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2020 Home Design Trends
BALA Home of the Year 2019

Summer 2020 Home Deign Trends

Some of the hottest interior & exterior home design trends in residential real estate

home design trends summer 2020 by eli king conklin for roohan realty saratoga ny

Thinking of remodeling, buying, or selling? Here are the latest home design trends to keep on your radar for that overdue renovation project or your home search.

Home Style

Modern and contemporary home styles are becoming increasingly popular, especially those with open interior floor plans, clean lines, large format windows, and an abundance of natural light. The Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA) Home of the Year award-winner is a beautiful example of all of these characteristics at play. Nestled in the snowy peaks of Vail, Colorado, the home was designed by Brandon Architects and built by Meadow Mountain Homes. The architects used a glass box concept for the layout to maximize both the interior space and the awesome exterior views of the Rockies:

BALA Home of the Year 2019

BALA 2019 Home of the Year in Vail, CO. Source:

BALA Home of the Year 2019

BALA 2019 Home of the Year in Vail, CO. Source:

BALA Home of the Year 2019

BALA 2019 Home of the Year in Vail, CO. Source:

Exterior Features

Outdoor living space has been important for a while, but according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), there’s an even greater emphasis on big, beautiful outdoor spaces since the outbreak of COVID-19. People want porches, and they want them to be large, livable, and in many cases, conversational distance to the street.

large front porches 2020 home design trends

Large, livable porches

Any covered outdoor living spaces are highly sought-after for the ability to socialize while maintaining safe social distance at home in the fresh air:

Covered outdoor living spaces

Another big one – both for single-family and multi-family homes – is package drop-off storage and parcel delivery vestibules. Basically any area that can be made accessible to delivery drivers for safely stowing Amazon packages, grocery deliveries, etc.

parcel delivery vestibule

Source: HousingDesignMatters

Other exterior features:

  • 2 car garage or larger
  • garage storage
  • covered outdoor spaces
  • exterior lighting


With its wide appeal and ability to add warmth to any space, wood is the clear winner in this category. You’ll see it more prominently in flooring, walls and accent walls, ceilings, finishes, furniture and everything in between:

wood interior accent wall 2020 design trends

mixed material wood exterior 2020 home design trends

Other materials:

  • glass
  • mixed materials
  • natural materials
  • engineered quartz
  • ceramic tile


As the hub of the home, the kitchen can make or break a buyer’s overall attitude toward any house on the market. And while many of us like to make these spaces highly personal, there are a few design features that are appearing on more and more people’s wish lists. Large center islands with ample storage and room for seating have topped the list for several years. This year though, all white is out and bold, colored islands are in:

bold kitchen islands 2020 home design trends

New for 2020 are a combination of open and closed cabinets, so homeowners can showcase some of their favorite items in plain view but keep everyday dishes hidden from sight (and dust):


Considering a master bathroom renovation? You’ll get the most return on your investment by incorporating any or all of the most sought-after amenities: double vanity sinks, a spacious linen closet, a walk-in/doorless shower, and a freestanding bathtub:

freestanding bathtub 2020 home design trends

Other rooms & interior features

With more Americans staying at home than ever before, the need for dedicated spaces for living, working, and working out can be tough to achieve in a limited space. That’s why flex spaces are gaining traction for home builders and buyers alike, according to the NAHB. Whether it’s a den that can double as a guest room or home office, or a pocket office discreetly tucked off of a mud or laundry room, “flex spaces” are having a moment owing to their multi-functional convenience:

Other interior features:
  • under stair storage and wine cellars
  • herringbone floors
  • mud rooms
  • pocket offices
  • large format windows
  • room dividers

Energy & Utilities

Incorporating interior and/or exterior LED lighting increases home efficiency, adds ambiance, and is a sound investment – LEDs can last upwards of 50,000 hours, or 10 years.

led lights 2020 home design trends

Other utilities:

  • Air filtration systems
  • water filtration systems
  • Triple pane windows
  • Programmable thermostats
  • ENERGY STAR® appliances and windows

Thinking of buying or selling a home? Roohan Realty is the local leader for all of your real estate needs. Contact one of our real estate experts or LiveChat with an agent today, we’re open 7 days a week.

June 8, 2020 – Eli King Conklin for Roohan Realty | LinkedIn

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