Between Scandinavian-inspired minimalist design and hygge vibes, house plants becoming a staple of modern living, and open floor plans taking the lead, 2019 was a more subdued, earthy year for home décor and design. Lovers of everything lavish and extravagant will be pleased to hear that more decadent styles are on the horizon, largely thanks to a nostalgic re-imagining of 1920's classic looks.
1. The Roaring 20s Are Back
If you haven't been invited to a Gatsby-themed New Year's Eve yet, it's coming! With 2020 around the corner, the Roaring 20's are making a comeback. Expect to see furniture and home accents incorporate aspects of art deco and art nouveau — serpentine lines and whiplash curves inspired by nature; bold, graphic designs; repeating patterns; and vibrant color palettes. Here's some inspiration to help you get started.
2. Working With the Elements
Withstanding nature's whims was more challenging than ever this year. As we continue to deal with increasingly destructive weather, our homes are going to be equipped with new and improved systems and appliances. Exhibit A: fire suppression systems for areas susceptible to wildfires. Yes, they can be pricey (1 to 1.5 percent of a home's construction cost), but what's better: "a puddle of water or a pile of ashes?" Exhibit B: liquid natural gas generators will also become more popular as power outages continue to increase. Why not use a regular generator? Liquid natural gas is easier to access during an emergency, more affordable, more efficient, and burns more cleanly than oil or diesel. If you can afford the higher upfront cost (10-20 percent), these are well worth it.
3. Plants Propagating in 2020
2019 was a big year for plants. Millennials helped establish this new trend, starting with succulent gardens and hanging plants then graduating to more demanding house plants. What's not to love? They add a touch of brightness to your space, help you reconnect with nature, and pump more O2 into your air. In 2020, plants are here to stay. From garden rooms to microgreens, the live plant trend will remain alive and well. Lush trends you can look forward to include living décor, garden rooms, and colorful foliage. Happy gardening!
4. Bold Colors & Designs
If 2019 was about simple, minimalist design, 2020 is predicted to be all about the bold and bright. Think bathroom designs that pop, over-the-top window treatments, floral wallpaper that's anything but demure, uni-print rooms, geometric and abstract backsplashes, and many more opportunities to flex those creative muscles.
A word of caution: while re-decorating is undoubtedly fun (we'll be the first to admit it!), straying too far from the norm can have an adverse effect on your home's value. Have fun, but maybe don't go overboard with the makeover.
Ready to dive into 2020? What are the new trends you're excited about? Let us know what you're looking forward to seeing in homes next year.