I think most designers don’t like to follow trends. After all, as creatives it doesn’t feel exciting to just hop on a moving train and design pieces or spaces that look the same as everybody else’s. But despite my outward rejection of ‘trends,’ every year around this time I do like to look forward and predict what I think we’ll be seeing more of in the year/s to come. So here you have it, my 2020 trend predictions! (if you’re curious to read my 2019 predictions, you can read them here).
Built-ins are Back
In an attempt to create homes that use square-footage wisely and have custom pieces that no-one else has, I predict that built-in furniture (or pieces built to look like built-ins) will gain in popularity over the next year. We will see plenty of niches, window-seats, and areas carved out for coziness and introspection.
Arches and Ogee’s oh my!
In 2019 we saw a lot of rectangular doorways turn into archways, adding some serious curves to boxy thresh-holds everywhere, I predict the curvy trend will continue and we’ll begin to see more and more arches everywhere — and the bolder among us may even experiment with ogee and arabesque shapes in doorways, furniture and design in general.
Art Deco, revisited
This year we saw a lot of nods to Art Deco in home decor, and now, as we enter into a whole new Roaring Twenties I predict this trend will be ramped up even more: geometric shapes in *everything* from mirrors to rugs to armchairs, and in motifs from fabrics to wallpaper.
Ancient is new Again
I believe we will be seeing some ancient trends making a comeback with silhouettes and motifs from ancient Egypt and ancient Greece. Will the Gods approve?
Bright White Wall Fatigue
Could it be? Are we finally seeing the end (or at least a slowing down of) the longest running trend ever?? I’ve noticed folks leaning more towards colorful walls (yay for color!!) and while I don’t think we’re seeing the END of the white wall trend entirely, I am seeing creamier, warmer white hues take center stage instead of the bright, often cool and crisp whites of the first part of the 2000’s.
Health and Wellness at Home Step into the Spotlight
This is not a brand new trend, but I think in 2020 we will see health and wellness infused in home decor more than ever before. Bedrooms will be designed, not just to look beautiful but to help you get more and better sleep. Bathrooms will be designed not just to help you get clean, but to help you cleanse– so that items that may have just seemed like a functional necessity before (think squatty-potty) are going to be designed to be beautiful as well as functional. I think health and wellness will define luxury at home in 2020 — think heated floors and smart humidifiers or other objects, products and furnishings that focus on not just living beautifully, but living healthily too.
Can’t believe 2020 is right around the corner…and I thought 1999 sounded futuristic! Wishing you all a very happy and healthy holiday season. I am excited for some new, fresh air and hoping 2020 brings about some much-needed positive changes for the new decade.
Image by Justina Blakeney, Prints available at Jungalow