Interior Design Trends for 2020


Which trends will we see in 2020? Interior designers Jill Arnhold and Danette Handyside reveal what’s happening in the HighCraft Design Studio.

Get ready to see more mixed materials, textures and styles for an eclectic look this year. “Many people are using custom metal accents on fireplace surrounds, range hoods and exposed beams for a touch of modern,” Jill says, “but they still want coziness and the calming influence of natural, rustic finishes.”


“Stone, brick, concrete, and reclaimed materials are showing up in the same space,” she says, “in flooring, cabinetry, shelving, and ceiling treatments. More and more light fixtures are mixing rustic materials with modern lines and bulb styles, too.”


Danette agrees about the use of mixed materials, especially when it comes to lighting, plumbing fixtures, and cabinet hardware in mixed metals and multiple tones.


“We’re seeing multiple manufacturers incorporate several different metal finishes into one fixture,” she says. “Clients really seem to be gravitating toward this as well.”


Danette says the combination of gold and black continues to be very popular in 2020. “Don’t be afraid to select one finish for your plumbing fixtures and a contrasting finish for your cabinet hardware or light fixtures in the same space,” she adds. “I think this can work really well in certain designs and span different types of styles, from traditional to modern.”


“We’re going to see a lot of traditional materials being used in more modern ways,” Jill says. In the kitchen, she expects to see more traditional-style cabinetry and range hoods finished in nontraditional paint colors like darker grays and navy blues (more on that in a minute), and offset by contemporary light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, and hardware.


“We’re also going to see marble-looking countertops installed with square and waterfall edges for a modern feel.”


“Even traditional, classic-looking appliances will be modernized with fun, bright colors,” Jill says.


The bold appliance trend we predicted back in 2019 should continue well into 2020.


“People are moving slightly away from everything being bright, stark white and wanting more softness and interest in their spaces,” Jill says.


“Painted doors, and even painted trim in another color can easily bridge different design styles.”


A new twist on metal plumbing fixtures for 2020 is an updated and understated gold. “Brizo’s Luxe Gold finish has a deeper, richer gold color compared to the brushed gold or champagne finishes we’ve been seeing,” Jill says. “This less-brassy option is great for wet bar or powder bath accents.”


“Navy blue will be a popular color trend in 2020,” Jill says. “I think we’ll be seeing many different hues of navy in cabinetry finishes, backsplash tiles, accent walls, textiles and furniture accents.”

“I agree with Jill on navy being a big part of the design industry this year,” says Danette. “It’s going to be used in lots of different applications. We’re already seeing it in paint colors (both interior and exterior), cabinets, tile, light fixtures, furniture and décor.”

Industry experts agree – blue is the hue for the New Year.


Pantone Color Institute, the international authority on color trends, announced Classic Blue as their top pick for 2020. According to the Pantone website, the color instills calm, confidence and connection, and reflects “our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.”


The Sherwin Williams 2020 Color of the Year, Naval, is “a rich navy that creates a calm and grounding environment infused with quiet confidence.”


PPG paint brand announced Chinese Porcelain, “a blend of cobalt and moody, ink blue” as their favorite color this year. “As we look to 2020, we know that color is the trend,” says PPG senior color manager Dee Schlotter. “Consumers are tiring of stark grays and are looking to infuse colors that delight the senses. Blue is the easiest possible entry point from the world of neutrals to the world of color,” she says.

Danette adds, “Even though we might call navy blue a ‘trend’ for this year, I personally really love this color and see it being pretty timeless and classy.”

Whether you like or dislike the 2020 trends, one thing is certain: color – like the blues mentioned above – can influence the mood of your home. To learn about the emotions different colors may trigger, check out our blog The Meaning of Color in Your Home.

Photos (in order) courtesy: Vicky Pewitt, Kelly Taylor, CassiHise Photography, Whitney Kamman Photography, CassiHise Photography, Anthroplogie, Michael Sinclair, Blue Star Appliances, Alexander White,, Brizo, Remodelista, Pantone, Sherwin Williams, and CassiHise Photography.

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