We’re in a new decade, so some home design trends are taking a bit of a turn. Design in 2020 is definitely taking a bolder turn with color, but is also bringing in antiques for a mix of old and new. Nicole Penalva of Bella Abode Design chatted with us about what’s new, what’s staying, and recommendations for implementing some of these trends in your own home. 

Warm Neutrals

Warmer neutrals are making a big comeback and cool grays are on their way out. My newest favorite warm paint color: Ben Moore Ballet White is the perfect warm white—creamy without too much yellow. Lisa Jenkins with Magnolia Paint Company is a paint color extraordinaire. She is so incredibly knowledgeable and will come to your home to help with paint selections.

Ballet White paint color

Bold Monochromatic Color

I love the look of a bold paint color in a room. Think about painting the trim and ceiling all the same bold color as the walls for dramatic monochromatic look. I love Ben Moore for River Blue.

River Blue Color

Modern Mix of Old and New

Antiques and family pieces mixed in with new help give a room a collected, curated look. Out are the days of the matching bedroom suites and in with an eclectic mix of pieces that tells a story in a space. Try spending a few hours browsing The Sleepy Poet on South Boulevard. Did you know there is a second location in Gastonia?


Tile Trends

I’m seeing more tumbled tile and natural stone on floors and backsplashes. While I don’t think subway tile can really go out because it’s just so darn classic, it is feeling so overused and the more natural, textured is all the rage. Check out Devol Kitchens for online inspiration and locally Walker Zanger on South Mint Street.

Textured Tile

Designer: Paulina Oldenbrook
Photographer: Joe Burull
Materials: Studio Moderne Marquis Octagon and Rectangle for Walker Zanger

Check out Nicole’s work at www.bellaabodedesign.com and on Instagram