Whether it’s the
latest runway looks or Pantone’s Color of the Year (everyone on board with Classic Blue?), we can’t resist the voyeuristic appeal of finding out what’s new and buzzy. Click through to see some of the trends House & Home’s design editors are predicting will be popping up in a room near you. Plus, see more 2020 trends in our January issue, on newsstands now.
There is something balletic — if not outright grand — about an arched doorway. If a room needs some grace, add an arch (it doesn’t always have to be architectural — arched mirrors are also having a renaissance). It echoes a host of heady architectural styles such as Spanish Revival, Moroccan and other faraway destinations.
Photographer: Alex Lukey
Source: House & Home April 2019
Designer: Erin Feasby & Cindy Bleeks, Feasby & Bleeks Design
The age of “grandmillennial” style — better known as “grandma chic” — is influenced by classic taste makers like Billy Baldwin and Sister Parish (and is currently getting major play in the lush Santa Barbara sets of Netflix’s
). It’s all about mixing florals and stripes in a array of scales. Not sure how to pull it off? Start with coordinating drapery and toss cushions. The Politician
Photographer: Virginia Macdonald
Source: House & Home May 2019
Designer: Tommy Smythe and Lindsay Mens Craig, Sarah Richardson Design
Custom built-in details transforms dead space into dedicated storage space. In this
white and wood kitchen, a handy cooktop adjacent niche keeps essential oils and tools within reach.
Photographer: André Rider
Source: House & Home October 2019
Designer: Sandrine Lucier & Anne Tremblay with Yolaine Lecomte-Allègre, LT Intérieurs; Architecture by Jad Salem, Salem Architecture
This freewheeling stroke of genius mimics a hand-drawn look, even when mass produced. Look for this trend to continue strong in 2020 as brushstroke patterns lend a unique personal signature to a room. Kelly Wearstler’s
Channels wallpaper looks like it was painted with a generous brush and an artist’s assured hand.
Photographer: Stacy Brandford
Source: House & Home February 2016
Designer: Allison Willson, Sarah Richardson Design
Cut the sweetness of millennial pink and its candy-hued
confrères with a hit of brown. Farrow & Ball’s Setting Plaster Pink perfectly encapsulates the new earthy pastels for livable spaces with a grown up, historic look.
Photographer: Courtesy of Farrow & Ball
“Everyone loves a window seat,” says designer Brian Gluckstein, giving his celeb endorsement of a breezy perch he designed for the
2018 Princess Margaret Showhome‘s kitchen. This quaint feature saves space and gets up close and personal with a lovely garden view.
Photographer: Angus Fergusson
Source: House & Home October 2018
Designer: Brian Gluckstein
The reigning triumvirate of marble: Statuario, Calacatta and Carrara, may have their crowns toppled in 2020 — or at least pushed off kilter. There’s a thirst for more chromatic marble that aligns with the greater desire for
more color everywhere in the home.
Photographer: Donna Griffith
Source: House & Home December 2013
Designer: Ray Murakami
Tiny houses, container boxes, petite trailers and all sorts of small housing alternatives are big news for their sustainability. These alternatives prove you don’t need a lot to live well, and make a compelling case for leaving a lighter environmental footprint. For those who need just a bit more breathing room, Canadian firm DROP Structures‘ prefab structures function as cabins, studios or guest suites, and can be customized with small washrooms and micro kitchens.
Photographer: Courtesy of DROP Structures
This approach to tiling — inspired by Spanish architect Patricia Urquiola — isn’t about staying inside the lines, so skip the prescribed repeats and mix tiles with abandon for a spontaneous feel.
Photographer: Alex Lukey
Source: House & Home June 2015
Designer: Jill Kantelberg
We’ve moved beyond chair seats to explore a new place for cane embellishment. It gives furniture worldly, well-traveled flair that recalls beach houses and upscale tropical hotels. Cane brings dimension and interest to the cabinet doors (left).
Photographer: Valerie Wilcox
Source: House & Home August 2017
Designer: Kai Ethier and Jennifer Koper
Chunky Pedestal Dining Tables
Tables are getting grounded with substantial bases, and the benefit is clear: it’s a sculptural way to support the top. A pedestal base also means that diners’ limbs won’t need to jostle for space between the table legs.
Photographer: Colin Way
Source: House & Home October 2015
Designer: James McIntyre
Spurred by the popularity of Jean Royère’s Polar Bear sofa and the Brazilian
Campana Brothers, whose furnishings look like animal hybrids or fish, there is a major interest in pieces that resemble fantastical beasts. We predict many homeowners will be adopting from a menagerie of whimsical influences in 2020.
Photographer: Janis Nicolay
Source: House & Home May 2014
Designer: McCarthy Hinder
Mesh & Perforations
In 2020, it’s all about greater transparency — and texture. Designers are playing hide and seek with materials, punching out negative space with mesh and perforated pieces for furnishings and fabrics that have an inherently airy quality.
Photographer: Alex Lukey
Source: House & Home October 2014
Designer: Danielle Nicholas Bryk
Black Lacquer Furniture
We love the glossy depth imparted by black lacquer, and the fact that everything this finish touches (including these Chippendale chairs) looks instantly more high end.
Photographer: Michael Graydon
Source: Special Interest Best Decorating 2012
Designer: Jacqueline Corea
Plaster Wall Finishes
This delicately detailed plaster wall is a one-off work of art, but we’ve noted the trend towards a suede-like effect from paint finishes that mimic the chalky, matte and hand-applied texture of plaster.
Photographer: Alex Lukey
Source: House & Home March 2017
Designer: Samantha Farjo
A Single Standout Sconce
Sconces are often found in pairs, balancing a handsome mirror or a bed. Now we are seeing them break up and strike out on their own; they just need to have plenty of presence so they don’t become wallflowers. Here’s to the single life.
Photographer: Tracey Ayton
Source: House & Home June 2013
We know they got a bad rap for looking dusty and desiccated, but the new dried florals are bolder and less about preserving memories than celebrating the unique properties of plant matter at every stage in its life cycle. In this breezy arrangement, branches of eucalyptus retain their fragrance while branches add a sculptural note.
Photographer: Hans Blomquist
Source: Inspired by Nature
by Hans Blomquist, 2019,
Ryland Peters & Small
It’s time for a round up. Curved, puffy and bulbous shapes are rolling out in a big way in 2020. Look for chubby sofas, chair and ottomans that look so full they are about to burst: no one is willing to take a hard line here.
Photographer: Stacey Brandford
Source: House & Home January 2018
Smoky and warm as a glass of whiskey, amber glass lights are a mellow alternative to clear. The Dark Emperor marble base in this special edition glass light designed by Established & Sons for
Twentieth sets off the amber Venetian glass for a luscious medley of natural materials.
Photographer: Nick Rochowski
Special Lighthouse Edition, price available upon request,
The grooviness of the 1970s lives on with artisanal ceramics — think loopy illustrations with an emphasis on flowers and flourishes. To capture the vibe of vintage pieces, look for a palette of glazes pulled from nature, leaning heavily on grass greens, daffodil yellows and rich blues, plus harvest golds, brown and orange.
Wanderlust Collection — Iberian Journey Ceramic Salad/Dessert Plate, $38,