Design Trends Moving into 2020
As the long hot summer continues to drain us, especially here in North Texas, we find ourselves inside a lot more than perhaps we'd like. It's been a humid, brutally hot summer. The heat doesn't stop the design world from advancing. Trends for next year have already started to bubble to the surface at the design and builders shows. While we will see a lot of the same home design trends moving into 2020, as we are demanding in 2019, we will see refinement to colors, textures, metals, and soft appearances.
White-On-White Kitchen (with a touch of farmhouse design)
White-on-white has been a design of choice for several years now. We don't seem to be growing tired of it either. White-on-white offers extremely clean lines, with a potential for a minimalist appearance, if desired. If you're a homeowner that's considering a remodel in the next year, or you're looking to buy a new house, ask yourself if you like the classic design of white-on-white. There are many benefits to having a white-on-white kitchen, one of the main benefits of a white-on-white room is that you're able to update the colors around you easily, and likely inexpensively. The kitchen above offers clean lines with a modern farmhouse feel. The brushed brass linear hardware offers a dose of high design elements without being over the top, and if the homeowner grows tired of the brushed brass hardware, swapping that out down the road is relatively easy and inexpensive. Updating chair cushions or changing out light can also add an instant update to a space. White kitchen (and bathrooms) offer a clean canvas allowing you to show off your artistic brush strokes. This kitchen falls into the white-on-white design category, as well as a modern white farmhouse kitchen design.
Modern Farm House Kitchen Designs
Modern White-on-White Farm House
As in the photo above, and the one to the right, both pictures represent versions of a white-on-white modern farmhouse kitchen design. In both kitchens, they use brushed gold hardware on the cabinets, which is very stylish. The kitchens have white on both the upper and lower cabinets, as well as a version of a white countertop. The main differences between the white-on-white meeting modern farmhouse design is the backsplash, lighting, and flooring design options. Both of these spaces fall into white-on-white as well as modern farmhouses, with their own unique spin on how those design styles were interpreted.
Below are some additional examples of kitchens that fall into either white-on-white or modern farm house or both. They all have a play on both design elements, making them unique and interesting spaces to live in.
Not "Matchy-Matchy" Cabinetry
Cabinetry in Different Colors
This design trend has been popular for a couple of years, and it's also not going to be leaving the stage anytime soon. If you're considering a kitchen or bathroom renovation and wondering if you should purchase new cabinets that are different colors, worry not. The trend will be popular for years to come and adds an element of design and creativity that you will enjoy being around for a long time. In the kitchen to the right, they opted for two different colored cabinets to separate spaces within their kitchen, offering a modern, clean aesthetic. Another way to do this is to have the upper cabinets one color, while the lower cabinets are another. Here's a good example of this design choice.
Upper and Lower Cabinets Different Colors (as well as style)
Different Colored Upper and Lower Cabinets
(Left) The power of the blue cabinets on the bottom anchors this kitchen. The kitchen shown falls into a more modern design aesthetic, but this design can also work well in a euro coastal design or a modern farmhouse designed kitchen with a few accessory option changes. (Bottom) Here the cabinets almost fade away into this very clean, modern, minimalist kitchen design.
Brushed Brass | Making a Comeback
It's not what you think. I know you've been in homes circa the 1930s, 1980s and even some 1990s where shiny brass accents were everywhere. Remember the gold enclosures for the showers, well they're just around the corner. Well, maybe not exactly. What is unexpected is that brushed brass is making its way back into our home in subtle ways. We are seeing it in the kitchen on cabinet hardware, mirrors, and lighting in the bathrooms, even accent tables in the bedrooms. What's throwing people,(and I get this question all the time), is what if you're not ready to commit to a full-on brushed brass/gold renovation, but you'd like to add a couple of accent pieces, but worried that the metals won't all match. What then? It's perfectly okay. In today's design, everything needs to play nicely with each other but gone on the "required" days of everything matching. It's perfectly acceptable to have brushed nickel faucets and brush brass hardware in the same space. Gold comes and goes. Versions of gold also come and go. There are very few metals that stand the test of time, decade over decade. If you're in love with the brushed brass, and you should be, as it's gorgeous, don't overdo it. Update something easy like kitchen knobs and hardware, maybe even your kitchen faucet. Live with it for a while. If in a couple of months you're still loving it, keep going. Add a little more, bit by bit until you get the brushed brass balance in your home, and it's just enough to highlight areas of your home without overdoing it.
Play it safe you say? Blue is safe. Blue is such a diverse color that adds depth, whimsy, calm, and creativity to a space. If you're looking for an update, we all know paint is inexpensive and offers a powerful design update to most rooms. Consider blue. I design a lot around blues because blue is universally interesting. There's blue/green, green/blue, baby blue, deep blue, royal blue, grey/blue, blue/grey, white/blue, and blue/white, it goes on forever.
