Eye-tracking reveals the interior trends guests notice first in a home

Do you have any of these in your home?

New research has revealed the 10 most eye-catching home decor trends in people's homes – and although some of these might already be on your radar, there are some surprising results.

The study, conducted by financial services comparison site Confused.com (opens in new tab), used eye-tracking science technology to identify the items guests looked at first when compared to other trends in the home, to reveal which were the most eye-catching. Before you indulge in the Black Friday furniture deals it might be worth taking note.

1. Boucle

Sofology next chairs in light grey carpeted living room

(Image credit: Sofology)

Snapping up the number one spot is the soft, neutral trend for boucle, which caught people's eye the fastest and took participants just over one second to focus on. Maybe it's that warm, cosy fabric that drew people in? Either way, these nest chairs from Sofology (£499 (opens in new tab)) (opens in new tab) would certainly cause us to stop and look.

2. Rattan furniture

Primark rattan sideboard

(Image credit: Primark)

It's a trend that's proved popular for a while now, and rattan looks like it won't be going anywhere anytime soon. Opt for statement pieces like this Primark rattan sideboard (opens in new tab) and create a light, relaxed look – or mix it up with chandeliers and luxe fabrics for a much richer effect.

3. Dark kitchen cabinets

Kitchen Makers dark cabinetry

(Image credit: Kitchen Makers)

Deliciously dark cabinetry came in at number three and we can see why this striking trend would be so popular. We love this bespoke design from Kitchen Makers (opens in new tab), with its complementing gold handles and tone-on-tone walls.

4. Mid-century furniture

Cox & Cox linen armchair in grey

(Image credit: Cox & Cox)

In at number four is the trend for mid-century furniture, where tapered legs and rounded corners help characterise the look – as seen here with this Cox & Cox (opens in new tab) linen armchair.

5. Berber rugs

Loaf Berber rugs light in colour with flecks of grey

(Image credit: Loaf)

Lastly, taking the fifth spot are Berber rugs, with their distinctive looped pile. Overall light in colour, with flecks of grey, they are one of the best rugs for a cosy addition to any home – and we're pretty sold on this design by Loaf (opens in new tab).

Other eye-catching decor trends included painted arches and herringbone flooring, along with macrame, black shower fixtures and dried flowers. Do you have any of these in your own home?

Laurie Davidson
Laurie Davidson

Laurie Davidson is a professional stylist, writer and content creator, who lives and breathes interiors. Having worked for some of the UK’s leading interior magazines, styled homes up and down the country and produced sets for TV shows, adverts and top brands, it’s safe to say Laurie has had a pretty exciting career. Find her on Instagram at @lifeofaninteriorstylist or over at lauriedavidson.co.uk