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3 Interior design trends we said “Bye Sister” to in 2020

(4 min read) When you think about it, the definition of a trend is sort of abstract, because how can you really define something that is constantly changing and evolving? I guess that really is the definition. Trend is something that is hip and popular at a certain point in time. However, the trend is not to be mistaken for progress, because if something is “trending“ doesn’t necessarily mean that it is good. Because tends are everywhere, from memes to interior design, we are all destined to fall prey to at least one useless trend each month. Trust me. I still have a drawer full of florescent scrunchies and Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards. Trends come and go, and some of them are more than happy to say bye sorry-not-sorry to. *insert a quiet sob for my long-lost slap-bracelets collection.

Mixed interior design trends. | Mosaics Lab
Mixed trends in one living room. | Photo by David A. Land, Styled by Elizabeth Demos.

So why am I ranting about this you wonder? You guyssss, the spring is almost here and we’ll have to repaint the walls, replace our monochromatic curtains and carpets and kick minimalism in the…Behind? It is due time to say bye to minimalism. Because in 2020 boys, girls and non-binary friends, more is more! Uh huh. My gurl Lizzo said it, and interior designers listened.

Classic look and feel Interior design style | Mosaics Lab
Classic is always trendy.

Don’t freak out my dear Feng Shui preachers and Carl Andre followers. I’m just joking. Everyone will still be able to do their thing in 2020, in terms of comfort, but some “extra” stuff just got stuck in 2019. So, let’s rant and gloat together….


1. White Kitchens

You know that old Billy Idol bop “It’s a nice day to paint your white kitchen…” or something like that? Well, it’s a true story, because all of those sleek white kitchens that you have to scrub till you start trippin’ dragons are now officially out of fashion. We can now all collectively say: “Pshish!” In 2020 kitchen interiors will be all about colored cabinets, patterned flooring, stone counters, and mosaic art backsplashes. Practicality at its best!

Gorgeous Kitchen Mosaic Backsplash | Mosaics Lab
Gorgeous Mosaic Art kitchen backsplash.
Kitchen mosaic backsplash | Mosaics Lab
kitchen mosaic backsplash.

2. The Faux Look

Yup, you can say goodbye to your fav photo-wallpapers and that plastic bush of hostas in the hallway. 2020 will be bursting with authenticity and Wabi-sabi ideology. Imperfections aren’t really imperfections if we don’t treat them as such, so there will be no place for “perfect” mass production objects anywhere in your home. So instead of some fancy wallpapers think murals, graffiti or mosaic art; instead of some fake greenery that think luscious hostas, Peace lilies, and fern. It’s simple really, just think life and you can’t go wrong with interior design in 2020.

Beautiful wool would change the look and feel of the room's interiors.
Real greenery and real wool will make any space look livelier.
Beautiful Graffiti on a living room wall. | Mosaics Lab
Gorgeous graffiti on the living room wall. | Source of photograph Wall Sauce.

3. Singularity

Singular design schemes are done. This year people will try to express themselves and put a focus on their individuality, and that will reflect inside of their home interiors as well. Singular design schemes and projects already started collecting cobwebs, as renowned designers from all over the world are starting to use terms like “warmth” and “vintage” more and more. I dunno about you, but in my book, that means to relax and have fun. That might not be a trend per se, but it sure sounds like one awesome idea.

Gorgeous colorful interiors | Mosaics Lab
Avoiding singularity with personalization | Photo by Andrew Beasley.

All in all, it seems that this year will be all about freedom and being genuine, which is a pretty good deal. And even if 2020 turns out to have some trends you don’t like, just don’t do them! If you feel the sudden urge to succumb to some godawful trend and paint your bedroom brown, just remember what your favorite slightly-neurotic gf-blogger said. It is your home and you are in charge.

Bold colors make a beautiful interiors. | Mosaics Lab
Avoiding singularity with bold colors and comfort | Design by Heidi Pribell Interior Design.

PS. Most importantly, now that the renovation season is upon us, don’t forget to have fun, because that’s what interior design is supposed to be — fun.

Colorful living room | Mosaics Lab
Colorful and fun living room | Source of photograph Decorola.

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71 Comments

  1. NYX
    February 5, 2020 at 5:33 am — Reply

    I immediately thought of James Charles when I read this. There are MANY trends we need to leave behind in 2019, but I wouldn’t say I agree with everyone of them! I do enjoy joining a trend at the very end of it lol.

