Your Guide to the Best Interior Design Trends for 2020

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What’s New in 2020

It’s 2020, the beginning of the new year, and time to take a look around the house and consider home improvements.  Many are contemplating major home improvements and looking for a guide to updating their home.  Most importantly, recommendations and solutions that will increase the value of the home for resale.  With that in mind, we’ll talk about 2020 Interior Design Trends and out-dated oak and brass in the home.

Defining Trends

When considering what is “in style” or “current” in the interior design world, it’s important to take into consideration the definition of the word “trend”. According to Oxford Dictionaries, “trend” is defined as:

Trend-/noun/  1.  A general direction in which something is developing or changing.

Trend is a popular word that concerns interior designers and consumers. It’s a compass, and a directive force that tells us what’s in-style, what’s selling and what’s popular. Interior Design Trends are not only important to me, but they concern me, because my clients hire me to update their environments.

These fads show me somewhat of a baseline between what is current today and what’s possibly coming in the future. When analyzing interior design trends, it’s important to keep in mind where you reside. Styles, colors & furnishings will vary depending on the region. For this article, my trend analyses will be Midwest related.

I find the topic of interior design and furnishing trends a very interesting subject.  I’m frequently asked whether I’m seeing styles, colors and furnishings repeated year over year.

Another popular question relates to what elements of home design are making a comeback. As I design my environments, I combine a mix of trend, personal style and mindful, timelessness. The incorporation of these “ingredients” are key in creating special, unique, personalized living spaces.

Crystal Lake Kitchen Designer

Guide to Replacing Out-Dated Oak & Brass

We all remember the popularity of oak and brass in our past decors. At one time, it was a design trend and became a staple in many homes. Today, when making decisions on updating the home, many people have a dilemma.  They are stuck with these out-dated design elements and don’t know what to do about them.  My clients have asked, should they keep brass and oak features or replace them?

2020 Design Recommendations (Brass and Oak)

Here are my recommendations for removing or refinishing out-dated oak and brass elements in your home.
Interior Doors
Use solid, 1 or 2 panel doors, shaker or raised panel style.
**Note: Painted doors are the most popular choice today.
When replacing baseboards, 5 1/4” size trim works great for most applications.  This size is a bit larger and gives a classy appearance in a room. I like Colonial and Cape Cod styles in traditional spaces.  The Craftsman style is great for a simple “less is more” look.  Look to the style of your home when making your selection.
Door Knobs
Replace your brass knobs with brushed nickel or bronze handles.  I like levers vs. knobs for most doors. Don’t forget to replace the hinges as well. Match them to the door handle finish.
Cabinet Hardware
There are a ton of cabinet hardware choices on the market.  Chrome or brushed nickel are among the most popular. Use knobs on doors and handles on drawers or vise versa.
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2 1/4” red oak flooring is out-dated, popular and costly to replace. Therefore, I recommend refinishing this floor, rather than replacing it.  This is a cost effective solution. When refinishing your floors, think about darker, browner stain colors.  A few good choices are made by Minwax. They are Provincial and Jacobean. Also, top coat with a latex based satin finish.

If replacing your floor is an option, consider wide plank wood. White oak is a great choice because of the variety of stain colors that work with it . Hand scraped flooring is a popular pre-finished choice, but keep in mind it’s trendy.   Classic Grey, by Minwax, is a popular and also trendy stain color.

Shaker style (flat panel) cabinets are popular.  I like painted and stained cabinets. I also like the island cabinets off set from the perimeter cabinets.  For example, a nice look may include painted, off white perimeter cabinets with a darker stained island.   If you have 8 or 9 foot ceilings, make sure your design allows the cabinets to go all the way to the ceiling.

Light fixtures
I’ve found that the most popular light fixture finishes are brushed nickel and bronze, depending on your decor.  Use pendants over kitchen sinks and islands.  Replace flush mounted fixtures or remove and install recessed led cans. For cost effective savings, use led bulbs.  Bulbs with a 2800-3000k temperature of light create a pleasing, warm effect. Before purchasing, make sure to check the package and fixture requirements before you purchase.

Wall Colors
Wall colors have progressed, beiges have gone greige. Popular accent colors are browns, blues, dark greys and iron ore colors. Use these accents for focal walls. Consider a few rooms in muted greens or blues to add colors.

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Wallpaper Trends

For as long as I’ve been an Interior Designer, over 25 years, I’ve been using faux finishes as an alternative to wallpaper.  I was seriously opposed to wallpaper.  The seams, the removal costs and the “get sick of” factors were a deterrent.

Well, I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but in 2020, wallpaper trends are definitely on the rise!  People are actually accepting the idea of wallpaper again.  I’ve seen this in the overall industry and have also incorporated it into my designs as well.

I find that wallpaper is a good idea when you want an interest level on your walls to exceed “just paint”.  I’ll also go as far to say that when I see a faux finish now, it looks outdated to me.  Wow, the complete 180 degree turn amazes me!

The popular prints I see are textures, geometric patterns and smaller stripes. I also like thick, industrial grade papers and prefer custom made if the budget allows.  I’m keeping my usage in my designs of wallpaper to accent walls, feature ceilings and powder rooms. I guess I’m getting my feet wet again!

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