2020 Residential Fabric Trends

From textures to gentle colorways to prints that make a splash of boldness, residential textiles for 2020 are showcasing new twists to designer favorites. Finding the perfect fabric for your home can be a challenge. We’re here to help point you in the right direction for what’s trending now.

All the Feels

Textures have continued to grow in strength and numbers while evolving into more sophisticated looks. The most interesting textures are layered with patterns, such as chunky cotton fabrics with subtle geometrics in the background, or chenilles with organic patterning that seem etched.

Consumers continue to long for both luxury and comfort, with manufacturers happily responding to those needs. Velvets make stunning accent pieces in sophisticated colorways, while chunky boucle’s and multicolored plains offer a fresh appeal. The natural beauty of raw elements such as purposefully worn leather, or strategically placed nubs and pills are also giving new interest to a long-standing upholstery category.

Color Stories

Neutrals continue to steer the residential market, but a noted shift is occurring toward softer colors such as wisteria, blush, and a wispy blue. Retro colorways like softened copper and muted avocado offer a 1970s vibe and are becoming more common in a variety of settings, including leather. Meanwhile, indigo continues its rise to significance as blues shift from having murky grey undertones to a more clean, crisp palette as was validated by the Pantone color of the year, Classic Blue. 

Prints and patterns offer a daring statement of individualism while remaining suitable for the home. Marble swirls in multi-layers of color or watercolor effects create depth and interest in room settings. Meanwhile, block prints, geometrics, and simplified shibori’s speak to our ethnic roots and give a handmade feel. Prints remain most prominent as accent furniture pieces, although more pattern is beginning to show up on walls and flooring as well.

Sustainable Performance

Fabrics that not only look beautiful but perform well within the rigors of home life continue to grow in the residential marketplace. The number of performance brands is growing, but talks of chemicals and the impact they have on our environment continue to worry consumers. Vignettes that feature BREATHE by Milliken™ fabrics stand out as a healthier option with its plant-based environmental story. The collection has also achieved GREENGUARD® Gold certification, which means the fabrics are scientifically proven to meet the world’s most rigorous emissions standards, thus improving indoor air quality. 

Residential consumers continue to place a high value on building a comfortable lifestyle, connecting with loved ones, and bringing more fun into their lives. From textures to prints to performance stories that families can get behind with confidence, a new kind of eclectic is emerging that makes for comforting yet interesting room settings. See how Milliken is changing the face of residential at http://breathebymilliken.com.