  2. Lisa
    February 5, 2020 at 12:56 pm — Reply

    We built our home in 2016 with a white kitchen, so we’re going to keep it that way for now. Hopefully the trend comes back!

  3. Marie Phillips
    February 5, 2020 at 1:40 pm — Reply

    I really like some of these ideas, but some of the bolder ones I am just too traditional for, lol. This was a really fun post to read though. And I can show it to my kids and see what they do with their spaces. I do love the openness to creativity.

  4. Cristina Petrini
    February 5, 2020 at 1:40 pm — Reply

    Do you know why I love your blog? Because although I can’t say I have a design house, I always find unique ideas to make it more mine every time!

  5. Amber Myers
    February 5, 2020 at 1:42 pm — Reply

    Oh yeah, there’s no way I could ever have a white kitchen. Or any room. We’re too dang messy!

  6. Jessica Collazo
    February 5, 2020 at 2:41 pm — Reply

    This makes me so so exited. I’m moving to a new apartment and this post gives me some great ideas.

  7. Stephanie
    February 5, 2020 at 3:10 pm — Reply

    I don’t know if I will ever do away with minimalism in my house/life, but it’s interesting to see the trends and how quickly it changes. I do notice that things have been changing already in a few photos I’ve seen recently.

  8. Joanna
    February 5, 2020 at 3:12 pm — Reply

    White kitchens are indeed very boring. And who thought of those poster wallpapers, they look absolutely horrible, especially when they cover the entire wall.

  9. Tara Pittman
    February 5, 2020 at 3:14 pm — Reply

    I love the backsplash over the stove. It is so awesome and unique

  10. C
    February 5, 2020 at 3:51 pm — Reply

    Yes, the spring season is upon us, and I would love to freshen up my interior, too. I am looking for some accessories, mainly pillows and throws, some curtains, and vases that will go nice with my sense of home and Spring season.

  11. Dan "Jay" Reyes
    February 5, 2020 at 6:06 pm — Reply

    These interior designs are so cool! This website is a good resource for me 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

  12. Krysten Quiles
    February 5, 2020 at 6:07 pm — Reply

    I’m so torn. I feel like trends can be fun but you also need something that’s going to stand the test of time. Thanks for sharing as always!

  13. Marjie Mare
    February 5, 2020 at 8:33 pm — Reply

    Everything looks so beautiful and colorful. I should get a makeover.

  14. Myrah Duque
    February 5, 2020 at 9:30 pm — Reply

    Oh yes! Lots to leave behind alright. Grafitti in a living room? Oh my.

  15. Karen Monica
    February 5, 2020 at 11:52 pm — Reply

    Sometimes I do follow trends but when it comes to interior design I always stick to something simple and sweet.

  16. Marriah
    February 5, 2020 at 11:58 pm — Reply

    I absolutely LOVE those bold colors and mosaics! I definitely agree that it’s time to move away from the plain and embrace more individuality!

  17. Bree
    February 6, 2020 at 12:49 am — Reply

    It’s difficult to keep up with design trends so I lean towards rustic and vintage. The old is old so it can’t get any worse lol!

  18. Coralie Seright
    February 6, 2020 at 2:43 am — Reply

    I am glad to see white kitchens go. I have never really been a fan of those. I love wood colored cabinets with lighter countertops.

  19. Unta
    February 6, 2020 at 3:33 am — Reply

    I’m not sure if I like any of interior design trends listed above, but many people do.

  20. Angela
    February 6, 2020 at 4:53 am — Reply

    I love the idea of graffiti on the walls. It would look really good in my basement.

  21. Jhentea Guzman
    February 6, 2020 at 5:07 am — Reply

    I love it all,but the Singularity designs stands out for me. Love the colors in it. It brings such a happy vibes.

  22. Cris
    February 6, 2020 at 5:27 am — Reply

    Wow! These are some amazing ideas! I love those colorful curtains!

  23. Shruti
    February 6, 2020 at 6:09 am — Reply

    I love the classics. I feel they never go out of trend. Interior design is something which is one’s personality displayed in the things around him/her. I would always go for the classics. 🙂

  24. Serene Xi
    February 6, 2020 at 8:48 am — Reply

    Thanks for these excellent design ideas. I recently remodeled my home so I will employ some of your tricks.

  25. Terri Steffes
    February 6, 2020 at 9:50 am — Reply

    It must take time for our neck of the woods to catch up to trends. White kitchens were the top sellers of 2019 in new homes here. Will be interesting to see what it will be in 2020.

