Fall 2020 Home Design Trends: Here’s What’s In and Out

From brass hardware to bold drapery patterns, here’s what’s going to be hot on the home front this season—and which trends you might want to leave behind.

Design trends can be flash-in-the-pan types of ideas and concepts, but this fall, according to the experts at the Indiana Design Center, a must-visit resource in Carmel, there’s a return to warmth, quality, and hominess that they see lasting for more than a few passing seasons.

If you’re considering making some changes to your home in the coming months, here are some trends you’re going to love.

WHAT’S IN FOR LIGHTING?

Instead of cooler metallic and gray tones, fall 2020 is all about natural textures and materials.

MELISSA CALLAHAN, CABINET DESIGNER/SHOWROOM CONSULTANT AT FERGUSON BATH, KITCHEN & LIGHTING GALLERY
FERGUSONSHOWROOMS.COM, @FERGUSONSHOWROOMS

For fall 2020, we’re seeing natural textures and materials come to the forefront. Tons of lighting with wood accents and handcrafted metals are warming up all the gray tones we’ve been seeing in years past. I’m loving all the mixed metals, too.

WHAT’S IN FOR FURNITURE?

Instead of big box, lower quality finds, Fall 2020 is all about craftsmanship.

STEPHANIE RIWITIS, OPERATIONS MANAGER AT PAIR’D FURNISHINGS
PAIRDFURNISHINGS.COM, @PAIRD.FURNISHINGS

Instead of “fast fashion,” big box, budget-friendly options, the pendulum is swinging back to quality and attention to detail.

WHAT’S IN FOR ELECTRONICS?

Instead of slat blinds, fall 2020 is all about motorized shades.

JAMIE CAREY, DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AT THE PREMIER GROUP
PREMIER-GROUP.COM, @PREMIERGROUPINDY

Motorized shades are a hot trend in our industry. I specifically love the look of black window shades—it happens to look great from the inside and the outside of the home, especially if you’re going for a modern aesthetic. They are simple and sleek, so it offers the best of both worlds—you can have them completely open and they just sort of “disappear” due to their sleek design, or you can have the black shades lowered all the way down and you end up with a modern look. We can program the shades to operate automatically based on the time of day or the type of activity going on in a home!

WHAT’S IN FOR FLOORING?

Instead of cool grays, fall 2020 is all about warm tones.

AMANDA OYLER, RESIDENTIAL DESIGNER AND PROJECT MANAGER AT JACK LAURIE HOME FLOOR DESIGNS
JACKLAURIEGROUPCARMEL.COM, @JACKLAURIEHOMEFLOORDESIGNS

The latest trends we have been seeing in flooring are warm, medium tones with brown and gray undertones that provide a neutral option. This allows coordination with existing or future color palettes. Patterned and textured carpet has been a must to provide some interest and design aspect, as well as incredible durability. Tile selections have also been very neutral with clean lines. For a pop of color, or a great accent choice, blue tile has been a go-to.

WHAT’S IN FOR DRAPERY?

Instead of neutrals, fall 2020 is all about patterns.

TIFFANY NEEDLER, DIRECTOR OF DESIGN AT DRAPERY STREET
DRAPERYSTREET.COM, @DRAPERYSTREET

When it comes to drapery, instead of playing it safe with neutrals, fall 2020 is all about a return to bold patterns—whether it be in small-scale prints, bright colorful patterns or florals. I think with consumers spending more time in their home, they are looking for bright, uplifting accents in their spaces, and drapes are an easy, low-maintenance way to make a fantastic impact! I always remind my clients that while a pattern or print may look crazy laid out on a flat surface, once it is made into drapery it’s gorgeous, and in a way it helps calm the pattern or print.

WHAT’S IN FOR HARDWARE?

Instead of sleek minimalism, fall 2020 is all about contemporary maximalism.

