The 2010s are coming to an end, so stash the succulents and farmhouse decor—it’s time to usher in a new decade of design. To find out just what that’ll look like, we asked our House Beautiful Next Wave designers to tell us what trends they’re ready to embrace in 2020, from bold hues and hand-crafted accents to throwback details and classical motifs.
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Over-the-Top Window Treatments
Grab your chintz balloon shades—the ’80s are back. Or at least the preference for ornate window treatments are. “We’re doing a lot more fancy curtains than in the past,” says Jared Hughes, who is a fan of cornices and decorative lambrequins (like the ones he used this sitting room). “It’s a great look in neutrals or solids to give you an interesting feel and pairs well with more clean-lined pieces.”
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Home Silks Hampton
Everyone knows the hallmarks of a fantastic kitchen: The best ones are open and properly lit, and they use every inch of the room for optimal organization. A great kitchen is central to everyday living, and a place where the most crucial ingredients for entertaining guests often come together. It’s also a space for much more than just cooking, as family gathers here and countertops sometimes double as desks when work and school projects need to get done.
For Martha, open-concept shelving takes priority over traditional cabinetry, which helps the kitchen feel much lighter and airier. “I use everything in my kitchen regularly, and shelves make it all accessible,” Martha says. “These nearly reach the ceiling, putting underused space to work.” But shelving is just one component of a well-designed kitchen. Integrating essential appliances into the kitchen landscape is a must, and placement of things like French presses, espresso machines,