The Best Interior Design Trends for 2020

Photo: Laura Resen Photography | Design: Jill Egan Interiors

The word “trend” admittedly isn’t my favourite. I much prefer to design a space that feels classic and will stand the test of time, infusing charm and character at every opportunity. Yet I can’t deny the fact that there are certain themes that come and go over the years, and having my finger on the pulse is imperative. Not only does it help keep things fresh, but being well aware of what’s the hottest of hot each year allows me to ensure that nothing I take on is too “on trend”. It allows my work to purposely remain in the classic realm, even if I’ve infused a few more current elements. There are a ton of trends I’m noticing this year, from the resurgence of all things 70’s, to pattern on pattern on pattern (on pattern!), however the following are my personal favourite interior design trends for 2020. The ones that I’d happily incorporate into my work and beyond. 

PS: Check out my interior design trends post for 2019, 2018, 2017 & 2016. While all of them were most definitely in the spotlight that year, I still love the vast majority, which is always a good sign!

[break]1/2 slab backsplashes
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This is the one thing I’ve noticed more frequently than not as of late. Designers far and wide are tossing the classic mosaic or subway tile backsplash in exchange for a slab of stone installed partway up the wall. Not only does it look beautiful, but it makes for a seamless transition, and an easier clean up. In addition, I love that it gives you the opportunity to cap it off with a shallow shelf to display art and other curiosities.

The Best Interior Design Trends in 2020 | lark & linenPhoto: Jake Alexander Arnold
The Best Interior Design Trends in 2020 | lark & linenPhoto: Kelsey Leigh Design Co
The Best Interior Design Trends in 2020 | lark & linenPhoto: Farrow & Ball

[break]muted neutrals
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It’s no secret that neutrals are my kryptonite (they’re just so timeless!) And while on one hand of things the resurgence of bold colours, as well as unexpected colour combinations, is alive and very well this year, on the whole other side of the spectrum, super soft neutrals are also the name of the game. I’m talking a whisper of cream, a desaturated camel, and just the slightest hint of putty. The results are elegant, serene, and simply beautiful. 

The Best Interior Design Trends in 2020 | lark & linenPhoto: Stoffer Photography | Design: Kate Marker Interiors
The Best Interior Design Trends in 2020 | lark & linenPhoto: Annie Hyrefeldt via Coco Lapine Design
The Best Interior Design Trends in 2020 | lark & linenPhoto: Timothy Godbold

[break]burled wood
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The perfect combination of rustic meets glamorous, burled wood is making a huge resurgence this year, and I’m all for it. I love that it’s perfectly imperfect, adding just the right amount of warmth, character, and interest to a space. 

The Best Interior Design Trends in 2020 | lark & linenPhoto: Jean Stoffer Design
The Best Interior Design Trends in 2020 | lark & linenPhoto: McGee & Co
The Best Interior Design Trends in 2020 | lark & linenPhoto: David Tsay Photography | Design: Alexander M. Reid for Jenni Kayne

[break]reeded glass
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From shower enclosures, to kitchen cabinets, to light fixtures and beyond, reeded glass is having a big moment right now and I secretly can’t get enough. It’s a great option to consider if you’re looking for a hair of privacy, without blocking any light. And I love that it effortlessly infuses a textural element into a space, which is always a design must. 

The Best Interior Design Trends in 2020 | lark & linenPhoto: Hammer & Spear
The Best Interior Design Trends in 2020 | lark & linenPhoto: Elizabeth Roberts
The Best Interior Design Trends in 2020 | lark & linenPhoto: Blakes London

[break]natural materials

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While natural materials typically cost more, I have noticed a lot of clients vying for quality over quantity these days, and are optioning to splurge on more timeless elements when it comes to their homes. Marble and limestone countertops and sinks, brick facades, hand thrown pottery, and reclaimed wood beams are abundant, and I’m fully on board. 

The Best Interior Design Trends in 2020 | lark & linenPhoto: Jill Egan Interiors
The Best Interior Design Trends in 2020 | lark & linenPhoto: Tina Rich Design
The Best Interior Design Trends in 2020 | lark & linenPhoto: Jean Stoffer Design

 

There you have it! The best interior design trends for 2020, as far as I’m concerned. I’d love to know if there’s anything you’re noticing these days yourself.