Every new year brings new trends: Some will change the way we style our homes and others will fade from fame and make it onto next year’s list of decor don’ts. So how to sort out what’s going to stick and which trend is just a passing fancy? With any trend, think about how it works with today’s lifestyles and sensibilities. When viewed through the lens of practicality and relevance, it’s easier to sort out the major trends from the minor distractions. Many new designs may become commonplace but here are ten home decor trends that will dominate in 2020.
With daily life increasingly tech-focused, it’s no wonder that natural materials will be trending in a big way in home decor. Connecting with the natural world by including natural textiles, live-edge wood pieces and green walls is a great way to help create a soothing and relaxing atmosphere at home. This bedroom setting by the Naturalist uses all of these elements for a super nature-focused space but adding even just one or two pieces can really make a difference.
Furniture crafted from sustainably sourced woods or recycled and reclaimed timber have been popular and will grow even more in popularity in 2020. Concern for the environment and the desire to invest in items that last are fueling the prevalence of quality, eco-friendly furnishings. Pieces like this chair from Passoni Nature are a good example. It is made with FSC certified wood and water-based adhesives. Most innovative is the dyeing of the wood, which is done using the residues from winemaking.
Rattan and Wicker
Once relegated to the “coastal decor” aesthetic, rattan and wicker and bamboo have stepped off the veranda and made their way throughout the house. These are sustainable natural materials that have a bit of a bohemian vibe, but can be found in almost all styles of decor. Their earthy nature — like that of this table from Four Hands — makes them very comforting and grounding. Also common in global decor, these types of pieces are mostly relaxed, although some can be more traditional when fashioned from bamboo and heavier polished rattan.
No matter the decor style, texture is an important element and it will be more so in 2020 as we make our spaces a departure from the slick and sterile. Pieces that have texture are appropriate for all styles of decor and can easily make a modern space a little more welcoming. this particular setting by Julian Chichester is eclectic and homey, with a very textured rug and added elements of depth on the bed, including the ruffled duvet.
Art Deco Elements
Over-the-top bling and metallics may not be in, but that doesn’t mean that Art deco is out too. With the growing popularity of furniture with rounded lines, it makes sense that Art Deco trending, even more so because vintage style is big now too. This is the Le Meurice chaise by Christopher Guy and it includes his signature “Chris-Cross” legs and a gorgeous frame with a glamorous scroll. The shape may be a blast from the design past but it melds very well with the current trends for an up-to-date interior.
For some time now, gray and pale neutral palettes have ruled interior decor. While neutrals are — and always will be — a good choice for the ho9me, the tomes of those neutrals are warming up. gone from favor are the cooler tones and cozier warm shades are taking over. Think saffron, warm beiges and browns along with other earthy neutrals. Rooms grounded by a buttery yellow like this one designed by EMC2 Interiors are ideal for incorporating elements of the 2020 color of the year, classic blue. This combo is fresh and still cozy.
Speaking of Classic Blue, all the reasoning that made it the Color of the Year for 2020 will resonate with many people. It’s a classic color that works with all different decor styles and can be popular without being too trendy. Think about it: Blue has been a popular color for the home throughout the design ages and many people — even those who fear using color — are comfortable incorporating this into their home decor. It’s also a dose of calming color in a world that is increasingly tech-driven and frenetic. This room is an eclectic mix of styles, but the design by Bennett Leifer Interiors melds eras successfully by laying a foundation with classic blue, accented by graffiti by Tatscru.
Return of the Classics
Classical shapes, including old-school busts, are seeing a resurgence in interiors. Whether they are styled after the stone and marble originals or if they are rendered in a more modern form like these Floquem from Polart, classical pieces have a place in any room. Even a modern space can be the perfect setting for a classic piece like a bust, urn, ornate picture frame or classically shaped furniture piece. Polart Designs produces these neoclassical polymer busts that are flocked in super bright colors. It not only adds a pop to any interior, but the bright hue attracts more attention to the piece.
More Biophilic Home Design
As homeowners continue to look for ways to make home a refuge, an increasing number of them are turning to biophilic design. This type of design aims to connect people with nature and generally focuses on more natural light, airflow and plenty of natural elements in the home. More than just adding a few houseplants, this type of decor weaves nature into various home elements as in this setting by Opiary. From a natural wallscape to the furniture that includes small niches for living plants, there are lots of ways to add natural and organic elements to home decor.
The desire for softness and comfort is boosting the popularity of rounded profiles for furniture. Forget the stark, linear looks that are all angles and corners and instead look for pieces that have serpentine shapes and plenty of curves. This goes for not only sofas and chairs, but focal pieces like coffee tables as well. The Twins sofa from Green Apple is accompanied by the modern Infinity coffee table with White Estremoz marble top. Both pieces are very soft and rounded, yet plenty modern.
Incorporating a trend is always primarily about how to include it with your own decor style and existing space. Which one of these trends fits with your own lifestyle and personality? Just remember that incorporating trends doesn’t have to be about completely redecorating. Adding one or more of these elements to your space in a strategic way can totally transform the room. Why not try one?