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Home decor trends for 2020

8 decor trends you’ll want to try

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by Emma Simon ConsumerAffairs Research Team
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Much like fashion, home decor goes through trends every season. Many people put off updating their homes because they assume they need a large budget or must live through a massive renovation project, but that’s not always the case. If you don’t have the budget for a full-scale home renovation, we’ve rounded up some 2020 home decor trends and perfect DIY projects you can complete in a weekend or an afternoon.

Trend: Anything but carpet
Swap out old carpeting for modern wood flooring

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Achim Home Furnishings Floor Tiles
  • Perfect for DIY projects
  • Available in six finishes

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Flooring options have come a long way. If true hardwood floors aren’t an option, laminate flooring has stepped up its game with a wide array of premium finishes. This Achim Home Furnishings laminate flooring looks just like wood but comes in an ash gray finish with a checkered pattern that looks fresh and modern.

Trend: 80s-style window treatments
Turn your window into a conversation starter

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Easy-S-E-H Blackout Curtains
  • Modern style
  • Simple way to update a room

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In 2020, trends are looking back in order to go forward by taking a popular '80s design trend and modernizing it. Valances are a great way to make a room interesting without investing in a full redesign. To stay on-trend, opt for a modern style like this Easy-S-E-H modern jacquard window treatment.

Trend: Fresh pops of color
Add a pop of sunny yellow to your decor

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Hosley Ceramic Yellow Vases
  • Easy way to refresh a room
  • Cheery color to brighten your mood

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Even though the 2020 Pantone color of the year is Classic Blue, the shade that has interior designers talking is a soft yellow known as mellow yellow. If you’re not up for painting your walls that hue, opt for a few strategic accents, like throw pillows or these Hosley ceramic vases that come in a two-pack.

Trend: Live plants
Cultivate a green thumb

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Succulent Collection
  • Can improve indoor air quality
  • Caring for plants helps mental health

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Plants are definitely a home decor trend for 2020, and there are real benefits to putting a little greenery in your life. Caring for plants can help reduce stress and anxiety. If you’re new to the plant world, test out some low-maintenance plants, such as this set of 20 plants that don’t have to be watered as frequently. Whatever you do, skip the fake plants — they’re bad for your feng shui.

Trend: HGTV-style mini-makeovers
Give your kitchen or bathroom a mini-makeover

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LongKing Tile Backsplash
  • Instantly upgrades a room's finish
  • Perfect for a weekend DIY project

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Everyone wants a kitchen or bathroom that looks like it was designed by an HGTV host. If a full-scale Fixer Upper renovation isn’t in your budget, try something simple like upgrading your backsplash. These peel-and-stick mosaic tiles from Long King are the perfect way to go. This is a quick and easy DIY project that you can complete in an afternoon.

Trend: Eye-catching patterned bedding
Give your bedroom character with patterned bedding

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Echo Design Comforter Set
  • Creates an attractive bedroom design
  • Great way to express your personality

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In the last decade, minimalism reigned supreme — and that meant solids or basic patterns. But as we usher in a new era, get a little whimsical and swap out that drab striped bedroom set for florals and bolder prints. You don’t have to pick a bold hue — let the print or pattern do the talking with this Echo Design Kamala comforter set.

Trend: Wallpaper is back
Reconsider your feelings about wallpaper

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RoomMates Gray Wallpaper
  • Mess-free application method
  • Perfect for an accent wall

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Once upon a time, wallpaper was a definite no-no. But times have changed, and wallpaper has gone mainstream with modern patterns and simple application methods. To stay on-trend, skip a whole room application and stick to an accent wall for a conversation starter. Opt for sleeker designs that are less '80s-inspired vegetable rows and more geometric to stay in this century — like this RoomMates gray modern geometric peel-and-stick wallpaper.

Trend: Brass is out; bronze is in
Upgrade your home’s finishes with bronze

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Alpine Hardware Bar Handle
  • Quick DIY project
  • Can create beautiful contrast

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In the 2010s, brass reigned supreme in modern home design. But in 2020, bronze is going to be your new BFF. Swap out existing handles or faucets in your kitchen with a sleek bronze option like these Alpine hardware bar handle pulls in a matte black, oil-rubbed bronze finish. They come with an installation kit so you can quickly replace your existing cabinet hardware.

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by Emma Simon ConsumerAffairs Research Team

As a member of the ConsumerAffairs research team, Emma Simon is dedicated to creating accurate and valuable content that helps consumers make difficult decisions.