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2020 Decor Trends: What’s Out & What’s In

We believe that how you choose to decorate your home is a deeply personal choice. We also believe that following your passions – even in the midst of uncertain times – can be a form of self-care.

That’s why we invite you to take a break from the chaos and join us as we dive into what for many of us is a deeply personal passion: home decorating. What follows is an analysis of the latest interior design trends, sourced by data from Google Trends. The report includes brief breakdowns from the Living Spaces designers themselves – what they have to say about the findings, and their simple tips for making the most out of home redecorating.

Ready to de-stress? Commencing the full report in 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . !
Originally published 01/2020

Out: Rose gold

rose gold
Rose gold: everyone’s favorite color, for a while. Since the peak in the end of 2017, we have seen a drop of 22% in interest in 2020. While there’s no denying its ‘chic-ness,’ its pink undertones definitely limit how and where one can incorporate it. In 2020, expect less of this rose-heavy metal – and the challenges it imposes – and more incorporations of “regular” gold (or silver). 

What to try instead: To get on board with 2020 metallics, go straight for the accessories. Ditch high-shine surfaces; a subtle, distressed metallic figurine or mini sculpture is all you need for an on-trend statement.

Since the peak in the end of 2015, we have seen a drop of 14% in interest in 2020. “Ultraviolet is going away. For a while, it was the way to add a ‘pop of color;’ but it’s definitely had its moment.

What to try instead: As for what’s coming, expect to see a lot of navy blue! Navy blue is a transitional color that works well in both traditional and modern styles, making it versatile and sophisticated. It’s bold enough to make a statement – and subtle enough to not feel overdone.” 

– Cha’queza Telp, LS Designer


shabby chic

Since the peak in the beginning of 2016, we have seen a drop of 15% in interest in 2020. “Shabby chic styles with bling, mirrors, glass, rhinestones and velvets are slowly moving away from the popular fad to a dying trend. Today’s generation likes more simple settings, reflecting ‘less is more.’

What to try instead: With the ushering out of shabby chic glitz and glamour, comes a new wave of serenity: think mixed woods and metals, greenery, lace wall decor, shag rugs and throws – all of which are best represented by bohemian.

Bohemian trends are increasingly becoming more and more popular for their relaxed and inviting auras. The soft furnishings and simple mix of textiles and textures make for a simple yet aesthetically appealing environment.

To bring the style home, opt for wood tones with dark metals, along with white, cream or caramel tones and soft and fluffy textiles. Place a few potted plants (big and/or small) throughout the space. And for the finishing touch, a Persian rug will bring subtle dimension and a little bit of fun!”

– Alyssa Moore, LS Designer

Since the peak in the end of 2015, we have seen a drop of 17% in interest in 2020. With the rise of small-space living, 2020 is seeing an emphasis on sleeker, more minimalistic, more efficient designs, and this means that one of the first to fall off the list of what’s trending will be the canopy bed. In its place, expect beds with less and less flourish.

What to try instead: A panel wood frame and headboard is as simple – and chic – as it gets.

canopy beds

Since the peak in the middle of 2015, we have seen a drop of 28% in interest in 2020. "The Americana decor trend can make your home look outdated because it can feel as if certain holidays are constantly being celebrated.

What to try instead: One 2020 alternative that will replace the Americana motif? African inspirations. Like Americana, African-inspired decor revels in patterns and craftsmanship. These prints and colors are guaranteed to brighten up your home – one or two statement pieces are all you need!”

– Cha’queza Telp, LS Designer

“The old school stars and stripes, plaid and tin decor, oversized furniture with dark woods is not as popular because of its limiting options throughout the seasons. The bright colors, the cluttering of table top accessories is overwhelming and no longer the ‘cat’s meow.’

Instead of the busy arrangements of the Americana styling, households today are going to a transitional farmhouse style. Looking to simplify and neutralize their space with lighter wood tones such as whites and blacks, cream textiles with pops of color from simple greenery and white florals. This simplistic stylizing makes coordinating holiday decor season to season much easier.”

– Alyssa Moore, LS Designer

Since the peak in the middle of 2015, we have seen a drop of 66% in interest in 2020. “Ikat has been an ongoing trend with the rise of pattern-mixing. However, with the decline of softer, more traditional patterns, we are entering a bolder, more modern geometric era.

What to try instead: Geometric patterns have been on an upward trend for many years now, and this year will be no different. Adding geometric patterns into pillows, rugs, or accents is a safe way to stay on trend while still being able to change up your styles yearly. If you do not like playing it safe in design, a great way to add geometric patterns is in tile, wallpaper and flooring for a more lasting look!”

– Brynna Evans, LS Designer

Since the peak in the middle of 2018, we have seen a drop of 14% in interest in 2020. Bold, colorful kitchen backsplashes are, along with bold, colorful patterns in general, giving way to cleaner, simpler aesthetics.

