10 stunning ways to style a room in 2020

The Block’s Neale Whitaker certainly knows a thing or two about styling a room. We talk to the designer to find out how to elevate a space in 2020. 

Interior designer and Luxaflex Brand Ambassador Neale Whitaker was a recent attendee at one of the industry’s most notable events, Maison & Objet, Paris.

From big-picture trends shaking up the industry, to new thinking on sustainability, Whitaker shares all the insider tips and trends emerging in the interior design world.

Macro and micro trends

“I approach trends as macro and micro,” says Whitaker. “Macro are those around for extended periods of time, with no view of going anywhere anytime soon, like sustainability.”

Micro trends can come and go more quickly, he explains. “Bricolage would fall under micro trends, as would other current themes like artisan-made, natural fibres including rattan, jute and wicker, and global-nomad with influences of the Middle East and Asia.”

Make it about you

When it comes to styling, Whitaker’s first piece of advice is to make your home your own, and don’t feel pressure to fit into certain trends.

“When it comes to the home, it’s always good to know what the trends are and why they are, but I do believe your home is all about you.” 

Start with a feeling

One key question to ask yourself when styling a space is, how does it make you feel?

“It’s easy to open a catalogue and simply pick out a theme to replicate, but if your space doesn’t suit that theme, it simply won’t feel right,” explains Whitaker. “Your home is yours, so make it your own.”

Mix and match

Malene Birger’s Lake Como home embraces the designer’s quirky style

Part of personalising a space is picking the trends and styles you like the most.

“Merge trends, and don’t be afraid to mix and match styles within your room,” says Whitaker.

Neale suggests you go slowly and take confidence in your own taste and style. 

Know how to work with neutral

Lots of today’s interior design trends are quite neutral, which means they can be easily added into existing decor themes.

“Like the inclusion of a rattan-backed chair, or a group of ceramic vessels, similar in shape or colours,” he says. “My favourite interiors are always the ones that blend different styles, different tones, different periods, different colours.”

Embrace natural light

By maximising natural light, you can open up spaces in new ways. This can instantly elevate a mood and have a big impact on the way a room looks and feels.

“The Luxaflex® LumiShade® is a great option in terms of a classic window covering, combining the versatility of a vertical blind with the elegant appeal of a soft window furnishing,” he says. “This lets light in whilst balancing style, durability and practicality, he says.”

Add warmth with the right tones

A bright room with lots of light is the perfect starting point to creating warmth in a home, explains Whitaker. 

Shading with a soft finish can blend to “create a warm light that allows for privacy without compromising on the warmth of the natural outdoor light.”

Use layering for extra comfort

Soft rugs and furnishings can create a wonderful feeling for warmth and elevate a space.

Play around with different decorative items, like art, photographs, mementos and books to add a personal touch.

“The things that tell your story will add depth and turn a house into a home,” says Whitaker.

Get smart about technology

Designing rooms that are future-ready means embracing all the ways technology and design work together, says Whitaker.

“There will be a growing emphasis on sustainability, incorporating products into your home that contribute to energy efficiency and regulate home temperatures,” he says.

Don’t be afraid to break some rules

Whitaker’s final piece of advice is to trust your instincts, even if that means breaking some interior design rules.

“I’m a great believer in creating homes with spirit, soul and individuality, and that, to me, is as important as comfort and functionality,” he says.

“Don’t be afraid to mix things up a little and remember that things you love are more important than things that are on trend.”


Adorn Your Home With Classic Blue This Season

Classic Blue is the colour of the year; a soothing and velvety blue that transcends feelings of calm, confidence and connection. Which is exactly the reason why you should be adorning your home with the timeless colour this season.

Pantone’s Classic Blue colour represents the sky at dusk. The soft and reassuring tones of cool blue are something you can easily incorporate into your home.

This universal blue is timeless, exuding elegance everywhere you put it. It is a colour you can depend on for any occasion or setting.

“We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by PANTONE  Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on. Imbued with a deep resonance, Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation,” says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute.

“A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication,” she added.

The shade brings peace and tranquillity to the spirit and aids with concentration and clarity which is useful for an array of settings.

You can pop down the can of paint as you don’t have to go all out to reap the benefits of this soothing shade of blue. To incorporate this lustrous blue into your life this year, Laurie Pressman, vice president of Pantone suggests “Classic Blue accent pieces such as a scarf or watch strap or a vase or candle for your home or workplace”.

Discover our favourite ways to integrate Classic Blue into your living space with luxurious sofas, eye-catching art and textiles in our photo gallery below.


Perhaps it’s green that tickles your fancy this season? Here are our favourite green pieces to bring into the home.