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Whether you have a significant home project planned for the coming year, you’re looking to refresh your home with some design tweaks, or you’re updating your house to sell, selecting paint colors, decor styles, and new pieces can be overwhelming. Updating your home is important aesthetically, and also impacts the overall feel and function of the atmosphere. Get inspired to refresh your home for a new decade by incorporating 2020 design trends throughout the space.
Paint Color Trends
Invoking feelings of relaxation
Every year, the major paint retailers announce their colors of the year — the colors they anticipate will be prevalent throughout home design choices. The 2020 color choices share the same theme: tones that will make you feel relaxed, grounded, and restored at home.
Soft rose – Benjamin Moore’s Color Trends 2020 palette “delivers modern paint color pairings that combine optimism with understatement, a timeless way to lighten up.” Their color of the year is First Light, a soft rose hue that “reflects a new definition of the home – a shift in mindset from the material to satisfying the core needs in life: community, comfort, security, self-expression, authenticity and ultimately, optimism,” according to the retailer.
Rich navy — Sherwin-Williams’ 2020 Color of the Year is Naval, a rich navy hue that strikes a balance between calm and confident. As a versatile neutral, Naval creates a grounded space that ushers restfulness and tranquility into the home, according to the company.
“The use of color in interior design is changing. It’s not just about what a space looks like anymore, but how it makes you feel,” said Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “People want to feel grounded and inspired to pursue their mental, physical and emotional well-being. Naval is reminiscent of the night sky, which people have looked to for centuries for guidance, as a muse and as a reminder to live more mindfully.”
Organic green — Behr’s 2020 Color of the Year is Back to Nature, an organic shade of green meant to purify and promote balance at home. “Back to Nature is a restorative and revitalizing green hue that engages the senses and pairs well with other colors both inside and outside your home,” according to the company.
Home Decor Trends
Investing in quality and bringing back the past
Invest in quality pieces — With a rise in direct to consumer companies, investing in quality furniture pieces at a lower price point is easier than ever. As the Marie Kondo effect continues to infiltrate our lives, buying fewer items of higher quality remains a theme that will carry into the new decade. Companies like Interior Define or Maiden Home sell beautiful, high-quality, custom furniture, at reasonable price points.
Ditch the accent wall — Whether it’s a single painted or wallpapered wall, 2020 is the time to expand the color or pattern to the remaining three walls. Leave the single accent wall in the previous decade and create a more cohesive and finished space by unifying the four walls. To boost the impact, extend color or pattern to the fifth wall, aka the ceiling. Painting or wallpapering the ceiling creates a jewel-box like effect and will make the space extra special.
Consider dark hues a new neutral — As Sherwin-Williams selected Naval as their 2020 Color of the Year, dark, rich colors will be used as a neutral in the year ahead. Pale grays and whites will step aside in favor of darker, cozier tones.
Home Technology Trends
Controlling your home from your smartphone
Home automation — Automating your home isn’t going anywhere, and 2020 will see an increased prevalence of homes turning into smart homes. Whether you want to make sure your garage door is closed after you’re several miles away, preheat the oven on your commute home from work, or adjust the lighting based on when you plan on arriving home, the ability to control these tasks on a smartphone will become more mainstream.
Home Wellness Trends
Creating an atmosphere of wellness
Sparking joy through self-care — Self-care will continue to play an important role in the coming year. Home is the best place to put this into effect. Whether that is lighting candles, eliminating clutter, displaying fresh flowers, or investing in hygge-inspired throw blankets, the small details throughout the house are what can make the most significant impact on how you feel in your home.
The kitchen is undoubtedly one of the busiest areas in the home during the holiday season. Between being the site of delicious meal preparations to hosting your family and friends, it is sure to see a fair amount of foot traffic over the next few months. As you begin mentally preparing for the busyness of the holidays, make sure to give your kitchen a little love. Quick and easy fixes to get your kitchen ready for the holidays include swapping out old linens for new ones, clearing off unnecessary counter clutter and adding stylish and functional pieces throughout the room.
Here are some of our favorite items for sprucing up your kitchen for the holidays:
Place small appetizers or the main course on a platter that will wow your guests and complement your food. Look for unique colors and textures to add more interest to the dish’s overall presentation.
- Crate & Barrel – Marin Matte Black Oval Serving Platter
- Macy’s – Matisse Blue 15.85” Serving Platter
- Birch Lane – Jepsen Oval Platter
Salt and Pepper Sets
Salt and pepper sets make it easy to add that pinch of salt or dash of pepper. They are also a small but simple way to accessorize your countertops without adding too much clutter.
- Target – Thirstystone Marble Salt and Pepper Pinch Set
- Crate & Barrel – Hayes Marble and Wood Salt and Pepper Set
- Williams Sonoma – Marble & Copper Salt Keeper
Wood Cutting Board
Whether you use it to prepare food or as a rustic charcuterie board, a wood cutting board is a subtle and durable accent piece. Be sure to look up proper care techniques, as some woods may require maintenance for lasting function.
- Crate & Barrel – Teardrop Acacia Wood Serving Board
- West Elm – Marble + Wood Cutting Board
- Sur La Table – Mango Wood Board
Protect your countertops and dining room table with a trivet suitable for the hottest of dishes. Marble is a versatile material and has alternative uses as a cheese board or as a stylish place to organize cooking oils, seasonings or a vase of flowers on your countertop.
