2020 design trends

2020 Design Trends

Follow along with me as we go through the 2020 design trends that we are most excited about here at designQ!

While not being a huge fan of interior design “trends” (for the simple fact they are called that for a reason…they don’t last!) it is interesting to see what the forecast is for the 2020! 

Here are a few cool details to look for in the coming 365 days…think BOLD, NATURAL, WARM, EDGY & JUST DOWNRIGHT INSPIRING!


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If you’re a child of the 50’s -70’s the thought of more wood makes you CRINGE, but unlike previous years, 2020 will feature dark tones to add a touch of elegance & luxury!  Expect to see oak, hickory, pine, mahogany, birch & teak to lend to the warmth of a room.  Walls, ceilings, furniture, beams, doors & windows will all take on a dramatic richness.

Wicker, Jute & Rattan

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Vegetable fibres will be super hip!  With everyone working towards becoming more environmentally conscious, the theme of organic materials is set to continue for seasons to come. The presence of wicker, jute & rattan will become commonplace, & rich textural expression will be the headline story.  Light, earthy palettes will be prevalent and will include the use of natural area rugs, unique baskets and room divider screens! 


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Picture yourself sitting in a big ole tufted Chesterfield with a glass of bourbon, listening to jazz music, smoking a cigar!  Is it just me or does this sound AMAZEBALLS!  Maybe it’s just me lol! 

 If you are a fan of this moody feel & love industrial style, 2020 will be your year!  Look for leather to be at the forefront in details such as cabinetry pulls, toss cushions, headboards & of course, furniture!


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Metals come into 2020 full force!

We’re talking silver, gold, oxidized steel & copper. For the bolder personality, the mixed metal decor trend will also be uber popular. 

Watch for this in lighting, plumbing, hardware, accessories and furniture accents.  

Remember, there are NO RULESSO MIX IT UP and HAVE SOME FUN!

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Botanical designs, a metallic twist on geometric patterns & different application areas are going to be among the biggest wallpaper trends for 2020.  Wellness in the home continues to be a trend & with a massive resurgence of everyone craving more greenery, there will be a push to try to bring the outside in on the quest to create a greater sense of calm.

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If you’re famous for killing all of your houseplants (like I am!) but still want to feel like you’re living in a tropical paradise, this might be your year!  Vivid, bold greens will be the color of choice with botanical prints being so huge & vibrant, you’ll swear you can hear the parrots in the trees!  If this sends you into a bit of an anxiety attack, these will be toned down with warmer, earth tones and natural motifs.

Look up…look waaaaaay up…wallpaper on ceilings will appeal to the bold, adventurous design lover who pushes themself to think outside of the box!  Stay tuned for wallpaper to replace dated “feature paint walls” in bathrooms! 

Murals are making a comeback to provide a dramatic WOW factor!  For a safer, more conservative aesthetic, geometric wallpaper patterns show no signs of slowing down but 2020 brings about a shiny new twist with sexy shades of silver, gold and rose!


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Black Kitchens

I see the look of horror on your face & hear you saying “but it’s going to make the kitchen look SMALL!”  Not true!  You don’t have to be scared of black kitchens! By adding elements such as natural wood, white or brighter metals, a black kitchen is dramatic, full of character & presents itself in a stunning, timeless way!

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Now that you’ve got a little inspiration under your belt for 2020…what cool changes will you make to your home that will make a shift in how it feels?  Break the rules and have fun!

Next week be sure to check out our vlog where we go deeper into each of these trends, and show you how you can easily get these looks in your home now! 



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Welcome to designQ 2020


Welcome to designQ, and to our brand new blog! We are super excited to showcase what we are all about at designQ and keep you informed on all things design throughout 2020.

If you have never heard about us before, or even if you have but you just aren’t sure what the heck we even do, then read on my friend! In our introduction blog post, we go back to grade school and explain the 5 W’s – Who we are, What we do, Where we work, When should you come see us, and How any of this benefits you! 

But before you scroll down with excitement – do yourself a favor and sign up to receive notifications of new blog posts, how to design video’s, featured designers, events, and so much more. 


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Who are we, and what do we even do?

designQ is the state of the art design center for 3 of Edmonton’s most prominent new home builders – Pacesetter HomesSterling Homes & Streetside Developments

When you buy a new home from any of the above new home builders, you will in some way be affected by our team. 

The talented designers at designQ conceptualize, design, and execute all showhomes – so before you even step foot into designQ you have already experienced the stunning work of our design team in over 80 showhomes throughout the city. 

Once you decide to build, then you get to come see us where we will walk you through selecting every detail and finish inside of your home. 

Learn more about us here. 

And if the above wasn’t enough, designQ is adding one more tool in our belt this year. Stay tuned in the next few months to learn about an amazing opportunity for you and your home. 

Who says you can’t have your new home, and furnish it too? 

Which Builders do we work with?

Each of the new home builders we work with offers a variety of home plans, and options. Click on their logo’s below to read more about them! 

You can also stop by to visit them, and check out our talented designers work, in any of their show homes throughout Edmonton and surrounding areas. 

Where & when can you visit us?

** Preview Nights currently CLOSED due to Covid-19**

If you aren’t building a new home quite yet, but want to come and check out what we have to offer, come and see us on a Preview Night. 

Every Thursday evening from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m, designQ opens it’s doors for you to come and take a peek at every item you will be able to select in your new home. We have designers in each room answering any questions you may have, and showing you the standard items for each builder as well as any upgraded products. 

We are located at 3203 – 93 Street NW in Edmonton. 

How will signing up for these blogs benefit me?

We LOVE giving information – even on things non design related 🙂 

So what can you expect? 

  • We will bring you the latest design trends & how to achieve the look in your own home
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