As we approach the new year, we always enjoy looking ahead into what the design world has in store for 2020. Here, we share 20 design ideas that may give you a hint at the biggest upcoming decor trends.
Pendant lights work double duty, adding design flair while simultaneously brightening up an area.
These versatile lights come in countless styles that will match virtually any design trend. Although pendant lights are most often seen in kitchens, watch for them to start appearing in entryways, family rooms, and dining rooms.
2. Cool Colour Tones
Cool blues and greys will continue to be popular moving into 2020.
For paint colours, think whites, blues, greiges, and greys.
For flooring, think rich, dark brown tones such as:
- Dark walnut
- And tones such as greys and white-washes
For cabinets, think blues (both navy and lighter blues), blacks, greys, and white or very dark stained cabinets.
These cool colour preferences also translate into appliances and hardware. Think stainless steel, blacks, and icy whites.
3. Solid Timber and Engineered Timber Flooring
Timeless in its appeal, hardwood floors continue to be a popular flooring choice. In fact, homeowners love hardwood so much that we are seeing it expand into rooms such as powder rooms, entryways, and kitchens.
Engineered timber is also growing in popularity thanks to its durable nature.
4. Open Concept Floor Plans
Open concept floor plans — especially those that combine a kitchen and family room or dining room — have been steadily rising in popularity in recent years and this trend shows no sign of slowing down.
These floor plans make spaces feel larger, add openness, and add lightness to areas. Open floor plans are also convenient for parents that want to keep an eye on little ones while making dinner or just for fostering a close knit family. This design also lends itself as a great space for casual gatherings with guests.
When it comes to the open concept trends, homeowners typically choose to keep the same flooring throughout the combined areas to maintain consistency. The same goes for paint colour, as it is often carried throughout the entire area. Consistent flooring and paint colour also helps make the space feel even larger.
This trend has also enabled larger kitchens and, in turn, larger islands with a variety of unique shapes and styles.
5. Farmhouse Style
Farmhouse style is definitely taking over. Farmhouse sinks are popular for aesthetic reasons, but also for their ergonomic benefits. This style is also associated with rustic accents and open shelves.
6. Practical, Long Lasting Designs and Elements
Homeowners are showing a growing interest in practical, durable designs that will not go out of style. With people becoming busier than ever, time-saving, low-maintenance items of highly sought after.
Many people are choosing neutral wall and floor colours. Homeowners looking for a no-fail timeless flooring option often choose solid timber.
7. Quartz Countertops
Marble countertops are continuing to grow in popularity, particularly Calcutta gold. The issue with marble is its porosity (hello stains!), its softness, and its cost.
Quartz manufacturers are capitalising on this trend by developing white countertops that mimic the appearance of Calcutta gold and similar white marbles. By merging the best of both worlds, they managed to create a stylish appearance that is more practical, lower maintenance, and less pricey. Quartz also offers increased variability in terms of colour (true white, grey options, etc.).
8. DIY – When It Is Appropriate
The rise of inspirational Pinterest and Instagram accounts and DIY bloggers has created an upswing in do-it-yourself projects. However, while certain projects, such as painting your cabinets, are excellent undertakings for do-it-yourself fans, other tasks are better left to professionals.
Consider flooring, for example. Although some floors are DIY-friendly, other flooring types require the expertise of a professional tradesman.
This trend emphasises decluttering, minimalism, and organisation. Essentially, less clutter means less stress, less mess, and less maintenance.
The internet is bursting with the best organising hacks to help simplify your household.
10. Flat, Brushed, and Matte
2020 will see a big emphasis on surface textures, which can impact the perceived colour and vibe of objects.
