If you’re the nostalgic sort who still remembers the avocado bath suites and sunset artwork of the 1970s fondly, you’re in luck. This year, several big trends are poised to make a comeback, not least that magical pairing of avocado green and harvest gold. But the 70s isn’t the only decade we’ll be revisiting in 2020. From the color schemes of the 1950s to the big sofas of the 1990s, 2020 is the year we say hello to a score of old friends. Here, in no particular order, are the top ten home decor trends making a comeback in 2020.
An all-grey color scheme may have been the height of chic for a while now, but according to Builder, 2020 will be the year we see a return to color. And for many interior designers, it’s not before time. Neutral colors like white, black, and brown still have their place, but rather than dominating our homes completely, they’ll be used as a subtle backdrop to big, bold color combos. Greens, yellows, mustards, and blues… in fact, the only hue unlikely to see a comeback is millennial pink.
2. Naturalist Design
Wooden accents, warm tones, and plenty of greenery… if 2020 is going to be about anything, it’s going to be about the natural. The style started making a comeback in summer 2019, but this year, it’s set to go stratospheric. As Homes.com reports, the colors are warm, cozy, and have both feet planted firmly in nature – picture a palette of creams, browns, greens, reds, and oranges. Wood should be left untreated and raw, with its natural beauty left free to shine. And the greenery should be… well, abundant. Cut flowers, potted plants, living walls – introduce plants however you want, just make sure you do it in force.
3. Mid Century Style
If there are two decades that are going to be particularly big this year, it’s the 50s and 60s. Bright, contrasting colors (with a special fondness for red, orange, vibrant yellow, electric blue, black and white), wooden accents, curvy furniture, and dynamic designs – forgot about minimalism and farmhouse style, 2020 is all about mid-century chic.
4. Small Spaces
For the past few decades, homeowners have been knocking down walls left, right, and center to comply with the fashion for big, open-plan spaces. If you’re as guilty of going overboard with the sledgehammer as the rest of us, get ready to start rebuilding. Open concept rooms have had their day, with 2020 being the year we start re-acquainting ourselves with small, intimate spaces. “I’m finding people miss having cozy, individual spaces that they can call their own or allow for different activities without disruption,” Amy Kartheiser, an interior designer in Chicago, tells Realtor. “Small bathrooms or powder rooms will also be statement-makers through the use of dramatic wallpaper, unusual sinks, and creative lighting.”
5. Burl Wood
Since being consigned to the scrapheap of history somewhere around the mid-2000s, burl wood has been largely forgotten. Besides a few fleeting appearances in ashtrays and bowls, we’ve not seen hide nor tail of the style for the best part of a decade. Prepare for that to change… according to those in the know, it’s about to forge a major resurgence.
Remember that period in the 1990s when brass was the height of fashion? Brass candlesticks, brass doorknobs, brass kettles, brass vases… basically, if you didn’t have at least a dozen brass items hanging around the house, you were no one. Well, it’s back – albeit with a slightly modern twist. Having somehow cast aside the glowing, burnished look of old, brass has re-emerged with a new matte look… and it’s not alone. Metal is big news all around, with experts suggesting the best way to keep things fresh and modern is by mixing as many different tones together as possible. Contrary to popular opinion, brass looks as equally stylish against cooler-toned metals as it does against warmer ones, so feel free to mix it with metals like silver and chrome to your heart’s content.
Odd though it seems, ancient Greek and Roman-inspired statues and busts are going to be big business for 2020. According to She Knows, Etsy has experienced a 7 percent increase in searches for statue or bust planters and vases over the past few months and a 36 percent increase in statues or busts. Who knew the Roman empire would stage a comeback this late in the game?
Black may always be in fashion, but for the last few years, it’s taken a backseat to the all-white interiors that have been the rage. 2020 is the year black comes back with a bang. Whether it’s with inky kitchen cabinets, dusky sofas, striking accent walls, monochrome floor tiles, or eye-catching bathroom suites, the way forward is most defiantly black.
9. Avocado Green and Harvest Gold
If you were around in the 1970s, it’s likely you still remember the color combo of avocado green and harvest gold. Whether it was in the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen, or the bedroom, the magic-duo could be seen EVERYWHERE. And then it disappeared, presumably never to be seen again. Fortunately for those who like a little nostalgia with the interiors, it’s now back. For those who’ve grown used to subtler color pairings, it’s retro appeal might take a bit of getting used to. But get used to it your gonna have to; if the early signs are anything to go by, it’s going to be THE style of 2020.
10. Oversized Furniture
Remember when our sofas used to dominate our living rooms? Well, prepare to revisit the genre of oversized furniture one more time. Big sofas are back, and this time, they’re even bigger. As Pouted reports, the days of prioritizing big, spacious layouts over the style and design of our furniture are gone. In their place is a return to the previously outdated idea of filling our living rooms with mammoth, comfortable sofas fit for a king. Regardless of the style or color you opt for, just make sure that whatever sofa you choose this year is big, bold, and beautiful.