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.
Andrea Palmer, Design Director at Concept Interiors
“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
Stacey Sibley, Creative Director at Alexander James 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!