16 Home Design Trends That Are Gorgeous Now, But Will Be “So Early 2020s” In Just A Few Years

Hi. I’m an HGTV fanatic, and I pretty much watch at least one HGTV show every evening before bed. All that time spent has taught me which interior design trends are being overused right now and will look “so early 2020s” in a few years. Here are my warnings. Heed them.

1.Wainscoting or board & batten

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2.White kitchens

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All-white kitchens have already been on their way out for a couple of years now, so it won’t be long before people start walking into houses, seeing a white kitchen, and thinking, “Oh, this was renovated in the early 2020s.”

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3.This specific tile

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That long Zellige tile (specifically in green or blue) is all the rage right now, and for good reason. It’s gorgeous! But it’s being used so often that I worry it’s becoming the white subway tile of the 2020s, and any home that has a green tile shower will look very “of the time” very soon.

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4.Brass finishes

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5.Marble anything

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6.Neutrals neutrals neutrals

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7.Open kitchen shelving

Personally, I think a little bit of open shelving in the kitchen is very pretty. Also personally, I need every single square centimeter of cabinet space in my kitchen. I shudder every time I see a home on HGTV with a smaller kitchen waste space on open shelving. You're gonna want more cabinets! Sure, if you're rich and you have a gigantic kitchen plus a walk-in pantry, then go ahead and add some decorative open shelves. Otherwise, I think this is going to be one of those trends that stays in the early 2020s just based on practicality alone.Personally, I think a little bit of open shelving in the kitchen is very pretty. Also personally, I need every single square centimeter of cabinet space in my kitchen. I shudder every time I see a home on HGTV with a smaller kitchen waste space on open shelving. You're gonna want more cabinets! Sure, if you're rich and you have a gigantic kitchen plus a walk-in pantry, then go ahead and add some decorative open shelves. Otherwise, I think this is going to be one of those trends that stays in the early 2020s just based on practicality alone.

8.Open concept living/dining/kitchens

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9.Light wood floors

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10.Monochrome offices

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11.Built-ins

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12.Banquettes

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13.Farmhouse sinks

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14.Gigantic showers with no bathtub

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15.Shaker cabinets and doors

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This is just a matter of saturation. Eventually, people have to start shifting to another cabinet face style, and when they do, they’ll be able to place an all-shaker home squarely in the late 2010s or early 2020s.

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16.Gigantic kitchen islands (or, god forbid, double kitchen islands)

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