Much like fashion, design trends are often cyclical, with obsolete styles coming back reimagined, and 2020 is a banner year for updated repeats. But while 2020’s interior design trends give nods to styles of old, you’ll also see some new ideas emerging from the fold. Let’s take a look at what’s in store for home interior design in the coming year.

Sustainable design

Today’s consumers are eco-conscious, which means their taste in interior design mimics how they feel about the environment. Biophilic design is hot, with more homeowners integrating natural elements and features inside. Believe it or not, indoor gardens and living walls are all the rage, as are skylights and any other features that connect a home’s interior to nature. If you’re not ready to go all-in, consider adding a lot of potted plants to your decor, which will give you the greenery without having to create a dedicated garden space.

Retro is in

Design is harkening back to trends from the 1970s and 1980s, but with an updated look, of course. Ask Gen Xers what interior designs from their youth should stay gone, and you’re likely to hear about the browns, golds, and greens of the 70s and 80s. Guess what’s back in style? You guessed it — natural colors. However, the colors are updated — mustard is now goldenrod and avocado green is now dusty green, but the idea is the same. Natural fibers are back as well.

Head up to the attic and dust off the old macrame planters and wall hangings because fiber art is trending again. Remember when everyone’s basement had wood paneling? Paneling is back, albeit with a modern twist. And who can forget wicker and cane furniture? Both textiles are back and are being used in new ways to create a more modernized effect. We’re digging it.

Country chic

Remember the days when everyone was scrambling to outfit their homes in Laura Ashley designs and when Shabby Chic was all the rage? One of the hot 2020 trends is the resurgence in country chic decor, creating plush, light, and cozy interiors that beg to be lived in. With the uptick in sustainable living, it makes sense that country chic is cool again because many furniture pieces will get saved from thrift and salvage stores and given a new life.


While broad by definition, anything that’s different from what everyone else is doing is popular in 2020. Whether you find a “so ugly it’s pretty” piece at a flea market, or furniture with unique design elements, you’ll be in alignment with this year’s interior design trends. After years of seeing the same styles and elements, people are ready to explore different aesthetics. The world is your oyster here!

What NOT to do

It would be remiss to talk about what’s in without talking about which interior design trends to avoid in 2020. You likely won’t be surprised to learn that wallpaper is on the avoid list, especially if you’ve ever had the privilege of removing it; wallpaper is definitely out. The 1990s want their brass fixtures back, and industrial design has seen enough Edison lightbulbs. Think again before picking out tile for your countertop, and consider doing something installing your microwave somewhere other than over your stovetop. And just because they make stoves in cherry red, doesn’t mean you have to purchase one and rethink overwhelming your bathroom with bold colors and designs.

At the end of the day, you have to be comfortable in your home, but if you’re thinking of selling in the near future, you’d be wise to stick with this year’s design trends. Most of all, have fun creating!