Top 8 Home Design Trends for 2020

Welcome in the twenties with a fresh new space! It’s a new year, and a new decade, so we spoke to Houzz to learn all about the top design trends for 2020.

Houzz is the leading platform for home renovation and design, and this year they’re predicting a few big changes. This year could bring an end to the ‘official’ kitchen area, and we could see the rise of metal-clad homes.

Trend # 1 – A good kitchen should be used, but not seen

Kitchens are the most popular rooms to renovate, and according to Houzz research, in 2020 they will continue to evolve. Only, instead of being the centre of households, kitchens will transform their design to better blend into our lifestyles.

“We’re starting to see on Houzz that contemporary kitchens are beginning to integrate small touches of furniture-like elements that reflect the rest of a home’s more personalised decor,” said a Houzz spokesperson.

“At the extreme end, we will see kitchens that disappear completely into bespoke cabinetry, so all their functionality is hidden away when not in use.”

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Trend # 2 – The rise of the study nook

Once upon a time, leftover space in a renovation was worked into extra bench space or a pantry. Now instead, homeowners are choosing to build integrated study nooks, kitchenettes, and banquettes.

Trend # 3 – Soft curves and arches

Technology is constantly advancing, and recent changes have allowed architects to begin challenging structural boundaries. In 2020, Houzz says we will see homes with architecture that embraces softness and feminity. Think curved walls, circular windows and arches.

“Curves and arches will emerge as an interior design trend in big ways next year…curves add a feminine touch and create softness in spaces otherwise filled with hard surfaces.”

Trend # 4 – Terrazzo benches and homewares

A composite material that can be formed from chips of marble, quartz or glass, terrazzo is gaining traction. With an increase of 28% more searches on Houzz in 2019, it’s popularity is on the rise, and we’ll begin to see it popping up in more places.

“In the new year, we can expect to see it used in benchtops & homewares, with the chips becoming larger and colourways becoming bolder.”

Trend # 5 – Metal cladding

Sustainability has been the word of the month for a while now, so it makes sense that design trends for 2020 are predicting a greater need for thoughtful materials.

“One of the biggest trends on Houzz, [is] the rise of metal cladding. With recent issues with combustible materials, already we are seeing professionals on Houzz readjust to these new demands.”

“So goodbye rendered brickwork and timber slats and hello copper, zinc and steel.”

Trend # 6 – Natural neutrals and poppy blues

Beiges, stones, earthy browns, and soft eucalyptus greens will be strong interior colours for 2020, following their popularity during 2019. But it won’t only be the neutrals on show, with some poppy colours also taking a stake when it comes to design trends for 2020.

“There is some solace for those that love colour. Our colour professionals on Houzz tell us that strong colours with added shading will be on-trend, such as merlot, peacock blue and spicy pink.”

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Trend # 7 – Bio-friendly homewares

According to the 2019 Houzz & Home Australia study, amongst renovating homeowners, the importance of integrating ‘green’ materials is increasing.

“Concern about climate change, sustainability, the harm of single-use plastic and environmental pollution will push professionals to innovate even more in the years ahead, developing new recycled and recyclable materials for homewares & decor.”

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Trend # 8 – Soothing homes

Home elements that help sustain wellbeing will continue to grow in popularity in 2020. This means lamps that adjust their intensity according to the circadian rhythm, decor that integrates plants, soothing palettes, and low-VOC paints.

“Many designers and homeowners [are already introducing] natural light from windows and skylights; exterior views and access to nature; and using water sources as fountains, ponds and water features, that can be seen, heard and touched.”

Another technique to brighten bleak spaces is using mirrors to project natural light, evoking a happier mood.