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New Home Trends We’re Betting Will Turn Heads In 2020

New Year, New Designs for Your Home

From bold navy to organic green, lively décor to natural design, the trends in the upcoming year fall on opposite sides of the spectrum. Whether you love color and patterns or prefer a more down-to-earth feel, we spoke with industry experts from Sebring Design Build, Decorating Den Interiors and Sherwin-Williams to learn about the most influential home design ideas of the coming year.

7 Top Home Design Trends for 2020

With a new year comes transformations. One of the overarching themes of the year is color. “Whether it’s bold or earthy, we’re seeing a lot more color and a lot less black and white,” Victoria Lauer, designer with Sebring Design Build, said. 

Want to give your house a fresh look? Try one of these new home design trends to kick things off.

Living Room with Different Patterns and Accessories and Navy Blue Couch.

Image courtesy of Kathleen Bliss Goldfarb

Trend #1: Maximalism

This is exactly what you’re thinking – more is more. With this design, we’re talking about the direct opposite of minimalism. Think playful, punchy, lively and bold. 

Maximalism is about tastefully doing as much as you can in a space and it’s a great way to show your personality. It’s vibrant colors mixed with different patterns, materials and textures for a creative and eclectic environment. 

Pro-Tip: It’s easy to go overboard with this trend. Reign it in by bringing together similar patterns in different sizes and working with complement colors. Use a color wheel to help you find which colors work best together. 

If you’re not ready to commit to this design trend but think it would be fun to try, start with a small space like a powder room or laundry room. Perfect the art of maximalism before diving in to a large, frequently used space like the living room.

How to Use It

  • Incorporate a fun rug.
  • Put up a printed wallpaper.
  • Include an upholstered bench with patterned fabric.
  • Add an eye-catching design piece like a striking light fixture.
  • Decorate the walls with various and eclectic wall hangings and pictures.

Living Room with Natural Materials, Organic Colors and Plants.

Trend #2: Biophilic Design

Biophilic design: a concept used in the design industry which brings elements of nature into the space.

This stripped back home design trend is the opposite of maximalism. Where maximalism is fun and wild, biophilia is comforting and relaxing. The goal is to create a Zen-like environment.

This trend is all about bringing nature into the space you’re decorating to give it a calming, tranquil feeling. Use earthy tones like rich forest greens, taupe and clay. Focus on materials like recycled wood and stone for furniture and décor items. 

Pro-Tip: Green accents will make a splash in 2020. Instead of simply adding a hunter green ottoman or a forest green throw, try a vertical garden. It’s a great way to bring the outdoors in. It’s natural and adds color and texture to the wall. 

How to Use It

  • Add a stained wood range hood over the stove.
  • Install granite countertops or other stone materials in the kitchen or bathroom.

Living Space with Black Accents, Geometric Artwork and Rug with Triangle Pattern.

Trend #3: Geometric Patterns

Like maximalism, incorporating geometric shapes into your home design is easy to overdo. Use it where you want to make a statement. Let the pattern take center stage and offset it with solid, subdued features

A great place to go bold with geometric patterns is with floor tiles in the bathroom or backsplashes in the kitchen. Pull up the square tiles under your feet or the subway tile behind your stove. Whatever pattern you use to replace it, make sure to strategize first so it doesn’t look too busy. Pull it all together with simple cabinets and matte hardware.

How to Use It

  • Find a rug with contemporary designs.
  • Make an accent wall with geometric wallpaper.
  • Spice up the living room or bedroom with patterned throw pillows.

Living Room and Kitchen with Modern Design, Wood and Black Colors and Large Windows.

Trend #4: Modern Elements

“Modern is becoming more normal. In the past, it was eclectic. Now, modern is mainstream,” Bryan Sebring, owner of Sebring Design Build said.

With its sleek, squared-off edges, modern design goes great with geometric patterns and floating shelves. The focus here is on straight lines and neutral colors.

“We don’t even ask customers how they want their cabinets and countertops cut anymore, because it’s always square and modern,” Sebring said.

Kathleen Bliss Goldfarb of Decorating Den Interiors says modern designs can be softened by adding in curved couches and round tables. Contrast hard lines with round mirrors or circular light fixtures to balance out the room.

How to Use It

  • Incorporate shades of white or grey and use cool colors.
  • Keep shelves, pictures, and cabinets symmetrical and parallel.
  • Hang square mirrors, pictures, and art but keep decorations to a minimum.
  • Look for tables, chairs, floating shelves and other furniture with straight lines.

Bedroom with Organic Colors and Floating Shelves Above TV.

