Man, this really is the worst time of year, isn’t it? The days are short and dark. Everybody’s back working at warp speed after the holidays. And science says you’re about to give up on all your optimistically ambitious New Year’s resolutions, caving to a never-ending case of the blahs.
Perhaps that’s why the design world is fighting back with looks that promise to boost our moods during this dismal time. That’s right—it’s a new year, and our decor is (appropriately) heading in a new direction, popping off loads of color and vibrancy. We’re nixing the neutrals and chasing away those winter blues with a big dose of bold.
Keep reading for the five biggest design trends of the season, plus details from the experts on where you can get the look.
1. Playful pastel kitchens
You can thank a resurgence in art deco style, which was all about “softness and sensuality,” says Gianna Marzella, principal and founder of GiaMar Interiors. “And the art deco style coincided with a time of economic growth in the United States—some theorize that these playful colors are a reflection of this sense of financial well-being.”
Get playful in your kitchen by redoing the cabinets or walls in a pastel pink just like the one above. Looking for the perfect rosy shade? Check out Breathless by Sherwin-Williams.
2. Sumptuous jewel-tone sofas
“Emerald green and jewel tones in general are part of a 2020 trend we’re calling ‘Old World Minimalism,’” says Rebecca Breslin, design manager for Wayfair Professional. (In addition to rich jewel tones, Breslin says, Old World Minimalism includes black lacquer and 1940s silhouettes and materials.)
“Elevate the look [of an emerald-green couch] with velvet, a chesterfield silhouette, or complementary blue or purple throw pillows,” Breslin adds.
Looking for your perfect emerald-green beauty? You’d better believe Wayfair’s got you covered with this Pamula sofa.
3. Baskets—on the walls!
Photo by Natalie Fuglestveit Interior Design
Who says baskets are just for storage? Not top designers, who’ve started creating colorful arrangements of baskets on the walls this season.
“Baskets have moved up from the table to the wall, and it is a beautiful way to show artistry and bring color into a space,” says Kellie Smith, founder of SmithHönig. “The free-form arrangement can soften a room, and the woven texture brings interest and adds an element to the space that might not otherwise be included in a design.”
Whether it’s a single basket mixed with framed art or an entire wall dedicated to a collection, baskets add a unique touch to any space, Smith says.
Add some woven, colorful goodness to your space by shopping these custom basket collections at Etsy.
4. Striking scalloped chairs
In another embrace of bold looks, funky scalloped chairs have entered the decor scene—and we might just be obsessed.
“With a subtle nod to the interiors of the ’80s,” Breslin says, “there’s a resurgence of rounded silhouettes, including scalloped chairs and pillows, to balance a more rigid overall structure in spaces.”
Trade your boring square chairs for a few of these scalloped models from Wayfair.
5. Verdant hanging gardens
Photo by Cooley & Rose
Winter is long, which is just one of the reasons you’ll want to include this fresh pop of greenery in your home’s interior. We’ve seen these hanging gardens in recent trending bathroom designs, but now they seem to be popping up in just about every room of the house.
“There’s no denying the science that nature improves mood and health, and hanging gardens are becoming popular for this exact reason,” says Colin Haentjens, designer for The Knobs Company. “The texture, color, scent, and pattern of living plants can transform a sterile space into a livable one.”