Can you believe that it’s getting close to the end of 2018 (where has this year gone?!) and the design industry has already begun to swoon over what new trends are going to be BIG in 2019.
It can be exhausting and confusing to keep abreast of current design and decorating trends. What was once the hottest colour, style or fabric may now be tired and dated, then all of a sudden there are new ones that are everywhere and are ‘the next best thing’.
But where do trends come from?
In short, the answer is ‘everybody’ and ‘everywhere’! Evolution is key in design trends, they shift with the times and global mood. Everybody is consciously or unconsciously influenced by what is going on around us in the world.
For example, the ever-increasing trend for ‘eco’ styled spaces evolved from worldwide concerns for the planet and environment. More sustainable materials and natural finishes, along with re-using and re-purposing furniture and accessories have become more and more popular. The use of single-use items and non-biodegradable materials, like plastic, are very slowly becoming a thing of the past.
These days, modern life is framed and viewed through camera lenses and social media platforms, resulting in very personalised choices full of fun and unexpected pairings of colours and textures. It has encouraged layering of similarly toned colours in order to create beautiful and multi-dimensional images. For example, think soft layered shades of blue, green, grey and peach.
While 2018’s colour of the year ‘Ultra-violet’ is still going strong, the ever-influential Pantone Colour Institute (the consultancy behind the colour of the year) have just released two main colour palettes that they are predicting will be the colours of 2019 and will be in homes everywhere.
The first colour palette they have named ‘Cravings’ as the inspiration for this collection was drawn from the plate and food fetishes. This palette is made up of rich reds, oranges and purples along with rich, warm browns and cooling grassy greens.
‘Classico’ is the second main palette which is a collection of elegant, gentle pastels and everlasting neutrals. Hues such as deep teals, rich golds, apricots, greys and camel-coloured tans create timeless combinations.
Other top colours for the upcoming year include stonewashed blues, cocoa browns, watermelon, and crisp shades of mint. Millennial pink is evolving into dusky shades of rose, blush and peach and matt black will be seen and will be creating lots of drama.
Natural and earthy
2019 will see a huge rise in popularity for sustainable and natural, organic fabrics. People are becoming more and more eco-conscious and are wanting a calm, cosy retreat lifestyle away from the busyness of the modern day world.
Natural textiles in the form of traditional handicrafts, tapestries, cushions, throws and upholstered furniture will be key and fortunately these blend in beautifully with any style or look… from Hampton’s to Scandi and everything in between.
Art Deco is one of the most inspiring and glamorous periods in design history and hints of it are beginning to pop up in the detailing of furnishings and lightings.
The new Art Deco will be a little more streamlined that the old Art Deco and will bring modern qualities with fresh and playful elements.
This year’s hot trend of bar carts is sticking around…. nothing says glamour and elegance like a bar cart.
The clean lines of minimalism continue to stay on trend for 2019 with some really interesting curved and angular furniture expected.
Texture and patterns
Woven fabrics and the use of timber, metal and glass finishes will be mainstays in decoration and design. Both visual and sensory texture will remain on trend but prepare for more detail and drama.
Marble and terrazzo will be sticking around and will provide the visual texture with obscure patterns and layered veining from subtle to more abstract.
Wallpaper will also continue to feature heavily next year with the use of bold styles and lots of pattern and some sensory texture such as grass cloths.
In the end though, it should really be all about personalisation and what colours or style/s resinate with you the most. Of course, it’s natural to use trends as inspiration for decorating your home, but it’s important for you to feel happy, comfortable and content in your personal space and be surrounded by things that mean a lot to you – so have fun and design your own style without sticking to what’s hot or not right now.