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Interior Design Trends for 2019 that Will Inspire You ⇒ If you are anything like us, then staying up to date with interior design trends, is a big priority in your life. Today we bring you the knowledge of Lucia Tonelli, an Editorial Assistant at Elle Decor, who dedicates a good portion of her time into finding out what’s in and what’s out in the decor world. – So with no further due, CovetED brings you all the ‘dos and don’ts for home decor in 2019.
Interior Design Trends to Follow (IN)
Sustainability (Less is More): “Being strategic and purposeful about purchasing behaviour is a key ingredient to a sustainable ethos. From the initial question of, ‘Who you are purchasing from and what values do they stand for?’ to ‘What type of materials are used to build each item?’ To complement and highlight special pieces, we believe in designing an impeccable foundation through the use of timeless materials, ultimately resulting in bones that evoke emotion whenever you’re in your space”, explains Becky Shea.
Biophilia: “For 2019, there is greater interest in biophilia–emphasizing the relationship between humankind and nature, and the connections between the two. Natural, organic materials–such as wood floors, stone, and daylight and plant life–remind us of the exterior and brings the outside and nature, in. We are machine- and technology-driven society, but nostalgic about past processes and handiwork, so opportunities for custom Millwork and crafted materials are very important”, confirms Angie Lee of FXCollaborative.
Memphis Design: “The Memphis movement is overtaking midcentury modern as the furnishing and colour selection du jour. Primary colours and graphic shapes haven’t seen this much action since the eighties. Also in our space planning we are turning away from straight, rigid furniture lines and choosing enveloping tub chairs and Vladimir Kagan-esque curved sofas”, remembers Carolyn Pressly of Carolyn Pressly Interiors.
Feminine Tones: “Colors I see in for 2019 are blush, dusty pink and bronze. Warm colours and feminine tones for on the walls and dashes of soft pinks to break up expanses of taupe or neutrals will instantly update a tired room”, says Katharine Pooley of Katharine Pooley London.
Maximalist Art: “The dominance of minimalism and Scandinavian design, which is characterized by neutral colours and simple materials, is finally declining. In its place, bright colours and graphic patterns are becoming more prevalent in the home. Don’t be afraid to mix colours, patterns and textures. Take a gallery wall to the next level by having it cover an entire wall, or add a dramatic, large-scale piece to your space. In this case, more is more”, claims Sandra Chandler of Art.com.
Floral Fabrics and Wallpapers: “The traditional beauty of floral patterns, either abstracted or straight up chintz, will be the pattern to use”, explains Erin Gates of Erin Gates Design.
Rich Jewel Tones with an Edge: “Right now, I am loving deep, rich jewel tones with an edge. Bold indigo, hunter and emerald green, and dark teal all feel ready to have a moment outside of the kitchen. We’re layering living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms with paints, fabrics, accessories, and rugs in these colours to create drama against a backdrop of white architectural elements”, says Jeff Andrews of Jeff Andrews Design.
Boldly Patterned Backsplashes: “Simple, monochromatic kitchens have had a good long run, so we will be gravitating toward making a little more impact in their kitchens, whether that’s with bolder colour choices or graphic tiles. Either way, I predict we will be seeing more pop and punch in kitchens!”, claims Amy Sklar of Sklar Design.
Handmade Pieces: “Items made by hand using sustainable materials like jute, rice paper, and clay will be in, in 2019. We see people needing these grounding elements in their homes as a way to feel more in touch with the earth and their roots”, explains Kristen Peña of K Interiors.
Four-Poster Beds: “In uncertain times, people tend to want spaces that bring a sense of comfort and safety. A four-poster bed provides that type of feeling. It’s the closest thing you can get to a hug from a piece of furniture”, says Amy Sklar.
Boho Vibe with a Twist: “The boho vibe is back but with a vintage modern twist and curved lines. Layering and patterned fabrics is something you will see again, but this time around, they will be a bit cleaner and brighter. Curved furnishings and softer lines and mixing of modern and vintage is what we expect for 2019.”, explains Dolores Suarez of Dekar Design.
Acrylic Furniture: “Acrylic can give a room the architectural structure it needs without taking up visual real estate. We see acrylic as a fantastic foundational piece in a small space, like an entry, to provide a surface that can be layered with more organic items and not feel busy”, says Kristen Peña.
