With the new year right around the corner, there’s nothing like a home makeover to start the year on the right foot. For some expert guidance, we caught up with design maven Peggy Bels. Originally from France, Bels set up her eponymous firm in Hong Kong in 2008 and has been beautifying residences and commercial spaces ever since.
While Bels tends to lean into a modern and minimalist aesthetic, she doesn’t go overboard on cool tones; rather, she balances comfort and sophistication with pops of colour and personality-packed decor. To help you press reset in 2020, Bels shares a few of her insights on the most coveted palettes, textures and furniture styles — plus a few styling tips.
On interior design trends for 2020...
‘The trend ten years ago was more about industrial style — raw materials and a black and white palette. But now we’re seeing a shift towards more natural, organic materials such as wood floors, stone and soft, organic fabrics. As for colour trends in the new year, you can expect a lot of navy blue and deep green with brass accents. We’re also seeing a lot more interest in warm colour tones on the walls — I also suggest adding accent walls to break up the space and give depth to the room.’
Image courtesy of Peggy Bels
On injecting new energy...
‘For simple ways to fill your home with fresh energy, I always first recommend decluttering. This can make a huge difference and immediately make the space feel much larger. You can also upgrade a major piece of furniture, such as a coffee table or sofa. For coffee tables, I look for materials like metal, brass or marble to contrast the soft tones that I usually choose for walls and flooring. For sofas, I like to use soft fabrics like linen or velvet, which offers a more elegant look. When you’re deciding where to place your sofa, I’d about ten centimetres from the wall, which will actually make your space feel larger.’