  26. Jeph Marquez
    February 6, 2020 at 9:56 am — Reply

    This is really cool. I really didn’t know that putting graffiti art on the room wall would be an awesome idea. This is a must try design for this year.

  27. Erlene
    February 6, 2020 at 10:01 am — Reply

    Hmm…I always wonder who sets these ‘trends’? I say do what you like and feels good to you.

  28. Kristen
    February 6, 2020 at 10:52 am — Reply

    I have to say I love my all white kitchen and I don’ t think I can ever give up that trend. But I do love the new ones that are rolling in.

  29. Heather
    February 6, 2020 at 11:04 am — Reply

    I feel like we never really say goodbye to any style. Eventually it all comes back, doesn’t it?

  30. Hannah
    February 6, 2020 at 11:14 am — Reply

    This is very interesting. As I think about my friend’s homes, I can see all three of these trends emerging in their homes. Especially the individualistic one. It is becoming more popular to want your home to reflect your personal identity.

  31. Adriana
    February 6, 2020 at 12:00 pm — Reply

    I am loving the bright colors. So trendy and perfect for the summer time

  32. Ching
    February 6, 2020 at 12:12 pm — Reply

    I go classic for home design and trendier in fashion!

  33. Kuntala Bhattacharya
    February 6, 2020 at 12:37 pm — Reply

    I liked all of your designs but particularly interested about the mixed one coz my house has a mixture of modern and traditional furniture and decor and sometimes I am confused about how to blend them together in a single room.

  34. Neely Moldovan
    February 6, 2020 at 1:48 pm — Reply

    I used to really want a white kitchen. Then I had kids and they are REAL messy

  35. Hollie
    February 6, 2020 at 2:22 pm — Reply

    I’m glad white kitchens are out. I can barely keep darker kitchens clean and I always feel like I could never keep a white kitchen clean enough.

  36. Margaret
    February 6, 2020 at 2:48 pm — Reply

    What a great post. I’m laughing about the white kitchen as we still have oak cabinets that I’ve been wanting to paint white. LOL. I want to pay off our house before I do any real remodeling of our kitchen. I’m in love with white oak, unfortunately my kitchen is golden oak. LOL

  37. Laura
    February 6, 2020 at 4:05 pm — Reply

    These are all so cool and stylish spaces. Thank you so much sharing!

  38. Catherine
    February 6, 2020 at 4:06 pm — Reply

    I love the stained cabinet look honestly, but I think it depends on the size of the kitchen too. I have a small work kitchen so I think the white does brighten the space and makes it look a little larger but I used to have honey gold cabinets that I loved as well. So much fun keeping up with design trends though..I love seeing what the new year will bring!

  39. Y
    February 6, 2020 at 4:28 pm — Reply

    Some fantastic ideas here, love how candid you are about the subject, we are doing up our kitchen and I would love to get the mosaic backsplash on my kitchen walls as well

  40. Christopher Mitchell
    February 6, 2020 at 4:45 pm — Reply

    I feel like my wife would totally resonate with this and just love the tone of the piece. It’s a lot of fun! Thanks for putting this together!

  41. Eileen M Loya
    February 6, 2020 at 5:21 pm — Reply

    I agree that whatever design you choose for your home is your preference, not to please anyone else but yourself. I never did like white kitchens though. That would be so high maintenance! This year, I am looking at installing a beautiful mosaic backsplash in my kitchen.

  42. Stephanie Stebbins
    February 6, 2020 at 7:13 pm — Reply

    I don’t follow trends too much, I like to do my own thing, but I will say that I will not miss the all white kitchen trend!

  43. Marysa
    February 6, 2020 at 7:25 pm — Reply

    I think anything too styled goes out of trend faster than simpler looks. I think the white kitchen is not too bad, at least compared to the others. I personally wouldn’t want a white kitchen – it feels like it would be a lot of maintenance!

  44. Ashley R
    February 6, 2020 at 8:50 pm — Reply

    The Audrey Hepburn wall is just the best. I love how bright it is. I would want to sit and read in it all day.

  45. Jasmine Watts
    February 6, 2020 at 9:12 pm — Reply

    I love all the design ideas here. The Colorful and fun living room is something I like. Maybe i’ll try this one

  46. Cindy Ingalls
    February 6, 2020 at 9:30 pm — Reply

    I absolutely love the coral trimmed windows against the fresh white walls!