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Adding accent furniture pieces is a fun way to introduce a new color into a space. If you're considering an update and you want to incorporate blue into your design, you're most certainly going to be safe as most colors look good with blue. Don't go so far as to replace your carpet with dark blue carpet or paint every wall navy in your space if you're wanting to try blue out for a spin. Rather, find a blue that you like. One that will blend well with other colors in your home or space. A good way to do this is to get paint chips from your local hardware store. With paint samples, you can tape them to your wall, much like you'd do if you were going to paint a room a new color. You can inspire yourself by finding the perfect blue by placing the paint chips all over the room. Naturally, you will filter out the ones that you don't like, or ones that don't work well with the pieces you intend to keep in the space, like artwork, or a piece of furniture. These staple pieces should balance, accent, or contract with the new color. Don't be afraid to introduce blue into your living space. It can be very fresh, moody, soothing, or even childlike depending on the shade chosen and the room it's going into. Coastal blues are my personal favorites. They fall into the blue/green hues as well as the green/blue hues. The photo above showcases both the green/blue in the vase, as well as the blue/green in the side table.
Hexagon Tile & Patterns
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Hexagon tile is showing up everywhere and will continue to do so well into next year. Hexagon tile is interesting. It also works well with a variety of other tile shapes. We like to use hexagon tile in conjunction with existing wood flooring. This design trend has been prominent for about a year and continue to grow in the design world. If you're wanting to update wood flooring; maybe it's damaged, not a good fit for the room anymore, or for another reason but you don't want to burden the cost of new flooring throughout, there's a great way to keep some of what you already have and add to the design by incorporating new tile, hexagon specifically. Take a look at this photo. This kitchen used to have all hardwood flooring throughout. From the front door to the backdoor. The homeowners wanted to remove the damaged wood flooring while keeping true to the overall design of their home. By removing the old wood flooring strategically, and replacing it with white, large format hexagon tile, the living room, kitchen, and dining rooms all got an instant update. The new flooring is used as a transitional material to bring the two surfaces together seamlessly.
If you've got wood flooring that needs to be updated, consider this look as an alternative to completely removing the old. This requires a professional to cut the exiting wood flooring perfectly to allow the new hexagon Carrara Hexagon Tile tile to fit in place.
What's Old (Could Be) New
What's Old is New
Being an everlasting optimist about all things design, I expect that the upcoming 2020 year will bring more sustainable and greener initiatives into our design world. This requires forward-thinking and seeing what's old is new. Up-cycling and recycling will encourage exquisite style and beauty, without the harmful consequences to precious earth. Try to look at an object in a totally new light. Perhaps before hauling something to the curb, try to (re)imagine it as a different object altogether.
One of the most exciting design elements I predict to be upcoming in 2020 are the innovative experiments of blending unexpected or unusual and new materials together; based on recycling, netting a well-balanced approach between nature, technologies, and overall design.
Bench Made From Old Shipping Pallets
This vintage chair got a facelift. It used to be old, dirty and tattered. It's new owner saw the love and gave this old chair new life.
any young designers, as well as innovative companies, are already experimenting with the usage of forgotten or leftover materials. The usage (and then reuse) of what others consider toss to the curb materials or objects are being seen in everyday designs, with the creative creation of new materials and trends. The usage of natural materials bamboo, reclaimed wood, vintage stone or tile, and distressed metal is making it's way back into our homes with a modern, simplistic approach. Think "reduce, reuse, recycle”.
80's Throw Back
Southwest Style Rug, 1980's
We all knew this was coming at some point, right? The 80's were responsible for some very memorable interior design styles. Remember the craze that brought the southwestern design into our homes? At the time I lived in Scottsdale so the idea of Southwestern design was already entrenched with decorative wooden n. If you're from Texas, having an animal head of some sort hanging on a wall, seems fairly normal. If you're from another part of the country where hanging dead animals around is less acceptable, the 1980's were the exception. I, too, had a ceramic cow head hanging on an entry wall adorned below with an actual Indian rug I picked up at a reservation outside of Santa Fe.
French Country Design
The 80's also brought us "country" or French country design as an entire movement. Some of us had southwestern furniture and accents in our living rooms and a form of country in our bedrooms or our kitchen furniture. For me, the '80s were a very defined type of interior design. We literally sectioned off areas of our homes dedicated to a particular style.
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So what part of the 1980's should we expect to see in the 2020's designer homes? Do you remember the Nagel art days? I do. I remember vividly selecting my first Nagel and hanging it high atop my vaulted living room walls. My Nagel days were sandwiched between my southwestern phase and my country phase, respectively. While I don't expect to see Nagel artwork return in high demand, I do see elements of the modern, clean lines that 1980's clean lines represented, along with the bold color palette that came with it. Brass and Gold were a homage to the 1980's interior designs. We saw gold everywhere. It made its way into our bathrooms, our kitchen, even our living rooms. My first "entertainment" center was actually a gold and glass shelving system.
We will see marble, glass, mirrors, and versions of gold and brass continuing to emerge as the new decade begins. I predict a continuation of the muted tones but gold is not going to vanish from our homes for years to come.
Hidden in Plain Sight
Minimalist Kitchen Aesthetic
This design is not for everyone, but it is a growing trend we see in the design world. For some, having a clean, modern sight line to all areas of the common living spaces is very important. For this design, choosing the right materials is the key. In the photograph above, notice the refrigerator is hidden behind the cabinetry, flush with the doors. The oven is recessed and goes unnoticed in the space. The division of color between dark and light lends to a clean, almost not their appearance.
The kitchen design to the right has a focus of family and community with the large table for eight, while the kitchen itself is almost invisible to the user. Everything is hidden behind a cabinet door or drawer including the dishwasher, pull out oven, and refrigerator. Noting is exposed to take away from the clean lines this client was searching for.
Sleek Modern Kitchen
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