We all love decor trends! I do too! I either love to think about incorporating them into my home or I view them as an interesting train wreck! There are certainly changes in decor upon the horizon so let’s preview home decor trends for 2020.
Before we get into the trends let’s set up a few ground rules.
DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER!
Seriously, friends! I’m just sharing what I am seeing! You may be happy about these trends or not. But please know that it’s my job and joy to share them.
You have no idea how many emails I get every time I do a trends post! And sometimes they can be a bit testy!
Thanks for understanding!
HOW TO LOOK AT DECOR TRENDS
First, all trends are just great guesses. The design industry (including blogs) look ahead to see what they feel will be showing up strong in the near future.
Second, trends are just that. Trends! That does not mean you can’t love what you have or are in any way compelled to change. When I do trend posts I get tons of emails from upset readers telling me why they love what they have and won’t embrace change!
Trends are not about changing your style, but offering you thought-provoking ways to see how design changes the way we live.
For example, I see velvet still very strong in 2020! And velvet sofas still the queen of the velvet movement. Although I absolutely LOVE the look of a cobalt blue or deep green velvet sofa I’m going to appreciate it from afar and a gorgeous velvet sofa will probably never end up in my home.
For me, this trend is not practical! However, you might see a couple beautiful velvet pillows on my neutral, stain-resistant sofa this winter!
And lastly, trends often contradict one another. And yes, that can be confusing.
Here’s what I mean. This year I see neutrals and naturals will still have a big, big presence. And I’m also seeing beautiful colors like corals and greens pushing forward in the design industry.
That’s because design is like fashion. There is not a one size fits all trend! Designers have different niches and manufacturers carry many different styles to satisfy consumers different tastes.
So think competing trends as offering fresh ideas in decor to everyone’s decorating preferences.
Now let’s look at 7 trends that are pushing to the front in 2020!
TRENDS ON THE HORIZON
I think there is a huge shift coming in the way we use our homes! I’m seeing a work meets leisure fusion. The need for a workspace in our homes is skyrocketing! And the push is to find that perfect mix of living space and working space. We will talk more about that later.
But now, let’s get into the decorating details I see for 2020.
The first trend I see still very strong for 2020 is neutrals! They are not going anywhere! However, they are morphing a bit.
I’m reading that we will be seeing more bone, and wool white, and softer tones and tints of white.
Gray is still a decor player but as I’m reading I keep hearing that the shift is moving from gray to bone. In other words from cool neutrals to warmer ones.
MY TWO CENTS
I love this shift! However, I’m really still fixated on pure white walls. I love how they show off whatever is put in front of them. I’m all in when it comes to using softer whites but I’ll be trending towards white walls.
Now, about gray. As many of you know I appreciate gray and love it in accents in my home but I cannot live with it in more concentrated doses. Color is powerful and can evoke strong emotions. I never knew the effect of color on our emotional well-being until gray came on the scene!
Gray makes me sad! Funny, but not funny! Saying that I still am SEEING gray everywhere. The industry talk is less gray but gray is not going away! Maybe gray will not dominate the decor scene as much as a couple years ago but it is still a strong contender and deserves a place on the 2020 list.
DULLED DOWN BLUES
Blue was the up and coming color in 2019 and now it’s the “it” color this year!
This is not your mother’s blue. No powdery colors! No straightforward shades! This new decorating trend blue is moody and muddied and darker!
Tones of blue like Benjamin Moore’s Van Deusen Blue (HC-156)
Or Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy (HC-154) is on-trend right now and will continue to be popular in 2020
Blue is a color favorite… always. In one form or another. And this year there is a shift from cobalt blue popular a few years ago to deeper and more dulled down tones. It is a natural and welcomed progression!
MY TWO CENTS
I’m in LOVE LOVE LOVE with these gorgeous, moody rich blues! The work so well with so many colors. And to me, are a new neutral! Neutral! Well, not really but what I mean to say is they will probably coordinate with the colors you use in your home!
I’m seeing kitchen and bathroom cabinets painted these luxurious blues! Will you see mine painted blue? Probably not! But I might not be opposed to a cloudy blue island!
You will definitely see a dirty, rich blue in my home!
