Let’s admit this: 2019 was a bit chaotic. Every time I turned on the news, it seemed like society was on the brink of disaster. Meanwhile in the interior design world, it was a year for bold colors and eclectic mixes of style.
So far, 2020 has has been hectic too, but interior design can be a reactionary art. Almost in response to the state of turmoil in which society finds itself, interior designers and decorators are making a shift toward more natural, warm, and welcoming homes.
If there’s one movement that is affecting almost every aspect of design, it’s the desire to make everything as environmentally conscious and sustainable as possible. Since this isn’t so much a trend as a shift in values, we thought it best if we mentioned it right up top.
Whether it’s by installing a more energy-efficient water heater, bamboo furniture, or just a basin for rainwater, eco-friendly home design is an option for everyone. Calling it a “trend” feels wrong because it’s really more of a demand, an expectation for everyone to consider going forward into 2020.
That being said, several of this year’s predicted trends stem from this desire to be closer to nature. From colors to patterns to plants, here are five design trends to watch in 2020.
Where neutral hues are often used for accents and contrast, we expect them to dominate interiors in the coming years. Following several years headed up by lush and striking colors, it’s refreshing to see a shift toward more subdued and traditional styles.
Though they won’t jump in your face and bedazzle you with vibrancy and intensity, these neutral spaces create a feeling of warmth and comfort that goes along with our theme of natural, minimalist beauty.
It’s important to remember when we say neutral we don’t necessarily mean off-white, beige, or gray. We love finding hues that are not as common but still produce the neutral effect.
In a time of tiny homes and “van life,” people are finding ways to make the most out of any amount of space. This concept feels both minimalist and utilitarian, as you are trying to squeeze the most use out of every cubic inch.
One of the most common ways to create a multi-functional space is by removing any separation between the kitchen and dining area, allowing you to simultaneously cook and entertain guests.
Another great space to consider turning multi-functional is the home office. Depending on your needs, a home office can fit just about anywhere: underneath some cabinets near your kitchen, tucked in an unused corner of the bedroom, or anywhere else you can fit a writing desk.
For those seriously pressed for space, convertible bedrooms are always an option. If you’re looking to add or convert a space into a bedroom or guest room, consider the classic Murphy bed or a loft.
Yes we understand the irony in saying one of the newest trends to watch for is actually a return to classical tastes. Yet while classicism has always been a topic of debate for designers, many are beginning to see the inherent value of re-purposing antique pieces.
From accents like wall art and mirrors to centerpieces like couches and bed sets, this tendency to incorporate classical elements represents a further shift away from the more brutalist aspects of modern design. Instead, we are seeing an increase in appreciation for the European and Asian classical styles and their creative representation of natural forms.
Perhaps the most modern and experimental trend on this list, we’ve been seeing geometric patterns trending upward for the past several years. It is a broad term for a wide range of looks, but geometric patterns in general favor circles, rectangles, and stripes in recurring arrangements.
When overdone, geometric patterns can be visually overwhelming, especially when you combine two or more. That being said, you want to reserve a space where a geometric pattern will make a simple yet bold statement. Such patterns on floor and subway tiles can have a dramatic effect, while those same patterns on chairs and throws can cause a space to feel busy.
Nothing is more emblematic of our theme of eco-friendly home design than the use of garden rooms and house plants. Studies have shown that having house plants can eliminate harmful toxins from the air, increase productivity, and contribute to a better mood.
It’s no question that everyone should have a house plant or two, but it’s important to know what conditions your plants will thrive in. Most plants should be kept away from cold drafts and direct midday sun. Some plants such as ferns, palms, and succulents prefer hotter temperatures and do well in spaces like sun rooms.
If you’re not sure where to start, check our this article on succulents. They’re an inexpensive and low-maintenance way to add a little bit of green to your interior and set you on the path to your very own indoor jungle.
We attempted to cover a wide range of topics in this blog post, and honestly, each one could have its own separate entry. Stay tuned and subscribe for more industry updates and insights, and let us know of any trends we might have missed!