See the 2020 HGTV Designer of the Year Awards Winners

The 2020 HGTV Designer of the Year Awards brought eye-catching and extraordinary designs in each of the 6 categories. Check out these inspiring projects that won the editors' and audience votes.

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Countryside Escapes - Editors' Pick and Overall Winner: Sunny Southern Breakfast Room with Bold Green Patterns

Designer James Farmer insists that incorporating bold patterns like these into one's home is simply a matter of confidence. "Start with a solid base like a sofa and punch it up with patterned pillows," he advises. "Or apply pattern to the wall with a paper but hang a monochromatic piece of contemporary art atop [it]. When the same vein of color and shades are running through [a space], pattern isn't busy but coordinated."

From: James Farmer

Countryside Escapes - Editors' Pick and Overall Winner: Kitchen

Gleaming white subway tile offers a modern counterpoint to the traditional cabinetry in the functional kitchen Atlanta architect Norman Askins added to the space. Designer James Farmer added subtly cheeky leopard-print fabric on the caned chairs' upholstery to contribute a playful note. A warm traditional runner, in turn, carries the eye beyond the farmhouse sink and the stove into the heart-pine-paneled sitting room beyond them.

From: James Farmer

Countryside Escapes - Editors' Pick and Overall Winner: Restored 19th-Century Hall with Original Doors and Transom Windows

Transom windows above exterior doors at the face and back of this Alabama house admit dazzling shafts of sunlight, while corresponding features above interior doors branching from the foyer offer architectural echoes of the intricate furnishings designer James Farmer chose for the home.

From: James Farmer

Countryside Escapes - Editors' Pick and Overall Winner: Formal Dining Room

Designer James Farmer reached for Farrow & Ball’s dragged wallpaper to swathe this dining room in summery and beautifully textured apricot. Created when a brush is used to pull water-based paint slowly across the paper’s surface, the striated result "creates depth that paint alone cannot create," Farmer says. "[Farrow & Ball use] ink pigments, and their colors have that wonderful aesthetic, especially when applied in the striated fashion. Paint simply applied to sheet rock loses its luster."

From: James Farmer

Countryside Escapes - Editors' Pick and Overall Winner: Sitting Room

After undoing decade upon decade of questionable treatments, southern designer James Farmer made it back to this home's original walls and flooring — which, to his delight, were floor-to-ceiling heart pine (a material that's as practical as it is beautiful). "I always tell my clients that there is a reason why heart pine has been used since floors were created," he says. "Used in homes, warehouses, factories, barns and any structure requiring a floor, it's a solid material that requires more upkeep upon installation than [it ever will] day to day. It's a great choice any time."

From: James Farmer

Countryside Escapes - Editors' Pick and Overall Winner: Traditional Master Bedroom with Blue-and-White Porcelain Motif

Everything in this 19th-century Alabama home's master bedroom — from the monogrammed custom linens to the hand-painted bedside dresser and the complementary curtains — contributes to a feeling of impeccable tailoring and bespoke luxury. A stately four-poster bed adds a vertical dimension to the space.

From: James Farmer

Countryside Escapes - Editors' Pick and Overall Winner: Screened Porch with Traditional Southern Furnishings

With traditional rockers for the young couple who purchased this 19th-century Alabama home and a positively plush swing for their two children, this generous new screened porch will function as a satellite family room in warmer months. The porch is part of an 800-square-foot addition to the original home.

From: James Farmer

Countryside Escapes - Editors' Pick and Overall Winner: Restored Historic Home in Eastern Alabama

When this handsome home (which has Greek Revival features but was planned as a Federal-style building) was built, its brand-new community was undergoing a period of rapid growth — a period that ended when a planned railroad route ended up swooping south. The pace of local life slowed, and the property remained somewhat preserved in time...until designer James Farmer's clients (and Farmer himself) came along.

From: James Farmer

Kitchen + Dining - Editors' Pick: Blue Transitional Kitchen With Double Ovens

For a little extra prep space, this kitchen has a slim island. The countertop extends far out on one end, just right for tucking a barstool or two underneath.

Kitchen + Dining - Editors' Pick: Blue Transitional Chef Kitchen With Ladder

Benjamin Moore's Stillwater Blue bathes this kitchen's cabinetry in soothing calm. The color is so pretty with the brass and light wood accents.

