5 Design Trends To Look For In 2020

New year, new trends. We’ve got the scoop from three design professionals on what to expect in the design world in 2020. 

Design by Mendelson Group | Photography by Eric Piasecki.

Mary Maydan, Founder and Principal of Maydan Architects:

Navy | “I can see navy becoming the new gray. We love it as a replacement for dark gray which has become too banal and overused. When looking for a bold color, dark gray is unoriginal and black can be too harsh.

In our recent projects, we frequently used blue as our go-to color to make a statement. Navy blue is classy and chic. It is ideal both as a cool color that instills calmness and as a design statement. It is a great color for a rug, an accent wall or accessories such as throws, pillows and even chaises and poufs.”

“TERRAZZO Natura Seamless Pattern” by Agata Create.

Terrazzo | “The beginning of a trend is somewhat difficult to pinpoint. It’s not like on New Years Day a new trend begins. Trends are somewhat gradual. However, undoubtedly, 2020 is going to be the year of Terrazzo. The terrazzo look will be used from wall coverings to accessories such as pillows, tables, chairs, and wallpapers.

Terrazzo consists of a mixture of pebbles and marble agglomerated with cement. It has a dotted design and each piece is different from the other. Thanks to its durability and inexpensive price, it was the most used material for interior pavement in the 20th century, in houses, offices, and even hospitals. In its original form it came mainly in a subdued color palette of white, gray and earth tones. Now it returns in new eye-catching colors and combinations. At Design Week in Milan, terrazzo was everywhere, with pinks, blues, and other colorful aggregates, not only in its stone form but also in accessories and in materials such as fabric with terrazzo patterns. It is definitely going to be a huge trend in 2020.”

Design by Mendelson Group | photography by Eric Piasecki.

Gideon Mendelson, Founder and Creative Director of Mendelson Group:

Statement Ceilings | “Statement ceilings are a great way to bring detail and visual interest to a room and I think that – more and more – ceilings are not being ignored. Typically ceilings are painted white and left like that, but we see ceilings as an opportunity to create an unexpected statement that adds to the space.

I will often use a color or pattern on the ceiling that compliments an element in the room. For example, a green checkered ceiling that matches the green on the kitchen island ties the room together and makes the space feel that much more special. We like to get creative with the materials that we use on the ceiling – we have used wallpaper, hand-painted designs, or even millwork. Custom hand painting in an office or library can set it apart from the rest of the home – it gives the space its own personality and sparks conversation.”

Dwayne MacEwen, Principal & Creative Director of DMAC Architecture:

Window Treatments | “In 2020, window treatments will emphasize function and shift away from a decorative focus. Aside from design, window treatments offer the obvious: privacy, a connection to the outdoors, and the control of natural light. It’s an important design feature that participates in the overall aesthetic and performance of the room. Acoustical sheers offer the advantages of providing light control, UV protection, privacy and significant sound reduction in a space. They are versatile in complementing the architecture of a space, along with the obvious added benefits.”

Midcentury Modern | “Although I feel that midcentury modern never really went away, there is certainly a resurgence as spaces continue to become more integrated with blurred boundaries between living, working and sleeping. The emphasis is on quality of space, not the quantity of space. This is accomplished by refining the program of the house by making better spaces, not more spaces.

Becoming more popular is the trend of “tiny homes” by doing more with less in terms of multifunctional furniture. Living and common spaces are now convertible into sleeping spaces—having an on demand approach. It is more about refining the program of the house, doing more with the spaces and making better use of the rooms but not creating more rooms or spaces. Today, especially with the younger generation, homebuyers are minimalists and are happy with less. They prefer to have what they don’t have, which is a simpler existence.”

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