When the new year kicked in, it came with a fresh start for everything from your wardrobe, to your attitude at work, to your home’s design. If redecorating (or truly decorating for the first time) is on your list of things to get through in 2020, and you still haven’t started the prep work yet, then hopefully this advice piece can help spur you on a little!
It’s helpful to know what the latest home decor trends you should get excited about for this year, and which ones you might want to leave behind in 2019 — at least for a little while.
With so many accessible forms of home inspo on the internet, it’s easy to hit with trend overload in this day and age. The good news is, is that the Scandi theme is set to remain strong for this year – hooray! It’s a home trend I personally love and feel works amazingly well across home, office, and beyond.
Below, I’ve laid out which Scandi trends are still staying strong, but have a fresh little update for 2020. So here’s what to say goodbye too, and what to say hello to!
Goodbye to all-white-everything:
It’s been a nice, long run but I think it’s safe to say we’ve hit white-out fatigue when it comes to interior design. 2018 was probably the third or fourth year that bright white walls have reigned supreme, especially on Instagram.
And while a bright, clean slate will always be a smart and attractive move for certain spaces, we’re ready for color again. 2019 forecast small colour popping updates, with 2020 aiming to go a little bolder!
Hello to deep, accent walls:
If you’ve felt boxed in by the minimalist, neutral color palettes that have been popular for the last few years, now is your chance to jump back into richly-colored spaces — and we don’t just mean bright primary colors. Expect to see dark-hued walls, jewel-toned furniture, and fun pops of color in unexpected decor accents.
Goodbye to heavy, industrial style accessories
You may not have fully embraced the industrial, rustic-leaning decor trend that’s been fairly popular the last few years, but it’s pretty likely you got on board with at least one design element that grew out of that trend: the lighting.
“Exposed” light fixtures have shown up everywhere, from your favorite artsy coffee shop to the Pottery Barn catalog. We’ve grown weary of the ever-present Edison bulb, excessive hanging wires, and black metal framing that has come to be expected in newly designed spaces.
The industrial home trend isn’t going to be fully leaving us though. Instead, we’ll see the shift go from heavy, blocky features, to slim line, sleek metal fixtures and fittings.
Think more along the times of tough Titanium and and graphite slabs. Those raw grey shades coming through with tiling, metal features and exposed piping. It’s all about metal fabrication, which gives a modern look with long-lasting, high quality results.
Hello to the unique and quirky
In 2019, we’re ready to embrace unique, vintage-inspired light fixtures that will still draw attention, but instead be unexpected (instead of more of the same). Think milk glass fixtures for lighting, featuring the classic white-colored glass, which are back in a big way and make for brilliant pendants or wall sconces.
The fuss-free interior look is still strong, but now we’re seeing more wooden, Earthy tones with a nod to Vintage periods coming through.
Image credit: https://mrhousey.co.uk/
If you still like the airiness that came with many industrial light fixtures or simple furniture, consider switching the black metal and harsh white for brass or chrome for a fresh look.
When it comes to unique furniture, the simple, minimalist Scandi style is still ‘on trend’, but this time it’s about bringing in textures. This tends to be via woven shades and wooden elements. Oak legs on tables and cabinets, and splashes of mint green or mustard yellow. Scandinavian Furniture will be a great opportunity for traditional kids furniture, too.
Look at these fabulous Scandi style wooden bed frames for children too, from Mrhousey.co.uk
Goodbye to Millennial Pink
We’ve already explained that we’re ready for a break from the all-white decor trend, but one of those barely-there hues that stuck around through the white-out was of course millennial pink. We won’t disagree that it’s the perfect shade of light pink when you need one, but if you’re looking for a new accent color that’ll go with everything just as well, then it’s time to pass the mustard.
Hello to Mustard Yellow
Mustard yellow has quickly become the hot new color — and for good reason. Unlike millennial pink, there is a bit of a spectrum when it comes to mustard yellow, ranging from an almost olive-meets-chartreuse yellow to nearly gold.
It can pass off as a neutral in a more muted form, and as an accent color, it pairs well with other hues — from pale blue and lavender to burgundy and hunter green. Not to mention, it’s gender-neutral and can work in both modern and more traditional spaces.
Goodbye to Mid Century Modern
Ever since Mad Men premiered in 2007, mid-century modern era furniture and decor has experienced a hugely popular revival. The clean lines and unadorned pieces have collided well with the more recent sway toward minimalist Scandinavian-influenced decor, so it’s become even more mainstream.
However, we feel like it’s become a little too mainstream. Having too much decor or furniture all in one style can quickly make your space feel one-dimensional, so we’re ready to take a break from shopping mid-century modern-inspired pieces before they lose their special quality. Consider this one more of a pause than a full stop.
Hello to Art Deco Scandi Style
The next style of furniture that’s set to take 2019 by storm is art deco: the Gatsby-era design genre that leans more toward maximalist than minimalist. The style emphasizes geometric patterns and curves, luxe materials and fabrics, and an overall more feminine, glamorous look than the comparatively paired-down mid-century modern.
As we’d suggest with any dominant design style, moderation is key. But even an accent of art deco will make a statement in your space. You can bet you’ll be seeing plenty of decor with art deco vibes in the coming year, featuring vertical lines, sunburst and Greek key patterns, and lacquered finishes.
Goodbye to Social Media Cloned Houses
Instagram and Pinterest have completely changed how we research and discover home design ideas. Before, we got a handful of house tours in each magazine issue we might subscribe to, and we had to wait until the next month for more. Now, there is literally limitless design inspiration at our fingertips — which is definitely a good thing. I’ve noticed, however, that trends are even trendier on social media.
Bloggers, designers, and even media outlets fall victim to a sort of imitation game and end up sharing very similarly styled spaces, because that’s what performs well. If you want proof, go check out the interiors-focused accounts you follow and see how many fall into the modern, minimalist boho category. That can be limiting for us as followers and turn our homes into the decor version of your middle-school clique who all wore the exact same outfits as each other (read: boring copies of one another)
Hello to Your Personal Style
This year, we challenge you to challenge your news feed by looking for new designers and accounts that embody a different style from what you’re comfortable with and used to seeing.
Swear by Scandinavian-style minimalism? Add some bold color to your feed. Crave traditional, neutral furnishings? Try following someone with contemporary style. You never know what sort of realization about your personal taste you might come to by widening your inspiration sources.