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10 Home Design Trends That Will Take Over in 2020

A new decade calls for big, bold changes in interior design. Here's what to expect.

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Built-Ins Are Back

According to interior designer and Delta Design Trust member Justina Blakeney, space-saving innovations will be the big thing in 2020.

“Working to create homes that are smart on space and have unique pieces that no one else has, I see a rise in built-in furniture (or pieces built to look like built-ins),” says Blakeney.

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Pantone Blue is the Home Decor Hue

Pantone’s color of the year is a classic blue, and it only makes sense that interior design is incorporating this color trend. Expect kitchen designs to welcome the color. Paris designer Anne-Laure Dubois incorporates it as the base of this kitchen counter as a means to offset wood floors and white walls.

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Health and Wellness Take Center Stage

Blakeney says well-being will be center stage in homes like never before. “I see it taking shape,” she says, “through everything from inviting more natural light and fresh air into the home through larger windows, skylights and creating better flow between the indoors and outdoors, to putting a premium on things like luxurious baths and showers for enhancing the self-care routine.”

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Smart Faucets Are the Smart Choice

There’s no denying the importance of hygiene for lowering your chances of getting sick. Especially with recent global health scares, Blakeney sees a rise in touch-free smart faucets, like the Delta Faucet’s VoiceIQ technology faucets, to stave off spreading germs via faucet handles.

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Work-Life Balance in the Home

The multi-functional home will gain recognition in 2020. “With the gig economy and more and more people working from home, creating a home that is multi-functional and can work for both family and work life is becoming increasingly important,” says Blakeney. “This can mean more ADUs (accessory dwelling units) popping up that function as a home office or extra-income units, and it can also mean transforming a small area in the home and dedicating that space for office use.”

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High contrast living room with green accents KatarzynaBialasiewicz/Getty Images

High Contrast Design Will Shine

“In 2020 high contrast is the name of the game — whether it’s a black chair with white legs or a bold trim or door color that pops against a more neutral wall,” says Carleen Laronn of The Model Home.

The idea behind the trend is to create eye-catching spaces.

“Take contrast in a different direction: When working with furniture, art or textiles, mix modern and vintage pieces to create a fun juxtaposition,” says Laronn.

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Warm Earth Tones for Pops of Color

Cool tones have had their moment. Home design trends for 2020 include a shift to warm colors, saturated hues and jewel tones that make subtle pops on tiles, the sofa, kitchen cabinetry and walls. The idea is to find more lively hues that still look natural.

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Living room with various patterns in black and white KatarzynaBialasiewicz/Getty Images

Patterned Everything

This year, the rules are meant to be broken. Layered patterns are a far cry from millennial-minimalism, and that’s exactly the point. The trend will take over tabletop and textiles designs, with a thematic color used to fuse various patterns.

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Built-In Seating for Ultimate Relaxation

A cozy perch is just what 2020 home design trends ordered! More reading nooks, window-side seats and patio benches will pop up this year as a way to add a splash of unique architectural design to an otherwise long-lasting design staple: a comfortable place to unwind.

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At-Home Bars for Homebodies

There’s been an increasing desire to entertain at home, and that’s reflected in today’s interior design. Expect to see fully stocked bar carts take center stage in entertainment spaces within the home and outdoor bars designed for easy summer living.

Alexa Erickson
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