Forecasting 2020's Coming Design Trends

With only a few more months before the New Year hits us, I’ve paused to reflect - what were the design trends of 2019? And what will be heading our way after it’s over? 

In 2019, two contrasting themes seemed to dominate: we saw an influx of a 90’s vibe with bright color and modern furnishings, but also, many rooms with super monochromatic schemes that only seemed to work if there were copious amounts of texture and layers. 

I can appreciate both styles, if done appropriately. One way to screw it up is to buy the entire room from a big box store that has every current trend at your fingertips, and for cheap. Please keep your Target trips out of the home section (insert prayer hand emoji here)! Instead, do your hunting in flea markets, antique malls, and home stores that specialize in curating beautiful, high quality, one-of-a-kind pieces. 

It might cost a bit more to go this route, but you won't have to replace your pieces seasonally as trends come and go. Rather, you’ll have timeless furnishings and decorations that are always in style. 

What’s Coming in 2020?

After a year defined by just two primary design themes, I’m predicting that 2020 is when we will see things start to diversify. 

I hope people can get a little braver with color and how they coordinate hues and patterns. I hope the clash comes back, and I don’t mean the band. Let's pair up colors and patterns you don’t normally put together - let them finally have a love affair and get married. These unexpected combinations are the key to creating a room full of character and visual interest.

Kelly Wearstler Interior Design

Kelly Wearstler Interior Design

I also imagine that we’ll start to see different styles coexisting. Mixing up various eras and aesthetics creates the opportunity for time-transcending interiors. For example, I love when I see a classic vintage prewar home with beautiful modern furnishings. The mix of Traditional and Modern will forever be my favorite way to design, because there’s no way it will ever look dated. 

Brad Ford Design

Brad Ford Design

I actually don’t see the monochromatic theme going away in 2020. But I do see it maturing. I expect that now that it has become a more familiar look, it will start to be perfected. This can be done by injecting the design with different materials like plaster, glass, leather, wool, marble, cement, wood, and even lacquer. Introducing a broader range of textures will elevate the scheme from bland to rich.

Nate Burkus Design

Nate Burkus Design

More sophistication is coming to design in the next year, and I’d lay my money down on that. It’s a natural reversal: last year we had a lot of playful wallpapers, prints, and bright, poppy colors. But where 2019 was the year of whimsy, 2020 will be year interiors become more refined. Expect more Traditional interiors with pops of the bright to punctuate a room as an accessory color. This measured dosage of intensity is a more “grown up” approach to decorating with bold elements. 

Shawn Henderson Interior Design

Shawn Henderson Interior Design

Finally, you can count on authenticity making a return. The last time I feel things were made and produced in small batches was in the 70s. But 2020 is the year it’s coming back. I see craft making a profit for small businesses and artists once again. Not only will people be able to find one of a kind pieces locally, but also through internet sites. I think we will even see big box store offerings of limited edition pieces. Who needs made in China? We’ll make it ourselves!

Courtney Madden - Chairish

Courtney Madden - Chairish

This wraps up my predictions for 2020’s interior design trends. Were they what you expected? Would you like to see any of these styles in your own home? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts, and learn about any predictions of your own!