It is that time of year again when I binge read interior design forecasts from major designers and magazines. The Interior Design Trends for 2020, like the past few years, varies depending on which designers and publications you follow. While I am not a designer, I have been part of the construction and hardware industry for three decades. Here are my observations and thoughts.
One thing designers all seem to agree on is white kitchens are out. They actually have been for several years. Instead, choose neutral shades of beige, blue, green, or gray. Natural wood cabinets and accents are in. As an Arts and Crafts enthusiast, I love natural wood! If you must paint cabinets, light blue and green are good choices.
The primitive style kitchens featuring floating shelves and large islands, made popular by Joanna Gaines, are still a popular design style.
Black appliances are being touted by most designers with granite or marble countertops still favorites. Stainless steel appliances have been out of vogue for several years.
Wood range hoods add a distinctive design element and texture to the design palette. Over the stove microwaves are still popular especially if you don’t have room for a large wooden range hood. I plan to install one in my kitchen soon to free up counter space.
Formal dining rooms seem to always be in vogue with traditional style dining tables the centerpiece. Single pattern wall paper is a nice accent and adds an elegant touch.
Spa-like bathrooms continue to be popular with stylish vanities, luxury showers with tile walls, and multiple shower heads a must-have. Van Dyke’s recently added the new line of vanities from Elements and Jeffrey Alexander in single and double sink styles featuring lots of drawers for storage.
Neutral color walls in earth tones and grays are again the more popular choices with blue and pink good options as well. Colored marble has been featured in many publications.
Living Room and Bedroom
The living room and bedroom are places where you can add your personal design style. Color palettes for 2020 feature neutral shades. Monochromatic color schemes of gray on gray and shades of blue are popular.
Simple geometric patterns add a nice accent to the neutral colors. Darker pillows also add a pop of color. Velvet covered sofas in shades of blue, pink, and taupe are designer favorites due to their durability and ease of cleaning.
For 2020, black and white rooms are heralded by a number of designers with black furniture and white pillows a nice choice. I am planning a bedroom makeover in the coming months in black and white and shades of gray. This is drastic change for my wife and me, as we love blues and browns. In our previous house, the master bedroom was green monochromatic.
I am replacing my heavy, dark wood bedroom furniture with light gray wood furniture. The walls are going from beige to a silver gray. Black patterned curtains and bedspread with pops of color in the pillows and patterned area rug complete the makeover. Simple and elegant.
Colors of the Year
The major paint companies are featuring earth tones this year. Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year for 2020 is First Light, a soft pinkish beige. Behr’s choice is Back to Nature, a meadow green. Sherwin Williams features Navy Blue and Simply Blissful, a soft pink.
Valspar lists a number or colors including Bombay Pink, Canyon Earth, Crushed Out (Off White), Desert Fortress and Grey Brook, among others.
Terracotta and orange shades are still popular in some parts of the country, and the hunter green shades still have their advocates. Hunter green is still one of my favorites and was my first choice for my living room makeover earlier this year.
Instead, we chose off-white with a burgundy feature wall (I read today features walls are out) with bright white bead board bottom accent and chair rail. The burgundy wall was chosen to complement the burgundy stripe in the sofa and curtains. Yes, I know I said I wasn’t a designer, but maybe I am!
Van Dyke’s Restorers
No matter what style is your personal favorite, Van Dyke’s has over 50,000 items to complement any décor. Choose from decorative wood (corbels, island legs, molding, appliques. and accent pieces); wire grilles; knobs and pulls; door sets; kitchen and bath; furniture legs and feet; home accents; lighting; and more to complete your home design.
Bottom line – if you like it and it suits your lifestyle – don’t worry what the “experts” say. Happy decorating!