Trends seem to blur by us faster and faster these days. With interior designs coming and going quickly, it can be overwhelming and even a bit daunting to understand how to seek out the latest trends and create a calm, cool living space that encompasses who you are. For so long we were ‘living in the dark’ with heavy materials, dark woods, and grand furniture. It wasn’t until the mid 2010’s, however, we opened the windows and let the light in! Soon interior design trends did a 180 spin and we lathered our homes in all white furniture, white walls, white kitchens, and so on, leaking in natural textures and soft colors. Homes everywhere took on a calm, serene design to them, creating tranquil living spaces for families.
It’s no secret that 2020 has been the year of change, and interior design is no exception to this. As we enter into a new era of design, we’re left with questions of what to carry forward and what to leave behind (1). One of the biggest questions that seems to pop up is: I grey going out of style? As such a soft, mute, neutral color, we must ask ourselves if grey on grey on grey is still appropriate. We know that all great trends soon reach the end of the line to make way for new trends to take their place. We are especially seeing this with all white kitchens being kicked out, and loud patterns and pops of color taking its place. To read more about the latest 2020 interior design trends, click here.
At the end of the day, it will come down to personal preference as to how you would like to create your interior space. However, we are here to lead you in the right direction – away from gray.
It Is but It Isn’t
Grey has been quite the staple color in our interior design for years now. It serves as a soft neutral color and can be very calming in the right living settings. However, the grey on grey on grey trend needs to go and designers are pleading with us. As grey’s and whites began to make their way to the mainstream, people began overdecorating with these colors. Soon, people were creating spaces that were all white or all grey, taking away any depth or pops of color to their living space. One designer commented that it feels too cold and sterile to be a living space for a family (2). Many have agreed that 2020 will be a year of color, patterns, and overall more brightness to these stark interiors. In fact, majority of designers have said that this year we will be seeing less whites and grey’s and cool tones overall. Rather than grey being the main color we build off of, it will actually move to be an accent color.
So Now What?
With grey’s finding their place as an accent color, what can we expect to take its place when it is gone? Interior design experts predict that bright and warmer colors will be stronger than ever in this new era of design. Depending on your personal flavor, designers are determined to bring in a pop of color. If you are a lover of the neutral, calming spaces, have no fear! Warmer colors, soft tones, and neutrals will still be all the rage. In fact, Behr’s 2020 color of the year is actually a soft sage green. Natural textures will still be prominent as people continue to find ways to leak nature throughout their homes. Instead of keeping grey as your main wall color, try experimenting with other warmer tones and move your grey color to your furniture or décor. This will help tie in neutral colors without having to give up the cool grey tones completely.
If you are ready for a big change, however, 2020 is your year to go wild! Designers said that 2020 is the year of playful colors, bold textures, and crazy patterns. Going against the grain of what we’ve been doing for so long, interior designers are now mixing and matching things that didn’t seem to go together at first but actually tie in very beautifully to the finished room. Anything goes this year from wild floral wallpaper, to bright orange kitchen cabinets, now is the time to really dream big with interior design.
As we enter in a new era of design, it’s important to ask ourselves what we can leave behind and what we need to take with us as we move forward. While a lot of interior design will come down to personal preference, expert designers are also giving us the tips and tricks necessary to spice up our spaces, create the aesthetic we still want, all while maybe adding in a pop of color here or there. While grey on grey may now be the latest interior design trend, it is still possible to work your neutral colors in the accents of your living space. After all, 2020 is not the year of sterile, stark environments, but rather ones that are growing, changing, evolving, and bursting through with color.