7 Trends We’re Excited For in 2020

With 2020 less than two weeks away, it’s time to take a look at trends that we can’t wait embrace. It will be a new year with new projects and new ways to tell a story for our clients using what we love most: Interior Design.

1) Retro style & Art Deco

You know what they say, everything comes back in style. High-waisted jeans, chokers, scrunchies, round-rimmed glasses? YES to all. Even chunky sneakers that were previously deemed “the dad shoe,” have somehow made a comeback (we’re not judging – but seriously who would have called that?).

The same can be said for interior design styles! Art Deco is defined by modern elements, rich color, bold shapes, geometrics, luxury, and glamour. Basically, it means A LOT of things – and we’re excited to incorporate this eclectic trend into new designs. It will manifest as velvet upholstery, bold colored accents, rounded furniture, and geometric patterns.

2) Wallpaper

Although wallpaper has been gaining traction in recent years, we are even more excited about it for 2020. Wallpaper used to be that thing that everyone wanted to remove and replace with paint. Now it’s seen as a way to take a design risk or to add interest to a room.

Just as the trend has evolved, so has the inventory that’s available to designers, homeowners, and apartment dwellers everywhere. When I thought about wallpaper in the past, I immediately thought of dated florals and difficult colors. But now you can basically skip the art on an entire wall and just use wallpaper as a giant accent. From gold tones to geometric patterns to animal print to modern florals – you can pretty much find anything.

3) Black and white photography

If you’ve ever seen our portfolio you know we love a good modern art piece or oil painting. Although black and white photography is not something new, it can be bold move to use them when you’re designing for someone else. However, with all the new trends we have seen, we have also noticed that clients have been welcoming bolder design elements than ever before. They can also be a great tool for telling a story – which is one thing we will always love.

4) Natural Wood Tones and Wood Accent Pieces

Dark wood tones and reclaimed wood have been a crowd favorite for years. This year and next year, however, we are seeing the new trend of lighter, more natural wood tones take the stage. In the past, natural wood seemed unfinished and disconnected. Fast-forward to now and it’s the perfect accent for several types of design styles such as: Biophilic Design, Minimalist Design, Scandinavian Design, and anything with clean lines and a simple aesthetic. Not only does it make a great accent, but it also makes a great art piece.


5) Bringing the Outdoors Inside

As tech dominates our world, people are more and more interested in reconnecting with nature. What’s better than bringing this idea to life in your own home? Sometimes known as Biophilic Design in the building industry, this trend is all about bringing the outdoors inside.

For city dwellers, we like to call this style “Urban Naturalist.” It’s the concept of highlighting an active life style and being able to connect with nature through design elements.

6) Earth tones

Earth tones are another trend that we are not letting go of in 2020. Lighter, more neutral shades of green, red, yellow, blue, and brown are so fun to play with for several reasons. Not only do they complement each other when used correctly, but they also bring comfort and calmness to a space. They’re also a great way to incorporate elements of nature into a space. We are most excited to play with subdued blues, terracotta, pale golds, warm greys, and shades of beige.

7) Dark accent walls

For the majority of our projects, our Interior Designers specify an accent wall color to go with their designs. Since most apartment complexes have their apartments painted in some form of light grey or beige, an accent wall brings a little something extra to the design. The colors are usually on the lighter side and complement the selections in each room.

This year, we can’t wait to incorporate dark and bold accent walls. They make a statement and add drama to a room while also not being too overpowering. Depending on furniture, artwork and textiles, dark accent walls can also be a great way to add contrast and depth to a design.

What design styles are you most excited to embrace in 2020? What styles do you wish would disappear? Drop a comment below!

Lauren Ebstein

Lauren Ebstein is Model55's Multifamily Sales Coordinator. With a background in property management, Lauren is passionate about how leasing teams work together and build relationships with their residents.

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