Decorating Trends For 2020 That Will Make Your Home More Stylish

Zina KumokJanuary 07, 2020

The space you live in reflects the life you live. Are you subdued and sophisticated? Bold and exciting? Quirky and unconventional? Nothing expresses your inner self more completely than the decor of your home.

As your world changes and evolves, so too should the space you call home. Here are some easy – and affordable – ways to incorporate the hottest decorating trends for 2020.

Incorporate The Color Of The Year

Every year, color company Pantone announces its Color of the Year, the hue that will become a major trendsetter in decor and design. Their color for 2020 is Classic Blue, a basic navy shade.

Adding in the Pantone color is an easy way to stay on-trend without trying too hard. If you’re in the market to completely redecorate, you can go for broke and repaint the living room or buy a new couch in Classic Blue.

Thankfully, you don’t have to go quite that far to be trendy. Instead of buying large statement pieces or repainting a major room, get a new blanket or throw pillow in Classic Blue. Add an ottoman or new set of bar stools to complete the look.

Homeowners can also include smaller touches, like a Classic Blue planter or a spray-painted picture frame. A candle holder or coffee table book are also cost-effective ways to update the color scheme of a space. If you have kids, ask them to create artwork with Classic Blue.

Light touches of Classic Blue will pull a room together without seeming too bold or monochromatic. Pick one room to do this in to create a matching effect.

If Classic Blue isn’t quite your hue, then don’t spend hundreds of dollars trying to be trendy. Instead, pick a color you do enjoy and add those elements to a room. Who knows, the color you choose may be Pantone’s Color of the Year in 2021.

Add Vintage And Antique Pieces

One major trend for 2020 is the grandmillennial style, which incorporates antique and vintage pieces – but don’t expect to find 15th-century French sofas or 17th-century German clocks in a home showcasing this style.

Instead, imagine taking the best parts of your grandmother’s house and blending them with your own stuff. The name comes from millennials in their 20s and 30s adding period pieces to their modern homes and apartments.

“This trend calls for checkered couches, heavy floral, bright colors, wicker, patterned fabrics, oriental rugs, needlepoint embroidery and anything that screams ‘old-fashioned,’” said Marty Basher, designer with Modular Closets.

If you’re having trouble imagining this style, picture the “Golden Girls” house with its wicker living room furniture and large tropical plants. Now add in a few modern touches, like a collection of pop culture posters and a flatscreen TV.

Granny-chic decorations include vintage picture frames, cross-stitched pillows or glass candy dishes. The trick is to avoid having too many of these in one room or section. You don’t want to copy your grandma’s house room by room – you just want to impart some kitschy, nostalgic flavor from her generation.

An affordable way to incorporate the grandmillennial style is to use what you already have. See what pieces you have tucked away in the garage, attic or basement that you can add. If you’re visiting your parents or grandparents, ask about an item that catches your eye. Not only is this more cost-effective than buying fake retro decor, it’s also more personal and sentimental.

If your parents or relatives don’t have anything worth taking, hit up a local thrift store to see what you can find. This won’t cost too much money, and you only need a few elements to make this work for your home. Shop in more affluent neighborhoods if you’re looking to find some high-quality items on the cheap.

Integrate Bold Colors

The late 2010s can be described in one word: gray. That color became the main trend in many homes, including living rooms, kitchens and even bedrooms.

As the decade comes to a close, warm and bold color choices are making a comeback. Instead of a gray kitchen scheme, designers are going for black and white.

Bold colors are one of the biggest trends for 2020, a backlash to the neutrals that were so popular in previous years. These new choices include kelly green, orange and bright turquoise.

If you’re having trouble deciding what colors to add, look up color combinations online. If you have a mustard sofa, search for mustard color combinations. The internet is full of free resources to help you decide which colors go together.

You can also search for color combinations based on the major pieces you already own. If you have a gray couch, think about draping an orange blanket over it instead of replacing the whole piece.

Interior designer Emilie Baltorinic of Living Spacessaid metallic elements also work well with bold colors, because they add more dimension and texture.

“When decorating with antique brass, small doses make big impact,” she said. “Incorporate the look through distressed brass figurines or brass hardware – like dresser knobs or exposed bolts.”

Minimalism is Out

As the decade defined by minimalism and gray winds down, a mismatched aesthetic is coming back into style. This means you don’t have to choose just one decorating style in your house.

“Maximalism is the backlash to minimalism,” said decorator Darla DeMorrow, owner of HeartWork Organizing. “Layered rugs, pillows, a riot of color and all the accessories.”

Add surprising features and items that you normally wouldn’t pair together. You can have a midcentury dining room table with a French antique light fixture or a magenta armchair on an orange Persian rug. The key is to prioritize boldness over perfection.

If you’re used to a more delicate decorating approach, 2020 is the year to experiment and try new things. Mix different prints and see how they work. Put up bright wallpaper behind a floral couch. Instead of displaying a small succulent, try a whole array of tropical plants.

This year is the time to indulge your wildest home decor fantasies. When it comes to decorating in 2020, go big or go home.

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Zina Kumok

Zina Kumok is a freelance writer specializing in personal finance. A Certified Financial Health Counselor and Student Loan Counselor, she also works as a money coach helping people one-on-one at Conscious Coins. She has been featured in Lifehacker, DailyWorth and Time. She paid off $28,000 worth of student loans in three years.