Much has been speculated about the colours, textures, furniture and objects that will be trending in 2019. Which trends are still going strong and which ones are losing their sparkle…if you’d like to give your home interiors a fresh new look, here are the main trends as well as plenty of inexpensive and easy-to-implement ideas.
Instead of window-shopping at home decor stores to get yourself up-to-date on current trends and new products, we’ve compiled a list of the must-haves of 2019.
The Marie Kondo method
Marie Kondo has achieved global success thanks to her best seller ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’, as well as the TV series produced by Netflix.
Good for your health and vital for the home, tidying up can be viewed as part of home decor. Until now, we have tended to hide away storage boxes and conceal storage spaces… but that’s all in the past: storage accessories have emerged from the dark of lofts and cupboards to occupy our living space. Baskets, boxes, drawer organisers, vacuum storage bags—all allow you to combine utility with an attractive look.
The main trends in decorative storage are clearly still natural materials, neutral colours and timeless geometric motifs. So opt for wood, including bamboo, to redecorate your home interiors and create storage spaces throughout the house.
Curved lines: the new trend in furniture
The reign of Scandinavian decor is floundering; characterised by straight, bare lines, this year Nordic style gives way to curved lines in the pole position… Unlike straight lines, curves bring a certain fluidity and softness to a room. Of course it’s perfectly possible to combine both trends, so long as natural materials remain the common denominator in your furniture pieces.
Curved designs take inspiration from the ’rounded’ look of the 70s, although they can also be found in classical as well as more contemporary architecture, such as Catalan modernism, which made rounded shapes one of its emblems.
How can you include curved lines in your home? There are plenty of options for a range of budgets: from rugs for your living room to rounded armchairs, lamps to coffee tables. Curves are less ‘aggressive’ than straight lines, hence their suitability for corners of the home devoted to rest and relaxation (the living room or bedroom in particular).
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Japandi style combines the principles of wabi sabi, Japanese elegance, with the more rustic charms of Scandinavian decor. Everything vintage, archaic and aged thus has a central place in interior decoration. Japandi plays on contrasts: between modernity and vintage, new and old. Like any fusion, the result can be marvellous or just messy.
Our advice: use ‘vintage’ furniture and ornaments sparingly. Otherwise you risk turning your living room or bedroom into an antiquities museum. A delightful piece of furniture from the 30s, an antique tapestry, an art deco lamp…all it takes is one unique vintage element to make the difference. Using too many will only dilute the visual effect.
In summary: white walls; neutral shades; curved, clean lines….and a rustic or vintage item that provides an attractive contrast.
Le living coral !
This year, Pantone has announced that the colour trend for 2019 is Living Coral. A fresh and youthful colour that is reminiscent of our innate need for optimism and our constant search for joy. In a world dominated by digital technology, Pantone presents a colour that takes you back to basics and authenticity.
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Introducing the Pantone Color of the Year 2019, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral – an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression. #COY2019
This colour can be found in Eames chairs, which combine Living Coral and wood, as well as a whole host of small ornaments…every day sees more and more items available in this warm and summery hue, ideal for revamping your kitchen or bathroom. However it’s best to avoid this colour for the living room or relaxation areas.
Green has not been forgotten
Green is also trending in 2019: this is partly thanks to indoor plants (especially cacti), as well as walls and carpets or rugs.
The popularity of cacti is such that they inspire many designers. From candlesticks to bedside lamps, the cactus is everywhere!
Another way to bring green indoors: a vertical garden or plant wall. A source of harmony and freshness, these green spaces are suitable for both the living room or terrace, and let you decorate a wall in an elegant, natural style.
Textiles have not lost their lure
The range of textiles increases each year. Once consigned to upholstery and carpets in the living room, they have gone on to conquer the walls of the whole house.
Velvet is a strong decor trend for 2019. Perfect for covering chairs, armchairs and sofas, the more adventurous can even use it as a wall covering for any room. The popularity of durable, handmade fabrics (already trending in 2018) continues. And once again, rustic chic and craftsmanship are on the up.
Geometric patterns haven’t been overlooked either. Ever-present in Nordic decor, geometric, symmetrical shapes have been dominating our interiors for years.
This year, more extravagant textiles have crept in, as attested to by various tropical motifs: plants, fruit and wild animals make up an entire ecosystem in our homes!
Wood blends with metal
This year metals will be used in completely innovative ways, and will gain further popularity. Wood is a timeless, noble material, but industrial looks will dominate in 2019. Metal will be paired with wood to create original designs and contrasts.
Natural stones, quartzite and terrazzo will be used in novel and unexpected ways.
Thanks to its competitive pricing and durability, terrazzo has become a must-have for indoor flooring….This year it has been reinvented, to rediscover its lost spark, extending its reach to bathroom walls and counter tops, as well as the kitchen and even the living room.
Trick for getting the terrazzo look on a budget: terrazzo wallpaper. Your guests will have to look twice to notice the difference, and you’ll be able to change it easily if necessary.