Tired of looking at the same four walls yet?  Paint is an easy inexpensive way to transform a room.  Pantone has announced its 2020 Color of the Year! It’s the gorgeous classic blue, 19-4052 to be exact, and you’ll soon see it pop up in furniture stores in San Francisco and around the country. Reminiscent of a dusky sky, the color’s reassuring properties highlight “a desire for a stable foundation” which is something we can all get on board with right now.

To mark the launch of this color, we thought now would be a great time to take a look at some interior design trends we’ll see in 2020. This is the year to focus on your living space now that we're spending so much time at home.

  1. As custom-designed pieces become increasingly accessible, bespoke sectionals, sofas, and chairs will be BIG.  You can easily design a set up that fits your space and style.
  2. Kitchens will get in on the calming, subtle, and serene trend with natural soft colors like creamy grays, blues, earth tones, and greens.
  3. While they’ve been a kitchen staple for a long time, look for multiple islands with different surfaces and purposes: one for prep and another for socializing.
  4. Unpainted woods are making a comeback, adding warmth and naturalism to whatever room it’s in.
  5. Houseplants are huge, especially with Millennials. They are inexpensive and help us connect with nature on a daily basis, especially important to apartment dwellers with little or no direct access to the outdoors. Botanical imagery is also being used in fabrics and artworks.
  6. Bathrooms are featuring double floating vanities which add floor space and give the illusion of a lighter, airier room. They also make cleaning the bathroom floor much quicker and easier.
  7. White-on-white kitchens are still popular but look for more three-tone kitchens. Some designers are installing upper and lower cabinets that have two different colors or shades. Others leave the cabinets one shade, often classic blue, but use a new color or dark stain on the island.
  8. Mixing things up, backsplashes are now being done in a combination of matte and glossy tile, creating a nice subtle visual contrast.
  9. Technology continues to make for some interesting innovations. Ultra-thin materials, including a resin/paper composite, were seen everywhere at this year’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show.
  10. Benches will make their way into the bathroom, bedroom, hallway, and kitchen. They take up much less room than sofas and upholstered chairs while still providing needed seating for relaxing, dining, or putting on shoes.

Trends That Evolve with Time

For many of us it feels like the world changed overnight. Things typically bring us comfort like social contact, travel, even eating out are now fraught with anxiety.  The coming year and decade will see people pursuing wellness and serenity as our priorities shift. The trend of working remotely just got a big boost so multifunctional living spaces are going to see a renaissance. As one of the leading furniture stores in San Francisco, we keep our eye on the needs of our customers. Remember, trends aren’t fads and great furniture never goes out of style. Pick furniture pieces, home accessories, and beautiful lighting designs that speak to you and how you live and you'll enjoy them for many years to come.