Top 5 Home Design Trends for 2020

The new decade has arrived, and despite the January chill, the design world is heating up. Our designers and architects weighed in to share their predictions for this year’s most popular home design trends. Below is their list of the top 5 design ideas that are sure to make it big in 2020.

Smart use of the space you have – Just ‘cause it’s what you have, doesn’t mean it’s what you need. We’re seeing more and more people look at the entire footprint of their first floor and redesign the interior to suit their needs. Often spurred on by a kitchen remodel, many take the opportunity to move or knock down walls, or just shift functions of different rooms, so that the newly remodeled space really hits the mark.


Second floor addition full bathroom

New bedroom with arched window to match architecture of home.

Adding bedrooms and bathrooms – Rearranging the first floor layout may be popular, but when families grow, it’s time to add-on. Additions are still a big request, especially for older homes which often have a smaller footprint. And more often than not, bedrooms and bathrooms are on the list. As it so happens, these are excellent choices for increasing square footage of your home. Adding bedrooms or bathrooms will increase the value of your home, sometimes even paying for themselves in real dollars and cents, not to mention the big upgrade in quality of life.

Living it up on the lower level – Basements continue to be big. Building on the Basement family entertainment area. Built in shelving, open shelving, storage theme of making the most of the space you have, these versatile spaces are getting the royal treatment. Your lower level can be finished to the same style and quality of finishes as the rest of the home, or you can take some risks and be a little bit more daring than you otherwise would be on the main level. And because they are the same size as the floor above, they automatically give you tons more livable square footage, without trading in a portion of your yard for another room.

Large rooms with lots of uses – Forget distinct living rooms, dining rooms, and book cases line the wall of this living room studies – flexible space is where it’s at. People are done with rooms that get used a handful of days per year, opting instead for multi-purpose rooms that you can enjoy every day. Often a result of re-imagining the floor plan (see item #1) bigger rooms that get used every day are definitely en vogue.

Wine rooms for all – Wine rooms aren’t just for the ultra-high-end homes, they’re finding their way into basements or pantries in every size and style of home. Gaining in popularity as people return to hosting family and friends in their homes rather than going out, a focus on next-level entertaining has made staying in as much fun as a night on the town. Whether you stock up with a case (or two) of your favorite wine, or collecting various vintages and varieties is the spice of your life, keeping your stash organized and ready for the right night is a win on everyone’s list.

Infusing your existing spaces with what is current but timeless can be tricky, but we’ve got you covered. If you’re ready to give your home a makeover, set up a time to meet with a Normandy Designer to discuss your next home renovation project. You can also register to attend an upcoming workshop or follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more inspiration and insights.

Kitchen Remodeling Trend Roundup for 2020

A new year lets you press the reset button. What better place to begin than in one of the hardest working areas of your home – your kitchen. While following kitchen trends too closely can seem fleeting, smart usage of the right kitchen design trends lets them often outlast their time in the spotlight. From cabinetry, to color palettes, and backsplashes, we asked our designers to weigh in on what they are seeing on the home front this year!

Grays are warming up – The cooler color palettes that dominated for years are starting to take a step back. Even the dominant grays of the past five years are starting to take on a hint of beige.

Clean lines – The preference for simple lines, rather than the ornate, has been trending for a while and shows no signs of stopping. Even traditional style homes are becoming more minimalist as people embrace a more simplified aesthetic.


Quartzite CountertopGranite is fading – More people are either opting for lower maintenance options like manmade Quartz, or choosing a more exotic look like natural Quartzite. The naturally remarkable look of Quartzite is getting a further boost with speciality treatments like leathered, flamed or honed finishes.

Drawers in island for storage


All about islands – Islands are continuing their domination of the kitchen and are bigger than ever. Large islands can seat 6+ people and still leave plenty of prep space. When space permits, double islands are on the rise, allowing for the full separation of the work space from the casual seating space.

Hardware that shines – Gold is here to stay, but so is the trend toward mixing metals. Almost anything goes from dark grays with a gunmetal look, to rose gold, and brushed nickel.

Navy Center Island with seating for 4Blue and White – White kitchens really never go out of style, but these days more white kitchens are getting a strong pop of color to go along with them. Blue has become the go-to accent color, whether it’s a neutral friendly Navy, a bold Royal or a Dusty blue, the pairing is an undeniable hit.

Office nook with white cabinetry and metal hardwareKitchen desk revival – Kitchen desks went the way of the Dodo years ago, but let’s face it, the bills, paperwork and clutter didn’t. Rather than taking over part of the kitchen counter, more people are opting to corral it in a new version of the kitchen desk. It’s part message center/ part family command center.

Elongated subway tile – Subway tile has evolved, and the now classic rectangular shape is longer and slimmer. These longer tiles look great in an offset, brick lay or herringbone pattern, and give a fresh update to the classic subway tile.

There are plenty of today’s kitchen trends that have long term staying power; it all depends on how you use them in your home. Set up a time to talk with a designer about what’s possible for your kitchen. You can also register to attend an upcoming workshop or follow Normandy Remodeling on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more inspiration and insights.

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