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Seven great design trends for 2020 that can elevate the look of your home

7 design ideas for 2020

The new year is almost here! To get you in the spirit and ready for 2020, we’ve created a list of some of the upcoming year’s top home interior design trends that can bring comfort and a flair to your custom built home with minimal effort. 

From adding a touch of Pantone’s color of the year, classic blue, to creating a vacation-worthy backyard, there’s definitely something on the list below for everyone – and every custom built home.     

Take advantage of the latest kitchen design trends. From eye-catching slab backsplashes made from marble, to colorful kitchen tile and double islands, 2020 is looking to be a stellar year for kitchen design. 

Even the most classic kitchens can benefit from unexpected pops of color, while more modern kitchens can take advantage of open or sleek, minimalist cabinets. Warm finishes, natural woodwork and stone flooring are big this year - and also timeless - so they’ll look great in your home for years to come.   

Invest in a handmade area rug. Few things add elegance to a room like a beautiful rug. Persian and tribal rugs are pieces of art that can become beloved family heirlooms. Luckily, there are several excellent rug stores in Cincinnati and the surrounding area including The Rug Gallery, Heriz Oriental Rugs in Montgomery and Fazel Rug Gallery in Hyde Park. Additionally, local antique dealers can help you find the perfect rug for your home. 

Make sure to do your research before purchasing a handmade rug, and check websites like, where you can find some incredible ones from dealers across the globe like this antique Anatolian Ushak rug

Make the backyard a peaceful retreat. Why wait for a vacation to get away from it all? Instead, create a tranquil outdoor living space where you can retreat any day of the week. Use pergolas or a terrace for cascading plants like wisteria and clematis. Plant wonderfully fragrant plants and flowers like jasmine, roses, and lilac bushes, and choose outdoor furniture designed for relaxing like chaise lounges and seats with plush, soft cushions. 

Consider adding an outdoor fireplace, a sound system that lets you listen to your favorite music while you unwind, and choose finishing touches like lanterns and soft, dimmable lighting.    

Create a serene space indoors, too. When you can’t take advantage of your outdoor oasis due to weather, or if you just need a change of scenery, it’s good to have a room to retreat to as well. There are a few simple things to keep in mind when designing your serene indoor space. First, pick a room with lots of natural light and great views. Choose paint in soothing colors, and make sure it’s void of clutter. Remember: even functional places, like an office or an entertainment room, can be calming. 

Give your garage a makeover. Don’t just make 2020 the year you finally organize the garage, but the year you make your garage one of the most high functioning spaces in your home. With retractable screens, you can transform your garage into a place where you can work or play, an exercise or party room, or an area for your pet. 

New garage doors are also a quick and easy way to elevate the look of your custom built home, and we love Organized Living’s garage storage solutions that maximize the space in your garage while making it clutter-free. 

Choose blue. We’re excited that Pantone’s color of the year for 2020 is classic blue. It’s a calming color that works well in every room of the home. Consider painting a bedroom, kitchen or media room this gorgeous shade, or adding a classic blue rug to any area to tie everything together. 

You could also pick throw pills, art featuring shades of blue, or bedding. What we love most about this color is how versatile it is. And while it’s trending thanks to Pantone, it’s a color that never goes out of style. 

Go high tech. Smart home technology keeps getting better. In the kitchen, you could install a smart refrigerator that lets you see what’s inside without opening the door, set meal schedules and let you know when food is about to expire. 

In the bedroom, you could add a smart aromatherapy alarm clock or use a sleep tracking app to make sure you’re getting a good night’s sleep. And in the bathroom, with a  smart bathtub, you can set the water temperature and infuse essential oils right from your phone. 

So here’s to 2020, and to another year of creating wonderful memories in your custom built home!