Kitchen + Dining - Editors' Pick: Blue Transitional Kitchen With Branch Arrangement

The warmth of this kitchen's pale wood island and barstools and its brass accents is beautifully contrasted by the cool blue-gray cabinets. Paint color: Benjamin Moore Stillwater Blue

Kitchen + Dining - Editors' Pick: Blue Transitional Kitchen With Wood Ladder

In a pretty departure from the all-white kitchen, this one chooses a serene blue for its cabinets and range hood. To maximize storage, cabinets climb all the way to the ceiling and are easily reached by a handy rolling ladder.

Kitchen + Dining - Editors' Pick: Arched Kitchen Cabinet With Blue Tiles

This kitchen cabinet ups the style bar on several levels. First off: its elegant arched shape. Secondly, its fun surprise of blue tiles on display through the glass-front doors.

Kitchen + Dining - People's Pick: California Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

This home, once decorated in 80s colors like bright pink, cried out for a makeover. Designers drew on the owners' SoCal roots to update it to California modern farmhouse style with Scandinavian-inspired elements. The galley kitchen felt closed off, so the changes included knocking down a wall and building an addition to accommodate larger kitchen and a new breakfast nook with a pantry.

Kitchen + Dining - People's Pick: Farmhouse Style Flooring

Wider floorboards in farmhouse style and fresh coats of white and grey paint brightened this kitchen and eating area. Several windows and a kitchen door were also added, along with a lot of new millwork on storage spaces.

Kitchen + Dining - People's Pick: Subway Tile Backsplash

Extra-long subway tiles were used to make a beautiful backsplash for this white kitchen. A wooden cutting board and round tray added elements of natural, Scandinavian style.

Kitchen + Dining - People's Pick: White Kitchen Walls and Cabinets

Pendant lights, new windows and white walls and cabinets open up this kitchen and make it feel bright and airy. Simple, wood stools with metal frames add to the modern farmhouse decor.

Kitchen + Dining - People's Pick: Breakfast Nook and Pantry

As part of this home's makeover, the original kitchen floorboards were repurposed to make a pantry for the new breakfast nook. This practiced sustainability while keeping a sense of the home's history for its owners.

Dramatic Before and Afters - Editors' Pick: BEFORE: Kitchen

The kitchen before redesign didn't provide useful storage.

Dramatic Before and Afters - Editors' Pick: Peaceful Blue Contemporary Kitchen With Antique Accents

A white gas range with polished brass hardware and antique sensibilities joins an understated stainless refrigerator and dishwasher in this graceful blue-and-white kitchen. Stark white walls, face-frame cabinetry and narrow-plank flooring make for a timeless space.

Dramatic Before and Afters - Editors' Pick: BEFORE: Dining Room

The dining room before redesign was painted peach and mauve.

Dramatic Before and Afters - Editors' Pick: Classic and Contemporary Combine in Cheery, Light-Filled Dining Room

Beautiful white millwork features prominently in this eclectic dining room that mixes classic and retro, modern and timeless. Two solidly midcentury-style chandeliers in assertive brass and crystal are mounted within traditional and subtle white ceiling medallions.

Dramatic Before and Afters - Editors' Pick: BEFORE: Living Room

The living room waits for its gorgeous redesign.

Dramatic Before and Afters - Editors' Pick: Sensory Celebration in Sun-Filled Living Room

The sun-filled living room enlivens the senses in friendly pastels and bold patterns. A soft green sofa, rattan settee and pair of striped occasional chairs gather to enjoy the simple white fireplace. The living room walls are painted the palest of blue, and white built-in bookcases home treasured art and objects.

Dramatic Before and Afters - Editors' Pick: Master Bedroom Gets New Wall

A new wall makes a big difference for this master suite! Now the owners can have one space for their bed and another for their clothes and accessories.

Dramatic Before and Afters - Editors' Pick: Pretty Platform Bed With White Nightstands

The platform bed is easily the star of this master suite, and has been outfitted with plush pillows and soft blankets for total comfort. Two nightstands with gold pulls keep the owners' favorite books and essentials close.

Dramatic Before and Afters - People's Pick: BEFORE: Kitchen Layout

The kitchen before redesign was not intuitively configured.

Dramatic Before and Afters - People's Pick: Bold Black Island With Bamboo Stools Makes a Statement in Classy Kitchen

A bold black island topped in white is paired with bamboo stools with black-and-white seats in this fun and energetic kitchen. The pantry door is painted black, as are the window frames, lending contrast to the white millwork and white Shaker-style cabinetry that keeps the room open and bright. A trio of subtle, frosted-glass pendants attend the island.

