It seems like every few years there’s a big shift in home decor trends: Things remain kind of the same for four or five years, and then suddenly we get sick of it all at once and everything changes. Remember back in 2010 when we couldn’t get enough chevron? And then we woke up one day and couldn’t give away our chevron throw pillows if we wanted to and we ran out to buy mudcloth and tribal prints instead.
I think 2020 is going to be one of these big trend years. The past five years have been all about a handful of huge home decor trends. Things like cool gray walls, Beni Ourain style Moroccan rugs, wall-to-wall midcentury modern, sputnik-inspired chandeliers, and–lest we forget–modern farmhouse everything.
There was already a shift away from a lot of these trends in 2019, and I think it’s only going to get more pronounced in 2020. So what are we moving towards in our home if we’re over “Gather” signs and cool tones?
I’ve pulled out a bunch of the trends that I’ve seen emerging recently which I predict will be huge in 2020, from big things like wall color, to the tiniest little accent pieces that you’ll see cropping up everywhere.
But before I dive into the trend themselves, I want to mention a few things about trends.
The first one is: You don’t have to use them all. Or like any of them.
Trends in home decor are like trends in fashion. Just because the kids are wearing crop tops and 90s-inspired athleisure doesn’t mean you have to run out and grab a bright red FILA tracksuit if you’re more of a J. Crew gal. Some trends will speak to your personal style and work in your home, and others won’t. Take the ones you like and work them into your space to give it a fresh update.
The second one is: Instead of taking trends literally, look at them as a way to get you thinking about your space.
I was at an event recently, and there was a woman from Home Depot on a panel discussion. She mentioned that, when they decide what paint colors they carry, they choose about 20% trend colors and 80% neutrals and classic shades.
She said most of the time, people come in to see what’s new and look at the trend colors, and then go with something more timeless or neutral.
But! They might do a trend color for an accent wall or a front door. You might not be willing to paint your home the Sherwin Williams color of the year, but maybe the color will inspire you to change up the color of the wall art in your living room.
So let’s get to the trends, shall we?
After I wrote this list initially, I decided to break this up into two parts: kitchen design trends and general trends. Lots of the 2020 trends are happening in the kitchen (I think that’s because kitchen design was a sea of sameness for almost 10 years), so I felt like they needed their own category. It was like, as soon as people started to incorporate more color into the kitchen, there was an explosion of inspiration, and now things have completely changed in kitchen design. So let’s start there.
Kitchen Decor Trends for 2020
Primitive kitchen tools.
Image via All Sorts Of
Yep, this sounds a tad specific, but hear me out. You’ve already probably noticed the abundance of rustic-looking bread boards, and wooden spoons and bowls strewn about countertops and open shelving all over the internet. Antique and primitive kitchen tools are actually a major trend that is only going to get bigger in 2020 as people embrace different ways to accessorize the kitchen. And if you need any proof of their popularity, just look at the prices of bread boards over on One King’s Lane and eBay. Woah.
Dark green kitchen cabinets.
Image via House & Home
Color has been creeping back into kitchens little by little over the last few years. It started with contrasting islands in all white-kitchens, or gray cabinets in lieu of white, and now cabinets are being drenched in saturated colors. While moody blues have been a big hit and will remain popular in 2020, the most of the moment shade is a dark green, a la this kitchen from House & Home. (And do you notice the little assemblage of primitive cutting boards?…)
Wood-toned kitchen cabinets.
Design: Taylor + Taylor
The other big kitchen cabinet design trend is the re-introduction of wood tones. Wood tones were a big no-no in the 2010s because we had PTSD from the bad wood cabinets of the early 2000s, but in the 2020s, they’re ba-aack. Except, the glazed, oak-y cabinets of 2005 are actually still out (and should be forever). They’ve been replaced with rough-hewn, rich, natural looking woods like in the photo above by California based Taylor + Taylor interior design. Wood grain cabinets are especially gorgeous paired with white marble counters and aged brass or bronze hardware.
Image via Room for Tuesday
Keeping in line with the moodier kitchen designs, black stone countertops are also poised to become a big trend next year. You’ve probably already seen them popping up around Instagram, and I expect that to continue for the next few years.
The luxury range
Photo: Diana Agron by Justin Coite for Domaine.
Luxury ranges have always been a coveted item among professional chefs and gourmands, but now they’re a bona fide style statement, too. If you’ve got a whole lotta money to spend on your stove, a La Cornue or Lacanche range is a must-have.
General Home Decor Trends for 2020
A Royère Polar Bear sofa and armchairs in the home of Elle MacPherson. Photo by Floto+Warner via Arch Digest
Image via CB2
’80s decor is back (but we’re doing it more tastefully this time around, praise be). The biggest way we’ll be working in ’80s glam is through silhouette. Think of the chunky, rounded, geometric furniture designs that are emerging right now as a reaction to all of the midcentury modernism we’ve been hit with over the last decade. (Which is exactly what happened in the ’80s: after the OG midcentury modernism craze in the 1950s-1970s, the bold Memphis design style took over in the ’80s and early ’90s).
I’ve seen this new ’80s-inspired furniture paired with super organic pieces, like the oversized pottery, primitive accent pieces, and earth-toned palettes and the result is chic AF. It also, ironically, pairs well with some of those midcentury pieces you’re surrounded with right now.
