Ushering in a new year signals new trends. From shopping the home decor shows and stores, some clear trends for 2020 have emerged. Here’s a list of 10 hot home-decor trends to watch for in 2020.

1. Faux fur and faux skin. From faux fur to shagreen, texture and color have been spotted on items from benches to consoles.

2. Classic patterns. A number of patterns and designs are timeless. Many are being mixed together as part of a single look.

3. Brass. This metal made a comeback roughly a decade ago and continues to be the go-to luxury finish in home decor.

A vignette of brass accessories.
A vignette of brass accessories.

4. Industrial-style finishes. From lighting to furniture, industrial-inspired pieces are more popular than ever.

5. Benches and ottomans. These portable decor pieces can be transitioned in and out and moved from room to room.


6. Metal. From smooth to hammered, metal furniture works well for those looking for an interesting, industrial vibe.

7. Wood-crafted furniture. These days, furniture handcrafted by an artist or artisan is desirable, especially for those looking for one-of-a-kind or statement furniture.

A two-tone wood sideboard makes a statement.
A two-tone wood sideboard makes a statement.

8. Modular furniture. Instead of oversized individual pieces, the trend for 2020 is toward smaller pieces that can be placed or fit together, similar to creating a large puzzle.

9. Nesting tables. These tables work well for those looking for high design and flexibility.

10. Bold color and graphics. From accent walls to artwork, bold and bright is in; muted, subtle design is out.


Cathy Hobbs: Cathy Hobbs is an Emmy Award-winning television host, an interior designer and a home-staging expert based in New York City.