OK we’re halfway through this week already and I just realized that I haven’t posted anything design related for over a week. So, without further delay let me share with you my insights on the interior design trends for 2019 – the ones that we are seeing already, the ones I expect to see and a couple I only wish to see more of in the very near future.
To be honest, not too much has changed since last year. There are a couple of new trends on the horizon and you know what I always say: it never hurts to know the current trends even if you don’t follow them. I certainly don’t make following a habit, but knowing what’s out there really helps me make better judgement calls. It keeps me alert and sharpens my senses. That way it’s easier to determine what’s a good fit and what’s not.
Similarly, it can help any of you who love to keep your interior up-to-date even though redecorating isn’t in your plans. I think it’s only fair to say that as we grow older (by age number anyway), our style gets more finely tuned. We can thank the all-time changing trends for that. So let me start off with style.
If you’re thinking anything in the lines of soft deco, then you’re spot on. It’s all about a retro glamour and much less nomadic. I think the best way to describe it is a modern uptake of Great Gatsby’s interiors (think of Art Deco re-intepreted).
Vintage pieces are hot again in the name of the on-growing popularity of maximalism. The key to make it work though at this time and age, is to make it appear lavish in an understated way – very much like the concept of dressing effortlessly chic if you know what I mean. Of course you do! 😉 Hence, a fusion of mid-century iconic furniture, with marquetry on wooden commodes, is one such approach of this interior decor game.
Nowadays, the biggest trend is juxtapositions. Really, it is an actual trend, while being crucial in creating a cohesive theme that stands out too. Hence, notice juxtapositions in form, texture, pattern and coloring. For instance, curvy sensual forms in contrast to strict clean lines. Of course, that’s a lot of last year news, but the introduction of new trends will give everything a new twist, as always.
Believe it or not, head busts will become popular once again. I think you can expect to see some oversize busts especially in commercial lounges. Can’t tell for sure, if that trend will hit the roof, but it does make an interesting oddity that adds an element of surprise.
Picture a large bust in a room with a sofa bed (one of the sofa trends I’ve already posted about) and perhaps you’ll be able to visualize what a great pair it can make! If you want to really make it more playful, then color the bust in an unexpected color (i.e. red) and see what a huge statement that makes. It’s the same concept in principal as that of the fifth lion that was added on by Es Devlin at Trafalgar square – a bright fluorescent red one. OK, you don’t have to go for the fluorescent but I think you get the idea.
Judging from my post on microcement (that’s doing so well thank you), I’ll say that concrete is definitely one of the most sought after materials, both in bathrooms and kitchens. Some are bold enough to use it in living rooms and/or bedrooms (a trend that’s becoming more common in Greece as we speak).
Marble used to be doing just as well, but its highest peak has leveled off (I think mainly due to its price tag), but still remains a material that’s highly regarded. Terrazzo’s buzz has also subsided somewhat, yet new interpretations of it with really large speckles are keeping it in a trending momentum.
Moreover, brass accents are dominating the scene. Mixing them with copper or silver metals is almost a necessity (they don’t expect anyone to really throw away all those copper decor pieces that were found everywhere three years ago).
Moving on to textiles now. Their middle name is texture. Clearly velvet, this seductive textile with a texture that really speaks the right language to our sense of touch is here to stay. Corduroy may be an alternative, but because of its informal connotation I don’t see it going too far. Having said that though, I do think bedroom decorative pillows with corduroy are surely going to pop in every other bedroom. It adds both a sense of lavishness and texture in a space, where informality is definitely a requirement. Two birds with a stone kind of speaking.
A newcomer in textiles is shearling. I don’t know if I can call it a real trend yet (although, in fashion it has been having a moment for the past two years now). Thus, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see it all the more in 2019 in armchairs and cushions. (You can find more inspiration on fashionable interior textiles here).
Fringes are still here. As a matter of fact I read this awesome post from Kate Watson-Smyth (at her award winning interiors blog: madaboutthehouse) about a lamp looking much like the one on the left, epitomizing this year’s trends. For those of you that may find hideous the lamp on the left, I’m sure you’ll be glad to know that the table lamp on the right is a more elegant version, round in form with brass accents, fringe for texture and a forest green that implies something organic from the great outdoors. Not bad of a deal, right?!
For those of you who are fans of wallpapers, then I have some good news. Wallpapers are here to stay. They have evolved over the years and are finally a super attractive option again; especially now since pattern is huge anew (perhaps some of you may remember the post about the rising decorating trend with some beautiful examples of gorgeous wallpapers). Well it looks like wallcoverings are the protagonists in any design-serious room! The palm leaves are still strong, just not over the top (yes!) and thankfully more geometric patterns are giving us home lovers more options.
Yellow is definitely on the scene, whether we’re talking about brass, gold, ochre or mustard (a tone that so many designers are crushing over); anything but primrose yellow that is. Blue is also gaining ground, especially in Scandinavian interiors. It’s breathing more life into the interiors and creating some great juxtapositions with golden and spice honey hues.
Will these colors stand the test of time? Yes, I truly believe so. They are rich, full of character and complement each other. But what if you want a neutral palette? Is beige is the new black? What about grey interiors? Well, let’s sort these out. Both beige and grey are generally considered neutral colors. Grey is the easiest to master, mainly because it is pretty independent of its undertones. Beige is a bit harder because its undertones matter a lot. My advice would be to opt for red or blue undertones. Stay clear of any yellow undertones. So, I would have say that grey will rule forever, but beige is a fab alternative to this rule.
Having said all that, pastel colors have been in the back-burner for some time now and so I’m sure that we will be seeing more of them in the near future. They make a good alternative for those who prefer a neutral color palette with a hint of color.
***At this point I think its worth watching a three minute video I prepared for you with all these major interior design trends I mention here, that were later seen in imm Cologne 2019 too. The fair’s highlights pretty much verify my insights. The video is filled with even more inspiration on pastel colors, accent wallpapers, marble tops, dark stained wood furniture along with curvy furniture and splashes of Art Deco influenced interior decor.
Possible Future Trends
There are three things I would love to see more of: pops of red in a tone-on-tone interior, feathers and ceramics. I think they would make interesting trends, particularly now that the color palettes are more upbeat and new fusions are giving birth to new possibilities and possibly new styles. (Which made think of this food for thought post I wrote about style vs. trend).
What do you think? What’s your take? Love to know… And don’t miss the Interior Trends for 2020 and beyond.
P.S. You can always read up on last year’s trends here.