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Keeping up with the latest home design trends

Luxurious shower with three shower heads and no-barrier entry.

Author's Portrait by Kendra Dorosh

Each year, I’m intrigued by all of the blogs, social media posts and emails that flood my feed featuring the hottest trends for home design. We’ve seen it all, from floral everywhere to gray everything. Are these trends something that most designers track and incorporate into their latest work? Are we driving ourselves crazy trying to stay on top of the latest trends, or is it a necessary component of keeping a competitive edge in the market?

In an effort to learn more, we surveyed our newsletter subscribers asking the following questions.

  1. How important is keeping up with current home design trends and finding ways to incorporate them into your designs?
  2. What are the top 3 design trends you are planning to use this year?
  3. What manufacturers do you follow for the latest design trends, products, and new technology?

How important is keeping up with current home design trends and finding ways to incorporate them into your designs?

We found that 60% of respondents find it extremely important to keep up with current home design trends and find ways to incorporate them into their designs. What’s even more surprising… not a single respondent stated that keeping up with design trends is not at all important.

Survey results showing the importance of keeping up with trends in the home design industry.
Survey Question: How important is keeping up with current home design trends and finding ways to incorporate them into your designs?

What are the top 3 design trends home designers are planning to incorporate this year?

Now that we’ve established that designers find it extremely important to stay on top of the latest trends in the industry, we’ve pulled from the survey answers to provide a list of trends that designers are paying attention to this year, as well as resources that they’re using to stay informed. So what’s trending in the home design industry this year?

Info graphic showing the top 3 home design trends according to designers are patterned tile, aging in place considerations, and smart home technology.

Patterned Tile is trending this year and is taking the place of the ever-popular Subway tile. Designers are increasing the use of shaped tiles along with glass and ceramic tile features that are multi-colored. They’re also incorporating textured and dimensional pieces into their designs.

Aging in Place considerations aren’t necessarily new, but finding ways to incorporate more longevity into all areas of the home is currently top-of-mind for designers. A few examples would be larger doorways to account for wheelchair clearance, an open floor plan throughout the home, and even adding a spa in the master suite to soothe aches & pains.

Incorporating the latest technology for smart homes and expanding the use of solar power for energy are also important considerations in the home design industry today. There’s a high demand for energy-efficient design.

Here are some other trends worthy of mention: multi-toned fixtures, tiny homes, timber frame homes, steel structures (barndominiums), styled balusters, global-inspired texture for carpet patterns, and monochromatic design.

Check out our post on 2020 Interior Design Trends. Our wonderful Content Team has also put together a Design Trends Catalog that you can download to incorporate the latest textures and materials into your next design.

What manufacturers can you follow for the latest design trends, products, and new technology?

Below you’ll find resources that designers are using to stay on top of the changes. Here are a few of the leading companies that were mentioned in the survey responses:

Chief Architect partners with many of these manufacturers, making it easy for you to incorporate their products into your designs directly from the library browser in Chief Architect.

See all of the available Chief Architect 3D Library catalogs.

Thank you to all of our survey respondents! Leave a comment below and let us know how you stay up to date with the latest trends in the home design industry.

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2020 Interior Design Trends

The maximalist interior of the Mondrian Doha Hotel's roof top pool.

The maximalist interior of the Mondrian Doha Hotel’s rooftop pool.

“There are three responses to a
piece of design – yes, no, and WOW!
Wow is the one to aim for!”

Milton Glaser

Author, Kerry Hansen by Kerry Hansen

As a designer, it can become an obsession to observe the drifting style choices and the way certain elements such as materials, textures, colors, and accessories rise in popularity to earn their place as cohabitants of the home. With spring on the horizon, many seek a style refresh and there are two main contrasting trends emerging. Most notably, this year marks a return to the natural with a focus on wellness, sustainability, and comfort. This return to the natural and classic reflect an escape from screens and center on creating spaces that are warm and inviting. In contrast, maximalism’s bold patterns, shapes, and textures are showing their quirky personalities in 2020. Here are the interior design trends that will make their way into homes over the coming year.

