The 2010s are coming to an end, so stash the succulents and farmhouse decor—it’s time to usher in a new decade of design. To find out just what that’ll look like, we asked our House Beautiful Next Wave designers to tell us what trends they’re ready to embrace in 2020, from bold hues and hand-crafted accents to throwback details and classical motifs.
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Over-the-Top Window Treatments
Grab your chintz balloon shades—the ’80s are back. Or at least the preference for ornate window treatments are. “We’re doing a lot more fancy curtains than in the past,” says Jared Hughes, who is a fan of cornices and decorative lambrequins (like the ones he used this sitting room). “It’s a great look in neutrals or solids to give you an interesting feel and pairs well with more clean-lined pieces.”
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Home Silks Hampton Curtains
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Per Hughes, the aughts-era preference for super-basic linens seems to be waning. “I’m seeing more and more clients respond to and want patterned bedding,” he says. “We’re introducing it more in sheets—I like shams and duvet to be white for the sake of clean-ability and bleaching. You can get great inexpensive patterned sheets to try the look out, although obviously I push in the direction of D. Porthault!”
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Demoiselles Red/Blue Elbow Sham
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Time to brush up on your ancient history, says Jean Liu: “Between the Greco Roman-inspired Alta Sartoria collection Dolce Gabbana debuted in Sicily this summer and Luke Edward Hall’s nearly released book Greco Disco, expect Greek and Roman details and motifs to make their way into the world of interior design.”
Pictured: an image from Greco Disco.
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Richard Ginori x Luke Edward Hall Poseidon Porcelain Plate
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Liu also points to an uptick in cannabis-inspired rooms in the wake of expanding marijuana legalization. “From the wellness room by Iris Danker at this year’s Hamptons Holiday House [pictured] to Flavor Paper’s scratch ‘n sniff ‘Cannabliss’ wallpaper, we expect these plants to be making their way into homes across the country,” she says.
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Cannabliss Scented Wallpaper
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William Cullum, a senior designer at Thomas Jayne, is all-in on mosaics. “I think that after touching a slick iPhone, people are craving the texture, patina and age of something that feels firm and permanent,” he explains. (One he created for a client is shown here.) “Mosaics are that: you see them through almost every period of decorative arts, and to me, they connote luxury and whimsy.”
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Blue and White Oval Mosaic Wall Mirror
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“Saffron is a sophisticated hue that looks beautiful when combined with lighter or darker versions of itself, duck egg blue and stronger shades of teal and dark green,” says Chauncey Boothby. “I love it especially in printed and woven textiles and rich paint colors, like Dutch Orange from Farrow & Ball’s new collaboration with the Natural History Museum, London. You could paint a whole room in it or use it sparingly to create lovely little pops of color.”
Pictured: Farrow & Ball’s Dutch Orange.
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“I feel that interiors, much like the beauty market, are trending towards clean and luxe,” says Tharon Anderson, who layered of natural materials in a neutral palette for this living room. “Subtle patterns, textures, and modern shapes, ‘trying but not trying to hard’—sort of a rich-bohemian vibe.”
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Georgica Lounge Chair
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Planning a kitchen or bath reno? Think about bronze hardware, says Tina Ramchandani. “Brass has had its moment, and while it may stick around for a while, clients are asking for bronze finishes, as it’s a little more sophisticated and feels timeless,” she says.
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Riverwood Knobs – Matte Bronze
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“I love art with dimension because it adds an extra layer to the home and it’s a wonderful discussion point,” says Ramchandani, who suggests mixing in textured artworks—like the piece she hung over a client’s Eames chair—with the usual prints and paintings. “That three-dimensional quality really shows that it was designed and made by an actual person.”
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Ablia Wall Hanging
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“I’m seeing my clients take take bolder strides and break the rules more,” says Caroline Rafferty. “In one client’s powder room, instead of staying neutral, the homeowners let us take a risk by enveloping the small space with a dramatic treatment and exploring materials through an integrated sink and countertop. The walls are actually painted black with a bark wallcovering by Weitzner on top.”
Pictured: a powder room designed by Rafferty.
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Aura Bark Wallcovering
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Textured Paint Finishes
Another trend Rafferty is ready to embrace: textured wall finishes. “We’ve been experiencing a return to truly custom and handmade, and I think we’ll see even more of an appreciation for this as we move into 2020,” she explains. “In this bedroom, we used Venetian plaster on the walls, and I think there will be a rising return to paint applications like this that show the hand quality.”
Pictured: a bedroom designed by Rafferty.
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Roman Clay Paint – Salem
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