As we approach 2020, we get to speculate on what will be the biggest new trends in home design coming up. Will a classic make a comeback? Will modern takeover the scene once again? 2020 might feel like a decade away, but it’s right around the corner and we’re all excited to see what’s coming.
Here are a few home design trends we expect to see this coming year in 2020.
1. Modern Farmhouse Design
This was big in 2017, so we don’t expect the craze to die down anytime soon. Maybe it’s the old country feel that reminds us of home or just the simple exterior that gives it a warm, inviting look – whatever it is, it’s working for people.
The modern farmhouse is usually a one-story – maybe two-story – house that’s longer than it is wide or tall. It usually has that classic white panelling and black shingles that take you right into the South. Even better? Most have that great wrap around porch of your dreams with a modern twist. The modern farmhouse became so popular because of it’s bridge between old and new.
The classic look of a Southern picket-fence suburb with modern details like dark trim and big windows make it great for those who want something edgy, but still homey and that can stay trendy for decades.
2. Sustainable Design
With climate change becoming a reality for most people from massive hurricanes on the coast to overwhelming forest fires in the west, it’s hard not to see how environmentalism might impact architecture and by extension home design in the future. Well, the future is 2020 and here comes sustainable architecture.
Sustainable design is all about taking beautiful designs and making them good for the earth. Also dubbed “green architecture”, it generally involves incorporating recycled materials, renewable energy sources, and construction that allows for nature to grow with it.
Some key aspects of green design are solar panel roofs or indoor trees and gardens. Green architects seek to reduce their footprint even from the get go, by ensuring construction causes less pollution and is less harmful to the area of work.
While we’ve seen sustainable architecture rise up in the last few years, we expect 2020 to be it’s shining moment.
3. Bringing The Outdoors In
We’ve seen a little bit of this in the last decade, but 2020 might be the year to really make this a common occurrence. The idea is that main rooms in the house connect directly and easily to the outdoors. More than just a Florida room, these designs integrate things like garage doors that open onto a patio, kitchens that open up into a screened in porch, or even outdoor hallways.
The great thing about this trend is it really embraces natural light and a connection to the world around us. By having outdoor spaces blend with indoor ones, we bring in unfiltered natural light to really bring a room together. Beyond that, it takes “open concept” to a whole to level and can make all your rooms feel bigger and more grand.
The design is hard to get right however, so we might see more flops than we see successes. What we can expect in 2020 though is many new modern and traditional builds finding ways to incorporate the outdoors even in the simplest of details.
4. Integrated Technology
One of the biggest trends that’s expected to continue to rise in the next decade is technology that’s integrated into architecture, which we see particularly in the design of kitchens. Based on the demand of Gen Xers – who will continue to be the main homeowners – we are seeing a stronger desire for kitchens and common spaces that are multi-functional. Technology helps immensely with this.
In the tech world, we see Amazon and Google jumping on the home-aid device, almost a Siri for your home. This kind of technology, we expect, will gain even more in popularity as people explore how to integrate it even further in their homes design. Perhaps integrating your Alexa AI system into the house itself or having bluetooth speakers in your kitchen to listen to podcasts or recipes on the go.
Technology is a beautiful thing and there’s no way homeowners and homebuilders won’t want to play around with their options when it comes to integration. If the kitchen is the hub of the house, then it will need to integrate more hookups for TVs, Ethernet access, and creative uses of modern tech trends.
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