08 01. 2019
HAPPY NEW YEAR: 12 DESIGN TRENDS FOR 2019
#1 – JEWEL TONES AND RICH COLORS
Jewel tones and rich colors began gaining momentum in 2018, and they are here to stay for 2019. We’re talking bold indigos, emerald greens, sapphires, and ruby. You can use these colors as an accent in rugs and accessories or, if you’re daring enough, fabrics and paint colors. Freshome.com has some great ideas on how to incorporate jewel tones in the home.
If you don’t want to fully commit to bold colors, you could take the 90%-white/10%-color route (another popular trend for 2019). Just don’t think that means an accent wall. The accent wall is no longer in. Your “white” can be any neutral color but stay away from gray. Gray is out, as well. It’s overplayed because it was a hot design trend a couple years ago.
#2 – FLORAL PATTERNS
Floral patterns are back. The great thing about floral is its versatility. You can go literal, traditional, modern, even abstract. With so many patterns to choose from, there’s a floral out there for everyone.
There are numerous floral wallpaper patterns to choose from, but that means you need to fully commit unless you opt for removable or peel and stick paper (perfect for renters). If you don’t want your walls bathed in flowers, you can try implementing floral patterns with furniture, curtains, and throw pillows.
#3 – BOLD KITCHENS
Monochromatic kitchens are on their way out. 2019 is all about fearless design and what a perfect room to have fun with—the kitchen. This is a room where you can play with daring colors. The backsplash tile is the perfect place to begin. Try incorporating Spanish or Moroccan style tiles or something graphic and bold.
Décor Aid has some wonderful ideas on how to liven up your kitchen design, but there are a few common trends to stay away from: stainless steel, over-the-stove microwaves, and farmhouse décor are all design trends on their way out.
#4 – SUSTAINABILITY
Honestly, this is my favorite trend of 2019 and I hope it remains a trend for years to come. Sustainability is important to Millennials, the largest group driving consumer trends. Thankfully, sustainable design is far more stylish than it used to be.
Sustainably-sourced materials can be used for everything from flooring to countertops to furniture. Handmade artisanal pieces from local artists and small businesses can be used as accents around the home. Natural fabric curtains, tablecloths, and furniture provide wonderful décor options, as well. The Good Trade has a great list of eco-friendly furniture sources to get you started.
#5 – BOHO VIBE
Boho is back, but the style has matured this time around. You’ll hear and read that Boho is out. That’s true—for accessories. And when I say accessories, I mean that velvet throw pillow in the Indian elephant pattern you bought from Target. You can still use Boho accessories, but they need to be authentic (buying Boho that was designed to be Boho is cheating).
This time around, Boho means mixing vintage with modern; layering with patterned fabrics; and using cleaner, brighter colors. And you don’t need to go all out. You want the look to be casual yet put together. It need not be expensive—secondhand pieces are perfect.Elle Décor put together a wonderful gallery of Boho rooms that will provide an example whether you want to dabble or go all in.
P.S. Passementerie is super in right now, and Boho design is the perfect place to showcase it…but feel free to liven up any “un-Boho” space with a bit of fancy trim.
#6 – METALLIC ACCENTS
Metallic accents never truly went out. Since the dawn of humanity, we’ve been attracted to shiny, metallic objects. Traditionally, metallic accents used in design needed to match. The new trend in metallic this year is mixed metallic. Try mixing 2-3 different metal accents around the room: brass or gold with aged iron, or nickel or pewter with bronze, or silver with black/brown metals. The only metal to stay away from is rose gold. According to the design experts, rose gold is out. Décor Mag has a couple tips for using metallic home accessories…if you’re curious.
#7 – LIGHT WOOD FLOORS
Not much explanation needed here. Light wood floors are in right now. This is a tough one for me. I’ve always preferred the look of dark, lacquered floors in mochas, espressos, even the occasional cherry. But light wood grains are in. This is great for smaller spaces or rooms that don’t get a lot of sunlight as the light color really brightens up a room. Thanks to luxury vinyl plank flooring, you can redo those floors for a fraction of the cost of natural wood.
#8 – STATEMENT CEILINGS
The statement ceiling is in. This hasn’t been a design trend (not mainstream, anyhow) since the 20’s. We’ve waited a hundred years for this trend to come back around, don’t waste the opportunity to have some fun with an often overlooked, under-utilized area of the home.
The possibilities are endless. You could paint the ceiling a bold or bright color. This can really freshen up a space. If you bring the paint down from the ceiling onto the wall a few inches, it can give the appearance of height. High-gloss paint will add a touch of luxury. You can do murals, beams, geometric patterns. Try something that matches your personality (more on that later). Check out Freshome.com for some great ideas.
#9 – MATTE FINISHES
2019 is the year of the matte finish. A matte paint finish can add sophistication and elegance to a room, especially if you do it in a kitchen or bathroom where the finish is traditionally gloss or semi-gloss. But paint on the wall isn’t the only place to go matte.
Matte kitchen and bathroom cabinets have the same effect as matte paint—it adds elegance. A matte finish also gives a space a modern, futuristic feel while still feeling warm. Matte black has been in style for a couple years now, but experiment with colors that are traditionally bright juxtaposed in a matte texture to really shake things up.
#10 – NATURAL ELEMENTS
When have natural elements not been in (not counting the 80’s)? But natural elements aren’t limited to wood and wood finishes. Expand your idea of natural: stone, brick, ceramic, wool, cotton, even concrete makes the cut. But I’m not just talking walls, floors, and furniture.
Plants, plants, plants. Put them wherever you want. They breathe life into a space (and they clean the air). Use natural sunlight as a design element. Trade in the dark curtains for something sheer. The point is to bring the outside in—whatever that means for you. Again, the possibilities are endless here, so do you. Whatever you do, however, stay away from faux fur; design experts say it’s out (although I never thought it was in). Freshome.com comes to the rescue again, providing plenty of tips on utilizing natural elements in home design.
#11 – HYGGE
This one’s tricky because it’s more of a concept than a design trend. Hygge is a Danish word pronounced “hue-gah” that means cozy, calm, serene. It’s a focus on friends, family, and life’s simple pleasures. There is no direct translation into English (again, this is a concept). Hygge has been gaining popularity in recent years, but with a return to natural elements, sustainability, and Boho, it’s no wonder it is predicted to be a strong trend this year.
Hygge is about creating a space that is yours, a space that you find relaxing and comforting. There’s no true way to define it as it is personal and changes from person to person (what one person finds pleasure in, another does not). But Culture Trip has some great ideas for both hygge design and hygge lifestyle.
#12 – PERSONAL IS ALWAYS A DESIGN TREND
As Dolly Parton once said, “find out who you are and do it on purpose.” Apply that to your interior design and drop in personal touches here and there. All of these trends can be personalized. Your home is an expression of you. Whether you decide to go with the trends or not, make your space yours.
There has been a lot of talk about what’s in and what’s out in this blog. Yes, there are trends that are dead, but there will always be an exception. There are two things that I won’t compromise on here: word art and microfiber. Neither belong in anyone’s home.
From all of us at Home Clicks Realty: Happy Designing!