Interior and Furniture Trends for 2020 (Architectural Digest)

If one theme unites the furniture trends we will be seeing in the year ahead, it is shifts in the way we live and work. Our desire for an increasingly sustainable way of life, for example, is leading a renewed interest in vintage and antique furniture. Other trends, like furnishings with a playful sensibility and seating that fosters collaboration, seemingly point to a collective desire to make more meaningful connections with our friends and colleagues—and our furniture.

Antique and Traditional Furnishings

Older pieces not only look great but are also an easy way to integrate sustainable products into the home. Experts say consumers will take note in the year ahead. In fact, Sotheby's Home has seen its vintage and antique sales increase by 35% in the last year. Tamara Rosenthal, the company's VP of Marketing, says such an uptick reflects changing attitudes toward the environment and consumption. “People are becoming increasingly mindful of how their shopping habits and daily lives are impacting the environment," she says. "Because of that they are finding ways to curb this impact and be more eco-friendly.”

The rising popularity indicates a broader return to traditional decor in interiors, adds Anna Brockway, cofounder and president of Chairish. “This trend includes classic shapes; beloved prints from established design houses; landscapes and portraits in substantial frames; wallpaper, tapes, and trims to create rooms that feel exuberant, layered, and full. And yes—traditional brown furniture is part of this too!” she says. Chairish fan favorites include Maison Jansen, Maitland Smith, Piero Fornasetti, Fortuny, and furnishings upholstered in textiles from legacy fabric companies including Scalamandre and Brunschwig.

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