New Design Trends

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We are featured in the January issue of Forsyth Family magazine! Read below!

New Year, New Remodel: Lael Homes Explains 2020 Design Trends
By Denise Heidel

For most people, the stroke of midnight on January 1st carries with it a significant amount of pressure. It’s a new year and a clean slate. A chance to make changes. Now, what are we going to do with it? You may have been thinking of a home renovation project, and if you are—this is the perfect time to start planning it.

Lael Homes President, Kelly Lael, shared, “It’s common knowledge that spring and summer are the peak times for home renovations. And the sooner we can start talking about a project, the better! It gives the homeowner time to arrange for financing and finalize selections before we start the process.”

It’s also a great time to get a jump start on the 2020 trends. Kelly said, “2020 decorating trends are bringing some new and innovative items to the market. And at the heart of design, 2020 is all about luxury. Current trends include more dramatic textures and surfaces coupled with interesting art and statement pieces.”

Kitchen Trends

Kelly continued, “The all-white kitchen has been popular for a while, and while it’s not going anywhere, we see more color in the kitchen. In what is being called the fifth wall—a growing trend is to give a dramatic pop color to the kitchen ceiling.”

“Additionally,” Kelly said, “we love the 2020 trend of mixing metals. Nothing has to be matchy-matchy, which makes for some more interesting visuals in the kitchen.”

When it comes to cabinets and islands, Kelly shared, “People really love the natural look. From reclaimed wood to lovely butcher block countertops—the warmth of wood is being embraced in 2020. We’ve also seen some textured cabinets that add a great deal of warmth and depth to a kitchen space.”

Other 2020 kitchen design trends include:

  • Pretty pantries! People love pantry shelves, and when a homeowner is committed to organization, pretty canisters make a pantry a showpiece in the kitchen!
  • “Greige” which is a step beyond the traditional grey (which is always classic) and better than beige…. With tones of blue, purple, or even green, greige is a statement color.
  • Copper is still a kitchen classic! Not only for pots and pans, but also for hoods and lighting!

Bathroom Trends

“Walk-in showers continue to be popular this year,” said Kelly. “But the difference will be in the tiles. We see more pebble tiles, and frameless glass doors are an elegant choice.”

Plant lovers will be excited to hear that ‘biophilic design’ is a 2020 trend. “Utilizing plants in the bathrooms is becoming increasingly popular,” said Kelly. “And just as the natural look of wood is popular in kitchens, so is it growing in popularity in the bathroom. From creating bathtubs that have a barrel look with wooden plants, to reclaimed wood, bathrooms are returning to ‘nature.’”

Finally, “We’re seeing that people are more creative in their bathroom spaces. While neutral colors still carry a lot of weight,” said Kelly, “Color and texture are becoming popular choices.”

Design Trends & Home Remodeling

And when it comes to interior design, Kelly shared that “Patterns, mosaics, and texture are growing in popularity. For a while, the neutral look dominated things, but people are looking for ways to infuse their own signature style into their homes. And that’s not always neutral!”

It’s also important to note, “The open floor plan isn’t going anywhere,” explained Kelly. “My husband and I have this conversation regularly when we’re discussing home renovations. People love the open floor concept, and it continues to be popular in 2020. For most situations, it’s a matter of opening up a wall and maybe adjusting a footprint. But open floor plans definitely add value to homes!”
Kelly continued, “As much as we love these new 2020 trends, at the heart of our business is this core mission—we believe everyone deserves a home they love. We know that trends don’t work for every style or budget, so we work with our clients to find the design solutions that work for their specific wants, needs, and budget! Whether it’s a custom home build, kitchen or bath remodel, or home addition—we have done it all for 18 years! We’ve seen a lot of trends come and go through the years, but the one thing that remains constant—our clients want and expect great quality work that is designed to work with their lifestyle.”

Lael Homes is a premier contractor and interior design business based in Clemmons. Call Kelly and Andrew Lael of Lael Homes for more information or for a free, in-home consultation. Visit or call 336-546-7307. Be sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Instagram and Houzz.

This article originally appeared in the January 2020 issue of Forsyth Family magazine.