It may be the new decade or our need for something new, but interior design in 2020 is taking a major shift that will probably reverberate over the next decade. I love decor trends! They can be fresh and doable or be a silly hot mess! Either way, they are fun to see! So let’s take a look at what is on the decorating horizon for 2020 and how these trends might influence us in the coming year!
Before we begin let’s set a few ground rules…
DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER
I say the same thing every time I do a trends post…
Seriously, friends! I’m just sharing what I am seeing! You may be happy about these trends or maybe not. But please know that it’s my job and pleasure 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!
I strongly suggest you read 7 HOME DECOR TRENDS FOR 2020 I wrote last summer as these new 2020 trends were emerging. I explain why we have decor trends in the interior design industry and just exactly what they are.
As well as the trends I saw coming for 2020. It’s really a must-read if you like decorating trends!
HERE’S WHAT’S IN FOR 2020
Let’s take a look at what you will probably be seeing in 2020 and beyond.
POP OF COLOR CABINETS
The two-toned kitchen trend is not on the horizon any longer! It’s here in full force! And it is going STRONG!
Kitchen designs have always been trendsetters for the rest of the home. Probably because we tend to spend lots of time in our kitchens.
The most popular two-toned kitchens have a focal point island in a great pop of color or colorful base cabinets.
Trendsetters say that the two-toned kitchen will be around for quite a while!
MY TWO CENTS
I think the two-toned kitchen is a great way to update an all-white kitchen by bringing in a bit of interest and color!
It’s a safe way to test out how much we would actually love a kitchen other than white. And I agree. We will see this trend for a long time as well as see a movement to all cabinets being really fun colors.
If you have a white kitchen and want to update it try painting your island or adding one in a color like moody blue! Or instead of a white subway tile backsplash try something with a bit of color and pattern!
For me, I’m a white kitchen girl! If you look further down the page, the designers in the know are saying the white kitchen is going out. Well, make sure to read my two cents about it!
This year’s Pantone Color Of The Year is CLASSIC BLUE. It’s a just-before-dusk sky color! Of all the Pantone colors of the last decade, this one will be the biggest crowd pleaser!
This color has lots of staying power!
The interior design industry loves this trend! This blue and other moody blues have been on the trend radar for a year or so now. Blue is everywhere!
MY TWO CENTS
I love blue. Everyone loves blue! This trend is a home run! Everyone can add a bit of blue somewhere in their home! See my Two Cents when I first predicted it as a trend HERE.
And if the trend is moving out of the (spoiler alert) totally monochromatic color palette this is a great color to add!
I’m looking at peel and stick navy-ish blue wallpaper for our new powder room.
But just a caution, don’t get carried away with blue. Don’t go blue crazy! A sofa or a great pair of chairs will look amazing. Or a rug or curtains. Just not all at the same time!
This is the trend to follow this year! Add something in a great moody blue to your home!
This trend is really a classic but done in a new and updated way for 2020!
Sustainability and going green are big buzz words now in interior design.
And so are animal prints. Instead of a faux fur pillow or cowhide rug, this year’s trend is all about using animal skins on tabletops and armoire fronts or on handsome decorator boxes.
But using real skins are a big no-no when it comes to most animal species. Faux is also out this year but not when it comes to animal fur and skin! Go for a realistic look when it comes to animal prints!
MY TWO CENTS
Bring on the animal prints. They are the ultimate classic! And I love that they are trending so big and being used on other home items and not only on pillows!
I don’t see animal prints as out or in but they are certainly trending in 2020! Every home could enjoy the wilder side of decorating!
Will you see animal print items in my home in 2020? Yes, please!
Faux is the way to go and many faux products look gorgeous!
Just another word about natural and sustainable products I think will be popular this year that have not shown up on any list…
Just like skins on furniture, I think other sustainable treatments will pop up too! Linen on walls and furniture, burlap on lampshades and stools and beautiful grasses woven on chairs. We will see!
Okay, I see in and out when it comes to neutrals. Gone are the all-one-color-no-texture rooms. But a tight color palette full of texture and variations of shades and tints is still on trend!
Neutral color palettes will continue to be popular. They will be a great backdrop for the big, bold pop of color that is coming our way this year!
Cool neutrals, like grays, are fading and warmer neutrals like bone and beige are gaining importance. Think warm neutrals!
Neutrals are an important part of the design industry!
MY TWO CENTS
YAY for Neutrals. I love love love living with neutrals. A neutral room with lots of various shades and tints and tons of texture is BEAUTIFUL!
I’m glad to see the tail end of the gray craze. If you have been reading StoneGable for any time you know my aversion to a gray room! It just makes me feel sad. I’m so excited to see the warmer neutrals I love so much still trending!
