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Novo’s experts predict 2020 design trends


More consumers will opt to encompass both wood and metal for interior accents within the home in 2020 – at least, that’s the prediction from experts from companies within the Novo Building Products network who are focusing on the latest design trends.

Novo is the parent company of several manufacturers and distributors of moldings, stair parts, doors and special millwork

Keith Early, vice president of marketing and new product development at Ornamental Mouldings & Millwork in Archdale, N.C., believes the current rustic farmhouse design trend will evolve into a modern farmhouse trend in 2020.


“Some of the more rustic elements, like unfinished barnwood, will give way to accent walls with more refined white oak and maple woods in the coming year,” says Early. “These woods still boast natural aesthetics, but they’re a bit softer and cleaner in appearance.”

Early also predicts that accent walls will remain a strong trend in 2020, but with less barnwood and shiplap. “We believe there will be more board and baton, darker paints and wallpaper used as accent walls in the home,” says Early.

Another company expert from L.J. Smith Stair Systems in Bowerston, Ohio predicts the mix of iron and wood preference that rose in popularity last year will continue into 2020.

“We’re seeing Craftsman stairway styles desired in many markets throughout the country,” says Kelly Miller, director of market development for L.J. Smith Stair Systems. “However, other markets are seeing modern styles, such as panels, cables and tubing that are being specified by many high-end builders. That sleekness on a stair system can be ‘softened’ in a room with wooden accents.”

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This article originally appeared in the February 2020 issue.

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