Geometric designs have been popular for a couple years and they are here to stay for another year.
There is a major love affair with geometric designs. Geometric wallpaper, lighting, furnishings, and accents!
The lines are clean and thin. Nothing clunky or heavy!
MY TWO CENTS
You can’t go wrong with adding a taddy bit of geometrics to almost any decor style. Just don’t overdo it! And interpret geometrics to work with your style. Go for classic designs on a French chair and get a little crazy with a more contemporary style!
Wallpaper an accent wall with geometric design with lots of negative (white, empty) space.
Paper a small powder room with a thin-lined geometric design and use an architectural element such as wainscoting or shiplap or tongue and groove on the bottom half of the walls to balance the wallpaper.
Put a great accent chair in a fun geometric fabric in a neutral room.
I think this fun trend can add a lot of style and fun to what we have in our homes! Me? Look for a new accent chair in my living room soon.
GOLD AND BLACK CHROME
Move over stainless, chrome and nickel! Gold is probably hitting its zenith of popularity in the home decor trend movement for 2020!
We have seen it gaining an immense following of natural brass, bronze, and gold lovers! And who can resist it after almost a decade of all that silver!
Gold metal is nothing new. It is just coming on very strong in new and exciting ways! Natural brass that earns its own patina and other gilded metals are showing up in sleek designs for the modern home.
MY TWO CENTS
As the saying goes… what goes around comes around! And so it is in decorating. But returning styles usually come back with a little different spin!
I love the pared-down, slimmer profile of the gold accents I am seeing! This is not the brass and gold of the 1880’s and 90’s!
I think gold metal is a very welcomed returning classic! There is room in on-trend home decor for all metals. And they look their best when they are mixed together.
Choose gold to be your predominate metal color and mix it with a bit of nickel! Gold and nickel look gorgeous together!
Don’t shy away from the gold trend just don’t be too matchy-matchy!
WORK AND LEISURE FUSION
More and more people are working from home and there is a huge shift in combining a living space and a workspace. What does that look like? Well, in-home offices for 2020 may look like nothing you have ever seen!
The homes on the horizon are mixing home and work together in a whole new way. Yes, there will still be home offices and studies but there is a big forward movement towards fusing our lives and overlapping leisure and working environments!
Modern looking homes have great storage spaces that open up to reveal a whole office! And kitchens have work areas mixed into huge islands. This new home and work living shows up best in open concept homes where multifunction is taken for granted.
MY TWO CENTS
This may be a trend for designer homes and decor with a big price tag right now. But this is a trend that is just now being introduced will only continue to grow!
It makes perfect sense to me! Why be secluded to a room of your home while working! Why not work in your favorite parts of your home!
I’ve been seeing some wild and wonderful interpretations of this 2020 decor trend and I LOVE it!
Velvet is a luxurious classic fabric to use in your home! And it’s back!
The rustic, chippy farmhouse movement has been here for over a decade and although it is still very popular many decorators are just getting a bit weary of it. They long for elegance and scrumptiously beautiful fabrics like velvet and silk!
MY TWO CENTS
For some reason, velvet was very popular among designers last year but this trend did not catch fire with the home decor public. So velvet is having a do-over!
I so agree with the weariness of the chippy farmhouse evolution and am ready for a little more luxe!
Just like some of our other 2020 trends, going green and using sustainable and recycled materials is still here! It is a part of our lives now.
There is a definite tidal wave push for sustainable decor materials. From recycled bottles that become furniture to beautifully engineered materials for floors. Going green and caring for our earthly home will forever affect the home we live in!
MY TWO CENTS
I say, get used to it! This is a trend that will be a lifestyle.
Today more care is given to using materials that are sustainable! And this push has produced some beautiful and useful new home decor products.
I’m especially taken with the new flooring and backsplashes and ceiling treatments all made with engineered material.
WHAT DECOR TRENDS MEAN TO YOU
Some decor trends are fun to know and some are really going to change our lives! I think we need to pay attention to two trends. Technology and the green earth movement are going to change how our homes look and function in the very near future! These two things will have a huge effect on how we decorate and live in our homes!
As far and color and style? Well, you can love it or leave it! That’s for you to decide, my friend!