Design Trends to Watch in 2020

  1. Natural Elements & Colors
  2. Black Everything
  3. Soft Textiles, Curves & Colors
  4. Maximalism
A unique bathroom where plants bring life to the space. It is accented with trends like terracotta, textured walls, mixed metals, natural wood vanity, and wicker elements. This interior designed and rendered in Chief Architect.
A unique bathroom where plants bring life to the space. It is accented with trends like terracotta, textured walls, mixed metals, natural wood vanity, and wicker elements. This interior designed and rendered in Chief Architect.
Espalier SW 6734 a fresh green paint color by Sherwin Williams
Espalier SW 6734 a fresh green paint color by Sherwin Williams

Designers this year are embracing the natural and incorporating non-manufactured elements from the environment into their plans. It is a chance to get back to nature by bringing earthy elements like metal, wood, leather, and stone inside to mingle. Humble materials can be both modern and timeless at the same time. Terracotta is always inviting. Just a few accents of this spicey mixture of orange and chocolate give the home an exotic feeling while remaining grounded. Rich forest green is our pick for top on-trend color choice. Try Espalier by Sherwin Williams, available in the Chief Architect 3D Library. It is fresh, goes well with earth tones, and the perfect highlight for all of those natural accessories.

Find the latest Vienna straw and cane furniture like these chairs, a 2020 trend, in Chief Architect's 3D Library.
Find the latest Vienna straw and Cane furniture like these chairs, a 2020 trend, in Chief Architect’s 3D Library.

Cane and Vienna straw are showing up in the form of room dividers, chairs, accessories, and sideboards. These materials have been reinvented and adapted to contemporary furniture, turning these once modest materials into something much more sophisticated. Find several of these modern classics in the Design Trends No.1 catalog in the 3D Library. Earthy materials like metal, wood, and stone have always been classics of interior design as well. Emerging now are darker wood finishes, mixed metal materials in a single room, and metal textures on walls. Natural materials are versatile, calming, and classic and the classics never go out of style. If you are a fan of the mixed metal trend, try mingling the latest from Delta Faucet with contrasting metal hardware in your next bathroom remodel.

An interior featuring several design trends, including black cabinets, natural accents, dark wood flooring, and a soft feminine print. Interior designed by Estee Design
An interior featuring several design trends, including black cabinets, natural accents, dark wood flooring, and a soft feminine print. Interior designed by Estee Design

Biophilia, the need to connect with other forms of life, is now the practice of incorporating life into the home with elements like plants and water. It is a signature in many current interiors. In fact, a study by Reuters Health has shown that when it comes to office spaces, “People who work in a “green” office literally surrounded by plants, are happier than people in “lean” offices without live foliage.” It is safe to say that this must also be true for the home. These living elements and serene colors of nature complement each other and surround us with their charm. Let your inner green-thumb grow with these perky and fresh plant accents from Chief Architect, perfect for interior and patio spaces.

Feminine colors and soft shapes are a feature in this Chelsea NYC Triplex designed by INC Architecture & Design
Feminine colors and soft shapes are a feature in this Chelsea NYC Triplex designed by INC Architecture & Design

Making this year’s list of emerging trends are elements that soothe. Feminine colors like muted neutral pinks and creamy mint greens take their rightful place among these new favorites. Soft textures like velvet are everywhere and available in every shade no matter what style you lean towards. Incorporating furniture with curved shapes, a nod to the Art Deco period of style and luxury can bring harmony and softness to sleek modern design.

A modern kitchen with black cabinets and natural accents designed by Leicht.
A modern kitchen with black cabinets and natural accents designed by Leicht.

Black is the new black. While always on-trend, black is especially prevalent this year. This chic color is showing up on surfaces like cabinets and walls. You will find it in the form of textured backsplashes, black stainless steel sinks and appliances, black-toned metal fixtures, hardware, and textured surfaces. Black is an excellent choice to highlight those humble materials and has a grounding effect on the sometimes overwhelming multi-sensory maximalism trend. Is it any wonder that black never really goes out of style?

For a Maximalist approach, don't be afraid to mix patterns like this interior by Marcel Wanders
For a Maximalist approach, don’t be afraid to mix patterns. Interior by Marcel Wanders

On the other side of the trend spectrum, a more is more approach has been surfacing in the world of design. It is everywhere from the March 2020 issue of Vogue to the newly opened Mondrian Doha Hotel designed by Marcel Wanders. “Marcel Wanders’ work excites, provokes and polarises, but never fails to surprise, to celebrate and entertain… it is his mission to create an environment of love, live with passion and make our most exciting dreams come true.” Wanders’ multi-sensory maximalist designs are, “bold, beautiful solutions that touch the hearts and minds of people.” This is the essence of maximalism, to embrace the use of vibrant, fun patterns, expressive color, texture, and decoration and bring humanity back to design. This cozy chaos is everything pleasurable, powerful and expressive all at the same time.