- Target – Thirstystone Marble Trivet
- Crate & Barrel – French Kitchen Marble/Graphite Trivet
- Food52 – Marble & Metal Trivet
Swapping out your kitchen linens is an inexpensive and quick way to refine your space. Opt for neutral linens with stripes to add an understated accent to your kitchen.
- World Market – Black Villa Stripe Kitchen Towel
- Crate & Barrel – Farmhouse Grey Stripe Dish Towels
- Magnolia – Camille Cotton Striped Kitchen Towels
Summer may be winding down, but there is still time to sneak in a few outdoor gatherings before the temperature drops. We’ve talked about maximizing small outdoor spaces and important patio prep tips, and now we’re sharing an assortment of décor pieces and accessories that will help elevate your outdoor entertaining space for a Labor Day barbecue or end-of-summer bash. Whether you are looking to completely deck out your space or just add a few pieces, here are some of our favorite items:
Add versatility and practicality to your outdoor lighting with a standing (or hanging) wire lantern. The wire design offers a unique take on the traditional outdoor lantern.
- Pier 1 – Large Black Wire Woven Lantern
- CB2 – Swoon Large Black Hurricane
- Article – Bori Large Black Lantern
Tie together your furniture with a neutral area rug. A braided or woven texture adds interest and hides signs of wear and stains. Look for fabrics that are stain-resistant and easy-to-clean in the event of an accidental spill.
- Rugs.com – 5’ x 8’ Outdoor Basic Rug
- West Elm – Woven Cable Indoor/Outdoor Rug, Natural, 5’ x 8’
- Restoration Hardware – Braided Loop Rug, 5’ x 7’
Copper Fire Pit
As the temperature cools down, gather friends and family around the copper fire pit for a bit of warmth and s’mores. Just be sure your neighborhood does not have ordinances in place that prevent the use of a fire pit.
- Hayneedle – Sunnydaze Décor Royal Copper Cauldron
- All Modern – Copper Metal Wood Burning Fire Pit
- Crate & Barrel – Vitale Solid Copper Firepit
Block the sun’s rays with an umbrella in your outdoor entertaining space. You can purchase a stand for easy relocation and positioning or use it in the umbrella hole of your patio table.
- Hayneedle – Abble 6.5 ft. Steel Square Patio
- Joss & Main – Billingham 6′ Square Market Umbrella
- Wayfair – Stambaugh 6’ Market Umbrella
Be the “hostess with the mostess” when you effortlessly roll out drinks for your guests. This convenient and stylish backyard accessory is a necessity for maintaining optimal beverage freshness.
- Wayfair – 80 Qt. Patio Rolling Cooler
- CB2 – Rolling Cooler
- Home Depot – 100 Qt./25 Gal. Stainless Steel Wheeled Cooler
Add appeal and comfort to your outdoor sofa or lounge chair with patterned pillows. Look for water and mildew resistant options for easy cleaning and maintenance.
- Target – Square Cabana Stripe Outdoor Pillow
- Crate & Barrel – Sunbrella® Cabana Stripe Black 20” Sq. Outdoor Pillow
- Peri Golden – Martin Stripes Pillow
Activities and Games
Bring your guests together with games that are perfect for any outdoor get-together. Whether they’re tossing bean bags or playing a game of ladder ball, they’ll definitely enjoy the lighthearted competition.
Written by Deanna Kane
For city dwellers, having outdoor space is the ultimate goal. If your urban home is equipped with a tiny yard, balcony, or rooftop, maximize every inch to create your own metropolitan oasis. A few tweaks can turn the tiniest outdoor space into a livable, beautiful retreat.
1. Add foliage
Just because you have limited space does not mean you have to sacrifice greenery. Fill your outdoor space with potted plants and vibrant hanging flowers to add color to the area. Small outdoor spaces are also perfect for growing a vertical garden, by securing small flower pots to a lattice screen, or even by planting vines to crawl up the screen. If your thumb is not that green, artificial potted boxwoods lend a polished look to any space. Artificial boxwood hedges also create a clean look, while providing privacy.
2. Accessorize the space
Amp up accessories to maximize the cozy factor. Begin with an outdoor accent rug to anchor the area. Add colorful outdoor pillows and cushions to the seating options, and display a small outdoor bar cart to create an extension of your indoor living room. When the lakefront breeze picks up, have a basket of cotton blankets by the door to stay warm, allowing you to continue to enjoy the fleeting summer evenings.
Garden stools are also a small, outdoor space staple. They are multi-functional and can be used as extra seating, a food rest or to set a beverage. For privacy, outdoor curtains or privacy screens add visual appeal while helping to block out city noise, or too-close neighbors.
3. Plant an herb garden
There is something about growing your own herbs that makes cooking feel more special. Herbs are a low maintenance edible plant that are easy to grow, take up minimal space, and can lend a delicious aroma to the area.
4. Create a dining space
If your outdoor space doesn’t allow for a full table, rely on bistro tables to do the job. Whether you space them out or group them together, having several bistro tables provides a place to serve a meal for a small group. For more informal seating, a bench with outdoor cushions and pillows, surrounded by garden stools and several outdoor ottomans is a perfect place to curl up with a book or to enjoy cocktails and apps, al fresco.
5. Add lighting
Lighting is the finishing touch to creating a cozy outdoor living space. As you sit outside taking in the skyline, watching the traffic below, or catching a glimpse of Lake Michigan in the distance, string lights or lanterns complete the scene when creating your own private urban outdoor oasis.