What to try instead: For those who just put in a spectacular tile arrangement last year, this doesn’t have to mean thousands of dollars on another kitchen backsplash overhaul. Instead, simply cover up an outdated mosaic with a fresh coat of paint – none will be the wiser!

Since the peak in the end of 2015, we have seen a drop of 52% in interest in 2020. “Pastel furniture has added a feminine touch to many homes throughout the year. 

What to try instead: With the new year, I believe spaces will be more cohesive with feminine and masculine touches. Making homes more luxurious for the women while still adding that sense of comfort and design for the men of the house. Therefore, velvet is going to be a great fabric for the new modern homes. Tying in a comfortable sofa with velvet fabrics and accents, while adding leather and wood tones in the rest of the space to break things up.”

– Brynna Evans, LS Designer

Since the peak in the end of 2014, we have seen a drop of 53% in interest in 2020. Here, we refer to the obvious kind of nautical decor: paintings of anchors, porthole windows, boat oar decor and the like. No matter how much you love the beach, if you don’t actually live on it, you really have no reason to bring it home in such a flashy, in-your-face way. It’s a look that feels a bit overplayed in 2020 and can easily become kitschy.

What to try instead: To go coastal, while avoiding the kitsch, opt for beachy textures rather than beachy images. Rattan, wicker, bamboo and pearl will all do wonders for creating a timelessly coastal, 2020-ready space. In the meantime, that giant plastic palm tree you bought thinking it would make the perfect wall accessory has, trust us, got to go!

Since the peak in the end of 2014, we have seen a drop of 73% in interest in 2020. Chevron is one of those trends that’s not necessarily outdated, but it’s also not necessarily, well, anything. It just is, season after season, year after year. It continues to show up, and while its simplicity makes its ubiquity a little easier on the eyes, it’s definitely a pattern that just feels tired at this point.

What to try instead: If you just can’t let go of chevron in 2020, try herringbone; it’s basically chevron, but with a subtle, sophisticated edge. In soft, earthy colors, herringbone, with its charming rows of rectangles – smaller, but more defined than chevron – will surely fit in with the ‘sleek and natural’ motifs 2020 seems to have in store.

Since the peak in the end of 2016, we have seen a drop of 43% in interest in 2020. The exposed lightbulb trend was popular for a hot minute, most notably because of the undeniable, authentic vintage charm it spawns. And as with most other trends on this list, the reason for it going out of style has more than anything else to do with the fact that it’s simply overdone at this point.

What to try instead: To keep the simplistic, no-lampshade charm of Edison bulbs in 2020, without dragging in all the ‘has-been’ vibes that tend to come along with it, opt for the ‘no-shade’ shade. Lampshades made of glass, organza and other see-though materials obviously place a higher amount of emphasis on form over function – but do so with a breezy air that’s as in line with the times as ever. When it comes to incorporating the ‘no-shade’ shade trend in your home, remember: matching materials can have the power to bring out the lamp’s aesthetic, in the same way a blue dress can bring out a person’s blue eyes. This means that if you’re working with a glass shade, then go all out; a glass coffee table, glass end tables, even glass chairs, the whole shebang – you get the idea!

Since the peak in the middle of 2015, we have seen a drop of 35% in interest in 2020. It’s not that antique furniture is outdated per se, it’s just that antique furniture is often hit-and-miss. It’s a game you want to play carefully, because if you get too carried away, or overexcited, the final result can feel less than chic. How to incorporate antique furniture (or antique furniture dupes) without going over-the-top?

What to try instead: Let go of the ‘period room’ idea – an entire room dedicated to a certain era 99% of the time feels like an obligation. Rather, choose only pieces that inspire you. It’s better, after all, to host a few gems than a dozen humdrums!

mason jar
Since the peak in the middle of 2015, we have seen a drop of 40% in interest in 2020. Okay, Mason jars, you had your time in the spotlight, but the fact is, you came on a little too fast, too hard. Our hearts now belong to our new decor beau: the glass cylinder vase. But fret not! The glass cylinder vase, more than any of the other designs we could have chosen to replace you, has imprints of your memory written all over it – from the soda-lime glass material to the ‘fun size’ dimensions. Of course, we won’t lie, we kinda like the vase wayyy more for a number of reasons which we won’t get into here (ahem, they’re actually unique!), but when all is said and done, R.I.P., Mason jar. R.I.P.

What to try instead: To play to the Mason jar trend while still holding true to your own style, opt for sleek, cylindrical, see-through glass vases. Play around with different colors for different seasons for an evergreen look!

