There is so much inspiration to be gained from 2020 Home Trends; whether you’re looking to buy a new home or looking to update the home you’re in, it’s helpful to know what’s going on in interior design right now. And one great way to know what’s going on right in your area is to tour homes that are being newly built, which is totally encouraged. You can learn a lot about what the trends are in layouts and floor plans, but also when you look at the styling of the homes, you can glean what’s popular in terms of furnishings, textiles, accessories, lighting, color schemes, and finishings.
So to assess what’s going on in 2020, I took a look around homes being built by different builders in five neighborhoods with at least a couple model homes in each neighborhood. Now keep in mind, this is in Southern Arizona, and, like I said, this is a good way to assess trends IN YOUR AREA, so I can’t say that these are universal trends but you may find some similarities in your own explorations.
2020 Home Trends, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!
Very High and Vaulted Ceilings
Every house we went into had ceilings that were at least nine feet tall, if not even taller, with doors to match. And some rooms had vaulted ceilings as well. Now, remembering my perspective as a 5’4” tall woman, everything seemed so tall and large in scale! I felt tiny!
And in my opinion, with proportions like these in a home, you need to think carefully about the furniture you buy and make sure that it’s large enough to make sense in the house and not look like dollhouse furniture.
That being said, the designers who staged these homes always did an excellent job taking advantage of the height and accentuating it, bringing drapes and even shower curtains up to the full wall height.
Long Hallway at Entrance
It seemed that in most if not all of the houses we toured the layout featured a long hallway as you walked in the door that led to the main living area. I’m really not a huge fan of the trend because it honestly feels like wasted space to me.
Bedrooms at the Front of the House
Another 2020 home trend that I noticed that I disliked was the fact that almost all of the homes had the secondary bedrooms right at the front of the house. Now, as a mother, all I could think about was someone walking in and grabbing my kids and me not even knowing. This is probably not hugely likely, but it was my first thought and something I also considered when buying my own home. And although it probably would never happen, I’m just not sure I could rest easy with my babies at the front of the house near the door.
Besides my paranoia, I would also have a concern about road noise and people coming to the door bothering the kids when they were trying to sleep.
There often was also a window looking from the front walkway of the house looking into a hallway that the secondary bedrooms came off of, which also didn’t sit well with me in terms of privacy.
Big Windows and Sliding Glass Doors
One 2020 home trend that I was totally on board with was the huge picture windows and sliding glass doors in all of the houses. They were amazing and let in so much wonderful natural light!
The highlight of these was one home that featured two sliding glass doors that met at a corner of the room between the dining space and the living room. They opened up two walls at a 90 degree angle to extend the living space to the back patio. I had never seen anything like it, so cool! Definitely a great layout for entertaining and taking advantage of our awesome weather.
Less Textured Walls
Every home that I’ve ever lived in has had knock-down texture on the walls. But the 2020 home trends feature less textured walls in the form of a skip trowel finish. I love this and truly wish that I had missed out on the knock-down phase. I feel like this would have saved me so much time and headache when painting!
Door to the Outside in Master Bedroom
I’m kind of on the fence about this 2020 home trend. On one hand, if you had a pool, I could see this being extremely practical. On the other hand, I can see this possibly being a weird privacy issue for me. Like, if I wanted to have people over, I’d have to either have curtains on that door (they were usually mostly glass) or have my bedroom presentable to the world. So I think I could take or leave this trend really; I don’t think it would make or break a house for me.
One trend that appears to be making a comeback is the water closet, that tiny little toilet room to itself. Again, this in and of itself wouldn’t make or break a house for me; I’m rather neutral on this feature. That being said, every single house we went into had the master bathroom laid out like this, so it must be something that people are liking.
There were also several secondary bathrooms that had a door between the sink area and the toilet and shower/bath area. I think this would be super practical for kids sharing the bathroom.
Bathtubs are Out
Long gone are the days of a luxurious bubble bath in a giant garden tub, it seems. I don’t think there was a single bathtub in any master bathroom we looked at! Now, I’m sure that you can change this with the builder if you’re purchasing a new build, but the fact that none of the model homes featured bathtubs tells me that more and more people are not asking for them.
Shower Staging Area
Now taking up some of the space where the bathtubs once lived are shower staging areas, raised areas outside the door of the shower where you can sit, hang your towel, and dry off so that you don’t get water all over the shower when you get out. Brilliant!
The other thing taking up the space of forgotten bathtubs is the shower! They are massive these days! AND most of them featured two shower heads, one on the side of the shower and one from the ceiling.
