Trends in 2020: Our Team’s Thoughts
01/13 Design Tips

Trends in 2020: Our Team’s Thoughts

New year, same us.

Each year when January rolls around, we start seeing trend posts, "in and out," lists, and predictions on the direction of design and styling for the year ahead. It's always fun to see how it unfolds, but to tell the truth, our team has mixed feelings about the idea of what is or isn't "on-trend."

Yes, there is an ebb and flow of interior style that shifts with the world around us, but there is also something to be said about the nature of the home's constant, slow-moving process; because interiors are a process. And often, that process feels more like the transitions of the seasons than a continuous, abrupt rotation.

All to say that while we do love the color of the year (hello, it's blue!), in 2020, we're focusing less on trends, and more on building our spaces in intentional, lasting ways.

Here are some things we're planning to collect or do more of this year to achieve just that:

Vintage

You know what they say, what goes around comes around, and when it comes to interiors, it couldn't ring truer. Over the years, we've noticed that the right vintage piece can bring a room to life like nothing else can. Not only do vintage pieces tell a story of history and hold character, but they create a contrast to new pieces, accents, and even walls.

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“Adding something old to a new space creates that come sit on the couch and be right at home feeling.” - Kristine Metcalf 

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As we set an intention to thoughtfully gather beauty in our home this year, we're collecting more vintage in hopes of adding not only for the moment but for a lifetime.

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Our favorite vintage finds

Functional Beauty

You know that feeling when you walk into a home, and you're too scared to touch anything? If we had to pin anything that we consider "out of style," it's probably that.

"I love the idea of making a home really functional and being thoughtful about who and what you have around. It's hard for kids to just be kids if you have things on your coffee table they can't touch. " - Jen Paul, stylist.

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"When you style in a way that feels a little less stiff, you actually want to sit on your couch, and it's inviting." - Kristine Metcalf, lead stylist. 

"What we really want people to feel is, 'this is my home," and that means it's liveable even when it's beautiful." - Danielle Munz, stylist.

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Getting realistic with how your home fits your lifestyle is essential, to say the least, and it's something we're thinking about as we continue to design products at McGee & Co. that are as durable as they are pretty.

Relaxed performance upholstery we love 

Layered Dimension

Adding dimension is another one of those tried-and-true tricks our designers and stylists use time and time again to get that lived-in look. It's difficult to define dimension, but if you're asking us, it's all about mixing materials and textiles, layering, and bringing in personal touches.

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"It's really about what's bringing you joy and how that is shown in what your home looks and feels like. Whether that's a piece of driftwood from a beach trip styled on your coffee table or a piece of artwork that moves you, gather the pieces you really care about or that you love, become a collector." - Kristine Metcalf 

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Some of our favorite layering pieces of the moment 

Do you have any “design resolutions” for the new year? Tell us in the comments below!

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  1. Is that first vintage picture (with the copper tea pot) one of your renovations? Could you link me to that project? Loving that color for cabinets and back splash!!

  2. In my opinion, I think design trends are changing much too quickly now. You can no more get a room finished, and it seems like that it’s being said it’s outdated. I’m not sure if the problem is over saturation of trends through different social media , tv shows or what it is, but it’s just too much. I’ve decided, I have to decorate with the things that I love and and not too much trendy decor. Maybe a few new pillows or table decor with the season will be changed, but to replace all of my furniture when one style or color of wood is considered outdated is ridiculous. Maybe that’s just me. I’ve already seen some items I’ve hung on to, and not caved in and replaced, come back into style already.

      1. I really agree, it’s hard to find the right balance between what feels fresh and modern and what is classic and timeless, its hard to stay focused on what we really love when we have so much new styles and trend offers on social media. This year, I hope I can trust my self and only buy things that will last for years.

  3. These are not really trends. Vintage furniture and decor isn’t trendy. What’s trendy is any new tzoches or decor items that are brand new. I always say the first thing to look dated in a room is the most current piece you purchased.

    1. Hi! The message in the post is to say we’re not into trends, and the goal is to be as timeless as possible. Vintage, texture, and functionality are presented as timeless themes we always want to use more of, not trends 🙂 Hope this helps!

  4. That’s why I love sticking with timeless fundamentals that can be updated/changed with accent pieces & decor. Sometimes a splash of trendiness is nice, esp if it’s an inexpensive touch. Then when your tired of it, you can always swap it with something new! Love your designs btw and can’t wait to see your show!

  5. I’m of a certain vintage that I have seen trends come and go and while I am interested in what is new in the interior design field, I have found that I am always drawn to a particular style. It’s fun to incorporate a trend, be it a paint colour or new accent cushions but the basis of my style has been consistent and I am happy!

  6. Over the last few years there has been a shift to kitchen island cabinets being a different color than the other cabinets and brass drawer and door pulls. Do you see this trend dying down? Do you find that neutral in cabinetry and adding accents in less expensive areas a way to be trendy today but also allow for easyily updating to other trends trendy in the future?

  7. Hi- Can you tell me can I get that industrial shower door enclosure? I have seen the ones the print into the glass- but this looks authentic. Thank you.

  8. My design resolution is to save up and put my money toward larger prices, i.e an olive jar or oushak rug, instead of a lot of smaller pieces. Thanks for all of your helpful information, you guys are the best!

  9. The first picture on this blog post is KITCHEN GOALS. I would love to know where that picture easel is from, it is perfect for displaying vintage art. Does anyone know?

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