tangential departure from stereotypes and trends. Spaces with their own identity, inexplicably attractive and with the foundation of the vision of their creators in every projected centimeter. The veil of your own vision will prevail over the trends imposed by the market, creating more personal, authentic and, therefore, unique spaces. 

Carlos Alberto Gutiérrez 

Interior Designer and furniture designer at Style Lab


In what is architecture, I think we are going to start to see a lot of focus on sustainable architecture , which will be very focused on the re-use of buildings, spaces already built. With this sustainability movement, instead of destroying, creating garbage and rubble of what already exists, we are going to see the focus of making these spaces-places more efficient in all aspects, energy, efficiency of spaces, use of more materials ecological for your renovations, etc.

In the interiors, we are going to see a lot of this same trend with the use of recycled materials , the integration of common spaces into one as we have been seeing with the living room and kitchen, more functional spaces that invite you to be in them.

As for materials, a lot of use and combinations of different elements such as woods, tiles on floors and walls offering something more decorative and at the same time functional. The tiles are going to exert a great influence, since with so many colors, patterns and designs of all kinds, they become an art piece that integrates directly into the spaces, offering more in terms of colors, textures and shapes.

Carolina Fernandez

Director of Projects and Interior Design at Rafael de la Hoz Arquitectos


Currently, it seeks to go one step further in the user experience , that spaces transmit more emotions, that vibrate, evoke different sensations and even surprise. Hotel and restaurant operators seek differentiation in a very competitive environment, so ingenuity and creativity are key. We see, and will continue to see, thematic venues, each one in its own line, that connect with the user in a different, even disruptive way, because customers demand unique, exclusive spaces. Repetition cannot exist. Each hotel, each restaurant, each office must speak in its own language.

On the other hand, the industry is advancing at breakneck speed and the market is full of new technological materials that respond to the demands of operators regarding durability, ease of cleaning and maintenance. Solutions such as technological and large-format porcelain tiles, which achieve practically priceless imitations of stones, woods and metals, are common today in all projects, providing a series of advantages that surpass the aforementioned, since they expand the possibilities of application, reduce thickness and overloads in rehabilitation, guarantee an optimal aesthetic result and without risks, in addition to facilitating execution. At this point are also laminates, HPL, vinyl and paints.

In line with the above, we cannot forget sustainability. The environmental awareness is now a differentiating point to position itself in the market in a prominent place. The customer demands solutions that are respectful with the environment and we, as designers, must be very aware of this and apply them. LEED / BREEAM / WELL certifications help us monitor the selection of materials and equipment.

Finally, it is important to note that domestic and warm aesthetics continue in all kinds of uses, whether for hotels and restaurants or for offices. The domestic space continues to be a psychological need of the users and it has been more than demonstrated that the spaces that comply with said premise have greater commercial success. Textiles, warm and comfortable materials, as well as the increased use of color, continue to enrich the spaces.

Rodrigo de la Peña

Architect at RDLP Arquitectos


The environmental global awareness is a growing trend that is leaving a bigger mark on the architecture. Totally in sync with this trend, our firm seeks to enhance the characteristics of the place where each architectural project is located, especially those of a larger size.

Likewise, in accordance with the different trends in the global architecture and design scene, there is an increasing diversity of ceramic, porcelain and technological stone products with outstanding quality, as well as technical characteristics that provide added value to the architectural proposal, which makes them perfectly usable together with other natural materials.  

Definitely, nowadays more large format products are required (60 cm x 120 cm or 120 cm x 120 or larger) that allow creating patterns that sometimes emulate a natural stone and at other times propose original and specific designs, as in the case of surfaces with a design of wooden planks or graphic motifs. In the same way, the specification of materials and engineering parts provide greater durability and resistance, especially as a floor for high traffic areas or as part of a ventilated facade.

 The current architecture, as well as that of the coming years, has to respond to people seeking a harmonious and pleasant experience . In our daily work, we recognize that architecture is generated by the needs of the people and an understanding of the physical context, culture and climate of the place and region. Therefore, today more than ever, we believe that architecture should be created from a sum of the elements that define a building: the structure, the shape, the relationship with its context, the materials and its ability to provoke sensations in its spectators and users. 

In short, the current design trend taking into account shape, color and texture , seeks to frame a contemporary architecture that awakens people's interest in architecture and the use of the space for which it was created, without forgetting the respect that the habitat it deserves and always taking into account the importance of the pedestrian, the relationship of the building with the street, the sidewalk, the environment and its relationship with the building and its location. 

Sara Folch

Interior Designer and CEO of Sara Folch Interior Design


The trends in architecture and interior design for this year and the next are going to be marked by three independent aspects that, logically, come together. The aspects in which the new trends will manifest are: the chromatic scale, the new technologies applied to volume and sustainability.

Regarding the chromatic aspect , we are at a time when many trends are going to coexist, so now everything can add up. Both a combination of different offset colors will be given, as well as other combinations with contrasting colors. At the same time, a trend that, from my point of view, is timeless will continue: the use of the same color in different shades. Above all these applications of color in decoration, the tendency to design unique, exclusive projects will predominate. The personalization of the interiors will prevail with colors that convey a personal stamp.

The second aspect that we will see emerge and impose in the coming times is the application of new technologies in the creation of 3D volumes. Advances in this area will allow us to create volumes with different, unique textures. Furthermore, creativity in this field will allow innovation and experimentation with new materials and finishes. In short, the application of 3D printing will make it possible to create volumes with curves, large formats, microformats ... creations hitherto impossible will be able to become a reality.

A third aspect, which will become increasingly present in all architectural and decorative projects, will be sustainability . More and more architects and clients are looking for materials that are sustainable, capable of providing the desired aesthetic effect and, at the same time, actively collaborate in the preservation of nature. Materials that do not fulfill this double mission will be increasingly rejected.

As I said, the main trend will be, therefore, the creation of architectural and interior design projects that combine these aspects: the creation of sustainable spaces in which the use of crafts and new technologies will be combined to create unique spaces with a personal seal.

Therefore, we can conclude that environmental architecture is a global trend that is coming to stay in the sector. In addition, the trend towards new materials and the application of new technologies to the field of architecture and decoration will coexist along with unique artisan pieces and spaces with a marked personal stamp. Therefore, the closure is opened for a new stage of architecture and decoration impregnated by the combination of the newest with the oldest , but, above all, in which it will be ensured to enhance the user experience and the creation of spaces with a strong personality.