In 2018 we were still riding the last waves of scandi-inspired decor’s revival and muted palettes reigned supreme. In 2019, it’s time to wave goodbye to that for one last time. This year is all about being bold, but in a sustainable way. Dulux’s colour of the year is Spiced Honey, sharp and uplifting but at the same time resonating natural, woody hues. Meanwhile Patone’s colour of the year is Living Coral, bright and bursting with life.
We asked six people from the world of design to let us in on their predictions about the 2019 interior trends we’ll be seeing in our homes this year.
Neutrals and nature
Suzanne Hagan, iStitch
“Interiors have been predominantly grey for the last few years and this has been the chosen colour palette for many of my clients too.
“Over the last few months I’ve seen a leaning towards more taupe, neutral shades with perhaps a pop of colour in cushions and rugs.
“I’ve seen lots of natural elements creeping in too. I think living our lives at 100 mph makes us want to switch off when we get home! Filling our homes with beautiful plants and foliage paired with neutral tones helps to create a calm sanctuary for us to recharge at the end of the day, ready to do it all again tomorrow!”
“Curves, joyful spaces, sustainable design and bold spaces”
Peter Grech,The SpaceMaker Interior Design
“A step away from straight lines in an effort to create smooth flowing surfaces and softened edges within space. The key is to create a space that has a fluid and natural feel, avoiding excessively harsh lines. Soft curved lines and shapes are more soothing to the eye and help relax the mind.
“When we look at a straight line, we naturally look for end points. In a curved object or space there is no end point, only a continuous organic shape. It reminds us of the contours of relaxing landscapes, or the shapes created by our own bodies. There are no perfectly straight lines in nature, so why not reintroduce some natural feeling back into our homes?”
“In recent years people have become more attuned to mindfulness. Part of this has been about people becoming aware of how spaces make them feel. Whether we want to be stimulated or calmed, immersed or elevated, the design of a space has a strong power to evoke these feelings within us.
“Creating joyful spaces for living and working is going to be a big focus for 2019. People are no longer satisfied working in fluorescent boxy cubicles. People want spaces they spend time in to evoke something within them and represent what they feel connected to. Whether you are a minimalist or a maximalist, creating a joyful space should always be a priority. Surrounding yourself with colours, shapes and items that make you smile will automatically make the space a joyful one.”
Mixed wood tones
Jane Fitch, Jane Fitch Interiors
“With the demise of skandi and mid-century modern on the horizon after their resurgence in the last few years, in 2019 we will see furniture trends moving towards hybrid styles, with a hint of bohemia. At the forefront of these blends will be the mixing of wood tones, as well as metals. Think carefree, relaxed and unusual. Whilst we won’t be seeing a revival of shabby chic, people are no longer afraid about furniture from different eras siting alongside each other. Having a single style or theme is for the past.”
“Swanky vanity and antique brass”
Craig Johnson, Corby Craig Residence
Julia Eldon, Suburban Salon Interiors
“In my own business, I’m noticing a move towards extremely warm, caramel even autumnal shades. Grey has dominated on the neutral palette front for a number of years but this is eventually changing. I’m seeing a move towards sandy shades such as hemp, oatmeal and earthy jute. You can see this shift in Dulux’s Colour of the Year 2019, Spiced Honey, which has woody, sandy and amber tones.”
Paloma Harrington, Home Staging Association UK
“As we become more aware of how our daily lives impact the environment, this year will see us turning our attention to implementing environmentally friendly materials into our projects.
“Across the industry we’re seeing the use of natural materials like wood, sustainable fabrics, animal-free leather and pieces that are entirely recycled or up-cycled.
“People are becoming increasingly interested in knowing where a piece was produced and by whom, so sustainable and ethical sourcing are not to be ignored by brands who wish to stay ahead.”
Paloma Harrington-Griffin is the Founder & Director of the Home Staging Association UK.
Karolina Adamczyk, Ademchic
“According to House Beautiful, 38% of England voted the 70s the most offensive period of interior design. Do not fear: flying duck wall displays are not making a comeback!
“This new 70s chic revival revolves around warm palettes, funky textures, and abstract silhouettes. Colours and shades like tan, olive oil and ochre are being championed and paired with natural materials. Earth tones like sand are replacing grey palettes.”
“A trend we haven’t seen in years. It’s so easy to get lost in chaos with the richness, layering and patterns that are needed to achieve the boho-chic look.
“But unlike previous incarnations, modern-day boho-chic is restrained, elegant and clean. It requires thoughtfulness in colour combinations and arrangement. Think unique patterns, an abundance of greenery, mixed materials on a simple base.”
“It’s official: mid-century modern has lost its reign to new Art Deco. Designers are drifting away from the traditional minimalist look and adding more textures and colours into their space.
“Art Deco is the epitome of luxe, embracing metals, bold colours and geometric design. Gold and brass have been trending for years, but it’s the emergence of new rich jewel tones and velvet furniture that make Art Deco the revival of 2019.”
Gem Beeston, At Home with Gem
“Velvet has been slowly creeping its way back into our homes throughout 2018, but this year I think it’s going to really take over. We’re talking upholstered sofas, beds, soft furnishings and even lighting!
“Using velvet is not only a chance for us to create the look of luxury, but also the feel of luxury. It’s one of the most versatile fabrics we can use in our homes, suiting bold statement pieces as much as softer colour palettes.
“It’s durable, chic, pleasing to touch and just exudes style and comfort. I for one know that velvet will be making a big appearance in our interiors in 2019!”