Dramatic Before and Afters - People's Pick: BEFORE: Entry

The entry and its closet before redesign were cramped and underutilized.

Dramatic Before and Afters - People's Pick: Entry Provides an Enthusiastic and Cheerful Welcome

The redefined entry is filled with personality, and features a foyer and mudroom combination that the designers saw as essential for the clients' growing family. A repurposed church pew painted in a lively yellow lends a pop of color beneath a gallery wall of family photos, tying in with the stairwell display. A black six-locker cabinet provides ample space for stashing coats, shoes, bags and backpacks.

Dramatic Before and Afters - People's Pick: BEFORE: Primary Bathroom

The primary bathroom before redesign didn't come close to making the cut. Every ounce of space in this bathroom would be cleverly utilized for clients who had recent experience of living in a house with no storage.

Dramatic Before and Afters - People's Pick: Cement Tile Lays Elegant Groundwork in Beautiful Primary Bathroom

An elegant cement tile floor in an arabesque pattern and a tasteful gray mosaic for the shower floor harmonize against clean white walls in the primary bathroom. The glass shower was designed to accommodate a 6'5" former footballer who desired extra space for maximum comfort. A white-topped custom double vanity in light wood, clawfoot tub and separate water closet complete the spa treatment.

Dramatic Before and Afters - People's Pick: BEFORE: Living Room

The living room before redesign needed pizzazz.

Dramatic Before and Afters - People's Pick: Charcoal Shiplap Fireplace a Statement in the Living Room

The living room's floor-to-ceiling fireplace in charcoal shiplap and light brick subway tile offers bold counterpoint to the white walls and vaulted ceiling and is a familiar design element from the kitchen walls and island. Natural fabrics in mustard and gray calmly invigorate the space.

Color + Pattern - Editors' Pick: Moody Midcentury Modern Living Room Features a Velvet Sectional and Eclectic Decorative Accents

A moody living room, with dark blue walls and traditional wood trim and wainscoting, features a variety of eclectic decorative accents. A large velvet sectional lines the walls of the living room and is topped with multicolor throw pillows and a neutral throw. A midcentury modern light fixture hangs in the center of the room, complementing the eclectic gold mirror perfectly.

Color + Pattern - Editors' Pick: An Eclectic Foyer Features a Black Ceiling, Modern Light Fixtures and a Variety of Antique Furniture Pieces

A moody foyer features a black ceiling and a traditional set of stairs that leads to the second story. Modern light fixtures hang from the middle of the ceiling above an eclectic shag rug. A variety of antique furniture pieces are scattered throughout the space, creating the perfect balance of modern and antique.

Color + Pattern - Editors' Pick: Open Concept Kitchen Features a Dining Nook and a Marble Island With an Undermount Brass Sink

An open concept kitchen features a dining nook that features a floral wallpaper accent wall and an upholstered dining bench. A wood dining table sits against the wall, creating the perfect eating area. Hanging above the kitchen island, a midcentury modern light fixture lights the eating area.

Color + Pattern - Editors' Pick: Eclectic Dining Room Features a Unique Light Fixture and a Midcentury Modern Table and Dining Chairs

An eclectic dining room features blue patterned wallpaper and vibrant, blue roman shades. Sitting in the middle of the dining room, a midcentury modern dining table is surrounded by teal dining chairs and topped with a wood bowl and small vase. A modern, glass light fixture hangs above the dining table, bringing ample light into the room.

Color + Pattern - Editors' Pick: Moody Bedroom Features Wall-Mounted Light Fixtures and a Large Bed Topped With a Variety of Throw Pillows

A moody bedroom features dark green walls and traditional, white trim. Above the bed, a bright yellow decorative art piece complements the yellow bedspread on top of the bed. Gold, wall-mounted light fixtures hang on either side of the bed above modern, wood end tables. A variety of throw pillows sit at the top of the bed, with a wool throw covering the bottom of the bed.

Color + Pattern - People's' Pick: Vivid Midcentury Modern Living Room is Stylish and Striking

Colorful accents and bold artwork fills a midcentury modern living room. Hanging in the center of a room is a mirrored globe chandelier that mimics the reflective nature of the backsplash in the kitchen. Sheer floor-to-ceiling curtains surround the room, providing a neutral backdrop to the colorful space, and letting in jut the right amount of light.

