Each year ushers in a fresh crop of interior design trends—but this year, as we welcome a whole new decade, we’re seeing some extra exciting ideas to integrate into your home.
Below, Havenly senior interior designers Stacy Harwood, Lyndsi Lee and Karen Richani share their expert insights on what they think will define chic, at-home living for 2020. Go all out by incorporating all ten trends, or pick a few to pepper into your existing design scheme. And remember, if you need a stylish hand, Havenly’s experts are at the ready.
The unequivocal top design trend for 2020? Warm tones. Pantone may have selected Classic Blue as its 2020 Color of the Year, but Harwood, Lee and Richani all say they’re most excited to embrace warm tones. In particular, Harwood will be cracking open cans of Behr Cider Spice—a tawny, muted peachy brown—to add warmth and depth to walls. Richani plans to incorporate tones of terra cotta, orange and mustard with warmer grays across paint colors, furniture and decor.
“I think warm tones will work nicely with rich browns, cognac accents and even pops of blue,” Richani says. Lee concurs: “We don’t have to say goodbye to our beloved grays, but we should prepare to make some room for warmer tones to move in and cohabitate.”
“For years, the layout of American living rooms has been centered around the TV. Now, people are watching less and less television,” Lee says. “Many of us still heavily rely on our electronics as a means of communication, but we’re also trending toward appreciating the value of good, old-fashioned, real-time conversation, and our homes reflect this trend as well.”
That could mean incorporating two smaller, facing settees rather than a large sofa, or placing chairs and other furniture on the diagonal to foster conversation IRL.
Boucle, mohair and velvet are all rich ways to usher a room into 2020. Think about swapping out more expendable items like throw pillows, blankets and non-custom curtain panels for these types of textured pieces instead, says Lee. You’ll also see natural, raw materials like wood popping up in unexpected places—such as on the ceiling or as a kitchen hood, for example.
A focus for 2020 is on visual breathing room rather than a particular interior design trend, Harwood says.
“I repeatedly hear, ‘I like how open this feels’ from my clients,” she says. “It’s not a reference to the structure, but how the room is visually balanced and not overly cluttered. Clients send me inspiration images from every imaginable style genre, and that’s the one singular comment that unifies them all.”
Surprising, shape-shifting paint shades top Lee’s list for what’s trending in 2020. “My favorite colors this year are conversation-starters, the ones that make you stop and look while thinking, ‘What exactly is that color?”
Three of her go-to colors —Sequoia Glade by Valspar, Newburg Green by Benjamin Moore, and Weekend by Magnolia—will have you (and your guests) asking, is it green or is it blue?
“Designers like McGee & Co and Becki Owens are making us feel like it’s OK to admit we’ve actually always liked traditional style,” Harwood says. “They’ve made it cool again by sliding it in with current popular styles like mid-century modern and Scandinavian.
“The metal mix is here to stay, and I hope it never goes out of style,” Richani says. That particular trend gives rise to a larger focus for 2020: rule-breaking and eclecticism.
“I think in general we will see a lot of mixing things that we haven’t seen mixed in the past,” Lee says. “Warm and cool palettes mixed together; mixing vintage pieces with modern furniture; mixing patterns and genres and materials. People are becoming more comfortable with breaking the rules, and I love that mindset!”
If boho and mid-century modern are two of your favorite design schemes, you’re in luck: they play surprisingly well together and are an on-trend pairing for 2020 (they’re also an example of the rule-breaking design mentioned above).
In practice, that means pairing wordly, rich patterns like paisley or shibori with the clean lines of mid-century furniture—think a boho rug underfoot and indigo-dyed pillows tossed on an Eames chair, for example.
Move over, powder rooms—dining rooms are the new place to take a design risk. “A standalone dining room is normally a space that doesn’t get much use, which makes it the perfect place to be a little less practical and a little more avant-garde in terms of design,” Lee says.
A dining room would also be a great spot to add the graphic, removable wallpaper Richani has seen clients asking for.
“I get so many clients who want to make sure the items in their designs will accommodate the wear and tear of families over time,” Lee says. Pieces that offer maximal seating in performance fabrics are an enduring trend that shows no sign of slowing down in 2020.
Want more expert insights for 2020? Pair up with a Havenly designer who can help guide the way toward more stylish interiors in the new year.