2020 Interior Design Trends Emerging From Our Current Projects
Interior Design Trends are something that Sally and I usually don’t pay much attention to. We write them off to media and marketing hype. Having said that, discussions about emergning 2020 Interior Design Trends in several private FB Groups I am a member of caught my eye in December. The first was a conversation about the emergence of “Grand Millennials” (mid 20’s – late 30’s) as a source of potential work and their esthetic profile/preferences – wall paper, chinoiserie, chintz, floral fabrics, antiques (brown furniture), formal china and silver. All the stuff that was “in your Grandmother’s house”. The things that conjure up those warm, cozy feelings and emotions. The conversations and opinions were lively and all over the map. The second was about “brown furniture”. Many designers were reporting a growing interest in antiques and clients finding/seeing value in family heirlooms. Finally, the desire for interior architectural detail.
THE ‘GRAND MILLENNIAL’ INTERIOR DESIGN TREND
Here’s what I had to say about the Grand Millennial trend in one of the threads I mentioned above. “I think we need to be careful of how we us the label here. Sally and I are seeing this pattern across a wide range of ages. (I’d be interested in hearing if others are, too.) We have clients in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s who are seeking pattern, color, texture in their homes. In New England, brown furniture is synonymous with antiques. Our clients are keeping their brown furniture, mixing new purchases with it, creating delightfully eclectic and very personal homes. Our younger clients are seeking antiques/older pieces for refurbishing for two reasons. It’s unique and an ecologically a sound decision. While the photo below is a photo of a project we did well over 20 years ago, it reflects what we are being asked to design today. Perhaps we’re coming full circle.”
Personally, Sally and I are thrilled to see the re-emergence of “old school design”, respect for architectural detail and a shift away from the monotony of “white, clean, simple” contemporary interiors. Some are calling it The New Traditional or The New Elegance. What ever you call it, the look is richly layered, textured and not afraid of color.
2020 INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS IN OUR WORK
Let’s see how this “new trend” is reflected in several of our projects under construction and in design. The first is a family bath under construction in a 100 year old home for a long standing client in Lexington. Colonial style painted wood paneling, concealed cabinet doors and crown moulding inspired by original details in the house are on the walls. Traditional vanity and plumbing fixtures respond to the age of the house. Custom mosaic tile in the tub/shower surround, the diamond pattern floor tile, mirror placed in front of an exterior window and contemporary pendants add modernity and elegance to the room.
Their family room is comprised of existing family heirlooms and newly purchased antiques.
Their living room is an eclectic blend of new and old.
The second project is also under construction. Located on Boston’s Northshore, it is a French influence master bedroom/bathroom suite renovation for another long standing client. Dramatic French style wallpaper and a bolection moulding fireplace mantel grace the master bedroom.
In the master bath, marble slabs will be on the floor and shower walls. The remaining walls will be painted wood wainscot with wallpaper panels above. A Victorian freestanding tub, custom Louis XVI vanity and contemporary sconces flanking gilded mirrors create an eclectic atmosphere. (I could live in this bathroom…)
This is a client who is not afraid of different styles sitting next to each other throughout the house. It’s delightfully refreshing!
We are in the midst of designing the third project – a new kitchen, informal dining area and master bedroom/bathroom suite in a 1920’s Spanish Revival home located in Milton. The home suffers from several previously ill-conceived renovations. Respect for the original architecture is paramount. A two toned kitchen designed around open shelving, rift cut oak cabinets, cast stone range hood, beverage center and antiqued painted island round out the kitchen. Architecturally, the space echos original details such as an oak beamed ceiling and reclaimed stone floor.
The master bath was a disaster crying out to be fixed. A Spanish/Moroccan tile floor will anchor the master bath’s freestanding tub and sculpted stone backsplash. The contractor will replicating original doors, jambs and hardware as part of the finished space.
The fourth project is on Cape Cod. Sally is collaborating with architect Ivan Bereznicki on the renovation design/expansion of a beautiful early 2oth Century shingle style home. Upon completion, the project will enable the home owners to continue to enjoy their home with Iiving quarters on the first floor. She is helping the client select furniture, fabrics and finishes and consulting with the architect on interior layouts and design details.
2020 INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS TAKE AWAYS
Based on our current work, our clients re asking for the following:
- Authenticity, wellness, shelter and sustainability.
- Design very personal spaces that will help you feel nurtured and cared for both
physically and emotionally.
- A return to wallpaper and painted wood paneling/trim.
- Renewed interest in architectural detail.
- Renewed interest in “brown furniture” – either antiques or family heirlooms.
- More use of natural materials, color and texture, even in the kitchen.
- Rather than tear it down – adapt, reuse, expand/build upon what is there.
- Honor, recognize and celebrate the history of the home.
- Blue, green and earth tone colors.
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