Top 2019 interior design trends

A well-appointed space, regardless of style, stands the test of time. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take your cue from what’s timely. While décor isn’t as fickle as fashion, new trends do surface every year or so. To find out what’s hot for 2019, we tapped top design pros for their best predictions. These ideas just might inspire you to make some improvements.


#1. Textural Touches

All that reasoning as to why you should use texture is well and good, but it only goes so far if you don’t know how to effectively bring it into your home. Here are a few ways that we suggest adding texture to a room: Architectural Elements: If you’re lucky enough to have crown molding, chair rails, or tray ceilings in your home, make them a focal point. Furniture: Wooden benches, satin reading chairs, and marble tabletops all bring a distinct feel to the space. Décor Items: Shadow boxes, knick-knacks or even flowers could be used. Floor and Wall Coverings: A carefully placed throw rug or even some patterned wall design will bring tons of depth to the room. Textiles: Use cloths like slip covers, throw pillows, and even blankets to make the room pop.

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#2. Back in Black

Spaces that were typically painted white are starting to bear black hues, especially in kitchens and baths, Ms. O’Neill said. “These have become popular as evidenced by the rising trend of black appliances, fixtures, surfaces and materials that dominated the international trade show at Salone Mobile in [Milan, Italy]. “The effect can be dramatic, sexy and unexpected.” Traditionally, black paint was used as an accent hue for exteriors—on a front door or shutters, for example—but now Ms. O’Neill is seeing a rise in all-black facades and fencing. “Black tends to highlight the silhouette of a house in a sophisticated, architectural sense,” Ms. O’Neill said.

Among the Houzz community of 2.1 million active home remodeling and design professionals, black is big for kitchens and being expressed on appliances like range hoods, as island accent colors and in all-black cabinetry. Houzz predicts that in 2019, we'll see black cabinets paired with white walls, backsplashes and countertops for a dynamic and sophisticated contrast. “Black is a classic color that never goes out of style, but enthusiasm for colors ebb and flow just like in fashion,” said Mitchell Parker, Houzz editor and writer based in Palo Alto, California. “Black's re-emergence is a reaction against the whites and bright colors that have been popular for so long,” Mr. Parker said.

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#3.True Colors

While black is seeing a resurgence, so is the use of color. “It’s cyclical: Whenever the economy is doing well, or consumer confidence is up, color sells more,” said Los Angeles-based designer Robert Novogratz of The Novogratz. “When people are happier and feeling good, they’re more likely to live with color,” he said. Mr. Beers added, “We’ll be seeing a more expressive use of bold colors as well as imaginative and fun ways of pairing prints.” One innovative use of color is through lighting. Liana Frey, vice president of marketing for Ketra lighting, noted that color-tunability, or the ability for lights to display different hues, whether pastel or bold, is becoming popular for the home. Ketra has a system that lets you easily adjust the lighting—via an app on your tablet or smartphone—including its color-tunability and vibrancy, which impacts how the colors and finishes in the room are “read” by the human eye. “The effect is similar to applying a filter to a photo; the saturation of the finish can be muted or increased in intensity,” Ms. Frey said. Designers are continually exploring new ways to make an interesting statement, and many do this through color, Mr. Barzilay Freund said. For instance, warmer tones and brighter shades are permeating spaces in myriad ways from wallcoverings to furniture and statement art to decorative accessories, even lighting. “We’re seeing purple and pink accents and saturated red, blue and green walls in rooms where tasteful grey and beige once ruled,” he said.

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#4. Mixed Styles

Layered spaces also mean incorporating pieces and influences from different eras. “We are worldlier than ever, and that’s demonstrated by the bold mixing of different cultural and historical references, as well as the pairing of international design with international art,” Mr. Beers said. He recently designed a restaurant in Philadelphia that blends styles taken from American Irish pubs and Taiwanese night food markets. “The best rooms in Europe have long-featured items passed down through many generations in dynamic conversation with one another. Designers are now interested in creating such historically layered spaces,” Mr. Barzilay Freund said. He also noted that designers are adding custom pieces to this mix from craftsmen and small-scale manufacturers to secure unique pieces not readily available to everyone. “When you put a piece of 18th-century furniture next to an avant-garde contemporary piece, you not only bring into the present what might otherwise be considered a fusty antique, but you give weight, or gravitas, to that new creation,” Mr. Barzilay Freund said. “Nobody wants to live in a museum display or a space that feels like every object came from the same showroom,” Mr. Barzilay Freund said. “By mixing furniture from a variety of periods and pairing high and low objects and art, you create a space that is timeless, not a time capsule.”

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#5. Metallic Tones

As we move away from an industrial design aesthetic, “we’re see a growing popularity in the polished and tailored look of metallic finishes,” Mr. Beers said. He favors silver for its clean nautical look and gold and brass for richness and warmth. Different iterations of gold, from rose gold to matte gold, are finding their way into design from furniture and accent pieces to walls, Mr. Novogratz said. In his own furniture designs, Mr. Novogratz offers accent pieces such as desk lamps and even large-scale items like canopy beds in an all-gold options. Ms. Eisen’s noticed a trend toward cooler brushed metallics like chrome, nickel and iron, which “add flare without stealing the show.” For a recent project at 807 Park in Manhattan, Ms. Eisen created a dramatic, double-height mirror grid, which reflects light, doubles the visual square footage and adds a bit of glamour..

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