by Kristina Domitrovich // photos by Lindsay Pace
I don’t think I have to tell anyone this, but the world we’re living in is a pretty crazy place. Because of that, it’s important to have a place to call home; and that place needs to feel like, well, an actual home. These safe havens are nothing to knock on, and should be a place of comfort and relaxation. Luckily, design trends are starting to curve that way in 2020.
Out with the drab, bring in the fab
To replace traditional neutrals, in stomps an array of colors like earthy and jewel tones (particularly blues like navy). You may think these colors are too bold to be a new neutral; well, hold your hats, it’s about to get crazy: go for a bold monochromatic look. I’m talking a bright sofa with matching walls. Do something crazy. With accent walls on their way out (if you like a bold color enough to paint one of the walls, why not splash it on all four), daringly dive into the bold look.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it one hundred times: 2020 is the year of the tassel. While you’re at it, pay special attention to collecting varying textures. And that reminds me, what lived-in home has karate-chopped pillows? A chopped pillow is a punch-in-the-gut reminder of past thoughts that designs can be seen but not touched and enjoyed. A pillow should be welcoming and comforting, not a static, cold-shoulder reminder that a home is not in fact a home, but a design floor instead.
Ease into your safe haven
2020 focuses on lived-in features; an on-trend home no longer has to look like a museum. That means you can bring down that box of memories from the attic to find your perfect balance of new and old – personal touches that tell a story about you, where you’ve been and your personality / preferences. This lends way to the accepting of maximalism. Opposite to minimalism, maximalism capitalizes on the collection of things. Think: bold colors, bold shapes and styles, and “more is more.” Having a tastefully “cluttered” bookshelf or coffee table is no longer something to scoff at. So long as the items are a collection of well-curated things, these little clumps of fun items should be in the clear.
Bring the outside in, and make it shiny
Focus on bringing wooden elements into your home. Pair it with a lot of live greenery and a few metallic accents, and you’re par for the course.