A contemporary Italian sofa in a bright pear green velvet.
A luxurious pear green velvet. Incorporate this soft texture into any design style this year.

If you are a fan of the maximalist trend, you will embrace materials like velvet which is rich, tactile, and available in a wide variety of colors. What better way to express yourself than through pattern. The more patterns, textures, and colors, the better. Pulling from the natural trend and especially popular are large leafy patterns on walls, bedding or draperies. It’s okay to mix patterns, in fact, it is encouraged!

Trendy bathroom with large leaf patterned walls, slate bathtub surround, white subway tile, a pedestal sink and plenty of house plants to add life to the space.
This bathroom mixes elements of maximalism and biophilia.
Designed and rendered in Chief Architect.

Don’t be afraid to mix trends. Pattern and texture can be incorporated in a subtle way without going to the extreme of maximalism. Terrazzo, for example, is an extremely versatile material. This mosaic-like material is often made of marble set into concrete and can be bold or subtle. You can find terrazzo in the new Chief Architect Design Trends No.1 Bonus Catalog along with many other trending materials, furniture pieces, and accessories.

A fun way to mix the trends by adding a bold terrazzo backspash to this natural focused design. Designed and rendered in Chief Architect.
Mix the trends by adding a bold terrazzo backsplash to a natural focused design.
Designed and rendered in Chief Architect.

The Chief Architect content team has assembled a
lovely collection of materials and interior pieces for your designs.

You will find them all in the bonus catalog
Design Trends No.1 in our 3D Library.

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CHC Design-Build, Brings Creativity, Quality, & Integrity to the Forefront of Home Design

An exterior view of the red party barn designed by Kevin Transue of CHC Design Build.

By Kerry Hansen

Kevin Transue is recognized locally, across the Midwest and nationally for his remodels, additions, finishes, and conversions.

Kevin Transue, CR, is the founding partner, principal designer, and craftsman at CHC Design-Build and TAO Design in Kansas City. He and his wife and partner, Judy Transue, are two of fewer than 50 individuals in the Kansas City area certified by NARI, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Kevin and Judy have been recognized locally, across the Midwest, and nationally for their designs, remodels, additions, finishes, and conversions.

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Chief Architect Kitchen & Bath Webinar – How to get started using 3D Design Software

Galley kitchen with custom backsplash and pendant lights

By: Phillip Gibney

Chief Architect and the NKBA co-hosted an informative webinar focusing on how easy it is to start using 3D design software.

As many Chief users may already know, Chief Architect has partnered with the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) since 2003 to provide kitchen and bath designers with information and software tools to assist in their design process. Since partnering with NKBA, their input has helped us to develop tools that efficiently meet the standards of the kitchen and bath industry. Local chapter meetings held at Chief Architect headquarters gives our employees a look into the industry, while giving NKBA members a chance learn more, discuss, and give feedback on our software.

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Two-Time Design of the Year Contest Winner, Nathan Ensminger!

Nathan's 2018 Remodel/Addition Design of the Year Contest Entry.

By Jake Murray

Congratulations to Nathan, who has won the Chief Architect Design of the Year Contest for two years running! What will he design next?

In 2018, Nathan placed 2nd in the Chief Architect Remodel/Addition Design Contest in September and won the 2018 Design of the Year Contest in December with his backyard getaway. Nathan wasted no time and entered into the Kitchen/Bath and Interior Design Contest in June of 2019 where he took 1st place with his Kitchen design. Nathan then went on to win the 2020 Design of the Year Contest in December. He’s certainly on a roll and we look forward to seeing what he’ll submit next year!

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Cindy Baker: Inspired by Relationships

Master Bathroom with hardwood flooring and grey marble counter tops

By: Ariana Beaudry

Second Place Kitchen/Bath & Interior Design Contest winner Cindy Baker has put relationships at the center of her nearly 30 years in the design field.

Cindy Baker has always forged her own path, taking guidance and inspiration from her relationships along the way. Growing up, her father’s home improvement projects fascinated her. In school, a well-known designer personally encouraged her to make design her career. And after earning a degree in Interior Design at Oklahoma State University, she sold her car and moved to London where she, “opened up a phone book and started making calls.” She recalls, “I was blessed to find a prominent designer who took me under her wing and into her world.”

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