Check out our quick breakdown for reference of the trendiest finishes for your household in 2020:
- For walls – flat finishes (egg shell is becoming dated)
- For flooring – Matte and satin finishes
- For countertops – More natural looking surfaces
- For fixtures and cabinet hardware – Matte options (including black matte) and brushed nickel
- For appliances – Brushed and more matte stainless steel appliances
11. Preference for Natural, Sustainable Products
An increasing number of customers are placing emphasis on natural colours, materials, and organic options. Particularly, we are seeing a strong preference for accents and materials such as:
- Natural stone
- Jute area rugs
- Lighter, muted, neutral paint colours
12. Open Shelving
Open shelving — especially in kitchens and bathrooms — is continuing to grow in popularity thanks to the rise in farmhouse decor. This shelving trend allows for extra space and increased light.
Open shelving also creates a unique opportunity to display your personal style and add some colour to a room in a subtle way.
13. Cosy, Comfortable Bedding
There is a definite increase in homeowners desiring to feel secure and nurtured while sleeping. This translates to a rise in:
- Warm, cozy pillows and plush bedding
- Memory foam pillows and toppers
- High-quality mattresses
- Upholstered headboards
14. Dramatic, Bold, Dark Powder Rooms
Long gone are the days when powder rooms were only considered a convenience. Homeowners are now realising powder rooms and an excellent space to show off their personal style to guests.
While neutral paint colours are a common choice for living areas, powder rooms are an excellent chance to pick a dramatic or eclectic colour or design to add a sense of personality and uniqueness.
Popular design and colour choices for powder rooms this year will include:
- Fun flooring such as black and white mosaic tiles
- Saturated colours such as black, navy, charcoal grey, chocolate brown, or other rich tones
- Rich accents such as maroon towels
- Glamorous lighting such as chandeliers or under-mounted lighting
15. Mid-Century Modern
Mid-Century Modern — which utilises geometric shapes, tapered legs, and clean lines — has been making a big comeback. With this mid-century modern design, you’ll see:
- Eye-catching and ergonomic pieces
- Bright coloured patterns
- Simple accents
- Comfort, form, and function
16. Complementary Yellow and Grey Colour Combos
This surprising, fun colour combo works because grey and yellow are complimentary on the colour wheel. Together, they make a bold impact. From mixing and matching patterns to incorporating black and white into the mix, the possibilities are endless.
This trend tends to work best when grey is used as the base (i.e on the walls) with yellow accents and accessories such as area rugs and pillows.
Using grey as a base also means this trend can easily be updated in a few years, if desired. For example, simply by changing your accent colour from yellow to turquoise or pink, you can change the entire room.
17. Geometric Backsplashes
It’s time to think beyond plain white subway tiles. Homeowners are now gravitating toward simple, upscale looks featuring neutral colours in materials such as natural stone or marble.
We’re also seeing backsplashes featuring varying shapes and textures such as:
- Multi-level surfaces
- Linear tiles
- Tear drops
18. Upcycled Decor and Furniture
Repurposed and upcycled furniture is exploding in popularity and will continue to do so in 2020 and probably well beyond. Everything from upcycled chairs, tables, wall art, dressers, and coffee tables are making their way into homes throughout Australia.
19. Anything-But-White Kitchens
All-white palettes have reigned supreme in the kitchen for what feels like forever. Although this look is classic and sleek looking, homeowners are ready for a change.
While white cabinets are still popular — especially in remodels — there is an increased desire for alternatives to all-white kitchens. Popular features include:
- Open shelving
- Pops of wood
- Soft grey and blue hues
- Painted grey cabinetry
- Two tone cabinets
- Taupe cabinetry
- Black painted cabinetry
20. The Return of the Formal Dining Room
Coming in the new year, homeowners are expected to start realising the potential “wow” factor of dining rooms. Think bold colours, fun patterns, unique artwork, and eye-catching light fixtures that stand out from other areas of the home.
Which Home Design Trends for 2020 Will You Be Trying?
We hope you enjoyed our list of the top design trends for 2020. Are any of these trends already featured in your home? Do you plan on trying any of them? We’d love to hear from you!
Wishing you a happy, healthy, productive new year from The Online Flooring Store Team!