Image via Sugar & Charm
OK, maybe some of the ’80s color scheme is back, too. But again, we’re doing it more tastefully this time around. Another hallmark of Memphis design, bold, primary shades will crop up in design a lot more this year.
Antique wall art (or at least wall art that looks antique)
Image via @FiresideAntiques
Preferably, it’s in big gilt frames. Even better if it’s propped up on your kitchen counter or taking center stage in an otherwise contemporary living room. A few subjects that are particularly on-trend: forest landscapes (landscape paintings could almost be a trend in and of themselves), oil portraits, and dark, moody still lifes. This is a trend I’ve gotten on board with big time in my own home.
Oversized organic pottery.
Image via Honestly WTF
Again, this one’s super-specific, but it’s also everywhere. Big vessels and planters that look like they were handmade 100 years ago? So hip for 2020, and the answer to the tripod-style planters that were on-trend a few years back.
Image via Happily Grey
Decor tends to follow fashion, and of-the-moment color from the runways in 2019, Burnt orange, is bound to become the “it” accent color for 2020. Especially paired with tonal shades of terracotta and earthy pinks.
Image via CB2
Mauve hasn’t been this hot since your mom was a bridesmaid. Pale purply-pink is another hue that got its start in fashion and has crossed over into home decor.
Image via cb2
Brass has been the it metal over the last decade, but shiny silver-toned metals are making a comeback. I think it’s because they pair beautifully and add nice contrast to all of the warmer-toned colors coming on the scene.
Dark green walls.
Dark green is happening outside of the kitchen, too, and dark greens walls are one of my favorite trends right now. I did them in my sons’s nursery (that’s him up there, click here to see more of our house so far)…It’s like a fresh take on navy blue.
Cane & rattan
Image via Four Hands Furniture
Rattan and cane have been having a moment for a couple of years now, but I’m betting they’ll be even bigger in 2020 and for years to come. It’s classic, and incredibly versatile because it can read traditional, coastal, bohemian, and modern all at once. Go check your favorite home decor retailer and you’ll probably see at least half-a-dozen cane or rattan options: chairs, beds, settees, stools, benches. It’s all over the house.
Image via Remodelaholic
Cool gray tones are starting to feel dated in the way that “tan” walls feel like the year 2000. But warm gray walls? Now those are chic. Tones that border on warm taupe, gray-brown, or super pale warm grays are the newest neutral for walls.
I did a quick search on Google Trends, and colors like Sherwin Williams “Repose Gray” which is a warm soft gray that’s almost beige in certain light, has gone crazy in the last few years. Yep, that’s a chart in my blog post about home decor trends. ( I promise not to use any more charts).
Image via Chris Loves Julia
Olive trees are the new fiddle leaf fig, and that’s all I have to say about that. (Except that I hope olive trees are easier to keep alive…).
Photo via Athena Calderone
Colored marble’s coming in hot. From Athena Calderone’s to-die-for pink marble bathroom design (above) that made the rounds on Instagram earlier this year, to smaller accent pieces made with black and green marble, we’re cracking open the full spectrum this year
I also wanted to share a few trends that aren’t exactly “new,” but that have been around for a few years and will definitely still be holding strong in 2020:
Home of Shelby Girard. P.S. If you haven’t seen her whole space, check it out here, it’s to die for.
Brass is still a big time trend, despite the fact that I also said polished silver and nickel are also trending. Brass is gorgeous, and pairs perfectly with marble for little cocktail tables, and in kitchen decor and so many other applications. The one thing I think that will happen to brass, though, is that it’s going to be more toned down in 2020 and in years to come. Think antique brass, not the yellow, shiny stuff from the past few year.
Image and art via CZ Art Design
Abstract art and brushstroke prints have been trending for years now (longer than I thought when I DIYed about 10 different prints for my apartment in Boston in 2014, and then carted them to Seattle, Chicago, and now to Connecticut because I actually still like them). It looks like those guys are gonna be around for a while longer, because based on all of the art selling on Minted, Etsy, Pottery Barn, West Elm, etc., I think this trend has a few years left in it.
Beni Ourain style rugs.
Image via The Line
I mentioned these earlier in the post – the shaggy, cream and gray moroccan-inspired rugs that we all love. They started trending back in 2014 (maybe even earlier), and they’re still going to be big for another few years at the least. Anytime something timeless becomes a trend, it sticks around longer (hello, white kitchens).
Of course, there will also be some trends that will see their last leg in 2020. Here are a few overall aesthetics I think we will start to move away from this year. I call them:
For lack of a better word, I’m going to call this look “gather.” You know, the kind of style that’s based around a “gather” sign in a scrolling handwriting font. It’s the OG take on the farmhouse look. Farmhouse is still having its moment, but it’s evolving into something more sophisticated and less cliche.
This is another style term I made up but you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. It consists of lots of white furniture, shiny brass objects, pink peonies, faux sheepskins, black-and-white photography, and stacks of colorful fashion books on the coffee table. It had a moment, but I think I can speak for us all when I say we’re over it.
Once again, I made this style up, but you can probably picture it in your head. The shiny brass pineapple decor, paired with banana leaf prints and hot pink accents was big on Instagram for a while, but expect to see a lot less banana leaf this year. The new take on this look is inspired by old Havana– subtler tropical prints, dustier neutrals in lieu of bright pink, all mixed with with rattan and shades of aqua.