Color + Pattern - People's' Pick: Modern Living Room Features a Geometric Credenza and Tile Flooring

An ultra-modern living room features black tile flooring and neutral walls. A geometric bookcase showcases a variety of gold accents, books and decor. A walnut credenza sits against the wall below the tv. Decorative accents, that sit atop the credenza, camouflage the starkness of the tv against the wall. Floor-to-ceiling sheer curtains ensure that ample light is brought into the space.

Color + Pattern - People's' Pick: Striking Kitchen Features Mirrored Backsplash

This kitchen is true mix of contemporary, glamour and midcentury. Designers chose the antique mirrored tile as a homage to the square tiles of the 60's but updated in a fresh way. By using the tile from the countertop to the ceiling, it creates an almost wallpaper-like effect. The result: a reflection of the rest of the room as well as the views outside.

Color + Pattern - People's' Pick: Masculine, Midcentury Bedroom With Black Accent Wall

A black shag rug has been added to the bedroom and the black focal wall echos the rug shade. The rest of the room is a neutral color to allow the room's furniture to really shine. In a nod to Midcentury design, custom drapery panels bring a fresh take to a traditional 1960's pattern. Touches of brass continue into the bedroom with nightstands, lamps, lighting, and poufs.

Color + Pattern - People's' Pick: Bold Bathroom With Custom Wallpaper

This bold bathroom features a custom wallpaper design that uses ancient letters and symbols to spell out love, joy, hope bliss and faith. The brass mirror pops against the dark wallpaper.

Living Large in Small Spaces - Editors' Pick: The Story

Designer Kate Marker doesn’t usually believe in fate, but all signs pointed to the fact that a 1,400-square-foot, one story cottage in Union Pier, Michigan was destined to be hers. It wasn’t just the picturesque surrounding town or the fact that she could hear waves crashing on the nearby beach from the home’s entryway. “It smelled like the right place,” she says. “That cottage-y, cabin-y smell and feel and vibe.” Kate and her husband purchased the 1920’s structure immediately and soon got to work gutting the entire space. In just two months — “My fastest project ever!” — Kate and her team took the home from a ho-hum space with zero updated amenities, to a curated, eclectic cottage filled with vintage touches, natural materials and some pretty edgy pieces. Oh, and did we mention you can rent it out?

Living Large in Small Spaces - Editors' Pick: The Living Room

The cottage boasts a bit of an edgier feel than Kate’s usual clean style, but hints of her signature curated homeyness are still evident everywhere. She designed the space, not just for her own family — they use it as a vacation getaway — but for renters, so the furnishings are functional as well as beautiful. In the living room, antique beams on the sloped ceiling hover over a Lee Industries couch. Rustic Kate Marker Home woven chairs and a sliced teak Kate Marker Home coffee table add natural texture.

Living Large in Small Spaces - Editors' Pick: Leo Cottage Kitchen

Original cottage had patterned floors and when a wall was removed to open up the floor plan, we had the floors custom painted to match the existing pattern. Fridge is a custom salmon color.

Living Large in Small Spaces - Editors' Pick: Bunk Room

These bunks were custom built. Rug is vintage and slipper chair is from LEE Industries.

Living Large in Small Spaces - Editors' Pick: The Master Bedroom

An unexpected standing tub is the masterpiece of this room — which was originally a living area with an attached powered room. Kate opened it all up by nixing the powder room and floating a vintage Watermark Fixtures standing tub, which she had splatter-painted mint green. “The tub is special for a couple who might be staying in the cottage, but also for an everyday mom with kids,” Kate says. Now, the stunning space is her favorite room in the house — for obvious reasons.

Living Large in Small Spaces - People's Pick: Countryside Outdoor Retreat with Pool

Mature trees encircle this lush countryside backyard with an inviting swimming pool. At one end, two rocking chairs sit beside a small guest cabin, while the other showcases a flowing water feature from the hot tub.

Living Large in Small Spaces - People's Pick: Log Cabin Guest Cottage Exterior

Two rocking chairs sit at the edge of this Nashville estate's backyard swimming pool. A small guest cabin features a rugged log cabin design with a stone chimney and wooden front door.

Living Large in Small Spaces - People's Pick: Log Cabin Guest Cottage Exterior

Two rocking chairs sit at the edge of this Nashville estate's backyard swimming pool. A small guest cabin features a rugged log cabin design with a stone chimney and wooden front door.

