There aren’t many spaces in the home as versatile as our bedrooms. It’s where we spend our most intimate, quiet moments unplugged and away from the world. And as much as we try not to, we might be guilty of snacking, working, or bingeing another series from the comfort of our sheets.
While we have a specific affinity to each room in our homes, there’s nothing quite like the importance we place on our bedrooms—and it’s easy to understand why. Although personalization is important, a few patterns have appeared in the last 10 years. We've seen a resurgence of vibrant bohemian textures, the ushering in of minimalism in all its greatest forms, and the switching between swirled sculptural statement pieces of furniture to sharp, edgy accent pieces.
With 2020 just around the corner, we turned to several interior design experts to find out what this new decade will bring in terms of prominent trends in our favorite cozy space. Whether you’re steadfast in your minimalist ways or looking for a bold, fresh start in choosing your decor, there’s certainly something for everyone starting in the new year.
Whether you’re steadfast in your minimalist ways or looking for a bold, fresh start in choosing your decor, there’s certainly something for everyone starting in the new year.
Down to Earth
"I know everyone wants their bedroom to have a serene quality about it, but instead of 'high-end luxury hotel' as the inspiration, I think 2020 is going to show us a lot of minimal, nature-inspired bedrooms. We’ll see a major focus on texture, earth tones, and an embrace of imperfection (think: stonewashed linen bedding, chipped ceramic jug lamps, etc)." —Sarah Fultz, founder Sarah Fultz Interiors
"I believe we will see more monochromatic rooms with a splash of color. Whether that's from the addition of plants, patterned wallpaper, or paint. I think you'll start to see more natural elements utilized like wooden bed frames, wooden wall hangings or art, and floral or animal print wallpaper or paintings. Lastly, and this one is a wild one, I think the new trend in 2020 or better yet, 2021, we will move away from placing the bed against a wall but letting the bed sit in the center of the room or at least a bit away from the wall so that you can move fully around it." —Hilton Carter, founder of Things by H
Elevating the Luxe Factor
"Bedrooms are typically the most neglected room in the house. I know this is a sad story since we start and end our day here. With that being said the culture is switching to realize how much we need this room to be a retreat for mind, body, and soul. We too need a charging station and the bedroom is it! Bedrooms are turning into luxury retreats to give a personalized hotel vibe. We are seeing motorized shades, beds with undermounted sensory lighting, fine linens with lots of mixed textures. We are loving the large scale headboards that extend behind the nightstand for comfort & a luxe look." —Sallie Finney Kjos, founder of Grey Hunt Interiors
"Forget the 'comforts of home.' Now it’s about the comforts of my favorite hotel! From the perfect crisp linens to midnight kitchens, there are a lot of lessons about good living that we can learn from the best hotel experiences. Clients experience all of these comforts and luxuries from their travels—why shouldn’t they take them home?" —Christine Gachot, principal and co-founder of Gachot
A Place to Unplug
"We're seeing renovators installing fewer electrical outlets in the bedroom, so they can't be surrounded by plugged-in devices where they sleep. This intentional move cuts down on temptation and makes the bedroom a true oasis."—Jean Brownhill, founder and CEO of Sweeten
"I think in this age of technology, people are really striving to make their bedrooms more of a peaceful oasis. We're seeing more and more clients remove TVs from bedrooms, invest in high quality bedding and window treatments, and moody, soft lighting. We tend to keep the designs for bedrooms really soft and serene, focusing more on textures and natural materials than patterns or colors. Lately a lot of clients have been requesting that their primary bedroom evoke a sophisticated hotel-like feel, to create an escape for them where they can shut down from the day and recharge." —Devon Wegman, co-founder of Devon Grace Interiors
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"I hope that we see a return to cozy, moody spaces in 2020! Layers of textures and textiles and pretty wallpapers and gorgeous draperies—always with blackout lining, of course! —Maggie Griffin, founder of Maggie Griffin Designs
"Upholstered everything! This new year will bring a lot of upholstered walls and soft furnishings in bedrooms. With the hectic, modern lives we all lead, people are wanting a soft oasis with luxurious fabrics to come home to and relax in." —Jade Joyner of Metal + Petal
"Wallpaper is making a comeback and I’m here for it! Whether it’s one wall or the whole space, it’s a great way to bring color and pattern into a kids room without seeming too stuffy." —Shea McGee, co-founder of Studio McGee
"I think the trend of gigantic primary suites is on the way out. People are using square footage for common areas. For instance, I personally prefer a smaller bedroom and a larger closet.
Classic pieces will stand the test of time. Bedrooms should be soothing and relaxing and I think color palettes will definitely highlight that. I do see an upcoming trend of using monochromatic colors and just one print everywhere. This is coming back from the '80s where the bedroom was all one floral pattern, but now it’s being done in an updated, cool, and current way." —Mary Patton, founder of Mary Patton Design
"The bedroom will always be the most important room in the home to have a serene and calming environment. In the past, the choice of crisp white paint in the bedroom has been popular. However, we're hoping to see more diverse elements of calming shades and textures used within the bedroom for 2020.
For example, we foresee people choosing furniture that isn't too bulky and implementing shades of gray or cream to pair nicely with a light-filled bedroom instead of over-saturating the space with an all-white palette. We love Benjamin Moore's Vanilla Milkshake for a bedroom paint color that has a subtle gray tone with shades of cream. You can then incorporate bold textiles, patterns, and colors in the details such as pillows and upholstery without making the space feel too busy." —Meghan Hackett-Cassidy and Erin Hackett, co-founders of Hackett Interiors