  47. lorena
    February 6, 2020 at 11:37 pm — Reply

    Wow, these are amazing. Love the one with the bright colors.

  48. Christa
    February 7, 2020 at 12:20 am — Reply

    Yes to authenticity driving design trends! And a not-so-tearful goodbye to white kitchens. I never got it. (But I also have kids? And like things to not look dirty all of the time?)

  49. Milica
    February 7, 2020 at 1:55 am — Reply

    Honestly I like more the classic look that too much colors in my home. And again honestly idc about the trends its important that I like it 😀

  50. Peter Nyiri
    February 7, 2020 at 3:05 am — Reply

    This stuff is really nice, however let’s not forget that a large percentage of Americans and non-Americans are not up to this level and would never think about replacing this level of design.

  51. Raissa
    February 7, 2020 at 8:26 am — Reply

    Lovely interiors! I love it! I’m looking for a minimalist design

  52. Stephanie Parrell
    February 7, 2020 at 9:50 am — Reply

    Love these different looks! So beautiful and fresh!

  53. Natalia
    February 7, 2020 at 12:40 pm — Reply

    These are some really interesting trends. I wouldn’t expect to have a graffiti in my living room. However, I must admit that it looks quite nice. 🙂

  54. Sri ramani
    February 7, 2020 at 12:58 pm — Reply

    All ideas are so fresh and cool!Loved the colorful living room !

  55. TW
    February 7, 2020 at 5:00 pm — Reply

    I dream of having a better kitchen and interior design is a must. An appropriate design should make the kitchen bigger and homey.

  56. Angela Campos
    February 7, 2020 at 6:08 pm — Reply

    Oh wow! I never know what is in style or or out!! This is very helpful!!

  57. aisasami
    February 7, 2020 at 7:16 pm — Reply

    I didn’t know what was in and out of the interior design trends, thanks for letting me know. I wish I could change the color of my apartment but I can’t do it by myself, I need the permission of my landlord.

  58. Alice Kubiske
    February 7, 2020 at 9:48 pm — Reply

    I like the fact one can do their own thing in 2020. I would love to change the old, ugly wall paper in my kitchen but I rent.

  59. Angela
    February 7, 2020 at 10:13 pm — Reply

    Oh no, I love white kitchens (and Billy Idol!) Great post and love the sense of humor in your writing.

  60. Krizzia Scollon
    February 8, 2020 at 3:31 am — Reply

    definitely something to look into especially if you’re doing any spring renovations. so amazing to see interior designs are constantly evolving!

  61. Erik
    February 8, 2020 at 3:37 am — Reply

    I always keep my loft pallete as simple as possible to give a classic vibe. So tht I wont be compelled to change often. Thanks for sharing this is very informative.

  62. Jackline A
    February 8, 2020 at 7:05 am — Reply

    I still love white kitchens but the other trends can stay in 2019.

  63. Elizabeth Grider
    February 8, 2020 at 8:40 am — Reply

    I love these new design ideas! I love that authenticity and relaxed looks to be central this year!

  64. shelby
    February 8, 2020 at 12:24 pm — Reply

    I think it totally depends on the persons style! I really liked some of these but others were blah!

  65. Fatima Torres
    February 8, 2020 at 1:48 pm — Reply

    We are working on our interior this season and couldn’t agree more with the whole white kitchens thing. It reminds me of a blank canvas without personality.

  66. Garf
    February 8, 2020 at 4:57 pm — Reply

    The classic interior design is my kind of design. But. these designs are all nice.

  67. Krista
    February 8, 2020 at 10:57 pm — Reply

    I seriously want to live in every room and every single one of your photos. This happens every time I read one of your posts just amazing. I also agree that trends are inherently short in time things and by the time something becomes a trend something else already is so that’s just interesting

  68. Henri
    February 9, 2020 at 7:14 pm — Reply

    WOW! These gorgeous pictures have me ready to renovate or totally change my space. LOVE the colorfulness.

  69. Genevieve Jerome
    February 10, 2020 at 1:58 pm — Reply

    I love all of these designs! The color block shelves are stunning! We have wool blankets and of plants in our living room and love them! The greenery brings such a bright light to our home.

  70. Hannah Marie
    February 13, 2020 at 3:10 am — Reply

    I am never saying no to those designs. Very elegant, creative and just clever. Literally love them all.

  71. ILS
    February 14, 2020 at 11:03 am — Reply

    I am not so aware of interior design trends but it is always good to have a little catch-up. I could not have my kitchen painted white.

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