2020 Home Trends

2020 Interior Design Trends: 5 Takeaways to Refresh Your Home


With 2020 now in full swing, we’re seeing some clear shifts in how homes are being designed and decorated. Most notable for our area is the Modern Farmhouse trend with its juxtapositions of old & new, light & dark, and clean & rustic. Softer grey and lagom neutrals are here to stay, but are now being contrasted with deep hues and warm metals. Organic materials such as natural wood and potted plants are also gaining prominence. Here are some key trends to consider as you refresh or renovate…


#1: High Contrast Hues

Deep blue is the “it” color in home decor, with Pantone’s “Classic Blue” and Sherwin-Williams’ “Naval” each taking color of the year honors. Navy accent walls are gaining popularity in smaller spaces such as foyers, dining rooms and powder rooms. Black is also back as an accent set against white in kitchens, living rooms and bathrooms. High-contrast graphics are making an appearance on wallpaper and bathroom tile.


#2: Vintage Meets Modern

Whether it’s antique artwork, floral wallpaper or vintage tile, old world charm is making a comeback…with a twist. This time around we’re seeing vintage framed art, patterns, woods and statement pieces being incorporated into modern spaces with clean lines. The Modern Farmhouse epitomizes this trend with its fresh new take on the old.


#3: The Non-White Kitchen

The all-white kitchen is making room for grey and painted cabinets to take the stage. For the daring, “color pop” cabinets in deep blue, black or even red have been cropping up in the modern kitchen. Kitchens that do have white cabinets are being spiced up with decorative tile floors and backsplashes, along with darker wood shelving and contrasting light fixtures.


#4: Comfy and Cozy

Soft shearling, rustic leathers and fluffy textured mohairs are gradually replacing the luxe velvet we saw in years past. High performance outdoor-style fabrics have also gotten an upgrade and are appearing indoors on upholstered dining room chairs and couches. Cushy wing-backed dining benches and chairs are another notable trend, part of an emphasis on making dining rooms less formal and more comfortable. Another fun trend? Curved sofas for the dining room and kitchen.


#5: Warm & Earthy Accents

Matte brass continues its popularity in fixtures and frames, often mixed with silver metals. We’re seeing an infusion of aged wood accents, patina, rustic leathers and earthenware softening the clean lines of today’s minimalism. Potted plants are also popping up on shelves and in windows with olive trees usurping fig trees as a favorite statement piece.


Need an instant home update? Try adding throw pillows, blankets or artwork in hues from Pantone’s Spring/Summer 2020 color palette.



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There’s No Place Like Home…

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When I daydream about my favorite places, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle filter to the top. I’ve lived in the three regions these cities are in and I adore each city for its unique culture and urban landscape. Where I have lived has helped shape me into the person I am, and build the family we are. That is incredibly special to me.  

Just daydreaming about my cities was not enough – I love to ponder about my special places on a regular basis, and share the stories that define my time in each place.  By including geography inspired décor within my home, I get fond reminders all the time about the places I’ve called home.

Geography accessories do not need to be limited to a map. I snagged my 3 city pillows at West Elm before they were discontinued.  They’re simple – a square linen cover, in the color Flax, with black type. I found an Etsy shop that sold complementary city swag where I could get a Zip Code rectangular pillow to show case my current home town, Mercer Island. It’s a cotton, linen blend cover with a coordinating natural hue and black lettering. I get asked by visitors all the time to share the stories of these accessories, which I love to oblige! I recount my California days growing up, or how I would meet up with my best friend Shauna in Portland, or the fun my girls have on swim team and in choir right here on Mercer Island.

Maybe you'd like to incorporate some geography into your own interior decorating, and you are partial to maps but want them to be showcased in a unique way.  Etsy is your hunting grounds, then!! You can have a canvas map designed to show where you and your sweetie met – Where It All Began. Serve an adult beverage in a rocks glass with your favorite metro map etched on it – Maps Rocks Glass. An artistically cut mat and map highlight the place you call home, perfect to frame and add to your personal photo gallery – HOME.

Houzz never disappoints when you are looking for interior design inspiration.  Check out Guest Picks: Decorating with Maps and Geography for even more ideas to deck out your home with reminders of your special places. I have to tell you – I have a regional dish towel, and it makes me SMILE each time I use it.  It whisks me back to my childhood and my heartwarming memories of sunny CA. I may need to pick a few more to hold in reserve when my current towel wears out, I use it that much!

Now it’s your turn.  Do you have any geography décor in your home? What is one accessory you would like to add to a room that reminds you of a special place?  Please share in the comment section – bonus points if you add links to where the item can be purchased, or a tutorial of how to make it. 


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