A moment for yourself

There's so much to do nowadays: have a successful career, shine as a parent or partner (or both), maintain a social life, keep fit, eat healthily, stay popular on social media... The list is endless, and our performance-obsessed society has set the bar for achievement high. As a result, we often feel overstimulated and don’t know where to turn to next. However much we complain about the pressure, we can’t tune it out completely, so how on earth do we restore the balance? This question is at the heart of the Inner Retreat trend, all about self-care and destimulation.  

Trend 2020 inner retreat


In het interieur leidt deze trend tot rust en sereniteit. Een omgeving waarin we kunnen ontstressen en onszelf kunnen opladen. Er is een focus op bloemen en planten met een natuurlijke geneeskracht, we pakken terug naar ceremoniële uitingen die we al door en door kennen en het monochrome palet zorgt voor een ruimte waarin we de drukte van buitenaf kunnen weren. Als een schild van voile.   


In the garden this trend creates an environment that shields you from the outside world. Soft, airy planting serves as a buffer between the internal and the external, and extra attention is paid to plants with healing powers. The sense of protection is emphasised by soft grasses, bee-friendly biodiversity and round shapes.


Everything associated with Inner Retreat appears to have passed through a soft, muting filter. We see mainly rounded, delicate forms in pastel and natural shades, with an accent of pink here and there. White is a colour that frequently occurs in the colour palette. Patterns only appear if they are soothing., and natural structures such as waffle and honeycomb are ever-present. Materials are mainly natural, and there’s a proliferation of  semi-transparent substances like matt glass, resin and breathable fabric which create space and calm between the two sides.


A few simple additions and adjustments will inject your home with the serenity of Inner Retreat. You can nestle an attractive fern or aloe vera in a transparent container to instantly create a feeling of seclusion. Medicinal herbs in the garden such as echinacea, sage and lavender emphasise the healthy environment. 


Read about Inclusive Culture and City Language, our other two trends for 2020.

We’d love to see your creations inspired by the Inner Retreat trend. Share your planting arrangements with us using the hashtag #thejoyofplants.