After the craziness of Christmas, the notoriously cold penny-pinching months of January and February can feel a little lacklustre. But fear not, as 2019 is predicted to be full of colour, exuberance, embellishment, mermaid tiling and constellations… and I for one, can’t wait!
Having moved into a new flat at the end of 2018, it’s brand new, crisp white walls and sleek white kitchen cabinets won me over instantly. It looked so shiny and new, I couldn’t resist.
Yet as the weeks have moved on I’ve started to add a personal touch to make it more homely – soft furnishings such as rugs, colourful scatter cushions, quirky lampshades and lots eclectic art (I love my art).
The mix of ultra modern and more personal items is a fine balance and one that works for me, but if you are looking to reinvigorate your home in the New Year you’ll need to take note of some of our favourite trends and what our interior design experts say will be hot in 2019!
Crossing over to the dark side
Searches for dark colours such as black and navy, particularly in the kitchen, have increased by 93% according to Livingetc Magazine, meaning they have now surpassed grey as the must-have colours for walls, cabinetry and even floors. Whether you go full on with dark painted walls, make a feature wall with dark wallpaper or simply add touches to a room with accents and soft furnishings, the effect will be one of instant elegance.
Making that first sweep of the brush can be daunting and does take courage, yet if you are brave enough to give it a go, the rewards are unequaled.
Getting the lighting just right is key to creating the perfect mood when using black or navy, no matter which room you’re decorating. You want to avoid making it seem too cold so make sure you invest in the right bulbs and you’ll wonder why you didn’t open the black paint pot before.
For some tips on how to work black magic into your home visit Luxxu.
One of my personal favourites is the trend for living walls. These create an instant wow factor in any space and are a real talking point. You can choose to create an actual living wall with real plants (this will require regular maintenance and feeding) or alternatively, you can decorate your walls with artificial plant panels which look just as lifelike but only require a regular dust. IKEA are just one retailer who supply said panels for as little as £3.
This leafy trend has already taken root (excuse the pun) in trendy hotels, restaurants and shops, but it’s now spreading into the family home and is a trend set to continue growing well into 2019.
If you’d like to bring some greenery into your home, Livingetc provides useful tips on how to achieve the best from your internal fauna.
Give yourself a Hygge
Hygge, pronounced ‘hoo-ga’ or ‘hue-gah’, is a Danish word for a mood of coziness, wellness and contentment, applicable at any time of the year, but it is particularly prevalent in the cold winter months – something Scandinavia is renowned for.
Who doesn’t want to be wrapped up in layers of warm throws and chunky knits while sipping hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire or tucking into a hearty meal with family and friends on a Sunday afternoon?
This trend for nesting and/or surrounding yourself in all things feel-good is something we should all remember to do. Whether it be your favourite fur throw, comfiest slippers, that book you still can’t put down despite reading it a dozen times or those friends that make you laugh until your belly hurts, this trend has been a particular favourite with Instagrammers (4.2m #hygge posts and counting) and is one that is set to be big in 2019.
While we’re all living such busy lives it can be easy to forget to take five minutes out to mute the noise, curl up, get comfy and enjoy some ‘me’ time. Give it a go though and you won’t look back – it really is pretty simple, especially if the setting is too.
To find out how you can embrace hygge in your home visit The LuxPad.
Velvet is definitely one to watch in 2019! With searches for the material reaching new heights in 2018 it is now one of the most fashionable fabric trends for the home. From velvet throws to plush occasional chairs, to full-on velvet sofas and even scrumptious headboards or beds (even lighting gets a look in), velvet is so versatile it can be incorporated into any room and it creates an instant WOW factor.
Despite its luxury look and feel, velvet doesn’t need to cost you the earth – the High Street offers a fantastic variety of velvet options to fit any budget.
One of the most exciting velvet pieces you can add to your home is lighting. And if you’re looking to take it even further, velvet lighting combined with 70’s fringing is a must! The new velvet lighting range by High Street brand Oliver Bonus features lampshades in a variety of styles and bold colours, both with or without fringing – and they’re reasonably priced too.
For some great tips on how to incorporate velvet into your New Year decor visit Livforinteriors.co.uk.
What the experts predict
We asked interior design experts Andrea Palmer, Design Director at Concept Interiors and Stacey Sibley, Creative Director at Alexander James Interiors for their views on what to watch in 2019.
“The market is now saturated with interior designed products and easily accessible from the high street or online retailers. There has almost become too much choice it is overwhelming for the untrained consumer. Our clients come to us as they either don’t have the time or experience to create the home of their dreams.”
“It is known that the key rooms in any house are a striking yet practical kitchen, a welcoming living room or a relaxing bathroom, but there is an increased popularity which will continue through to 2019, that the ‘secondary’ rooms of a home now have as much consideration as the main ones.”
“For example; Dressing Rooms aren’t simply wardrobes for clothes storage they are becoming presentation rooms for beautiful yet functional clothing display, echoing displays you would see in luxury Bond Street boutiques; Utility Rooms are becoming an extension of the impressive kitchen including areas such as dog beds, bespoke storage to include laundry areas, flower arranging stations, muddy boot cleaning etc whilst still being designed with beautiful finishes and lighting; Children’s bedrooms are designed with the same intricate detail of the Master Suite, creating an imaginative and playful room.”
“There are key design features which are continually popular and ageless. Warmer, welcoming neutral tones are the base colours which we specify often in our designs but the popularity of accent colours such as navy blue, plums, forest greens and blush pinks, we weave these in to create further personality to the interior.”
“To complement this and layer the design palette we incorporate warm metal tones such as antique brass or bronzes. By combining a mixture of hard textured materials from stone, timber and metals through to beautiful fabrics and furniture we believe attention to detail is intrinsic to the designs we produce for considered and refined interiors which create a comfortable, unique and timeless home.” Andrea Palmer, Design Director at Concept Interiors
“With 2019 fast approaching, we look ahead at the anticipated interior trends which will inevitably shape our design projects for the year ahead. We consider changes in furnishings, fabrics and colour palettes. We expect Sumptuous Velvet fabrics to be at the forefront of the design trends, adding elegance and luxury to any scheme whilst remaining a comforting element to any interior. Velvets are very versatile and can be adapted to many interior styles, making it a go-to for many design tastes.”
“In terms of colour, the Pantone colour of the year 2019, Coral, will pave the way for many designs, adding a playful energy. This is suited best of course to those contemporary and eclectic schemes which welcome bright, vibrant colour tones. For a more classic style interior, we expect to see lots of ‘Spicy Honey’, a warm shade of amber, which is a versatile palette that adds warmth and cosiness to many rooms.”
“For furniture pieces we expect to see further use of sustainable and natural materials as the eco trends continue into another year, as well as mid-century modern pieces which will bring in the glamour and opulence of the Art Deco period, providing a statement of luxury in our homes.”
“We also anticipate the prevalence of metallic shimmers to replace the rose gold of 2018, bold botanical prints, as well as floral fabrics and wallpapers.” Stacey Sibley, Creative Director at Alexander James Interiors
So what have we learnt?
All in all, it looks like 2019 is set to be an exciting year for interior trends and I for one plan to incorporate at least a couple of those listed above (the velvet occasional chair already has pride of place in the living room).
The start of a New Year is the perfect time to freshen up your home and with all these exciting trends predicted, which are achievable on any budget, there really is no excuse not to give it a go. Just think – the braver you are, the more exciting your home could be!