Home renovations are both exciting and overwhelming. Thanks to HGTV and Pinterest’s rise in popularity, it’s easy to suffer from a bit of inspiration overload. How do you know you’re making the right design decisions? You want your house to reflect your taste, but you also want to make sure you aren’t pouring money into dated design trends.
For 2020, the key to a successful renovation lies in the tasteful combination of colors, textures, and materials. Whether you’re remodeling your bathroom, living room, or outdoor area, these three elements are vital to keeping your renovation focused and on-trend.
Let’s take a look at this year’s trending materials, colors, and texture combinations for every room in your house.
The kitchen is one of the most prevalent renovation projects for homeowners. Because of this, the options are seemingly unlimited. In 2020, dark-colored kitchens are out. Instead, homeowners are leaning towards light and bright color palettes and palettes inspired by colors found in nature. Additionally, kitchens usually have a two-color setup, so one color for the cabinets, and one for the walls. Now, the three-color aesthetic is growing in popularity.
There are two main things to look at when designing your kitchen, and that’s the cabinets and the countertop. Thanks to the light and nature-inspired color story, wood cabinets are making a huge comeback this year. You can add an extra level of rustic charm and texture with reclaimed wood cabinets.
For countertops, engineered quartz continues to rise in popularity, thanks to its durability, luxurious look, non-porous quality, and easy maintenance. A white or off-white engineered quartz counter paired with wooden cabinets and pale green walls is a fantastic example of a three-tone color story that hits all the trends of 2020.
To add extra texture into the kitchen, broken glass backsplashes in your color story are a stellar addition. Additionally, when renovating your kitchen, be sure to think about functionality. Large and spacious cabinets and high-tech appliances are all gaining traction this year.
Like the kitchen, the bathroom is always on top of renovation lists. In 2020, there are some pretty exciting trends popping up. For color, dark bathrooms are back in style, deep navy and black hues are making a massive comeback in the bathroom this year. Of course, neutrals continue to be the safe choice. Orange and yellow accented bathrooms are also causing a stir at the moment.
There’s a definite rise in luxury and gaudy design in the bathroom. Freestanding tubs, brass lined faucets and mirrors, and dramatic lighting are all critical components to achieving the lux design. For texture, tile is making a reappearance, but as a statement backsplash, rather than a flooring or shower material. Texture in the bathroom, typically happens through backsplashes, mirror frames, and décor, though textured wallpaper is rising in popularity in the bathroom, too.
For materials for your counter, shower, and floor, the most important thing is the durability and maintenance ease. You want non-porous, low-maintenance materials, that also have a range of color options. Engineered quartz and vinyl are fantastic, low-maintenance material options, that also present an array of color options.
In your living area and bedrooms, it’s really about personal preference. There isn’t one distinct color palette or design trend that ranks supreme this year. However, a few general fads are popping up.
For one, bold colors are in. Pastels had a moment, but that moment has passed. Now, it’s all about bold colors. There’s also a monochromatic trend on the rise. In 2020, there’s a definite drop in accent paint colors and prints and full commitment to one bold color.
Additionally, natural elements are becoming increasingly trendy with things like houseplants, terrariums, reclaimed wood, and bamboo, all jolting onto the scene. These natural elements help add texture, but texture really comes to fruition with large rugs, textured wallpapers, and natural stone fireplaces.
Renovating your outdoor area is a clear way to boost property value and curb appeal. In 2020, a lot of the same interior design trends are making their way outside. There’s an emphasis on ease of maintenance and durability and a call for natural elements.
Changing up the exterior siding is a surefire way to change the face of your home, and more and more people are choosing fiber cement siding, thanks to its durability and flexible design options. There’s also an increase in higher-tech renovations, like the addition of solar panels, smart lights, or Truegrid permeable paving systems.
When it comes to color, the exteriors of homes are staying neutral and classic, but where we’re seeing pops of color is in vibrant gardens and bold garage doors. Like indoors, wood is a huge accent material. Because wood is high-maintenance, in 2020, fewer people are using it as siding or building material, but instead, using it more as an accent material, like for patios, garage doors, or porch columns.
These are just some of the textures, colors, and materials trends for 2020. However, the true secret to a successful renovation lies in picking the palettes, materials, and motifs that speak to you. Renovations can be costly, so at the end of the day, your opinion and design intuition are what matters most.
Mandy Lee is a contributor to Innovative Green Building Materials. She is a blogger and content writer for the building materials industry. Mandy is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that increase property value, maximize energy savings, and turn houses into homes.