In: Grandmillenial Style
In: Vintage Maximalism
“Classicism is back! Busts and Grecian details add the perfect perspective to any contemporary vignette. Embrace these time-honored elements without taking them too seriously—playfulness is the perfect final touch.” — Rayman Boozer of Apartment 48
In: Classical Interiors
“As we move into a new decade you will see a return to the classics. Interiors free from the rigor of the prevailing modern taste. Life is tough enough as it is, does your sofa need to be too?” — Kevin Isbell of Kevin Isbell Interiors
In: Mixing the Old and the New
In: Antiqued Landscape Tapestries
“Tapestries are perfect as a focal point for a room. These beautiful Belgian verdure tapestries are inspired by idyllic landscapes and bring the beautiful colors of the outdoors to the inside of a home. Their muted palette of greens blues and neutrals provide the inspiration for the colors and textures of the entire room.” — Brooke & Steve Giannetti of Giannetti Home
In: Trompe L’Oeil
“Trompe l’oeil is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions. Forced perspective is a comparable illusion in architecture. As we move away from traditional modernism, there’s been a continuing return of figurativism in visual arts, and with it, we’re also moving into more organic forms in furniture. Classical ornamentalism is having a very good moment, and I think this will become more mainstream in 2020.
I’m personally thrilled to see this revival because trompe l’oeil is one of my favorite design movements! It borrows from neoclassical ornamentalism and has most recently manifested through the guise of postmodern design, which we’ve seen in the furniture of Robert Venturi, Garry Knox Bennett, and Piero Fornasetti, among others. It’s been most recently represented in the collective works of several contemporary furniture designers and in the visual arts. I think we can expect to see a lot more of this come forward in ceramics, furniture design, and textiles.”—Cat Snodgrass from Bi-Rite Studios, a New York–based 20th-century and contemporary design store
In: Bold Monochromatics and Jewel Tones Continue
“Monochromatic does not have to be pale. Colors like Cobalt Blue, Kelly Green, or even Aubergine can evoke monochromatic in a daring way, that’s full of personality and elegance.” — Jonathan Rachman of Decorist
In: Washing A Room in One Paint Color
“When you’re contending with lots of millwork, coating the walls, ceiling and trim all in the same shade makes the room feel chic and enveloping.” — Julie Massucco Kleiner and Melissa Warner Rothblum of Massucco Warner
In: Dark Painted Doors
Out: Industrial Design
“The world is harsh and cold enough these days, so people are looking for spaces that nurture and envelope them. They want rooms that let them sink into the important things in life, and that doesn’t necessarily include Edison bulbs!” — Scot Meacham Wood of Decorist
In: Earth Tones
“Say goodbye to the cool tones that have ruled for so many years. Shades of chocolate brown, wine, olive green, and yellow ochre are all taking over in homes. We love substituting these warm, natural colors for a neutral on the sofa or walls.” — Marika Meyer of Meyer Interiors
This color palette is also continued from last year with Sherwin Williams Cavern Clay.
Out: Granite Countertops
“Granite countertops are a thing of the past. Quartz is a great alternative to granite or marble because of its durability and ease of maintenance. The new styles of quartz often mimic marble so well that for some it’s hard to distinguish one from the other.” — Lonni Paul of Lonni Paul Design
In: Faux Marble
“In 2020 we are going to see a big shift of people using faux marbles (porcelains and man-made materials) on their kitchen countertops. Not many people want to deal with the upkeep of a real stone.”
— Hilary Matt of Hilary Matt Interiors
Out: All White Kitchens
“Although we’re seeing less and less of the sterile white kitchen, I think the coming year will put the final nail in that coffin. While great if you are performing a quick appendectomy, they’re far less exciting as clients move towards more personality and color in their homes. Perhaps I tossed those 1970’s avocado appliances a bit too quickly.” — Kevin Isbell of Kevin Isbell Interiors
According to John McDonald, who is the founder and CEO of Semihandmade, the iconic white kitchens we’ve been seeing so much of will be slowly phased out in favor of two-tone kitchens instead. “From clients, we’re seeing a pretty even mix of two colors (black base and white uppers is common), along with blending wood with color to either lighten what otherwise might be a rustic feel, or to add a bit of pop (like on an island),” he says.
In: Bold Black and White
“High contrast black and white is such a dynamic duo. While versatile, I prefer a bold pattern, like Art Deco ziggurat tile, for a little drama. The emotional response is immediate and the look remains timeless.” — Laura Umansky of Laura U Interior Design
In: Ceiling Envy
At last, there is interest in paying attention to the ceiling.
Nothing adds more luxury than a velvet sofa. Whether it is the antique piece that creates your personal statement or a soft and large sectional, velvet is IN.
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