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30 Design Trends You'll See This Decade

January 08, 2020

Our top designers and editors predict what’s in, what’s out and which design trends will rule the ‘20s.

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Photo: Rustic White Photography, LLC. From: CLOTH & KIND.

Bold Design, Bold Color

In the past decade, interior design has been all about a clean — almost sterile at times — slate. But the trends are shifting and the new roaring '20s will be packed with a lot more attitude. "We're over the safe neutrals and love it when our clients empower us to go bold with spirited hues and bespoke furnishings," said Krista Nye Nicholas of Cloth & Kind. "There is no better way to make your home distinctively your own than with some custom pieces — like this art installation we recently designed, fabricated and installed in our West Palm Beach Chic project — or with the unabashedly confident use of colors that speak most to you and your family," she added.

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Photo: Drew Kelly. From: Antonio Martins.

Cane Furniture

"Sustainable design and sustainably made products will reign," said HGTV shopping editor Laura James. Laura is all about trends in the commerce world and knows what products are hot and on the rise for 2020. "For example, we'll see natural materials everywhere from cane furniture to weighted blankets made of TENCEL™ Lyocell, which is derived from wood pulp."

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Photo: Art Gray. From: White Webb.

Japanese Influence

While minimal styles ruled the 2010s, Laura hinted that the new decade will be less about the style of minimalistic furniture and more about the lifestyle and practice of minimalism. "I predict Japanese and Scandinavian cultures will influence design trends and the items we bring into our homes this decade," she said. "I think we'll strive for clutter-free homes and more intentional spaces that make us feel calm and remind us of nature."

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Photo: Tosti Studios. From: Christopher Brandon.

Back in Black

Even if you don't know Brian Patrick Flynn, you've seen his work. Flynn is the interior designer for HGTV Dream Home and our other amazing giveaway homes. He strives to make these prizes feel like a home while incorporating the latest and greatest in design. And from what Brian has seen in the design community, he says big changes are coming. "White on white rooms dominated the 1990s and the early 2000s, and since the pendulum always swings the opposite direction, I think black on black or charcoal on charcoal spaces are going to become increasingly popular," he said.

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