Mixed Metal Accents: “An ensemble of metal accents (no more than a mix of two to three different metal accents) used throughout a room is in, and will always be a timeless and tasteful way to create balance and definition in an environment. For example, brass, gold or nickel accents mix well with either oil-rubbed bronze or aged iron accents. Metals like silver and pewter can mix well with bronze and black brown metals. It’s all about moderation and context”, confirms Keita Turner of Keita Turner Design.
Bold Black Bathrooms: “The spa-inspired bathroom trend has officially returned–back to the spa, that is. These days it’s all about bold, dark, sultry bathroom designs that evoke an indulgent high-end experience“, says Kesha Franklin of Halden Interiors.
Light Wood Floors: “Light-colored floors are making a comeback, thanks to the homeowner’s growing desire for a more airy and open look and feel. In shades of birch, beachy white and light oak, these floors reflect more light, and can transition from casual to luxurious, without sacrificing comfort”, explains Kesha Franklin.
Comfort: “From soft carpets underfoot to a sofa so comfortable you want to lounge for hours. Spending the money to get these basic things right is very important and incredibly gratifying. I always look my clients in the eye and tell them, ‘Buy once, cry once’”, says Randy Powers of J Randall Powers Interiors.
Passementerie: “Passamenterie will begin making a big return to the market place in 2019. The “less is more” trend has been enjoyed for a long time, but now, modern interpretations of trims, bullion fringe and tie-backs will be in. Vibrant colour combinations and unusual shapes will make passementerie ‘hip’ again”, explains Corey Damen Jenkins of Corey Damen Jenkins & Associates.
Warmer and Darker Countertops: “Warmer and/or darker countertops in kitchens. Marble will still be a classic choice, but we’ll see more darker tones and warmer-based stones instead of stark whites and greys”, confirms Erin Gates of Erin Gates Design.
Bold Walls: “At Clare, our customers are getting a lot more adventurous when it comes to colour. Current Mood, which is a dramatic, moody deep green is one of our top five bestsellers and I love seeing people incorporating bolder colour choices in their home”, says Nicole Gibbons of Clare.
90% White, 10% Color: “There was a moment while I was watching the Spring/Summer Louis Vuitton show by Virgil Abloh that I thought…’THIS is it!’ I was inspired by how the collection was built on a foundation of white but gently unfolded to embrace confident hues with a bracing edge. The look was fresh, bold, and youthful. For a recent project, I created a bedroom for a young lady that incorporated this trend. Tempered by neutral layers and tons of texture, it’s a design that reflects this “of the moment” colour recipe while staying true to the personality of the client”, explains Jon Call of Mr Call Designs.
Big and Bold Plants: “One trend that will be at the forefront of home interior design in 2019 is big, bold plants. A dragon tree, a rubber tree or any kind of palm tree make eye-catching statements anywhere in a home. You can flank your sofa with one on each side or situate one in any corner. The bigger, the better here”, explains Kenny Colvin, a designer from Giant Squid Creative.
Painted Ceilings: “In 2019, we’ll start to see people taking advantage of the fifth wall – the ceiling has been ignored for too long! From wallpaper to moulding and daring paint colours, the ceiling will be the place that people start taking chances and creating a ‘wow moment’ in their spaces”, says Rebecca Rowland from Rebecca Rowland Interiors.
Multi-functional Spaces: “With more and more people adopting the ‘Less is more’ attitude, we are seeing a shift in interior design. For 2019, I predict we will be seeing more multi-functional spaces. The Murphy bed has been making a comeback and I think we’ll see even more modernized versions”, confirms Alexis Kokolias from Lexi Interiors.
Bold Colors: “In 2019, bold colours are going to explode even more than they already have. Think navy blue, deep red, and burnt orange to really bring some excitement into the room”, says Shea Nikkel from Blue Charlotte Lifestyle.
Design Styles You Should Avoid (OUT)
Eclectic Clutter: “When space has too many things going on–to the point where you can barely utilize a surface area for function–it creates chaos. We love eclecticism, and you’ll see it in a lot of our designs, but what we don’t love, and hope to bid farewell to, is eclecticism on steroids. The inability to use design for the function is one of the biggest caveats we see with this aesthetic. Everything you invest in should have purpose, and we see 2019 shaping out to be a year of reduction and purpose in the items used to style, so say goodbye to eclectic clutter!” – Becky Shea.