Clear Glass in the Bathroom
Homes have moved away from the frosted and textured glass in the bathroom, which is an awesome upgrade in my opinion. It both opens the space and makes for easier cleaning, which is always a win, in my opinion.
It seems that round or oval sinks have gone the way of bathtubs in favor or a more modern square sink in bathrooms.
One thing that is definitely a 2020 home trend is the use of technology in the home. For instance, most of them came with at least some USB wall outlets.
And one builder, Lennar, even touts the “World’s First Wi-Fi Certified Home Design.” “The Connected Home is engineered to give you Wi-Fi in every room with no dead spots.” Their homes are also equipped with garage doors that you can control with your smartphone, keyless entry systems, smart thermostats, Ring doorbells, and tankless water heaters.
Luxurious Laundry Spaces
Now, I’m sure you’re thinking, “Um, what’s luxurious about a laundry space?” Well, these laundry rooms were massive, featured cabinets, counters, and even SINKS! Man, what I wouldn’t give for a sink in my laundry room!
Super Tall Kitchen Cabinets
As I said above with regard to furnishing these homes with extremely high ceilings, you need larger furniture in these homes. In that same vein, I understand that it makes sense for the kitchen cabinets to be taller. However, from a purely practical standpoint, I would have to have a stool to get things out of the top two shelves in these kitchens, just saying.
Lighting Above and Below Kitchen Cabinets
One 2020 home trend in the kitchen that I can get behind is the amazing amount of light being put into kitchens. I absolutely loved the way that the kitchens had lights above and below the cabinets in addition to the traditional overhead lighting. This is something that I have on my list of upgrades for my kitchen for sure!
Two-tone Kitchen Cabinets
One trend that we’ve been seeing for a little bit that also appears to be sticking around for 2020 is two-tone kitchen cabinets, which I personally like. I think it adds a little extra interest and really has the power to ground the space. It’s another thing that I personally would be open to thinking about in my kitchen when the time comes to get new cabinets.
Deep, Single-Bowl Sinks
Another sink trend for 2020 is big, deep, single-bowl sinks in the kitchen, perfect for those big pots and pans. I am a big fan of this trend and it is something that I have been thinking about incorporating into my own kitchen for some time now.
I’ve been window shopping for a backsplash for my kitchen, and these homes were an awesome source of inspiration in that department. It was great to be able to see so many different types of backsplashes with different shapes and textures installed in kitchens because oftentimes it’s difficult to imagine what something will look like on a larger scale in an entire kitchen.
This is another trend that I’m not sure about. Maybe I’m just a sucker for the traditional, but these egg-shaped doorknobs seem weird to me and feel weird in my hand.
2020 Home Trends for Styling
It seems like the industrial look is here to stay if the styling trends in these model homes are any indication, which I personally am just fine with. Some of the industrial light fixtures especially were stunning and something I would totally put in my own home.
Tons of Texture
The designers who styled these homes did an awesome job incorporating lots of different textures into wall treatments, linens and textiles, and different accessories. One of my favorite examples of texture was a dining room where there was a whole accent wall of stacked stone, absolutely gorgeous!
Wallpaper certainly went out for a time, but it truly has made a comeback, and I, for one, am a fan. There were many homes that featured wallpaper in some great prints. One thing that I saw that I wasn’t sure about was all of the wall paper in the bathrooms, but, upon further investigation, it appears that there is now “splash proof” wall paper designed just for this purpose.
There were a fair number of horizontal painted stripes in the homes that we visited, which I like, as evidenced by the fact that there’s actually a horizontal stripe painted around my daughter’s room. I really enjoy the simple graphic nature of horizontal stripes and their ability to easily change up the room.
Now I know that model homes are styled to be appealing to the largest number of people possible, but I do think that that could be done with, say, something like art about nature or landscapes. However, it was abstract art, specifically fluid art, that was featured most frequently in these model homes. I felt like my art was so relevant and on point, truly a strange feeling for me. So if you’re digging the abstract fluid art vibe, check out my acrylic pouring section to make your very own!
There were a number of accessories and furniture pieces cast from concrete, both indoors and out, in many of the homes. It’s another nod to the industrial style that I can appreciate.
Another 2020 home trend in styling that I noticed was lots of geometric shapes in accessories and art. I definitely think that this trend plays well against the industrial touches and fluid artwork.
Go Forth with Inspiration!
I hope that my nosy digging into the newest trends in homes being built gives you some inspiration for your home, whether it be in the design concepts or the styling concepts. The beauty of interior design is that we can make it our own, take inspiration from things we love and leave rest, and that’s just what I encourage you to do when you’re thinking about your home decor!