HGTV Editors Share Their Design Goals for 2020

As we step into a new decade, our editors dish on how they plan to bring new life into their spaces in 2020.

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December 18, 2019

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Removable Wallpaper

"I’ve been playing around with the idea of removable wallpaper for some time. I think 2020 should be the year I give it a try. My dining room has a wall of built-ins that are stunning, but they need some zhuzh-ing. What better way to create a trendy statement without compromising the original structure or design than to use removable wallpaper?" — Ellie Sanders, Assistant Editor

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Hello Earth Tones

"I want to bring in deeper earth tones to my son’s room. We’re moving him out of the nursery next year to make way for baby number two, so it feels like a good opportunity to make design changes. (Hello, nesting mode!) I’m thinking warm sage greens and black furniture with a gray striped bedspread. Heck, maybe I’ll even attempt some wallpapering! I want to create a space that feels cozy, homey and relaxing for him to grow into." — Molly Miller, Assistant Editor

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Gallery Wall

"We moved this year after an extensive renovation, and it feels so good to be settled into our new home. One big thing is missing though. We haven’t hung a single piece of art! My design goal for 2020 is to make our house a home by hanging art, and while they may have haters, I’ll definitely be tackling a gallery wall or two." — Marianne Canada, Executive Producer

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Goodbye Clutter

"My design goal is more like a resolution: Get rid of clutter! I’ve been yearning for a more minimalist approach to life as well as decor, so I’ve been whittling down the tchotchkes, magazines, dusty baskets and mass-produced art. My decor is a blend of boho meets craftsman with a shot of mid-mod, which yes, is minimalist and maximalist at the same time. I’ve been inspired by rooms like this that pack a punch without a whole lotta stuff. This funky Southwest boho room illustrates how a few key pieces — the leather Barcelona chair, the fireplace tile and the layered rugs — make a big design statement without all the stuff. And even though the room is somewhat sparse, it is still inviting and relaxing." — Jackie McGilvray, Editor

See More Photos: 15 Easy Ways to Embrace a Minimalist Lifestyle

She Shed

"My design goal is to finally turn my garden shed into a garden studio space instead of just a utility room. A few years back, we built a rather substantial and cool-looking outbuilding that I had dreams of turning into my personal space (yes, a She Shed) for gardening as well as art, but it’s really just become a storage area for lawn equipment and the like. I know it doesn’t have to be that way! My friend and DIY Network writer Michelle Reynolds’ studio is my inspiration for what an outbuilding like mine can actually be. And while I’ll likely have to still store some utility stuff in my She Shed, my hope is that it can also work as my own creative studio space, too." — Kelly Smith Trimble, Senior Editorial Director

See More Photos: A Backyard Garage Becomes an Artist's Studio

Energize With Color

"When I moved into my apartment over 2 years ago, a large part of what I decorated with was white and gold — from the living room side tables to the toaster. I was obsessed. For 2020, my goal is to infuse more color back into my space. As a renter, I can't just slap a coat of paint on the walls. Instead, I plan to use decorative throw pillows, patterned rugs and lively houseplants as ways to incorporate boosts of playful color." — Morgan Faulkner, Editorial Assistant

See More Photos: 20 Colorful Homes With White Walls

Hidden TV

"I love just about everything in my living room, except for one thing: the TV. I've played around with the idea of buying an aesthetically pleasing (read: expensive) TV, using a dark hue to create an accent wall, but the solution I *think* I’ve settled on is to craft a gallery wall. Not only will this solution be relatively budget-friendly, but it'll provide the perfect place to display my favorite prints and family photos." — Ellie Sanders, Assistant Editor

Read More: How to Hide Your TV in Plain Sight + Save on Style

Outdoor Living Space

"With the exception of an old, rusty table and chairs, my back deck has been essentially empty since I bought my house five years ago. This year, I want to add some comfy furniture and colorful accessories to make it a useable living space — I’d love to have a more functional outdoor dining area to use during nice weather. I'd also like to find a creative way to add privacy, like curtains or hanging planters." — Shannon Petrie, Managing Editor

See More Photos: Breathe New Life Into Your Outdoor Living Room With Cozy Decorating Ideas

Keeping Room

"Home tours are always a huge source of inspiration for me: Nothing sparks design ideas like seeing how real people use their imagination and sense of style to create beautiful, livable spaces. But it was touring this stunning Savannah home this year that inspired me to work on turning my son's former bedroom off of the kitchen in my 1930-era bungalow into a comfortable multipurpose keeping room. I am hoping my keeping room will function as a combo living area-home office that will extend the kitchen social space when company comes over. My design plans? A new paint job, a gallery wall, fresh throw pillows and, if my budget allows, a contractor to help me erase a door leading to my son's new bedroom." — Felicia Feaster, Managing Editor

See More Photos: Tour a Dreamy Coastal Savannah Mansion Filled With Design Inspiration

Cottage Style Garden

"My 2020 design goal is to totally overhaul my flower beds and plant a cottage-style garden. I bought a house last year and am slowly but surely learning my garden’s light and watering needs (full sun, lots of water), so I’ve been non-stop pinning all the pretty, drought-tolerant plants. I can’t wait to get my hands in the dirt this spring." — Chelsea Faulkner, Assistant Editor

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