Top Interior Design Trends of 2020 | The Study

Top Interior Design Trends of 2020

We surveyed hundreds of designers to find out which looks they’ll be gravitating toward in the new year. Here's what they had to say.
Carter Design
Los Angeles dining room by Carter Design. Photo by Andre Vippolis

The word trend isn’t much favored by designers. After all, trends, by definition, are temporary and often viewed in hindsight as aberrations from good taste (think: avocado kitchens). Great designers strive to create interiors that are timeless.

Still, even if designers don’t want their interiors to be too closely identified with a specific year, that doesn’t mean they don’t want them to feel fresh. That is to say, trend doesn’t have to be a dirty word. So, we again surveyed more than 700 of our registered designers to get the lowdown on currents to come. Read on to find out which looks will make the biggest impact in the year ahead.


Deep Blues

Studio Giancarlo Valle
In the living room of a historic Watch Hill, Rhode Island, house, Studio Giancarlo Valle clad the walls in a rich blue. Photo by Stephen Kent Johnson

Pantone’s color of the year for 2020 is Classic Blue, a choice that aligns neatly with designers’ preferences in regard to hues. In our most recent survey, 29 percent of designers said they would use blue, compared with 15 percent the year before. Likewise, navy doubled in popularity over the same time span. Expect to see a blue wave in the months ahead.


Wild Patterns

rebekah Caudwell
Designer Rebekah Caudwell covered a wall in her Brooklyn bedroom with a Brian Yates floral paper. Photo by Simon Upton

When it comes to patterns, nature will be a major inspiration for designers, who indicated a move toward animal prints and floral motifs. Geometric designs, a favorite last year, will continue to be strong in 2020.


Natural Materials

The Wiseman Group
A Palm Springs bedroom by The Wiseman Group boasts a ceiling made of fir planks.

Nature’s influence extended to favored materials, with 35 percent of respondents predicting that we’ll see more wood in the year ahead. From light to grayed to cerused, the material was a popular choice among designers, who foresaw it being used to “warm up” interiors.


Artisan Creations

Sasha Adler
Sasha Adler designed a custom table to add a touch of glamour to a Chicago dining room.

Creating custom works remains a priority for designers, 55 percent of whom said they would source more artisanal and one-of-a-kind items in the year ahead. As for the artisans themselves, designers tend to work with local makers, seeking individuality in their projects.


More Vintage & Antique Pieces

Jeff Andrews
In an L.A. master bath, Jeff Andrews combined contemporary photographs by David Rodgers with a vintage chandelier.

When it comes to creating a nuanced, layered space, designers aren’t looking to a particular style or era but to an artful mix of vintage and antique pieces with the best of today.

Over the past year, the portion of projects including predominantly vintage and antique items rose from 26 to 32 percent. Modern styles (mid-century, American and Scandinavian) and Art Deco are likely to continue to trend in the year ahead, with savvy designers combining items from a variety of eras to craft interiors that feel collected.


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