One of the biggest advantages of choosing neutrals for your home is neutrals are classics! They will stay in style a lot longer than their color counterparts!
Adding color to a neutral room is the way to go this year! One fun thing you will see in my home this year is a neutral room with a colorful rug!
UBER UNIQUE PERSONAL STYLE
This is the anti-trend trend!
This is the no-trend trend.
We’ve been seeing the same popular trend elements over and over again for several years and this year is the break out year for anyone who is trend adverse!
But there are still design rules for this no-trend trend. It’s all about uniqueness and finding gorgeous one of a kind pieces and collecting what you love.
What it is not is no style! Actually, it is the opposite. It is about developing great and discriminating taste.
MY TWO CENTS
Yes, I love this trend. I am a huge believer in decorating our homes with what we love! But I tend to agree with the industry about not being an excuse for being lazy!
If you love decorating, this style is for you! Curate a look and go with it! Just know your decorating style no matter how unique it is!
I’ll be posting more on this later.
SAY BYE-BYE TO THESE ONCE POPULAR TRENDS
Here are a few beloved trends that we will be saying goodbye to in 2020. Or at least that is what the trendsetters in the industry are saying!
THE MONOCHROMATIC COLOR PALETTE
You know the room, the boring lack of interest room that is all one flat color. Not to be confused with neutral rooms!
Rooms decorated with one color and little interest are taking the fast train out of style this year! They fall into the same what-were-you-thinking category as the “bag dress” and the “nose ring”.
MY TWO CENTS
Oh, I am doing the happy dance of joy. I will cry no tears over this decor trend leaving the decorating stage!
I first saw this trend on a few blogs about a decade ago. Whole rooms one color, primarily white. They looked like they had been spray painted with a painter’s grade white paint!
UGH! I am so happy to see this ugly trend go away! Bye-bye!
These rooms should serve as a warning to those of us who have neutral homes. Lots of color variations and texture are the keys to keeping a tight color palette interesting, alive and beautiful!
SINGLE USE ROOMS
Open concept homes are still the design standard for 2020. But instead of having a room or space designated as a “living room” or “dining room” we should be rethinking these spaces.
Saying goodbye to a one-use room is born out of practicality and making use of all the spaces in our homes. It is about living in our whole house and not saving rooms for when company comes over.
No rooms sitting empty!
This practical trend is very family-friendly smart living!
MY TWO CENTS
I totally agree with this trend in concept. If you have the luxury of a big home, having a formal dining room or living room still works.
But the trend in homeownership is towards more open spaces and smaller homes. So using a room for one purpose, as the formal dining room, is a dying concept.
We traded our big home for a downsized version and love the practicality of our rooms being opened and multi-use! I say our downsized home lives large!
MORE IS MORE
I think the trend towards open concept and smaller home living goes hand in hand with the demise of the more is more decorating concept!
More is more, is just that. Adding layers and layers of decor to a room. Bold furniture, lots of accent pieces and heavier curtains and rugs. And lots and lots of color.
MY TWO CENTS
I’m not sure about this trend leaving us! There is also another trend in 2020 called “Maximalism”. Just goes to show us that trends are fickle! There is really an on-trend decor style for just about everyone!
For me, I’m loving a cleaned up approach to decorating these days! Although I LOVE the new Maximalist viewpoint in interior design too, this girl will be saying goodbye to lots of stuff! But then again, maybe my love of a less is more look is because I just took down all my Christmas decorations!
Fast furniture is the kind of furniture you can get in a big box store and put together yourself. Think Ikea!
After decades of the sofa-in-a-box, we are longing for a better quality curated look when it comes to decorating in 2020. Buying quality is in! Buying big ticket items to last a long time will overtake the Ikea philosophy of fast furniture of the last decade.
MY TWO CENTS
I think we can live in both worlds. I love the mix-and-match of quality furniture and furniture I can assemble at home! It’s all about the perfect blend and mix, my friend!
Haven’t we, savvy decorators, been doing this for decades! Who doesn’t love to peruse Ikea? What great finds. Ikea is not going anywhere. There will always be a market for this price point.
But I hope to see home decorators making the choice to save up to buy great quality sofas, anchor chairs, dining room tables and such! These quality pieces are the backbone of a great room!
HOW WILL THESE TRENDS AFFECT YOU?
Simply put, trends are the design industry reading the tea leaves of what will be up and coming in the future. A good guess at best!
I say embrace what you love! Keep what you love but be open to fresh ideas! And have fun!
It’s nice to be in the know, right? But you know what is right for you! Be your own trendsetter!