DECO’s predicted Architecture and Design Trends for 2020

In 2019 we saw some great design trends and clever use of products and materials influenced by events, innovation and sustainability. As we move into a new decade, we share with you our predicated trends that will shape Australian design and architecture in 2020. 


We aren’t talking about the wallpaper in your home. Large-scale artworks and wall murals will grace building walls and ceilings this year to create dynamic and interesting spaces. Today, everything is designed to be photographed and shared in the digital world. An eye-catching wall is not just a design feature, it has the potential to put a place on the map, a tourist hot spot and a talking point within a community.







  Photography from TS Visuals


2020 is predicted to be the year architects and designers push the boundaries with rounded edges and curved walls. Building design will feature arches, curved batten walls and circular window frames.  The innovative radius batten by DecoBatten allows architects and designers to bring a handcrafted feel to a space and easily create wave like effects with the use of multiple batten sizes.



A year crowded with horror news stories about combustible cladding and bushfires has put aluminium cladding on our list.  Say goodbye to flammable composite and timber cladding products and hello to solid aluminium cladding. DecoClad is available in 30 natural timber-look colours as well as plain colours and requires little maintenance. Made from 100% aluminium, all DecoClad products offer a safe and non-combustible option for internal and external cladding, façades, feature walls, screens or ceilings, and complies with Australian Standards AS1530.1 and AS1530.3 – a winner in our eyes.



The demand for quality, sustainable and recyclable building materials continues to increase with the growing concern for climate change action and sustainability issues. 

In 2020 we expect specifiers to favour recyclable products with longer life cycles for their upcoming projects. Sustainable materials such as aluminium can be recycled indefinitely without loss of quality. Meanwhile, materials such as plastic and timber are often downcycled, decreasing quality and limiting its use with each iteration. 



This year will be the rise of ‘functionality’, where form and function will go hand in hand with good design. The focus will be on the quality of space, incorporating products that are aesthetically pleasing as well as dual purpose. 

For example, DecoWood timber-look finishes for aluminium is 50% more durable than standard powder coating and withstands harsh environmental conditions. The finish is very versatile and can be applied to windows, doors, decks, fences, screens, cladding, shutters, louvres, gates and facades. 



When it comes to aesthetics, we believe industrial design will remain a top sought after design trend for 2020. Whether its residential or commercial, the use of industrial materials, recycled products and neutral colours is always a crowd pleaser.  DECO recently expanded our line of finishes to include the popular colours of rust and concrete. These finishes are of the same high-quality finish as our DecoWood finish yet offer an alternative to other building products that follow the popular industrial design trend.





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