These were the biggest home decor trends of 2020 – will they carry into next year?

Before we wave goodbye to this year, let's revisit our top home decor trends of 2020

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Even if you don't consider yourself a home decor aficionado, there's a good chance you paid attention to the way your house looked this year. 

If you asked me what my home looked like back in March, I would tell you: There were piles of clothes on my floor, my TV remote was most definitely lost somewhere underneath said pile of clothes on the ground and my home decor? Non-existent. 

Between late-nights and early-mornings, the last concern on my mind was achieving the top home décor trends of 2020. Now, fast-forward to nine months later, and present-day? Decorating my space is one of my favorite hobbies.

You would think in such turbulent times, homebound young adults (like myself) would be opting for calming pieces over chaotic ones; however, incidentally, that is not the case. This year was all about infusing our homes with fierce, eclectic items that similarly echoed the chaos unraveling outside our four walls.

 From oversized floral wallpaper to bold monochromatic moments, here are the top five biggest home decor trends we saw in 2020.   

1. Bold monochromatic moments  

In a recent Elle Decor article, Jonathan Rachman of Decorist explained the need for home-enthusiasts to step outside their comfort zone.

Instead of reverting to neutrals or pales when hearing the word 'monochromatic,' try opting for shades such as "Cobalt blue, Kelly Green, or even Aubergine" to make a stunning statement. He furthers explains that when done "in a daring way, [it's] full of personality and elegance." 

To create a cohesive monochromatic moment, try the following:

home decor trends of 2020

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Olive Sofa — Metal Legs l Starting at $879, at west elm

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One-of-a-Kind Hand-Knotted New Age Blue/Navy 5' x 10' Area Rug l Was $2,015, Now $699.99, at Wayfair 

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360 Lighting Modern Table Lamps Set of 2 l For $89.99, at Target

2. Floral wallpaper

Caroline Rafferty of Caroline Rafferty Interiors also tells Elle Decor that floral wallpapering is having a moment. She explains, "clients are gravitating toward fresh interpretations of floral pattern." 

To add a fresh floral flare to any room, try the following: 

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Deny Designs, Holli Zollinger Floralista 2'x10' Wallpaper l Was $322, Now $135.09, at Macy's 

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Floral Peel & Stick Mural by Drew Barrymore Flower Home l For $69, at Walmart

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Peonies Peacock Blue/Gold Removable Wallpaper l Starting at $7, at Pottery Barn

3. Layering old and new 

Every home tells a story, and one way to do that is by carefully curated a collection of home décor. While flea markets and antique shops are great one-stop-shops, right now, many of us are lacking access to them; and in which case, there are tons of online retailers with offerings just as influential. 

But one major thing to keep in mind here? 

"[Take] the design of [your] home to the next level by getting comfortable with mixing and matching old and new," Lauren Buxbaum Gordon of Nate Berkus Associates tells Elle Decor. 

To mix-and-match like a pro, try the following: 

home decor trends of 2020

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Round 9.5" Metal Cocktail Table l Was $129,  Now $122, at Pottery Barn

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Juri Ornate Accent Mirror l Was $209.99, Now $189.99, at Wayfair

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Zekera Serving Cart in Champagne l For $188.70, at Walmart 

4. One Single Print

Find yourself overwhelmed by one-too-many colors clashing your rooms,  or are you finding that you went a bit too pattern crazy? Streamline the decorating process by opting for one single-print to display throughout. After all, what could be more impactful than a subtle distinct statement that's apparent throughout? 

To unify any room with a single-print, try the following:  

home decor trends of 2020

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Nautical 2 Piece Framed US Patent Set Wall Art l Was $98.39, Now $78.71, at Kohls

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E by Design, Anchor Stripe 16 Inch Red Decorative Nautical Throw Pillow l Was $79.99, Now $26.99, at Macy's 

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East Ubran Home, Anchors l Was $199.00, Now $139.99, at Wayfair

5. Rattan and Wicker furniture

Our favorite childhood material, rattan, and wicker have made a total resurgence, and noticeably, it's evolved refreshingly. Home enthusiasts can now opt to bring this outdoor favorite that is now indoor-friendly. To achieve this trend, in a muted way, reach for dining room chairs, recliners, and wicker baskets.

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Seagrass Utility Basket, Medium - Havana l Starting at $23, at Pottery Barn

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Avocet Rattan Fan Back Accent Chair - Opalhouse l For $190, at Target

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Delphine Cane Accent Chair In Beige l For $234.72, at Walmart

Still, want more accent chair ideas? Check out our best armchairs guide here!

Brittany Romano
Brittany Romano

Brittany Romano joins the Real Homes team as their U.S. E-commerce Editor, based in New York City. From her start as a fashion market assistant at Marie Claire to building highly profitable commerce vertical at Us Weekly and AMI brands, Brittany has produced award-winning content covering everything from celebrity beauty hacks to must-have items from online sales. She is a graduate of New England College. When she isn’t writing, you can find Brittany indulging in yet another DIY-project or cheering on her beloved Boston Bruins. Find her on Instagram at @Rammmyyy.

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