A New Year is upon us and in the construction and interior design realm, we begin to see new design trends. Out with the old and in with the new as we enter into a new decade of design. Our design team has collected 15 home design trends that we believe will be making their way into home design this year. From bold hues, fabulous foyers to throwback details and classic accents, these trends will have you ready to embrace 2020.

1 Smaller Bolder Spaces

Instead of staying neutral, get bold with dramatic treatments and exploring materials in small spaces. Powder rooms seem to be going even bolder. Wallpapers are still the stars of tiny powder rooms, by fully surrounding a small space. Smaller rooms are the perfect spaces to go bold with colors and finishes.

2 Comfortable Dining Rooms

Instead of doing away with the dining room, try transforming it into less formal and more functional. You will find many people are replacing the formal dining table with a multipurpose table that can take wear and tear, comfortable chairs with high backs and armrests as well as getting rid of traditional dining room furnishings such as china cabinets.

3 Bold Patterned Back Splash

The new decade’s focal point is on bold patterned tiles and colors. Homeowners are finding the best way to make your kitchen and bathroom stand out in 2020 is to incorporate a lively backsplash.

4 Upgraded Foyers

Foyers are taking the forefront as another opportunity to impress.  A foyer gives space to hang a mirror or art and offers views through to a living room and beyond. Another way we see foyers being upgraded is in multilevel homes incorporating dramatic and eye catching stairways.

5 Statement Making Laundry Rooms

In 2020 homeowners are seeking excitement not only in powder rooms and bathrooms but in another hardworking space: the laundry room. You will find cheerful colors, playful patterns, and quirky design ideas, including chalkboard walls, wallpaper and creative storage solutions.

6 Graphic Floor Bathrooms

You will start seeing more boldly patterned floors in bathrooms similar to those that show up in kitchen backsplashes. Be wary when choosing bold pattern tile. Too much visual noise could take away from the bathroom being a personal sanctuary.

7 Living Walls

Living walls are now offering homeowners a way to connect to greenery by growing plants, vegetables, and herbs along the walls of a home, garage, or outbuilding. “Plant walls” resembling art are also showing up inside, especially when homeowners don’t have an outdoor space, especially for homeowners downsizing to a property with a smaller yard.

9 Deeper Hues

The 2020 Pantone Color of the Year is Classic Blue. With Navy Blue being a very versatile and sophisticated color it provides the perfect amount of contrast for interiors and exteriors in both traditional and modern home styles instead of going completely black. You could paint a whole room in it or use it sparingly to create lovely little pops of


10 Velvet

Velvet is trending in the new decade with its perfect blend of luxury and comfort. In 2020 velvet design is particularly focusing on sofas with color options ranging from vibrant blues, greens, pinks, burnt orange and shades of taupe.

11. Earth Tones

Earth tones like rich forest greens, taupe, and clay colors create a natural look that creates a zen-like environment. Think botanical prints, lush greens, and replications of wood grains and stone found in nature’s most basic elements, for pillows, rugs, and upholstery. Even lighting will reflect a natural touch, trending towards a clean and luxe rich-bohemian vibe.

12 Floral Wallpaper

A 2020 throwback-contemporary trend to look forward to in the new year is Floral fabrics and wallpaper. You will be seeing a big difference between the floral interior design trends of 2020. Wallpaper trends today incorporate floral patterns of different sizes and color patterns. Floral wallpaper has been around for years and you will continue to see the pattern in 2020 with a much more modern update, to an abstract chic rendition of this interior design classic. The best way to incorporate the floral wallpaper trend is to add into bathrooms, foyers or an accent wall.

13 Free Standing Tubs

Looking to remodel your bathroom or do you need a fresh master bathroom idea? According to the 2019 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study, 38% of homeowners added or replaced a bathtub as part of their master bathroom project, and 50% of those folks chose a freestanding flat-bottom tub shape; another 9% chose a free-standing claw-foot tub.

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