Since the peak in the beginning of 2016, we have seen a drop of 18% in interest in 2020. In 2020, drapes are going out the window (pun intended), partly as a response to the growing acceptance of the ‘less is more’ attitude, partly because they just look like relics of a time past. Emerging in the 19th century as one of the most in-demand home decor essentials, curtains were pretty much the face of the dressy, embellished aesthetic of what we now know as ‘traditional style.’ With drapes gone, though, how will the windows of 2020 stay covered? With cordless blinds – particularly, of the tech-forward, voice-activated variety. Can someone say “the future is here!”?

What to try instead: As tech-driven window treatments become more and more popular, we’re seeing a surge in the colors, materials and styles they come in. As to which one you “should” choose, you don’t have to follow any rules. For cohesion’s sake, though, just make sure that you choose one – and every window in the house has the same exact treatment!
Since the peak in the end of 2016, we have seen a drop of 30% in interest in 2020. The novelty of the chalkboard wall trend was fun while it lasted! In hindsight, though, we just couldn’t fully get with the dust, and the old-school schoolhouse vibes seemed just another rung in the ever-growing ladder to “farmhouse fever.” But if in 2020 you don’t want to completely do away with the quirky nature that was the chalkboard, might we suggest the corkboard? Eye-catchy, warm and easy to install, cork goes with everything and makes for a much more affordable option compared to natural wood. The best part of all is that cork is naturally soundproofing – so cover an entire wall with it if you want, and then practice for band camp to your heart’s content!
What to try instead: Cork has soothing, calming properties, and can be incorporated virtually anywhere and anyhow. Our current obsession? Cork floors!

Since the peak in the end of 2015, we have seen a drop of 56% in interest in 2020. The pallet art trend is taking a dip, and we have a hunch its decline is due to the same culprit that took down the chalkboard and Mason jar trends: farmhouse overexposure. There’s just too much farmhouse decor and farmhouse-inspired decor going around, and people are starting to turn the other way. (Don’t blame us, blame the data!)

What to try instead: We’re looking toward sleeker, cleaner art. Think white canvas backgrounds – and heavy emphasis on negative space. As fresh and exciting as this sleeker trend is, it does come with a caveat: a little color goes a long way! In 2020, wall art in the home is all about minimalism – even something as simplistic as a black and white ‘line sketch’ will play to contemporary trends.

gothic furniture
Since the peak in the end of 2015, we have seen a drop of 53% in interest in 2020. Gothic style really is bigger than any one trend – in the early 15th century, it was a movement that shook Europe and never really left. It’s more of a piece of cultural history, and technically doesn’t belong on this list; while the data our researchers pulled from Google Trends for this article does show a decline in search interest for Gothic, we’re willing to bet that if one were to look at data for the ‘bigger picture,’ one would find the decline to simply be part of a larger pattern of seasonal ebbs and flows, a shallow dip that in the grander scheme of things doesn’t really affect the sea at large. That said, in the present moment the design world is dealing with a “dip” in interest for this style, however minor the “dip” is.
And while nothing can ever really replace Gothic, as nothing can ever really replace that one special teddy bear from your childhood (come on – you know exactly which bear we are referring to!), every so often, you feel the pull of a shiny new toy that calls you, for the time being, away from said teddy. In the case at hand, that ‘shiny new toy’ is another piece of cultural history: Greek Revival, pre-Gothic. Think columns, statues and other motifs of ancient Greece.

What to try instead: The new embracement of Greek Revival in 2020 homes will favor sculptural designs over ‘cluttery’ decor. This means swapping vases, pictures and figurines for architectural elements embedded in the construction of furniture. Coffered, stone and entablature motifs will see upward trends in the coming seasons.

Since the peak in the end of 2015, we have seen a drop of 28% in interest in 2020.

Baroque is specific. It involves lavish ornamentation that rose to prominence in the 16th century, and represents, in short, everything that 2020 trends are opposed to. The trend over the past few years towards minimalism is only growing stronger, and will – if it hasn’t already – replace Baroque (and traditional, and art nouveau, and essentially any other style that celebrates maximalism).

baroque furniture
That said, it should be remembered that minimalism itself, after all, isn’t a style – it’s just a way of looking at a style. So, in 2020, take modern; mid-century modern; Gothic; Baroque; traditional; rustic; glam; coastal; shabby-chic; art deco; or any other style you wish – and strip. it. down. Clean everything up and move everything out, and keep only one or two ‘it’ pieces that speak to the style. A painting, or an accent chair, and that’s it. Make all the other furniture sleek and neutral, as if they belonged to ‘no style at all’ but were simply born to be in the background. Once you do that, you’ll be left with minimalism – and all the liberation that comes with it.

What to try instead:
Trading a traditional Baroque style for a more minimalist Baroque style, pick one or two statement pieces – and one or two colors. Make sure each statement piece features those colors, and only those colors. (If there’s one thing to be learned from styling minimalism, it’s the power of ‘no.’ ‘No’ to anything that doesn’t fit within the color parameters, and ‘no’ to anything that doesn’t fit within the statement decor parameters!)

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