Do you have any decorating projects planned for this year? For inspiration, check out our list of the latest dos and don’ts for 2019!
Trends to embrace in 2019
In 2019, texture is the name of the game for sofas, bedding and decorative accents! Play with fabrics like brocade, velvet and muslin, which appeal to the eye as well as the touch.
Natural stone and dark brick add a raw, authentic feature to interiors. They work well around a natural gas fireplace or in a bathroom. Baskets and folded paper lamps are also popular.
To take things a step further, overlapped rugs and multiple cushions work well. You can never have enough cushions!
Plants, plants and more plants
Whether you love them for their beauty, the oxygen they produce or as a hobby, plants are in!
Small groupings of cacti on your window sills add a special touch, as do large-leaved tropical plants in your brightest rooms. Bathed in sun, tropicals will grow big and beautiful.
If you don’t happen to have a green thumb, there are plenty of high-quality artificial plants to choose from. You can also apply this trend to other decorative accessories: how about a duvet cover with a palm tree motif?
Swanky yet subtle touches
With the return of terrazzo floors and the increasing popularity of noble materials like marble and wood, sumptuous interiors are indeed trending in 2019.
But we’re talking understated luxury—nothing too flashy. Mat gold bathroom fixtures are a good choice. And for your dining room, hardwood flooring with a chevron motif will make just the right statement. Home automation is also a luxury feature. A smart home adapts to your every need, providing the ultimate in comfort.
Even on a small budget, you can embrace the luxury trend! How about a marble salt dish in the kitchen, a smart thermostat in the living room or some fresh flowers in the master bedroom?
Trends on the way out in 2019
Bright-coloured accent walls
As we move closer to the next decade, pops of colour are fading out. Popular for accentuating the corner of a room or a headboard, bright colours have seen their day.
Instead, fabric wall coverings are the new choice for an eye-catching touch. Give shape and volume to your front entrance by creating a wall of greenery using succulent plants and ivy. And coloured neon lighting can add some fun to a kid’s bedroom or a bold accent to the kitchen or living room.
Overly sleek interiors
The minimalist look is hanging in, but is taking on a softer tone. No one wants to live in a home full of white rooms with nothing on the walls and no accent pieces other than a eucalyptus branch standing in an apothecary jar.
To cozy things up, how about hand-crafted macramé hangings in ochre and honey tones? Or hang some black and white family photos, all framed in the same blond wood for a more streamlined look. Remember that your home is a place for you to relax in and be happy!
Quick and easy decor
When it comes to grocery shopping or buying clothes, we put a lot of thought into the ecological aspect of our choices. And these same values should apply to the decorative items we buy.
Sure, it’s fun coming across inexpensive finds at a big box store or liquidation centre, but these purchases are rarely sustainable and are often produced using methods that leave a large carbon footprint.
To achieve balance, why not turn to local artisans and designers. And explore flea markets and antique stores to give some beautiful objects a second life. Above all, don’t buy decorative items just because they’re inexpensive!
Content creator for her blog Tellement Swell and her YouTube channel, Eve Martel has a boundless passion for interior décor and organization. The daughter of an architect, she grew up surrounded by her father’s Danish design magazines and blueprints. Just like that friend who always has the best tips, she shares ideas for turning your home into a stunning, peaceful haven.