While we're all for timeless—and personal—design, it's always fun to spot a new trend. And the truth is, each year does tend to bring a few new styles of furniture that inevitably make their way into the pages of our magazine and across Pinterest and Instagram. As 2019 wraps up, we turned to trusted designers with their fingers on the pulse of the design world, as well as our own notes from major shows like the High Point market, to determine what's going to make a big impression next year. Here's what we found.
1. Cane, Wicker, and Rattan
As if we needed more proof that the grand millennial style is here to stay, we're seeing an uptick across the board in furniture made from materials once reserved for your grandmother's screened-in porch. Cane and rattan have popped up everywhere from Bobby Berk's furniture line for ART to Society Social's new store to Target's in-house furniture (shown here). Previews of spring 2020 lines at this year's furniture shows indicate there's much more to come. "We expect more of the natural, bringing in the soul and elements from nature," says Richard Oullette of Les Ensembliers.
2. Made-to-Order Pieces
Too much Amazon Prime? It appears years of click-to-buy sameness has resulted in a bit of fatigue, prompting more buyers to want handmade, customizable items—which are now easier to find than ever, thanks to the internet and social media. "There have been so many new artisans and boutique furniture companies come about recently," says designer Josh Pickering. (One example? Brooklyn-based Peg Woodworking, whose pieces are customizable down to the finish and inch). "I think that as a result, we will see people commissioning more unique, one-of-kind pieces. Ready-made, mass-manufactured pieces have come so far aesthetically that good-looking is not enough to cut it for people anymore. It needs to be unique, special, and they want quality."
3. Vintage Galore
Another way to get a more unique look? Go vintage! Designers predict reinvigorated enthusiasm for antiques, despite what you may have heard about millennials not wanting their parents' furniture (it's not true!). "As the decade comes to a close, and we move into the future, I predict a greater return to embracing the past," muses Jamie Drake, who designed this interior featuring an 18th-century giltwood chair. "The under-appreciated, and very under-valued, antiques of the 18th- and 19th-century will be reevaluated." Expect to see them mixed in with modern and contemporary pieces for truly unique and personal spaces. Says Jenny Kirschner of JDK Interiors: "I believe we'll see a trend to 'not be trendy,' but to be more personalized and individualized in furniture choices and in how we as designers combine aesthetics. The fear of mixing your grandmother's antique chest into a room filled with contemporary pieces has really dissipated over the last few years."
4. Design Blues
Pantone named its 2o20 color of the year, "Classic Blue." The very same day, House Beautiful predicted that French Blue was "the new Millennial pink." Coincidence? Not really. Previews of next year's furniture show an abundance of blues in every shade, with product and furniture designers treating it like as much of a neutral as gray or beige.
5. Curves, Curves, Curves
A rectangular sofa? So last year. More and more designers and homeowners are opting for the soft, romantic feel of curved furniture. From sofas—like this one by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams—to curved-back armchairs and dining chairs, we're looking at a curvy road ahead for design. "2020 is the year of the gentle curve as we move away from more structured, rectilinear styles toward elegant curved and asymmetrical pieces that created softer environments," confirms designer Chad James.
Prepare your patio for 2020: The new year promises to bring more options than ever in outdoor furniture. Between performance and outdoor fabrics being good enough to use both outdoors and in (like the Perennials on this sofa in a living room by MA Allen) and the surge in new outdoor lines by the likes of Made Goods, Bernhardt, and Barclay Butera, there's never been a better time to refresh your yard.