Gendered Rooms: “For me, an out trend is gendered traits assigned to motifs and concepts in design. For instance, insecurities about girly versus macho colour palettes, textures, and shapes tend to dampen creative potential and reinforce hidden biases. I love that Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2019 is Living Coral, because its choice trumpets universal emotional responses to nature while being unapologetically joyous about a traditionally feminine hue.” – Angie Lee.
L.A. Cafe Look: “Blush walls, brass pendant lights and concrete accent flooring are all great—just not all at once, please. This look was so widely circulated—the pitfalls of Pinterest!—that it is past overdone.” – Carolyn Pressly.
Statement Upholstery: “Statement single piece upholstery–especially in jewel colors–will be out this year. Finishes should completely envelop the space and generally be textural rather than patterned for a chic modern look.” – Katharine Pooley
Minimalism Art: “Like grey, consumers are getting bored of sterile, minimalist spaces. The clean edges and uniformity of Scandinavian design are making way for more organic shapes and bolder colours. The direct response to this is maximalism, which is the infusion of personality into space. Instead of worrying whether your art matches your furniture and your wall colour, try thinking about what you really love and hanging that your room.” – Sandra Chandler
Ikat and Trellis Patterns: “The reproduced to death geometric trellis patterns and ikats will make your room look dated.” – Erin Gates
Cool Grays: “I’m moving away from the cooler, grey tone neutrals right now in favour of stark white and warmer neutrals.” – Jeff Andrews
Terrazzo Tile: “I would tread lightly with the terrazzo trend. It is a lot of looks, and if you tire of it, it’s not an easy fix (especially floors!).” – Amy Sklar
Shibori, Mud Cloth and Indigo: “In 2019, people will use less of handmade materials like shibori, mud cloth and indigo because of their louder appearance. We feel people are looking for more calm in their current environments.” – Kristen Peña
Fibre Art: “One trend I think may need to take a rest in 2019 is fibre art everywhere, but especially in the bedroom. I love a good weave as much as the next person, but as we have hit a saturation point, we are veering dangerously close to macramé owl overload of the 1970s.” – Amy Sklar
Rooms Without Texture or Color: “Something that will be out are rooms that feel overly designed with only one look. Mixing of styles is what’s coming in now, so not having everything be one note of mid-century modern with all the same wood colour and style is key.” – Dolores Suarez
Copper Furniture: “While copper was flashy and fun in the age of millennial pink, we see it on its way out, making room for more natural-looking metals.” – Kristen Peña
Overdone Brass: “I love brass metal details, but it’s overkill when a room is furnished with brass-accented case goods and upholstery pieces. For example, if the chairs have a brass frame, the sofa has a brass base, the dining table has brass pedestals, and the credenza has brass sabots and pulls, well then, that’s just too much.” – Keita Turner
Accent Walls: “Dramatic-colored or wallpapered accent walls are no longer the focal point of interiors. Single-coloured walls are making a much bigger impact by creating a balanced backdrop for furnishings and decor.” – Kesha Franklin
Cherry Cabinets: “Warmth in the kitchen is no longer achieved with this traditional go-to finish. Painted cabinets in deep blues, greys and black are dominating both modern and traditional kitchen designs.” – Kesha Franklin
Lacquered Furniture: “Shiny doesn’t always equate to pretty. A little sparkle in a room is always visually pleasing, but an overly polished piece can become trite very quickly.” – Randy Powers
Rose Gold: “Rose gold has overstayed its welcome and I think it’ll be all but gone by 2019. It’s such a specific look and doesn’t integrate as seamlessly as polished nickel or antique brass.” – Corey Damen Jenkins
Quartz Countertops: “Solid white quartz counters. This look is too stark and commercial, especially with white cabinetry.” – Erin Gates
Mid-Century Everything: “I love the look of mid-century furniture, but when I see a space outfitted entirely in this one look, it can sometimes feel like it’s in a time capsule. I’m a passionate advocate of mixing up your decor styles. It makes space look so much more interesting and layered.” – Nicole Gibbons
Succulents: “Succulent plants were a HUGE trend in 2018. The look of plants in a home can be elevated and earthy, but there are so many other beautiful and timeless options to choose from. “They were charming. Now they are not.” – Jon Call
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