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2020 Home Decor Trends To Adopt Now

Hanna KielarDecember 24, 2019

As every pontificator is busy creating a list of up-and-coming themes in pop culture and news predictions, what’s happening in the world of home decor for 2020? Whether you’re buying a new home that’s crying out for updating or you’re working on some elements of staging to present your property in the best possible light for potential buyers, here are some 2020 decor trends you should have on your radar.

“Classic Blue” Everywhere

We’ll start with the 2020 “Color of the Year,” decreed on an annual basis by the Pantone Color Institute, which chooses a color it expects to see reflected in industries such as home furnishings, fashion, product packaging and industrial design. For 2020, it has crowned “Classic Blue, a timeless and enduring blue hue,” with this distinction.

The color has been described as “elegant” and “reflective.” As Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute Leatrice Eiseman said in the announcement, “Classic Blue is a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on. Imbued with a deep resonance, Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation. A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking.”

Look for Classic Blue to be found in everything for the home – from paint to accent pieces.

Matte Black Appliances

Kitchens have been so “farmhouse” lately, notes Los Angeles-based designer Kim Gordon. “2020 is going to see a return to sexier kitchen spaces that aren’t all white,” she says, adding that she recently used matte black kitchen appliances in a home that brought an instant sense of “moodiness.”


It’s no secret that the environment is on the hot list in every industry. In fact, Highlyann Krasnow, founder and creative director of The Design High, says one of the biggest trends she’s seeing is sustainable furniture – but it’s maybe not what you think. “We’re not referring to sustainably sourced furniture as much as the act of actually repurposing existing furniture or updating vintage furniture to make it more modern,” she says. “Consumers are wanting to waste less by reupholstering existing pieces or updating hardware, two of the easiest and most impactful ways to redo your furniture.”

This fits in well with another trend cited by Emilie Baltorinic, interior designer with Living Spaces – that of mixing and matching. “We’ve seen this over the past few years, and in 2020, the focus will be on furniture pieces.” The key to incorporating it into the home? Stick to a cohesive color palette – otherwise, you’re on the fast track to clashing. For example, try a traditional coffee table, a glam sofa and a midcentury modern accent table. “It might seem weird on paper, but in real life, with a little color strategy – as in sticking to one unifying palettethe result is fun and fresh.”

Accent Hardware

Bold accent hardware, with finishes like matte black or brushed gold, can make a big statement compared to traditional nickel or brass styles, says KaylaHein, creative director for Modern Castle and a practicing interior architect and designer. “Theyoffer a look that is a bit more modern or contemporary.”

French Modern Design

For those who need new furniture, Krasnow notes another hot furniture/decor design trend in the reemergence of French modern design. “We’re seeing this in the rounded or puffy shapes in upholstery furniture, the use of cane in wooden pieces and off-kilter shapes in mirrors and accessories.”

Shelby Greene, interior designer with Living Spaces, concurs with the shape shift. “Curved sofas are soft and cozy – especially when the otherfurniture is also curved,” she says. But, watch all the angles. “Silhouettes should be similar, so a harsh-lined coffee table will not complement a curved piece. Stick to ‘sweeping’ movements like oval rugs, round tables and arched furniture backs.”

Adult Craft Rooms

“Why is making and creating only for kids?” asks Gordon. In order to help her clients enjoy the burst of renewal that comes from working with your hands, she has been creating what she calls an “office,” a closet/office hybrid. She enjoys this “imagination playground” in her own home, as a haven where she can make her jewelry or other projects and keep her collections and art that didn’t fit elsewhere in the house. She loved the concept so much that she is offering them for clients, who say it’s become their happy place. By confining projects to a separate space, homeowners can tinker as they have time and not worry about creating clutter in other living spaces.

Art Deco lighting

“For 2020 you can expect to see an increase in French modern and Art Deco modern lighting designs,” says Krasnow.

Removable Wallpaper

Many a home buyer has walked into a property and been put off by aggressive wallpaper. While traditional wallpaper can date a space if not styled correctly, 2020 will likely see an increase in a new concept ... removable wallpaper, says Hein. “Removable wallpaper is easier to install and remove and can provide playfulness to the wall.” So feel free to embrace bold colors and patterns, knowing that you won’t have to live with them forever.

Texture Accents

Hein recommends using different textures in a space to add dimension without overloading with color. She recommends bringing in popular textures such as leather, jute, wool, velvet, faux fur woven through art, throws, upholstery, pillow covers or decor accents.Baltorinic adds that 2020 will see a rise in pattern prints. “Use palm print pillows and blue-and-green upholstery to create a fresh vibe to natural materials.”

More Upscale And Creative Art

Step aside “Gather,” “Blessed” and other word art. 2020 is bringing more abstract art, photographs and modern art interpretations in lieu of stamped quotes and statements. “Word art can be overbearing and add a ‘cheapness’ to your design as people tend to reach for the same slogans,” Hein notes.

So even if you won’t be adding a “Home Sweet Home” sign if you buy a new house, what modern 2020 decor trends are of interest to you? Let us know below.

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    Hanna Kielar

    Hanna Kielar is an Associate Section Editor for Rocket Companies focused on personal finance, recruiting and personal loans. She has a B.A. in Professional Writing from Michigan State University.