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Meg Traynham
Meg Traynham
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Long & Foster Grove Office
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Richmond, VA 23226
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Top Design Trends to Follow for 2020


Hello Friends and Neighbors,

It’s the dawn of a new decade; hence a new design era has begun!

Although the last decade’s trends had their wins (all things farmhouse, feminine blush colors, floral patterns and the return of “gutsy” wallpaper), some were overplayed (sorry “graige”). With Pinterest, e-commerce and HGTV (just to name a few), style idea accessibility has never been greater and that has created quite the design buzz! We hope you enjoy this sneak peak of new era trends.

Trend experts expect a shift from the white, clean lines and minimalistic décor of the previous decade to more rustic looks with an incorporation of vintage accents (tile, décor, etc.). Colors are expanding into muted grays and blues. Personal touches are key in the new decade of design and the kitchen is no exception with wall art, collectible dish displays and other items of interest lending warmth.

Living Room
According to NAR (National Association of Realtors),staging the living room was found to be the most important for 47 percent of buyers. Natural touches and antique art and furniture from the 1800s and early 1900s are trending. Incorporating a couple of statement pieces can help create a visually appealing space without breaking the bank.
Bring the outdoors inside! Adding natural touches is a great way to keep up with the latest trends without spending a fortune. The olive tree is expected to become popular this decade, replacing the more dramatic fiddle leaf fig or gaudy ficus. Ditch the air fresheners for a more organic approach; plants naturally cleanse the air and release oxygen (health is always on trend)!
Bedrooms and Bathrooms
Warmth and comfort are recurring themes throughout new design trends. In the bedroom, while neutral color schemes are expected to continue, a splash of color can be provided through home decor. A brightly colored rug or throw can provide subtle enhancement. Comfortable, cozy fabrics are also trending and lead to potential buyers imagining themselves curling up with a good book in your inviting space.

You may be surprised to hear that according to the 2019 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study, 38 percent of homeowners added or replaced a master bathroom tub. Of those, 50 percent chose to install a freestanding flat-bottom tub shape. In addition to this, statement walls are expected to continue as a trend (wrapping one wall in a bold floral pattern). Natural textured wallpaper patterns are also trending and especially in coordination with a statement wall.

Your home is one of your most valuable investments. Just like reallocating your portfolio, your home’s value can benefit from periodic updates; the key is knowing where to invest. If you are considering selling your home or just want to know what areas to focus on improving over time, please feel free to reach out for a free design analysis. As your trusted real estate expert, I have the desire, knowledge and resources to help. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

All the best,


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