CORI E. BROWN, ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTS DESIGNER AT GLASS HOUSE GALLERY AND LORENZO FINESTRE
LORENZOFINESTRE.COM, @LORENZOFINESTRE

One of the biggest trends we are seeing heading into fall 2020 is a blend of contemporary design with maximalism aesthetics. This is a twist from the trend for the past few years of contemporary design mixed with a more minimalistic feel. It is interesting that maximalism is making a comeback being that we are celebrating 100 years from the Roaring Twenties, which brings to mind swanky nightclubs with plush velvet and sinuous silk highlighted with rich metal elements. We are able to complement this aesthetic design, in doors for example, by utilizing mixed metal finishes for the hardware—such as brushed brass combined with polished chrome.

WHAT’S IN FOR OUTDOOR LIVING?

Instead of traditional masonry, fall 2020 is all about ClifRock.

ASHLEY OSS, DESIGNER/SALES AT GODBY HEARTH & HOME
GODBYHEARTH.COM, @GODBYHEARTH

We have a new product that we use for fireplaces and outdoor living projects called ClifRock. It is a concrete composite product that is molded and custom painted to look like ledger stone, weathered barn wood, or larger mixed stone but without the hassle, weight, and skilled mason. We can use this product to build outdoor fireplaces, surround indoor fireplaces, build outdoor kitchens, wrap columns, make pool features, create planters, and so much more. The applications are endless.

WHAT’S IN FOR MATTRESSES?

Instead of memory foam, fall 2020 is all about natural latex.

LAUREN TAYLOR, PRESIDENT OF HOLDER MATTRESS CO.
HOLDERMATTRESS.COM, @HOLDERMATTRESS

Natural Talalay latex foam is supportive, temperature-regulating, hypoallergenic, eco-friendly and renewable. It is the perfect foam for mattresses and pillows because it contours to the body without adding pressure, stays temperature neutral, is available in many different firmnesses, and wears better than any other foam on the market. Natural latex foam is what memory foam is trying to be.

WHAT’S IN FOR WORK-FROM-HOME SPACES?

Instead of traditional home-office desking, fall 2020 is all about outdoor workspaces.

KRISTIN CROTZER, DIRECTOR OF DEALERSHIP SERVICES AT MITSCH DESIGN
MITSCHDESIGN.COM, @MITSCHDESIGN

Throughout 2019, we worked with corporate clients looking for a more collaborative, open feel in their office space. We provided designs and products to elevate their space with shared work surfaces, tighter footprints, and focus rooms. At home, the “office” was just a temporary setup for those sporadic days you found yourself working from home. It may have been a dining room table or even a couch. In 2020, the home office has become more important than ever. Investing in an ergonomic chair, and maybe even an adjustable desk, is a must.

The biggest trend across the board though? OUTDOOR SPACE. Working outdoors, whether at home or at the office, boosts employee wellness! So many of us enjoy an outdoor break, but now more than ever—it is more safe and healthy to collaborate outdoors. With much of the corporate world being thrown into a 100% remote working adventure, we have learned that it is okay to work outside. It’s acceptable. At home, installing an umbrella or shade over your new workspace will help with monitor glare. It’s said that being outside lifts your mood and lowers anxiety—who doesn’t need that right now in these crazy times?

WHAT’S IN FOR ENTRY DOORS?

Instead of solid entry doors with transoms and sidelites, fall 2020 is all about full glass systems.

EMILY HASSETT, INTERIOR DESIGNER AT GLASS HOUSE GALLERY AND FRANKLIN WINDOW AND DOOR
FRANKLINWINDOWANDDOOR.COM, @FRANKLINWINDOWANDDOOR

Replacing an outdated solid entry door and decorative glass transom or sidelites with a full glass system is a great way to achieve an updated and contemporary look. With the wide variety of hardware and finishes, such as satin brass, a full glass system is guaranteed to mesh easily with any style house while creating a bold yet welcoming impression.

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Stephanie Groves is an Indy-based freelance writer who is in the process of building a new home and is now realizing several of her design choices are way off trend.


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