Design trends of 2019

What’s in:

  • Sustainability (less is more) – be strategic about your purchasing behavior. Use timeless materials as a foundation to create a meaningful and emotion-provoking space.
  • Biophilia – the relationship and connections between humankind and nature. Natural organic materials such as wood, stones, daylight, and plants, bring the outdoor feeling inside a home.
  • Feminine tones – blush, dusty pink, bronze. Warm colours and feminine tones on walls break up taupes and neutrals instantly, updating a tired looking space.
  • Maximalist art – bright colours and graphic patterns. Mixing colours, patterns, and textures is the way. Adding large scale artwork is also a current trend.
  • Rich jewel tones – bold indigo, hunter, emerald green, dark teal. Layering living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms with these colours will create depth in an otherwise dull space.
  • Sustainable handmade pieces – materials such as jute, rice paper, clay. These grounding elements give the feeling of being in touch with the earth and nature.
  • Boho vibe but with a modern twist and curved lines. The trend of laying and patterned fabrics is back, but this time it is cleaner and brighter. Curved furnishings, softer lines, and mixing modern and vintage is expected to be seen in 2019.
  • Acrylic: Acrylic can be a good foundation base for layering organic items without appearing too busy.
  • Mixed metal accents – but no more than a mix of 2-3. Mixing metals will always be a timeless and tasteful way to create balance and definition. It focuses on moderation and context.
  • Bold, black This trend is back. Its all about bold, dark, sultry bathroom designs that elude an indulgent higher class experience.
  • 90% white, 10% colour. This focuses on building on a foundation of white by adding bold, youthful, fresh hues.

What’s out:

  • Eclectic clutter – not having too many items in the one space (less is more). Anything you invest in should be purposeful. This year is shaping out to be a year of reduction and purpose in the items used to style.
  • Gendered rooms. Girly vs macho colour palate’s, patterns, textures, and shapes can dampen creative potential and surface hidden biases.
  • Statement upholstery – especially in jeweled colours. Single piece statement upholstery, especially in jewel colours, are out of trend this year. Finishes should generally be textured rather than patterned.
  • Minimalist art – organic shapes and bolder colours are coming back. Sterile minimalistic spaces are becoming boring. Organic shapes and bolder colours are taking over.
  • Cool greys – always a safe colour, yet white and warmer neutral tones are in favour now.
  • Rooms without colour or texture – don’t overly design only with one type of look. The mixing of styles is coming into trend. So is the mixing of different woods, colours and patterns.
  • Copper furniture – making its way out for more natural looking metals. It was flashy and fun but appears to be on its way out.
  • Overdone brass. Brass details are great but its overkill when its added to a room that has brass accented or upholstered pieces already.
  • Mid-century overdone. Too much mid-century furniture can sometimes feel like a time capsule. Try mixing up styles to make a space look more interesting and layered.