Along with Pantone’s Colour Of The Year, 2019 wrapped with a stacked forecast of emerging home trends to rule interiors in 2020. The data-savvy likes of Etsy, Pinterest, and Google consulted the most searched terms over the past year to craft an interior-design crystal ball. Although lengthy, the resulting list of the 18 top trends blends into a unified snapshot of home styles that feel both familiar and refreshing.
From a rise in sustainably sourced pieces (vintage quilts and upcycled plastic art) to a continued focus on clean minimalism (Japanese-inspired accents and feng shui plant-filled rooms) and even modern prairie fare (rustic-chic made from natural materials), the predicted home trends ahead are all buildable staples that radiate with reimagined intention.
Scroll on to shop our suggestions for an accessible way to incorporate each of the design styles into your New-Year space.
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Ocean Trash Art
Pinterest saw a 39% increase in ocean pollution turned art for those looking to decorate with sustainable intention in 2020.
With each purchase of this multicoloured picture-sculpture wheel, crafted by a UK artist from bits of hand-collected Cornish beach plastic, a donation is made to the Marine Conservation Society.
Smartielidsonthebeac Small Colour Wheel Created From Beach Plastic, $, available at Etsy Small Colour wheel created from Cornish beach plastic, $, available at Etsy
According to Google, a top-search term in 2019 was “farmhouse-style home” an interior-design tactic characterised by the mix of wood and steel pieces with neutral cream tones and bold bright hues.
It’s a familiar and comforting look that’s gained mainstream trend status as a chic-family style from the likes of Joanna and Chip Gaines’ exclusive Target line, Hearth & Hand with Magnolia, to actual thrifted former farmhouse pieces like baskets and wooden boxes.
Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Metal & Wood Accent Bench, $, available at Target
Similar to farmhouse style, but more subtle: one of Google’s top trends, “prairie style home,” is a look best described as minimal but warm.
The simple style can be achieved by investing in pieces that are crafted from natural materials (like wood, stone, or leather) and accented with clean geometric patterns or lines.
Maisons Du Monde Rattan Wicker Armchair, $, available at Maisons Du Monde
Thrifted Home Decor
Another sustainable home trend that was up a whopping 308% in 2019 according to Pinterest, is thrifted home pieces. Buying gently used or prime-for-restoration pieces is an eco-friendly way to add thoughtful character accents to your space.
Etsy is a treasure trove for second-hand finds, like this darling vintage quilt that’s just waiting to be draped over your sofa or bedspread.
BellamyJeanLtd Vintage Kantha Quilt, $, available at Etsy
Sensing a theme? Second-hand is going to be big in 2020 (up 364%, according to Pinterest) with a continued rise in French-antiques think patinated mirrors, farm-style linens, and ornamental kitchen accents.
Purchased from a French restaurant supply house that’s been around since the 1950s, these vintage breadboards were crafted from reclaimed wood in the 1970s and will make one epic serving platter for your blossoming charcuterie game.
ChaseVintage Vintage Reclaimed Wood Cheese Board, $, available at Etsy
Up 104% on Pinterest, 2020’s garden rooms are what plant ladies’ decor dreams are made of just be sure to brush up on your green thumb prowess before starting your own apartment jungle.
Patch Bertie Fern Plant, $, available at Patch
Modern minimalists were part of the top-searched “Japanese style house” crew on Google in 2019 and whether you want to channel this interior trend by Marie Kondo-ing your space or purchasing a traditional Japanese decor piece, the overall home vibe is a less is more approach.
Start small by cleaning up your bedside and illuminating it with this washi paper lantern that’s handmade in Japan.
sentou Red Akari 1A Table Lamp, $, available at Trouva
Feng Shui Decor
This traditional Chinese practice of creating environmental harmony saw a 137% increase on Pinterest in the last year and one simple way to achieve is by accenting your space with a lucky bamboo plant that according to feng shui principles, “will bring positive energy into a home, office or wherever its placed.”
Coopers Of Stortford Bamboo Potted Plant, $, available at Coopers Of Stortford
Indoor Water Fountain
Another Pinterest trend tied to feng shui? Indoor water fountains were up 917% as soothing home accents that serve as self-care for you and your space.
Foreside Home & Garden Ceramic Flower Fountain, $, available at Wayfair
Although it sounds vague, transitional home style (a top-searched Google trend) is actually a pointed and strategic design tactic that blends the traditional with the contemporary.
A popular transitional-style piece is a sofa or chair that pairs a traditional clean structure with a rich and modern fabric or finish like this sharp sofa covered in blue velvet.
Maisons Du Monde Royal Blue 3-Seater Sofa Bed, $, available at Maisons Du Monde
Etsy reported a 7% increase in searches for colour blocking over the last few months of 2019 stating that the retro-inspired style is, “all about pairing unconventional colourways and adding instant personality to any room.”
If you’re not into going full-bold inside your space, try dipping a toe into the trend by opting for a bright blocked throw pillow.
Made Huasteca Embroidered Cushion, $, available at Made
This 1920s modernised style is still holding strong at the top of the Google-search ranks in 2019 and we’re loving the idea of layering it as a sharp, statement piece inside our spaces.
Made Delia King Size Bed, $, available at Made
Not quite yellow, not quite green this lively citrus saw a 12% increase on Etsy and is predicted to continue its popularity rise through the new year as a colour, “known for increasing energy, encouraging unconventional thinking, and evoking feelings of growth and harmony.”
Get an energised start to each morning by bedding down with the buzzy hue in this chartreuse-drenched natural linen duvet cover.
Etsy Chartreuse Linen Duvet Cover, $, available at Etsy
Sure, we might not be able to purchase our very own Spanish villa but we can still get in on a piece of the top-Google trend action. To achieve the stucco, clay, and wrought-iron details of this home-style on a smaller scale, try investing in an easy pack of peel-and-stick tile decals.
Urban Outfitters Orion Adhesive Floor Tile Set, $, available at Urban Outfitters
Or, purchase a pack of the real-deal stuff because Pinterest echoed Google’s forecast of Spanish style (specifically baos) taking off 309% at the close of 2019. And we’re on board with transforming even just a wall inside our tiny apartment bathroom into a tiled villa escape.
Topps Tiles Berkeley Tiles, $, available at Topps Tiles
Colonial home style, as predicted by Google, will continue to boom into 2020. The graceful, yet hearty American Colonial-style furniture has accents of European polish but the bones of indigenous woods and utility for longlasting use.
Safavieh American Homes Collection Spindle Back Bench, $, available at Amazon
Cape Cod Style
Another riff on charming rustic but with a maritime twist, Google’s top-searched “Cape Cod-style” delivers home accents that could have been plucked from a cottage nestled on a seaside cliff.
If you can’t hang painted wooden shutters, try bringing the beach to your space by incorporating a knitted throw blanket in cloudy greys or a jute rug braided with sea-glass blue hues.
Safavieh Cape Cod Collection Handwoven Jute Area Rug, $, available at Amazon
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