2020 Decorating trends – 20 stylish and growing trends for interior design
Now that we are well into 2020, I thought it would be helpful to share the latest home decor trends. It’s interesting because I’ve read a bunch of trend articles over the last few months, including the “color of the year” reports, and I have say, “What? What the heck? I’m not seeing those in real life.”
After all, I visit hundreds of homes each year (including very fashion forward and expensive homes), and I’m a heavy user of Pinterest. I am just not seeing some of these things. I mean seriously, who uses some of these colors and styles? Some of them are just unattractive, and they’re not practical.
Some make your space look small and dark. Some require you to do a whole makeover and change everything. And, then I remembered, “A ha! That’s it! They just want everyone to buy more stuff.” Just like what they do with the fashion trends. And, then they want you to buy more stuff next year.
Well that’s just not me. I look for stylish solutions that are practical – trends that last. I like styles that are up to date, but will also stand the test of time. And, I don’t want my customers to feel like they need to change everything in their whole home or room. It’s different when someone’s moving into a new home and they’re starting from scratch. But, my philosophy is to avoid the “color of the year” and instead go for shade you love and will last a decade…or even more.
It’s really important to remember that there are certain features that are easy and inexpensive to change such as paint colors, floor stains (assuming you have solid hardwood and can refinish them), hardware for cabinets and light fixtures, area rugs, pillows, window treatments and other design accents.
And, there are also items that are semi-permanent and rather challenging and expensive to change (e.g. tile floors, backsplashes, kitchen cabinets). So bear this in mind as you make choices that you may need to live with for 20-30+ years and may impact the selling price of your home later.
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20 Home Decor Trends for 2020
1. Cool color tones are preferred
Cool tones include grays and blues, while warm colors are yellows, reds and oranges (think about the sun). I’d say that at least 80% of our customers prefer cool tones, 10% warm tones and the other 10% go for a blend.
When it comes to paint colors for the walls, this translates to grays, greiges, blues and whites.
For flooring, this translates to dark brown floors (e.g. ebony, espresso, dark walnut), grays, white washes and natural with water borne poly (i.e. a move away from yellow, orange and reddish floors…or even underlying red/yellow tones).
For cabinets, this translates to whites, grays and blues (both cool light blues and navy) and espresso. There’s a strong preference for painted cabinets or very dark stained cabinets and a move away from light or mid toned wood…or wood that shows a strong grain.
These cool color preferences also transgress into hardware and appliances. Brushed nickel and silvers are preferred over gold and brass. For appliances, stainless steel is by far the most popular, but also icy whites and blacks also work with the cool color palette.
Now, let’s talk about samples…
It’s always best to test the paint colors in you own home and own lighting. The colors do look different pending your lighting and can even look different room to room.
You can definitely go to your local painting store to buy some samples (and a brush…be sure to paint with 2 coats), but I have a MUCH EASIER way for you.
Samplize offers 12” x 12” peel and stick paint samples that are EASIER, AFFORDABLE and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY.
Here are a few reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients:
- Samples come right to YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, pending on location
- At $5.95, they’re more affordable than the samples/brushes/foam boards than traditional samples…and of course easier and way less messy
- If you keep the samples on the white paper, you can move them from wall to wall and room to room
They are amazingly accurate as they are made with 2 coats of real paint, so they are color correct.