There is always a great excitement surrounding the year’s end. It’s a great vantage point from where we can look back to what worked and what didn’t in the year, get rid of what didn’t work, and look forward to the good things to come. For next year’s trends, we deferred to the experts to tell us what they think would be on trend for next year by sifting through the home decor websites (so you won’t have to).
Summing up the lists out there already, here are the five trends that you can incorporate into your home (re)decorating in 2019.
1. Going all natural
Have natural materials really gone out of style? Nonetheless, they are back in a big way in 2019. From natural stones or sustainable handmade materials such as jute, rattan, rice paper, or even clay, can ground your design in casual comfort and class at the same time.
“Our fascination with natural materials and the visual texture they add to our interiors will continue. Natural stones, quartzite, and, even terrazzo, used in unexpected categories, merge luxury and practicality in a way that makes indulgence a little more palatable.” — Michel Smith Boyd, interior designer
“I am currently coveting anything in natural stone with a modern line. I love the idea of an all-Calacatta marble dining table mixed with a lighter weight dining chair to juxtapose visual weight in a dining space. Make that chair a vintage lightweight rattan piece, and you have a combination that feels refined, but still casual and cool.” — Justine Macfee, interior designer
2. Embracing comfort
The outside world is rough and stressful enough, so go ahead and make your home as comforting and comfortable as you like. No more sharp edges. There is no shame in wanting to dig your toes into a soft rug, to sink into a soft sofa and to feel safe in the cocoon of blankets and soft sheets.
“Beds are going to be more womb-like. There are so many things going on in the world, and we desire to feel nurtured and protected when we are sleeping and/or relaxing. Lots of upholstered headboards and footboards will be sheathed in comfortable textiles that feel like a warm hug.” — Joy Moyler, interior designer
“From soft carpets underfoot to a sofa so comfortable you want to lounge for hours. Spending the money to get these basic things right are very important and are incredibly gratifying. I always look my clients in the eye and tell them, ‘Buy once, cry once’.” — Randy Powers of J Randall Powers Interiors
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3. Colors everywhere
It’s about time we take a break from the beige minimalist aesthetic and let in some bold colors into our homes! Colors express mood and energy that neutral colors never could, and we could all use some good vibes in 2019.
“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 colors to create drama against a backdrop of white architectural elements.” — Jeff Andrews of Jeff Andrews Design
“The design trend I’m most excited to see develop in 2019 is the enthusiasm for green—as a color and as an ethos. Green is a calming, sophisticated and thought-provoking color. It imbues rooms with a sense of refinement and works well in botanical interiors. As we seek to protect and nurture our environment, to avoid plastics in our daily life and in our homes, the use of green on furniture and walls is a fabulous backdrop to the natural materials we’re embracing. We haven’t seen green embraced so widely since the Art Deco movement of the 1920s, so it’s also a nod to those glory days of design and elegance. What’s not to love?!” —Annie Sloan, paint and color expert and creator of Chalk Paint
4. Spot the patterns
2019 is the year to go bold and adventurous with design. Go ahead and break out of the solid color mold and dive into patterns, mix and layer them as much as you dare.
“I’m currently being inundated with geometric patterns. We’re moving away from tight tribal repeats and more into loose, over scaled and asymmetrical shapes. Perfectly imperfect.” — Michel Smith Boyd, interior designer
“Pattern! Pattern mix of any and all kind… in fabrics, tile, rugs… layer them, pair them… matched or mismatched, pattern on pattern is a fresh spin on a more old world style. Think English country house meets Parisian pied-à-terre!” — Alison Pickart, interior designer
5. Going metal
This is not to give you permission to bring in all-metal decor into your home, rather this trend is to encourage you to find more interesting and unusual ways to bring in metal accents into your home.
“Metals will be used in more interesting ways and will be more popular than ever, but no more rose gold. Whether’s it’s gold, brass or blackened metals, they will be used in a lacy or massed ways. They will definitely be more interesting and designed in a more sculptural-based manner than in the past. There’s a strong push towards art as function.” — Joy Moyler, interior designer
“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.” — Keita Turner of Keita Turner Design