Living Large in Small Spaces - People's Pick: Cozy Guest Cottage Living Room

This small Nashville guest cottage features vaulted ceilings, exposed wood panels and a grand wood-burning fireplace with stone hearth. A welcoming rocking chair sits opposite the comfy love seat and large window.

Living Large in Small Spaces - People's Pick: Rustic Guest Cottage Kitchen

This rugged, Nashville guest cottage features an all-wooden kitchen interior. Three windows line the main wall with a built-in stove, oven and sink with cabinet storage below.

Living Large in Small Spaces - People's Pick: Rustic Log Cabin Bathroom

A small bathroom is outfitted with a log cabin aesthetic inside this rustic, Nashville guest cottage. Real wood planks line the walls of the space and work great with the wooden privacy shutters and dainty wooden vanity.

Living Large in Small Spaces - People's Pick: Rustic Guest Cottage Kitchen

This rugged, Nashville guest cottage features an all-wooden kitchen interior. Three windows line the main wall with a built-in stove, oven and sink with cabinet storage below.

Waterside Retreats - Editors' Pick: Coastal Contemporary Living Room With Blue Pillows

The mood of the furnishings in this living room match the breezy, vacation feel of the home's coastal setting. There are lots of natural materials, views are center stage and green and blue accents bring in the trees and water.

Waterside Retreats - Editors' Pick: Contemporary Living Room With Pink Throw

The home's open floor plan in the main living areas feels wonderfully airy with outer walls made almost entirely of glass. White beams and trim break up the windows, a touch that keeps the space visually exciting.

Waterside Retreats - Editors' Pick: White Transitional Kitchen With Ikat Barstools

The homeowners' favorite colors are periwinkle blue, yellow and turquoise, so the designers incorporated them all over the home. Here, they pop up on the kitchen's ikat barstools.

Waterside Retreats - Editors' Pick: Coastal Guest Bedroom With Striped Curtains

This guest bedroom has a bright, breezy style with lots of white and pops of ocean blue. A few teal accents brighten up its sunny sitting area.

Waterside Retreats - Editors' Pick: Blue Coastal Bedroom With Striped Curtains

Ocean colors give this coastal contemporary bedroom all the allure of a grotto under the sea. Grasscloth wallpaper has subtle texture, and a mix of blue-and-white patterns layer in pretty depth.

Waterside Retreats - People's Pick: White Living Room With Ocean View

To make this condo more livable for a family of six, designers raised the ceilings in the main areas and added more lighting and larger windows to let in more ocean views.

Waterside Retreats - People's Pick: Open Plan Kitchen With Chevron Striped Backsplash

The kitchen and living room's wood plank floors are handsome and easy to clean. And in the kitchen, the black-and-white striped backsplash directs eyes down the room and out to the ocean.

Waterside Retreats - People's Pick: White Outdoor Armchairs and Beach

This coastal southern California home looks out over the Pacific Ocean.

Waterside Retreats - People's Pick: Contemporary Living Room With Balcony

Accordion doors fold back to connect this living room with an oceanfront balcony. The ceiling's wood paneling is painted white to brighten the overall look.

Waterside Retreats - People's Pick: Contemporary Bedroom With Orange Curtains

It's anchors aweigh in this cheery bedroom, where a round porthole-like mirror combines with the ocean view to give the feeling of a ship's most stylish cabin.

Countryside Escapes - People's Pick: Quaint East Hampton White Cottage Exterior

This glass entryway and landscaped exterior at an East Hampton residence presents a picturesque scene. A brick pathway and lush greenery adorn the outside of the home.

Countryside Escapes - People's Pick: Modern Cottage Living Room

This open-concept dining and living room is chic with gold pendant lights that pop against the white walls and ceiling. The large windows and ample seating make it a bright, inviting space.

Countryside Escapes - People's Pick: Bright, White Cottage Kitchen Flooded With Natural Light

This cottage kitchen is flooded with daylight through the large glass windows. A large center island offers seating for family and guests.

Countryside Escapes - People's Pick: Stately Four Poster Bed in Cottage Bedroom

A large bedroom with a four poster bed and gray walls is a retreat in this East Hampton home.

Countryside Escapes - People's Pick: Charing Cottage Bathroom With Walk-In Shower

This renovated bathroom features a large marble walk-in shower accented by gold hardware. Offsetting the grays and whites is the pine flooring that adds to the cottage charm of this bathroom.

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