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  • Writer's pictureBeth Fratt

Design Trends for 2020

Updated: Jun 20, 2020

I started thinking a lot about this in December as I struggled to find my own design style. I knew things were shifting and changing for me, but I couldn't seem to find my footing. It was a very unnatural feeling for me, but one that I think came from recently redesigning a mid century home in Vegas. I am not a strictly mid century girl, so I was anxious to get out of that bubble, design wise. As I looked around, I noticed a gravitation towards some very specific things. When I saw Kate Pearce's post, I realized that what I was gravitating towards were the shifts going on in the design world. So here are the trends that I have seen really picking up some steam as we go into 2020.


I have felt a hard pull towards this natural fiber. After using the special walnut stain on practically anything, I started to see a shift to just a natural wood tone a few years back. I think the cane trend speaks into that same wood tone. There is also a very obvious move towards late 70's/early 80's design. I'm not necessarily a fan, but I can say that there are elements of those design styles that can be used well to update a space today. I have personally been obsessing over these chairs from Rejuvenation for over a year now. And if you want to make a BIG statement with cane, check out Mandy's fresh take here.

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Obviously this has been around for a long time. And it is not the easiest to install, making it a more permanent and costly trend. But if you are bold, if you are looking for something new and different, check these out.

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I am a blue color girl through and through. My last home touted a blue oven in a blue kitchen, that's how much I love this color. So imagine my shock when I realized that the blues I was picking were leaning more towards a green rather than a blue. I know they are next to each other on the color wheel, but it was still a little strange for me to be leaning towards a color I don't really like to design with. Green's greatest complimentary color is red, and that is just not in my wheelhouse for design. I can do it, it's just not my favorite color to work with. So when I designed an 850 sq foot condo in pinks and greens, I surprised even myself. So here are some beautiful green rooms that are floating around on the internet.

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I still like a simple flat front cabinet, but I think this trend has real staying power thanks to deVOL kitchen. I couldn't pick just one here because each one is layered and full. As sophisticated as they look, they also feel homey and completely livable.

All of these images can be found on the deVOL site or on their Instagram feed


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These first three images are really a "threefor" as in three trends in one. First, the vertical stacked tile. Second, Fireclay tile. If you are unfamiliar with their product, you can check them out here. I see their work everywhere. And their pattern tile is as beautiful as the rainbow of colors they have for their solid tile. There is just so much warmth and movement in their product and it looks stunning. Third, warm colored tile. I'm not sure that I can be so bold as to use any of these colors in my own home, but they are spectacular installed. And as the aesthetic landscape leans to the late 70's early 80's trend (hopefully with a modern updated look that won't be out of style in 5 years) expect a warmer palette to rule the land.

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There are so many other design trends that I see popping up all over, but these really are my favorite. I have a kitchen that I am finishing up this winter that has shaker cabinets, I finished a master that we painted in Studio Green (Farrow and Ball), I have no plans to wallpaper a ceiling (but the year just started), and I would LOVE to get some cane pieces in the house this year as well. Until then, I am so excited to see what everyone else is doing this year.

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