Trend #5: Floating Storage

Whether shelves, cabinets or vanities – if it’s floating, it’s in.

Open shelves in the kitchen or around the house have become popular because they lend to creative displays. Whether you’re showing off your collection of pretty plates or proudly showcasing photos of your family, floating shelves are as much functional as they are artistic. Floating cabinets also contribute to a unique design and can be a great way to add space in smaller spaces.

Floating double vanities will spruce up the bathroom with a minimalist and contemporary look. In comparison with traditional vanities, these will give you more space and the mirrors will make the bathroom appear larger.

How to Use It

  • Hang floating shelves with hooks in the entryway.
  • Keep books tidy using floating shelves in your home office.
  • Incorporate open shelving in your kitchen remodel and skip the cabinets.
  • Artistically stagger small shelves in the living room to display seasonal decorations.

Tiled Bathroom Floor and Shower Floor on the Same Level.

Image courtesy of Sebring Design Build

Trend #6: Wet Rooms

Whether you’ve reached retirement or you’re looking ahead, it’s important to think about the best ways to make your home accessible as you get older. Wet rooms, also known as curbless showers, are a popular aging in place trend. 

In a wet room, the shower floor is essentially a continuation of the bathroom floor, just separated by a door. The idea is to remove barriers around the shower to reduce the potential for accidents while getting in and out. 

How to Use It

  • Pick handles with squared edges and straight lines for a chic finish.
  • Separate your wet room from the rest of the bathroom with a glass door.

Open Concept Living Room and Kitchen with Gray Couch and Kitchen Island.

Image courtesy of Sebring Design Build

Trend #7: Open Concepts

Large, open spaces will still dominate the home in 2020. This is especially true in the kitchen and living areas with the use of islands that often separate the two rooms.

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Large islands will continue to the used as a gathering space. It provides a place to cook and a place to sit around and eat in place of a table. It combines the kitchen and dining.”

Victoria Lauer, Designer | Sebring Design Build

By eliminating walls and doorways that separate rooms by function, an open plan prevents the feeling of isolation. The kitchen and living room are often the areas where people spend the most time in their homes. Bringing these two rooms together helps to bring the family together. And as a nice bonus, it makes the home feel larger.

How to Use It

  • Knock down walls creating narrow hallways to open up the home.
  • Take down walls with windows between rooms to make a larger living area.

Removing a wall? Make sure it’s not load bearing or you could end up damaging your home.

Diving Room with Navy Wall Paint and Navy and Velvet Chairs.

Image courtesy of Kathleen Bliss Goldfarb

Interior Color Trends in 2020

Every year, Sherwin-Williams predicts a color that will stand out and speak to the theme of the year. The winner for 2020 is Naval, aptly named for its navy-blue hue. Goldfarb said she recently went to the High Point Fall Furnishings Market and saw a strong navy statement in almost every showroom. 

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“Inspired by the Roaring ‘20s and a contemporary focus on self-care, Naval paves the way for wellness of the mind, body and soul to jump-start a new decade. It is grounding, empowering, serene and nourishing.”

Sue Wadden, Director of Color Marketing | Sherwin-Williams

With tones of calm and confidence, navy fits in perfectly with this year’s decorating trends. Wadden says navy is often seen as a neutral that goes with everything, making it easy for homeowners and designers to use it in their homes and spaces. According to Goldfarb who has worked in the interior design industry for 40 years, navy is the single most classic color that has always been in good taste and is never going out of style.

Sherwin-Williams specifically calls out Naval’s infusion with biophilia. “The inclusion of live greenery and mineral based materials like marble, allow us to create a natural sanctuary that encourages rejuvenation in your everyday life. It’s about slowing down to appreciate the beauty in nature and how you can bring it indoors,” according to the press release.

How to Use It

  • Incorporate pops of navy in your backsplash design.
  • Lean into maximalism by using this color as a bold base.
  • Try it as an accent color with your simple and neutral design.

Ready for a Trendy Transformation?

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“Don’t do something just because it’s popular. Look at the bones of your home. Look at the lines and style of your home and the things you love that you already have to drive your decisions.”

Kathleen Bliss Goldfarb, ASID from The Valley Design Team | Decorating Den Interiors

Start thinking about the trends you want to incorporate in your home to set the tone for the coming decade. Will you be bold? Do you need to bring more tranquility into your life? Let your space reflect the lifestyle you need.

Make 2020 the year of trends and transformations. Start by demoing your kitchen to add an island or demo your bathroom and test out some of the more daring designs.