Published on December 15, 2020

Farmhouse chic, cottagecore, Mediterranean inspired—our favorite home styles are often tied to trips real or imagined. But this past year, when traveling hasn’t been an option, we’ve really turned to our phones as windows into other worlds. (Who else’s screen time is up week after week after week?) Looking to Instagram to discover our readers’ dream house of 2020 feels more apt than ever.

We gathered the most-liked photos on our account from the past year to see which spaces were a hit. While 2019 was defined by love of the pink front door, 2020’s looks were all escapist floral murals and emerald tiles. Read on for a tour.

The Exterior 

 

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This year marked a departure from the pop-of-color front doors that captured your hearts in years past. In 2020 you fell for this 1930s brick home painted the perfect dark-and-stormy charcoal by Fowlkes Studio cofounders Catherine and VW Fowlkes. 

The Hallway 

 

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Nathalie Lété’s French countryside studio entryway, where hand-painted flowers (completed over a series of weekends) cover every surface, is a creative space free of all rules. A mood brightener—much needed this year—if ever we saw one.

The Kitchen 

 

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Brass-trimmed countertops painted a soft rose hue, an arched statement hood, a portrait-filled gallery wall, and a custom turquoise banquette make for the ultimate Paris-inspired kitchen reno. We have Natalie Papier to thank for the transportive, Art Deco–style touches.

The Living Room 

 

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The colorful sofa trend lives on, this year with a rust-hued pick from Christine Flynn’s Ontario country home. The vintage accents, mixed materials, and larger-than-life painting and light fixtures don’t hurt either. 

The Dining Room

 

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Homeowner Eva Kaiser says that the soft pink walls of her dining room offer a feeling of nesting, making it the perfect shade for a dream house that has had to weather the storm of a tough year.  

The Main Bedroom

 

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2020’s most beloved bedroom belongs to Holly Howard. Its showstopping nightstand features a smile-shaped divet to hold all the books you’ve tried to read in quarantine.

The Bathroom

 

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Architect Niharika Hablani and her husband saved money on their Redondo Beach, California, remodel with a clever tile hack: They laid their favorite emerald tile as far up as they could afford to go without touching the very tall ceilings. It goes so high you don’t notice the gap. We’re officially in a long-term relationship with green tile—it was last year’s favorite look, too.  

The Kids’ Room 

 

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Let’s face it, 2020 wasn’t easy. The cloud-filled room Maria Dueñas Jacobs designed for her three daughters (with stairs instead of a ladder up to the bunks) is just the dreamy escape we all need.

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