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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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Tahani Places First with Her Kitchen Inspired by a Custom 52″ Range.

Our designer used the range as the centerpiece, opened up the kitchen to the adjacent sunroom, and selected cabinetry, appliances, and fittings and fixtures that would create interest and variety as the kitchen is viewed from different angles.

By Jake Murray

Tahani Share places first in the Chief Architect Kitchen/Bath & Interior Design Contest. She has a background in CAD and now uses Chief Architect as her go-to software for kitchen and bath remodels.

Tahani Share places first in the Chief Architect Kitchen/Bath & Interior Design Contest with her kitchen design.

“My work at Landis Architects/ Builders involves designing additions to existing structures and remodeling interior and exterior spaces in existing homes. Almost every project requires redesigning a kitchen and at least one bathroom. We started using 3D software four years ago. I am part of a team of 5 designers with architectural backgrounds. We now use Chief Architect, AutoCAD Architecture, Sketchup, and Revit. When I design a kitchen or a bathroom, my go-to software is Chief Architect. It’s easy to use, make changes and develop detailed construction drawings. The 3D visualizations are beautiful, clear and quite convincing. They allow me to present my designs efficiently and get faster feedback from the clients. But that’s not all. Designing in 3D changed the whole design process. It also changed my approach to design. I now not only think about the space and form in 3D. I think about every little detail in 3D. Chief helps me explore the size, scale, proportion, color and texture of these details.”

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Edgar Pena Places Third with His Spanish Style Texas Home

Layout page featuring Edgar's winning spanish style residental design

By Jake Murray

Edgar places third in the Chief Architect Residential Design Contest! Edgar’s achievements have led to his own business, Pena’s Drafting & Design, located in his hometown.

“I am from McAllen, a small town in south Texas, where I started technical drafting in High School. I obtained my Architectural Drafting Associates Degree at South Texas Community College and have designed homes since 2003. After months of planning and researching, I decided to go with Chief Architect. I have been using Chief Architect since 2013, and am glad I made the right choice. Besides customers being amazed to see their home in 3D, I love being able to do a preliminary floor plan in just hours instead of days. Now I can complete a full set of construction drawings in two to three days.” Continue reading…

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Alexis McDaniel Places 2nd with her Contemporary Kitchen

Interior rendering of a contemporary kitchen with a waterfall island and white cabinetry.

By Kendra Dorosh

Alexis places 2nd in the Chief Architect Kitchen, Bath, and Interior Design Contest! She is a Chief Architect Certified Apprentice who has found her passion in interior design.

Alexis McDaniel, Chief Architect Certified Apprentice

Alexis McDaniel, Chief Architect Certified Apprentice

“I’m a senior at Klein Collins High School in Spring Texas, who at a young age fell in love with interior design. My high school has a class where we can design living and commercial spaces using Chief Architect software. It has truly ignited the flame in me to design. I gain so much joy and pleasure from what I do. I have been using Chief Architect for around 3 years, and plan to continue using it. I prefer Chief Architect over other software products because it’s easy to use, and the renderings make a design really come to life.

“I, along with my fellow classmates Mary and Krystina, became a Chief Architect Certified Apprentice last year, which is a huge accomplishment to me. I would also like to mention my teacher Mrs. Mock, who has pushed us to be our best in what we do and has helped in my realization that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.” Continue reading…

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Thomas Kretz Wins Second Place with His Custom Home Design, BrückenHaus, Featuring Bridges and Cantilevers.

By Jake Murray

Thomas placed 2nd in the Chief Architect Residential Design Contest! After retiring as a Production Art Manager, Thomas continues to showcase his design abilities through a remodel and custom home design.

Thomas pictured on his recent wedding day.

“I grew up on the farm my family settled in 1852 in the small town of Cedar Lake, Indiana. I had always gravitated towards art and drafting in high-school, but it was a field trip to Chicago that truly inspired my fascination with architecture. So much so, I broke with family tradition and spent the summers of my Junior and Senior year working as an artist for a graphics company. I then attended Ball State University for the first year of their Architecture program. Continue reading…

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Zak Rathgeber Wins 1st Place with His Modern Inner-City Kitchen Design!

By Jake Murray

 

Zak placed 1st in the Chief Architect Kitchen/Bath & Interiors Design Contest! A start with Lego houses has led to a long career and successful company of his own, Livara Design Inc.

 

Zak, his wife, and two children. With a passion for design that began at an early age, his work is the product of an experienced and talented designer. Congratulations on winning 1st place!

“I was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with a small stint in British Columbia.  I always knew I wanted to design homes.  I can remember sitting on the floor as a kid building Lego houses and hotels, and I always gravitated to drawing sprawling dream homes over all the other topics little kids usually draw! I was gifted my first drafting table when I was 13 or 14, and I was off to the races.  I had a great Drafting & Design program in my high school and it definitely solidified my want to do this for a living. Continue reading…

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Jennifer Lazarus Places 2nd with Her Stone Tudor Home Design

Dream Home that has evolved over many years,

By Emily Black

Jennifer placed 2nd in the Chief Architect Residential Design Contest! Her passion for design began when she was 10 years old and has flourished in her career as a home designer.

Jennifer Lazarus

I chose Chief Architect because of its realistic appearance, reasonable price, and user-friendliness.

“Unofficially, I started drawing house plans on graph paper when I was 10 years old, and I knew that designing was something I wanted to pursue as a profession.  Officially, I started designing in 2005, when I began working for and training with a local designer in my hometown of Memphis, TN.  In 2010, I began doing freelance residential design while also pursuing a career in another field.  I founded Ideal House Plans, LLC in 2017 and am currently working on growing the business.

“I’ve been a Chief Architect customer since May 2018.  Earlier in the year, I knew that I would need quality 3D renderings to post on the new website, so I began my search for the right software to use.  I downloaded several trial versions of various software to determine what would work best for me. In the end, I chose Chief Architect because of its realistic appearance, reasonable price, and user-friendliness.”

 

We really enjoyed seeing Jennifer’s work. To see more examples of her designs, visit idealhouseplansllc.com/shop. We wish Jennifer the very best with the launch of her new website.

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Fine Homebuilding California House Collaboration

FHB California House Watercolor Rendering by Chief Architect

By Adrean Stephenson

 

Taunton Press’s Fine Homebuilding Magazine has been the gold standard reference, covering quality home design and construction for over 30 years. I remember as a youngster sifting through the stacks of my dad’s coveted back issues, soaking up the details and anticipating the next “Great Moments in Building History” featured on the last page. It wasn’t long after I purchased my first fixer upper that I started an archive library of my own. Continue reading…

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