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Best in American Living™ Awards Showcase Top Design Trends for 2020

Best in American Living™ Awards Showcase Top Design Trends for 2020

Last month the National Association of Home Builders held their annual International Builders' Show in Las Vegas, NV. Of the highlights of the conventions the awards are always highly anticipated and these awards for Top Design Trends for 2020 are certainly noteworthy. PW&A did not attend the International Builders' Show this year, though we did last year. Continue reading below for the full article from the NAHB - Best in American Living™ Awards Showcase Top Design Trends for 2020.


Over 150 single-family, multifamily, interior design, remodeling and community projects were honored at the 2019 Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA) ceremony held during the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. The awards were sponsored by Monogram Appliances, and the media sponsor was Professional Builder.

Judges awarded eight Best in Region, five Of the Year and one Judges’ Discretionary Award for Innovative Site Design. In addition, one Game Changer award was given as well as one “Wow!” award, a special award given to a project with a jaw-dropping, one-of-a-kind design detail. These projects represent the nation’s best in home and community design, interior design and remodeling.

BALA winners showcase top design trends that home buyers can expect to see in homes and communities over the next several years, among them:

Colorful kitchens. Often found first on the island and then on lower cabinets, many designers are finding ways to punch up today’s new and remodeled kitchens. Judges saw cool aquas, dark woods and new, colored textures in many of this year’s applicants. It could take the form of a deep blue, on trend with many of 2020 color forecasts, or fun wallpaper, or earthy tones.

Crisp colors paired with warm woods. More designers are pairing otherwise “stark” or “cool” palettes with warm wood tones—either real wood or manmade—to create a look that is both dramatic, yet homey; high-end, yet comfy.

Curated design details. In every type of housing, from single- to multifamily, from remodels to communities, it’s clear that buyers want their next home to feel personalized to their taste. Every detail matters—from ceiling textures to shelving choices to mullion size—and today’s educated buyers won’t settle for less.

Expansive, large-format windows. Almost considered a standard feature in single-family custom homes, expansive, oversized windows—often with limited vertical interruptions—are on trend in all housing types. Even in denser areas, architects are finding interesting ways to incorporate large panel glass that lets in light but keeps out nearby neighbors.

High-quality signature entries. In our often car-centric society, residents spend a lot of time coming in through garages, but in 2020, expect to see a greater focus on front entries and improved streetscapes. A signature entry, especially on a production home, adds a one-of-a-kind appeal for future owners.

Non-traditional storage solutions. Instead of traditional cabinetry, designers will opt for shelving, both as a storage solution and as a design element. Outside of the kitchen, architects are creating more artful interpretations of traditional storage spaces, like wine cellars or under-stair displays. Artfully crafted, these storage areas purposefully blend into the room, instead of another typical closet door along a hallway.

Personalized lighting design. No matter the price point, buyers want a personalized feel to their homes, whether rental or for sale, and lighting is an obvious choice to offer that personalized feel. Lighting, like other design details, should not be an afterthought, and just installing what’s on hand without added thought about placement won’t fly with the 2020 buyer.

Sophisticated in/outdoor connections. With new technologies and increased availability of glass walls, pocket doors and large windows, new and remodeled homes alike are benefiting from seamless indoor/outdoor connections, both visually and physically.

Texture paradise. In 2020, designers are opting for more mixed metals, mixed materials and mixed textures to add depth to their designs. Wall paper, back on trend, is a great way to add additional texture to a space. Instead of full-room papering, designers are using wallpaper to create statement walls, focal oints or large pieces of art.

Thoughtful, well-edited design: Architects are pushing for more character and uniqueness, especially in production homes. Well-edited doesn’t necessarily equal simpler, but it does mean there needs to be a genuine purpose of place and points of interest that draw the eye across the façade—without all the fussiness of past decades. In plan, architects are making smart spatial decisions to match a cultural preference towards simplicity in living, especially in the age of constant technological interruptions and connections.

Unique wood detailing: The use of wood has been up-trending for the past couple of years, but in 2020, expect unique wood details and use of wood to create texture, ambiance, lighting design and more.

What’s old is new again: A renewed focus on genuine sense of place makes adaptive reuse and historic preservation projects a focus of 2020. By focusing on what came before, designers can build on an existing history instead of starting over, and residents will feel more connected to the place they now call home.

More information about this year’s winners and trends can be found at

2020 Design Trends We Love

2020 Design Trends We Love

Celebrating a new decade often ushers in new trends in home design. The Twenties will be no different. Design trends point to bold colors and big designs with an emphasis on the environment and being as eco friendly as possible. From choosing colors more in tune with nature to recycling materials and up cycling old furnishings, the design trends of 2020 looks to be bold, bright and eco minded.

2020 Design Trends We Love

Multi-Use Spaces

You can thank the tiny house craze for multi-use spaces. Small or large homes benefit from multi-use space. A spare bedroom also serves as a home office, a craft room can be incorporated into the laundry room or maintenance room. 

Multi-Use Furniture

The Murphy bed is making a comeback due to this trend. Your home office can also be a bedroom with the flip of a switch (or the tug of a cord). 

Go Green

The 20s will look a little like the 70s with heavy use of live plants. Statement plants such as large ferns or elephant ear plants have made their way back into our living rooms. Not only do they filter the air in our homes, but they add a lovely pop of color.

Recycled Materials

More and more you can find home furnishings that have been made of recycled materials such as patio furniture made from recycled milk cartons to upcycled furnishings crafted from older furniture but redrafted with a modern twist. Etsy is blowing up with these kinds of furnishings and decor.

Bold Color

You'll find bright, bold colors in most of the new homes being designed these days. And not just a pop of color but a whole wall of lemon yellow or lime green. Often used on textured surfaces. These can be stunning, certainly eye catching.

Sport Courts

The trend might be for smaller homes, but some are actually getting bigger and in those larger homes you'll often find sport courts. These are great in climates where going outside in harsh weather is dangerous, or for sporty families that need to practice and don't want to spend free time driving. Sport courts are also a great draw for the neighbors so be sure you like to entertain before adding one to your home.

Indoors go Outdoors

More and more we're seeing homes that have traditional indoor spaces - living areas, kitchens, dining rooms - taken outdoors. These are not simply porches or patios  - these are living spaces meant exclusively for the outdoors and to be enjoyed in all seasons.

Design Trends Everyone Loves

Design Trends Everyone Loves

After attending the International Builders' Show and walking the vast convention floor, it was clear that several design trends were going to be a huge hit and loved by most homeowners. Many of these design trends are very affordable and can be accomplished in a weekend or two if you are so inclined. Others can be incorporated into a new build or remodel.

Design Trends Everyone Loves

Whiter Whites - Homeowners are choosing whites that don't have grey in them. They want a brighter white to illuminate the rooms they use white paint in. Perfect in kitchens, bathrooms and anywhere in the home you want to make bright and clean.

Colored Cabinetry 

Nothing is better than a pop of color and choosing cabinetry is an easy way to bring that pop into your home. Homeowners are moving away from all white cabinets and opting for cabinetry that is colored. These are usually bold, statement colors like black, dark grey, midnight blue or dark green. 

Jewel Tones

When it comes to color pastels have been all the rage up until recently. Jewel Tones are back and better than ever.