5 Charming Interior Design Trends You'll See in 2020

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Dennis Nottingham
December 01, 2019
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 “Learn to look not just with your eyes but with your heart. Find the things that connect with you. How else will you know how to design your home?” 

Kelly Hoppen, Interior Designer

2020 is here and the interior design trends serve as the breath of fresh air we need. Here are 5 charming interior designs you will see (and love) in the new year.

  1. Pantone Color of the Year: Classic Blue
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Classic Blue has been named 2020's Color of the Year by Pantone. Pantone hopes to capture a piece of 90s charm in choosing a color close to the Color of the Year from 1999, Cerulean. Cerulean is a rich blue hue that resembles clear blue skies and is Pantone’s first Color of the Year. Pantone says the shade Classic Blue offers reassurance in a time of instability and uncertainty, a feeling weighing on the shoulders of countries across the globe. In welcoming this color in your home, you welcome a sense of peace and tranquility.

  1. Fine Art
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Adorning your home with fine art is up and trending. Artwork such as busts and paintings are key pieces in this design. A popular way to integrate a bust into your home by placing it on a stack of books. Large design, fashion, and/or photography books seem to be preferred for this look, but as anything else, it is up to your discretion. Paintings can be hung using minimalistic photo frames or whatever frame you feel best suits the aesthetic of your home. Purchasing art doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. On Amazon, you can purchase beautiful busts for under 25 dollars and replicates of famous paintings such as Van Gogh’s Cafe Terrace at Night for 12 dollars. Having fine art in your home makes for a beautiful design that doesn’t have to break the bank.

  1. Modern Wallpaper
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Wallpaper has made a comeback, but in moderation. Minimalistic wallpaper, floral in particular, will be a popular wall design in 2020. However, there are some who are making bold statements by installing exuberant patterns and colors to serve as accent walls. These accent walls have been installed in bathrooms, below staircases, or in a bedroom. They can be a great way to add contrast in a space with beautiful colors and patterns.

  1. Classic Designs      a living room filled with furniture and a fire place

Classic designs are also making a comeback. This look includes light walls, with darker furniture and pieces to provide contrast. The classic look also has a modern feel to it, as nothing is over the top or in excess. Interior design trends for 2020 seem to be stemming from a time of simplicity. In a time of, as Pantone describes it, instability and uncertainty, inviting simplicity and comfort into the space we cherish most will allow us to escape from the hustle and bustle of the outside world.

  1. Real (Not Fake) Indoor Plants
a living room filled with furniture and a fire place

Plants have always been a popular choice of decor throughout the years for many homes, but owning real plants is one of the interior design trends for 2020. If drawing from old designs such as Pantone’s first Color of the Year from 1999, and classic aesthetics, welcome a sense of peace in a period of instability, what can these plants offer? One theory could be that they are becoming a staple in homes for 2020 due to growing concerns of climate change. With our air becoming more polluted, having functional plants can help filter the air in our home. There is debate on whether they are sufficient enough to filter a large percentage of toxins out of the air, but there is no harm in sprinkling a few in the home to help combat some pollutants.

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