Home decor trends: What’s NOT hot in 2020

Last week, my husband and I went to a fundraiser with a 1980s
theme. We saw lots of big hair, padded shoulders, leg warmers and
huge dangly earrings — and that was just my costume.

We laugh now, but we lived through that go-big, “Bonfire of
the Vanities” era. Back then, the looks weren’t so funny,
because they were, well, in style.

Over the years, I’ve learned that the rise and fall of
what’s hot and not is mostly Madison Avenue marketing attempting
to sell us new stuff. Classic design with timeless appeal — not
the trend du jour — is what you want, especially in your home.
But every January, trend spotters put out their annual trend lists
of what’s hot and what’s not and — confession! — I guiltily
gobble up the reports like good gossip.

So after reviewing several 2020 lists, which I’m, ahem,
required to do as a professional, I pulled out half a dozen looks
ready to go the way of the floppy disk. Here’s my not-hot list,
along with what designers suggest you try instead.

OUT: Farmhouse, cottage, nautical and
rustic-modern looks. These styles are so last decade, according to
designers at Living Spaces, a California-based furniture retailer,
and Fixr, an online resource for home remodelers.

“People liked these rustic, shabby looks at first because you
don’t have to work hard to maintain them,” say Fixr interior
design expert Sarabeth Asaff South, “but the look can be a little
too worn. Homeowners are finding there’s a fine line between
comfortable and rundown.”

Instead, South suggests trying the cleaner lines of mid-century
modern styles.

My opinion: Farmhouse, cottage, nautical and rustic looks are
always in style if you have a farmhouse, cottage, beach house or
rustic cabin. Anywhere else they look contrived. Design for where
you live.

OUT: Mason jars and pallet art. As the
farmhouse and cottage looks wind down, they’re taking mason jars
and pallet art — artwork on recycled wood — with them,
according to Living Spaces’ 2020 home décor trend report, based
on data from Google Trends. Interest in mason jars has fallen 40
percent since its 2015 peak; and pallet art interest has dropped 56
percent from its 2015 high.

Instead, move toward minimal with cleaner-lined cylinder vases,
and art that shows a lot of canvas and puts the emphasis on
negative space.

(That said, I still like a bouquet of daisies in a mason jar on
the kitchen table and I always will.)

OUT: Rose gold. The metal’s pink undertones
limit how and where you can use it, say Living Spaces experts.
Plus, if you get a rose-gold faucet and a rose-gold light fixture
from different makers, the finishes likely won’t match, South

Instead, “people are swinging back to chrome,” South says.
“Chrome is easy to clean, impervious to most household chemicals
and surprisingly durable. Plus chrome always matches.”

OUT: Gray. After a long ride, gray is finally
fading. In a recent survey, Fixr found that 80 percent of designers
said gray was either completely over or waning. According to Elle
Décor, restrained, monochromatic gray-on-gray interiors are
passé. However, South adds, the lag between what designers say and
what homeowners do can be two to three years.

Instead, move toward warm, brownish grays or go for a warm
palette. Note: Earth tones are making a comeback.

OUT: Ikats and chevrons. Since interest in Ikat
patterns peaked in 2015, it has dropped 66 percent; since interest
in chevron patterns peaked in 2014, it has dropped 73 percent,
according to the Living Spaces report. Consumers liked the softer
edges and welcomed the retro and global feel, but the data say,
we’re over them.

Instead, try bolder geometrics, which have been trending up for
several years. And when you see a fabric fad — remember the
dragonfly motif? — get it in a hot pad, not a chair.Related

OUT: Edison bulbs. Those lightbulbs that boldly
show their filament have dropped in interest 43 percent since 2016.
“The exposed lightbulb trend was popular for a hot minute,” say
Living Spaces designers, probably because of their “authentic
vintage charm.”

Instead, designers suggest keeping the simplistic, no-lampshade
charm of Edison bulbs by opting for the “no-shade” shade —
lampshades made of see-though materials that let you see the bulb
inside, but not quite so clearly.

Source: FS – All – Real Estate News 1
Home decor trends: What’s NOT hot in 2020