If there is one way to describe the interior design trends we will see more of in 2020, it’s anything goes. While signature the looks of 2019 and the early aughts like accent walls and all-white kitchens won't be going away entirely, they will certainly evolve in the upcoming years.
I spoke with several experts, interior and furniture designers who all emphasized that when it comes to design in the next decade, individuality will be extremely important. Those into crafting, DIY design, or commissioning custom pieces, will likely have lots of projects to take on in the New Year.
Off-Trend Will Be On Trend
Tired of seeing the same styles over and over again? So is everyone else. “Uber-unique” will shine in the upcoming decade. But to be clear, this is not about having the most unique sofa or one-of-a-kind hand-blown glass bowl, so much as true authenticity. Christiana Coop, who is the co-founder of Hygee & West explains that uniqueness should reflect individuality. “People are designing their homes to reflect their personalities and creating spaces that tell their story. What makes you truly happy is more important than what you see in magazines or on social media.”
Timeless Looks That Can Evolve
In recent years, there has been an emphasis on developing a personal style. So, whether it’s a renovation or simply purchasing furniture that they really love, consumers are thinking more long-term than they have in the past.
Along these lines, sustainability has become increasingly more important. As society gravitates towards more eco-friendly lifestyles, people are more ecologically conscious and knowledgeable than ever before. This is being reflected in an overall design sensibility as well as a desire to bring warm, earthy elements to a space.
Swags And Easy-To-Use Fixtures
Lighting fixtures do more than brighten up a room—they’re a bold detail. This is exactly why wall sconces with optional wire guard will become increasingly more available. These accents are ideal for anyone who wants to invest in statement lighting without the commitment of hardwiring.
While the typical farmhouse look is becoming as tired as a Live, Laugh, Love sign, this style will lean towards a more sophisticated, European-inspired look.
“A fresh take on British farmhouse without being stuffy or dusty [will be popular in for 2020]. Pulling from classic prints and materials while adding whimsy. This trend is all about mixing patterns, antique with new decor as well as paying homage to the countryside with botanicals and muted primary tones,” according to Rebecca Breslin of Wayfair Professional.
Colors Will Become The New Neutrals
Neutrals will be replaced by warm colors, saturated hues, and jewel tones.
Dolley Levan Frearson who is the co-founder of High Fashion Home predicts shades of pink (which are a more sophisticated evolution of the millennial pinks we’ve seen in recent years), will be strong in 2020. “I also see a lot of soft peachy corals and terra cotta—colors that feel soft yet grounded in earth tones. I also love golden yellow tones in lush fabrics like velvets to buttery, caramel leathers or leather-look,” she says.
Pattern, especially layered patterns are becoming more prevalent for tabletop and textiles designs. The key to this trend is that there aren’t any rules.
Bold Trim And Ceilings
Kelley Mason, stylist at Lulu & Georgia says high contrast design is making a big comeback. “[It gives] an otherwise more monochromatic room a crispness and a fresher take on neutrals,” she says. “Bold black and white feels fresh yet timeless, especially in graphic or Art Deco inspired patterns.”
Wallpapered ceilings are another way contrast can be incorporated into a room. “There is no better surface for wallpaper because it won’t get damaged and the large expanse of space makes for a truly dramatic feature of any room. We’ve been seeing wallpapered ceilings in powder rooms and expect to see more in bedrooms and living spaces in the coming year.”
We’ll be seeing more natural materials with a luxurious spin like marble finishes in bathrooms and kitchens and also marble accents such as vases, bowls and candleholders. Linen will also be big, but in beautiful jewel tones, with finished edges that feel more polished than the raw edge boho take we’ve seen in the past.
While Etsy might have defined the early aughts, there will be a continued focus on handmade goods and having a connection with the maker.
According to John McDonald, who is the founder and CEO of Semihandmade, the iconic white kitchens we’ve been seeing so much of will be slowly phased out in favor of two-tone kitchens instead. Color and pattern mash-ups, including appliances, will continue to trend.
Samantha Gallacher of IG Workshop and custom carpet line, Art + Loom says interesting and unexpected materials in rugs will start to become more mainstream. “Last year we saw an explosion in the market for obscure shaped rugs, that trend is continuing with the addition of unexpected materials being woven into rugs.”