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According to interior designer Celeste Randolph, blue was especially hot in all forms, in fashion, home design and elsewhere last year, and it is here to stay in 2020. But the trend is toward a moodier, muddier, darker blue.

As we start a new year, I like to explore and study current decorating and design trends. We like a timeless home, but we also want it to feel fresh. Adopting some of these trends can be a fun way to make your home feel renewed and bring fresh energy for 2020.

With so many people working from home, what’s trending now is a fusion of leisure space and workspace. The goal is to meet the practical requirements of an office in a way that doesn’t dominate the feel of the space.

Now that we have notebook computers, I often suggest using a round table versus a desk in an office for more flexibility. It’s softer in the space. Add two comfortable chairs around the table for a colleague or friend. Closets can hold an entire office setup with printer and supplies.

I also like hanging floating shelves in the room to hold files, books and personal objects to make the space feel warm. White Ikea Lack shelving is among my go-tos for clients.

Wallcoverings can create an inviting atmosphere in the home office – a cool texture or design on the walls makes this space instantly come to life. A cool pendant or chandelier in the office brings a little glamour and style.

Dining rooms are being used for workspaces as well. A large table affords a terrific workspace in the center of a home in a more formal, gorgeous room.

Recently, one of my clients wanted to surprise her husband with a new office. She was tired of seeing his old wooden desk shoved against the wall with piles of folders on the floor, and coffee spills staining the white walls.

While they were away on vacation, we transformed the space. We started by installing a shiplap wainscot painted in Benjamin Moore Hale Navy around the room. To give him adequate workspace, we designed a long desk with drawers fabricated in a Formica by Marblus Granite and Tile in San Jose. We cabled the desk to the wall and transformed the closet to hold a printer, supplies and files. A soft silk and wool hand-knotted rug finished the space off with a touch of warmth. The client and his wife were thrilled with the transformation.

Beyond the office

Color is coming back in a big way. November’s issue of Elle Decor shows a gorgeous kitchen with deep turquoise counters, walls and ceiling. It is stunning. Neutrals are still strong for 2020, with shades of orange, green and blue emerging.

Blue was especially hot in all forms, in fashion, home design and elsewhere last year, and it is here to stay in 2020. But the blue we are using is moodier and muddier, a darker blue. I love this blue painted on cabinetry. An entire kitchen or bookcase can be striking, but if that feels too daring, painting just the island or bringing in an upholstered piece to your home will make a statement. We just delivered a dark-navy velvet sofa to a client’s home; mixed with upholstered chairs in colorful geometric prints and a petrified nesting table, the look is fresh, sophisticated and comfortable.

Gray paint is still a strong contender in home design, but the cooler tones of the past 10 years are moving to warm. We are seeing a movement toward bone, wool white and softer tones of white on walls. Many clients are opting for pure white walls, which show off the color and texture of their art, rugs and furniture.

Geometric prints in wallcoverings, rugs, lighting and fabric are huge right now. Using these patterns on upholstered furnishings such as pillows, ottomans, accent chairs and even sofas can make a big impact, because we are moving to lighter saturation or pure white paint on the walls. The combination will make your room sing.

Celeste Randolph is an interior designer in Los Altos. For more information, visit

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