With a new year comes a new Pantone colour of the year, Living Coral, and thoughts of freshening up the design of the home come time mind. 2019 is bringing in some wonderful new design trends that we should all see come through in many forms shortly. Starting to steer away from the Scandi pared-back look, we’re excited to see colour, pattern and texture appearing in homes again through more adventurous design.
For those wanting to utilise the brighter colours without being overly bold, a subtle introduction of the new colour is the way to go. Use a mix of tones within the colour range to ensure one isn’t overdone or pare it back with the use of neutrals surrounding the splash of colour. It can be brought in the form of thought-provoking artworks with large matting and simple timber frames, or abstract design rugs, where boldness can be expected but is not in your face.
The location of the colour is key to the impact of it too. Usually, the trending colour is found in bedrooms and living rooms in soft furnishings or wall finishes. However, as the pastels have already made it into these areas in recent years and will sticking around, this year we will start to see them in hard finishes and fixed surfaces. For example, you’ll start to see the colours come into kitchen cabinetry. A calm and neutral benchtop and splashback around mint coloured cupboards will bring the daring colour down to earth (and back to a re-saleability level that most homeowners try to keep top of mind). For those not so adventurous, start smaller with a toaster or blender to ensure the colour is right for you.
Earthy hues and textures will also abound. Think natural products and colours such as taupe, timber and leather, but found in more unusual places such as bar fronts in kitchens or paired with bright colours and patterns. This is the year to create a personality in the home while being sustainable. Mass produced furniture that creates the same look in every home will not be the norm. Eco-friendly pieces or revived existing pieces will not only be better for the environment but also give individuality to your space. With this, you can recover a beloved timber armchair with deep purple velvet or a large houndstooth print fabric – or both!
Furniture and accessories will also play a large part in this year’s trends. A softening of edges will come through, with curved lounges, chairs and tables found. This not only provides comfort without compromising on style but also ensures a pliable design element to stand the test of time.
Art deco inspired lighting and accessories will be seen and add sophistication to a space. The details of the finishes will be the key to the success of the piece. Irregular design vase shapes will come in, with the subtle use of colour incorporated. Think smoked blue or amber glass, fading to clear with a splash of gold foil accent. A cluster of these in various shapes on a tray on a dining table will not only bring that colour into the space but is also a textural and artistic element for a centrepiece.
Any venture into a new design trend must be taken with continuity in mind. With colours coming in the form of fixed or more expensive pieces, a sound design direction when investing in these must be considered. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from an interior designer if you want to embrace a unique and adventurous design style with confidence.