With 2020 well underway, I’ve found myself predicting how the design space will shift this year and beyond. Whether it’s the latest in color tones, furniture shapes, or styling pieces, there’s no shortage of inspiration to gather both online and off, and it’s admittedly easy to feel overwhelmed by the ever-changing trends.
While my work always shys away from fads, I do draw inspiration from popular design movements I believe will stand the test of time. Think quality craftsmanship, vintage treasures, neutral layering, and more.
If you’re on the hunt for some ‘trending’ inspiration to spark your next project, I’m walking through my favorite popular design features along with ideas to pull them off!
HARDWARE WITH AN EDGE
I’m happy to report that basic (and let’s face it, boring) hardware selections are officially a thing of the past. Today, hardware options are truly endless and can help to elevate any piece with a custom look and feel. Alongside the ever-popular brass selections, I’m convinced interesting elements like leather, wood, and stoneware will make a big appearance in hardware this year.
While there’s a time and place for the big box stores, it’s the small craftsman makers I truly love to shop. This year, I can’t wait to watch the spotlight shift to small makers doing incredible work as handmade pieces become more in-demand than ever. No surprise, I can always count on my favorite small makers to produce with the highest quality, creating pieces that take any space from ordinary to interesting, layered, and timeless. Make sure to be following on Instagram for my latest Esty faves from independent makers.
As a call back to decades past, curve-shaped pieces are having a big moment, and quite frankly, I can’t get enough. Not only do rounded pieces add tons of visual interest, but they work to soften the clean lines of any modern space. This year I’m ready to see curve silhouettes featured in everything from seating to coffee tables, lighting, and more.
EARTH TONES EVERYWHERE
Bright, white, and modern interiors have certainly had their time in the sun, but lately, I’ve loved seeing more earth tone moments come onto the scene. With tones like mushroom, terracotta, and olive quickly are on the rise, I’m convinced these neutral, earthly palettes are the perfect way to add balance and warmth.
MIX-AND-MATCH WOOD TONES
Gone are the days of matchy-matchy vibes, as design enthusiasts in 2020 shift towards a more mismatched look—particularly in wood tones. While it can definitely feel intimidating to start, mixing up your wood tones can actually be the secret sauce to pull a room together for an effortlessly curated aesthetic.
Over the past several years, vintage pieces have found their way into the world of modern living as interior designers take a fresh approach to mix the old with the new. From rugs to artwork, furniture, and more, layering with vintage pieces always brings an element of character and interest. Plus, buying vintage means reducing our consumer footprint, which is one trend I can get behind 100%.