2020 is the start of a brand new decade, and it’s ushering in a brand new era in interior design and decor! All over the country, designers are looking at the next big trends, and starting to layer them into our living rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and bedrooms.
Of course, making big design changes to any space also means that you’ll need to adjust your cleaning routine to keep up. So, what are the big predictions for design and decor in 2020 – and how will they impact your day-to-day goals, for better and for worse?
Let’s dive in and explore the big trends to keep up with – and the cleaning solutions that will help you do it all in style.
The Trend: Industrial Design
According to a report from Living Spaces, the most popular decor style for Illinois in 2020 is projected to be “industrial,” which is noted for “harsh elements like metal and wood – with a twist of rustic.” In some ways, industrial decor can be seen as a more futuristic, modernized version of a “Farmhouse” aesthetic. As designer Andie Jurado puts it:
“Industrial has a modern vibe, so keep lines clean and straight; think minimalism, and not a lot of color.”
The Cleaning Solution: Ditch the Dust and the Clutter
Modern industrial design depends on a few things, including lots of open space and furniture with metallic and wooden accents. To keep everything clean, you’re going to want to focus on regularly dusting and sanitizing your countertops and surfaces, as well as chair legs, metallic light fixtures, mirrors, and wooden decor pieces. Be on the lookout for dust, grime, and, above all, fingerprints! And to make the most of your minimalist rooms, focus on keeping clutter to a minimum with chic storage solutions and strategic shopping.
The Trend: Houseplants, Flowers, and “Living” Designs
Look for elements of the “Great Outdoors” to come indoors in 2020, according to design expert Kai Chow. As he tells Architectural Digest:
“Humans are feeling a greater need to be connected to nature and you will see [natural elements] infusing interior design… We will move away from a culture of extreme polarities toward embracing a more harmonious outlook.”
To that end, designers are predicting that houseplants and flowers will become even more popular in 2020. Look for Mediterranean plants like olive trees to move inside. Some experts are even anticipating a boom in “biophilic” designs, like living walls, which can help make “your space beautiful while improving mental health and the overall ecosystem,” according to designer Becky Shea.
The Cleaning Solution: Be on Dirt Alert
Houseplants and flowers can bring peace, tranquility, and beauty into your home – but they can also pose a lot of cleaning challenges! Depending on what you’re growing, it may be important to regularly dust your houseplants’ leaves, and even give your greens a gentle bath every now and then. At the same time, be on the lookout for falling leaves, spilled soil, and wet spots. Keep your dustpan, broom, microfiber cloths, and handheld vacuum ready to go.
The Trend: More Functional Kitchens
The home experts at Realtor.com are predicting a move toward more functional, durable kitchens in 2020 and beyond. That means subbing out marble countertops for quartz, a more durable, nonporous, and reasonably priced alternative. Realtor.com also projects that double islands and wet bars will become a more common sight this year, while new, European-style cabinetry “could relegate open shelving to the dustbin of modern design history.”
The Cleaning Solution: Make Time to Keep Your Surfaces Clean
Quartz is a bit friendlier and more resilient than marble and other stone materials, but it’s still important to keep your countertops and other kitchen surfaces clean! Be sure to regularly sanitize your countertops with a clean cloth and your favorite disinfectant, and keep these surfaces free of dust and debris. If you have a double-island, this means a larger surface area to clean, so don’t put this important task on the backburner! Switching from open shelves back to enclosed cabinets could mean being more strategic about how you clean the hard-to-reach spots, including the backsides of cabinet doors, hardware, and the tops of your cabinetry.
The Trend: Dramatic, Upscale Bathrooms
Far from just being functional, bathrooms are expected to be chic, and a popular area to showcase your individuality and personality in 2020.
According to a report cited by Good Housekeeping, 38% of homeowners added or replaced a bathtub as part of a recent master bathroom remodel, and 50% of those people chose a freestanding flat-bottom tub shape. Southern Living anticipates that we’ll see more seating options in bathrooms, including “benches, stools, and window seats,” alongside dual vanities. Meanwhile, Realtor.com forecasts that homeowners will embrace bold colors and textures in the bathroom, along with brass finishes and hardware.
The Solution: Don’t Overlook the Little Details
The more luxurious your bathroom space becomes, the more effort you may want to put into keeping it clean, tidy, and welcoming!
In addition to regular cleaning and maintenance like tackling mold and mildew and wiping down your mirror and glass surfaces, an upscale bathroom demands a comprehensive cleaning. For free-standing tubs and floating vanities, this means giving the outside of the fixture as much cleaning love as the inner bowl. If you invest in nice hardware, you’ll also want to invest plenty of time in keeping your new faucets, cabinet pulls, towel racks, and door knobs gleaming and free of any grime or fingerprints.
Meanwhile, you may want to start thinking about how you can increase the luxury factor even further – with spa-like elements such as candles, aroma diffusers, lotion holders, and fluffy towels and robes.
The Trend: Sustainable, Earthy Elements
Green, sustainable living is not a buzzword or a fad, it’s a way of life – and more and more renters and homeowners want to find ways to lessen their impact. Designers expect that this mentality will carry over into how people decorate and use their spaces.
“…sustainability has become increasingly more important. As society gravitates towards more eco-friendly lifestyles, people are more ecologically conscious and knowledgeable than ever before… This is being reflected in an overall design sensibility as well as a desire to bring warm, earthy elements to a space.”
The Solution: Sustainable, Green Cleaning Products
If caring for the environment is on your mind, there are countless ways to bring this mentality into your cleaning routine – from swapping out disposable cleaning products for reusable alternatives, to buying concentrated cleaning solutions, to practicing cleaning minimalism and cutting back on waste.
Looking for Help Keeping Your Space Clean In 2020?
Above all, the new decade calls for a new approach to keeping your home clean. If you’re looking for a partner in making sure that your cleaning regimen matches your peerless interior design, we’re here to help!
At Sweeping Dimensions, we bring old school professionalism and customer service and new school cleaning techniques, to always ensure that you get the results you want for your Chicago home.
At SDCS, we train our cleaning crews to the highest possible standards. We’re known throughout the city and suburbs for our care, professionalism, and attention to detail. Our teams offer flexible time windows, unparalleled service, and our signature guarantee – if you don’t like any aspect of our service the first time, we’ll tackle your job again, no questions asked.
At the same time, we’ve got every aspect of your cleaning service covered, including bringing all of the cleaning products needed to reinvigorate your space, with a focus on green, environmentally sound cleaning supplies. Plus, our convenient online tools make scheduling and communication a breeze!
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