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These are the 8 biggest home, painting, and interior design trends of 2020

Here's how to bring them into your own house.

Decor Trends Credit: Anthropologie/Pottery Barn

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Whether you're self-quarantined because of the coronavirus outbreak or simply someone who likes to spend a lot of time inside, updating your decor or walls can make your home feel like a brand new space. To help you redecorate this spring, we've rounded up eight of the biggest trends in home decor, interior design, and painting below. From the color of the year to bold statement tiles, here's all the inspo you need for a home makeover even Joanna Gaines would approve of.

1. Classic blue

Blue
Credit: Sherwin-Williams

It's the perfect hue for a bold accent wall.

According to Pantone, classic blue is the 2020 color of the year. Described as "suggestive of the sky at dusk," it's just a shade lighter than navy and creates a space that's equal parts calm and elegant. How can you incorporate it into your own home? If you're feeling bold, paint a room (or just a flashy accent wall) with the popular shade. And if you want something more subtle, snag these deep blue throw pillows or this eclectic accent chair to add a pop of color in your living room.

2. Natural elements

Nature
Credit: Pier 1/West Elm

Nature, but make it decor.

Bring the outdoors inside with plenty of plants and greenery and decor made out of natural materials (think: rattan, wicker, wood, and rope). These nature-inspired elements create a tranquil, peaceful vibe in your home and add some warmth, especially in contrast to more industrial or modern pieces. Some ideas? An open-weave cane basket for holding throw blankets, a set of woven wicker counter stools, or perhaps a reclaimed wood coffee table.

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3. Colorful kitchens

Kitchen
Credit: West Elm/Technivorm

It's a whole new world out there in terms of kitchen decor.

Goodbye, all-white everything—2020 is the year that color comes back into the kitchen. Whether it's something as major as painting your cabinets or something as minor as swapping out your black appliances for bright and vibrant ones (like this top-rated coffee maker!), playing around with color in your kitchen warms up the space and makes it feel more homey yet modern at the same time.

4. Warmer neutrals

Neutral
Credit: Crate and Barrel/Pottery Barn

Ahh, so calming.

Neutrals aren't going out of style anytime soon, but they are making a pivot towards the warmer side of things this year. Designers are seeing a shift from sterile whites and cool grays to earthy tones and warm beiges. An all-neutral room (using a mix of shades from the same color palette) looks incredibly chic, while an off-white wall or a few larger pieces (like a sandstone sofa or an ivory upholstered headboard) act as a blank canvas for colorful accent pieces.

5. Statement tile

Tile
Credit: Anthropologie

Who knew tile could be so pretty?

Go bold or go home—or rather, go bold in your home. From patterned backsplashes to gorgeous shower walls, eye-popping tiles are all the rage. You can shop all different styles, colors, and prints at places like Anthropologie and Home Depot, from oversized patterns to modern marble. And the best part? You can easily put your tiles up yourself during your newfound free time at home.

6. Open shelving

Shelves
Credit: Pottery Barn/HGTV

Why keep all of your things behind closed cabinet doors?

Take it from Joanna—open shelving instantly elevates any kitchen or dining room from so-so to something straight off a Pinterest board. Not only is it practical (everything is a lot more easily accessible) but it also puts all of your pretty bowls and plates on display, allowing you to finally show off that fancy set you got for Christmas last year. Plus, installing open shelves is a perfect—and often affordable—weekend project for the DIYers among us, requiring little more than a drill, screws, and patience.

7. Floral wallpaper

Wallpaper
Credit: Urban Outfitters/Anthropologie

Cue all the flower power.

Wallpaper? With flowers? Hear us out—the pretty patterned paper is incredibly trendy right now. It makes for a stunning accent wall and there are patterns for every decor style, from paper with big, bold blooms to more subtle, neutral prints. Bonus: If you're worried about committing to a permanent change (or just looking for a fun DIY project), you can find plenty of removable wallpaper options at retailers like Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, and Wayfair.

8. Shades of green

Green
Credit: Pottery Barn

Nature's favorite color should be yours, too.

People are all about getting back to nature in their homes—and nothing is more reminiscent of the outdoors than the color green, which paint company Behr named its most popular color of the year. And with a vast spectrum of hues from lime to sage to emerald, it's an incredibly versatile color. Use it on your walls for the ultimate outside/inside oasis or opt for smaller touches, like a jewel-toned loveseat, a soft mint throw blanket, or a set of decorative vases.

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