The 9 Hottest Design Trends for 2019

It's officially time to ring in the New Year with a fresh look for your home! Many people decide to give their homes a facelift in the New Year thanks to a refreshed, "in with the new, out with the old" attitude. It doesn't hurt that most of us Canadians spend more time indoors during the winter and feel inspired to tend to our nests.

With 2018 coming to an end and 2019 taking over, the best and brightest design experts are weighing in on trends to help make your home look its best. Let's see 9 smoking hot design trends that are on everyone's Pinterest boards for 2019.

Art Deco Trending

Cocktail chair from
| Bathroom tiles by Bright Designlab
| Hatfield grass sofa from Sweetpea & Willow
| Cabinet from Marks & Spencer

Designers are beginning to move away from Scandinavian inspired Hygge design elements and back towards the richness of Art Deco. Megan Wecker, Founder of Cloth & Company told Elle Décor:

We expect the Art Deco influence to become more prominent in the coming year, inspiring both textile design and furniture silhouettes. From a colour perspective, pink continues to be very strong in furniture. Given that, we expect colours that complement the blush hue to do very well — specifically, olive green, oxblood, and navy.

Jessica McCarthy, designer and creative director at Decorist, is another expert who has hopped on the Art Deco Design Trend Train and told House Beautiful:

What goes around comes around, especially when it comes to design periods. Art deco style is playful and opulent yet sensible. We'll see it taking over sofas, lighting, case goods, and accessories.

Trendsetters say that the want for more Art Deco design began in 2018 and this "new mid-century modernism interior trend" shows no sign of slowing down. Add pops of Art Deco to your home through glamourous accent tables, chairs, and lighting.

Furniture with Curves & Ensconced in Velvet

Bamboo drinks trolley from Oliver Bonas
La Redoute
Cabinet | Lincoln velvet bedhead from Heatherly Design
| Breakfast nook by Stephen Sills

Sharp edges are out in 2019. Instead look for softer curved items to fill your living rooms and pair well with the return of Art Deco. Susan Glick of Susan Glick Interiors told Refinery 29:

Very popular in mid-century design, curved sofas, sectionals, and curved-back chairs are the rage. They soften and invite conversation in any room setting. Imagine them used in gorgeous, rich velvets and chenille. They provide a bit of sensuality and a "sexy" vibe.

When tech-focused décor was king, velvet was seen as being out of date, and overly formal. People have warmed up to this rich fabric and are appreciating it for its soft, lux, and funky feel. Interior Designer Patrick Ediger told Elle Décor that velvet can warm up your bedroom:

Imagine savouring sweet dreams at home nestled beneath sumptuous fabrics. Upholstering your headboard in jewel-toned velvet adds a touch of sophistication in the often-subdued sanctuary of any bedroom.

Nooks to Disconnect

Reading corner by My Scandinavian Home
| Multifunctional sofa by Studio Oink
| Nook at home of Paloma Wool
Elisabeth Heier's
window nook

In a world with bad news, fake news, overwhelming stresses, and constant tethering to technology, people are looking more and more to create corners of their home where they can go screen free and truly disconnect. Some of this is accomplished through the creation of relaxation corners, away from the blue lights of TVs, laptops, and other technology-based stressors. The creation of small indoor garden spaces and usage of comfortable furniture can allow for some true relaxation. Along with this simplicity comes appropriate furniture to match. Kristina Pena, interior designer, told Elle Décor:

Life feels uncertain and chaotic right now. We are hearing more and more that our clients want to simplify their homes and interiors. To that end, we believe we will be seeing more multifunctional furniture in 2019.

The beauty of these looks is that you don't need a lot of space to create a self-care corner, with no space too small to carve out a place to retreat and relax.

The Colour of 2019

Coral at Casa Claudia | Pantone colour of the year Riva Collection by Jasper Morrison | Kitchen Belanger by Pure

Each year Pantone releases their colour of the year, with 2019 named the year of Living Coral (numbered Pantone 16-156). A notable difference from 2018's Ultra Violet, coral is a natural colour that will complement many of the other design trends emerging in 2019. With the announcement of 2019's colour, Pantone released a statement about their bold, fresh, buoyant and vibrant, yet natural choice saying:

We get energy from nature. Just as coral reefs are a source of sustenance and shelter to sea life, vibrant yet mellow Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.

Living Coral is self-described as an "animating and life-affirming shade of orange with a golden undertone." While Coral remains a bold marine colour, it can easily be paired with both neutral and primary colours making it a breeze to integrate into your space. Consider pairing Living Coral colour palettes with teal and light grey for a clean classic look with a pop of fun, with aqua and yellow for a beach feel, with pink and raspberry florals to get a romantic vibe, a coral and green mix to bring the outdoors inside, a soft coral and turquoise mix to freshen up your look, or a mix of coral and navy blue for rustic notes.

Bring on the Florals & Geometric Patterns

Cirque / Odyssée mosaic by Mosaique Surface
| Ripplefold drapery by Loom Decor
| Tovsippa duvet cover from IKEA
| Monochrome tiles by Fired Earth

Bold, bright, and beautiful is popular in 2019. It's no wonder that big geometric patterns and florals are on point as statement pieces throughout the home. You don’t need to invest a ton of money to participate in this fashionable movement. Accent pieces on pillows, curtains, throws, bedding, area rugs, and artwork can modernize your space on a budget.

That '70s Nod

Home of Fanny Zedenius Terrazzo stairs | Bedroom nightstand by Caroline Lee | Rattan headboard by Kenay

Along with the return of Art Deco, we head back in time to '70s chic décor. Many designers are having fun playing with the 1970s inspired warm colour palettes, interesting textures, and abstract patterns, paying particularly close attention to the living room and bedroom design. Designer Donna Mondi, of Donna Mondi Interior Design, told Apartment Therapy:

Find a way to bring back terrazzo. Whether it's flooring, countertops, or walls, it's mid-century modern at its finest,

with many people integrating the flecked stone into their homes through countertop accents, bath accessories and more. Other trending materials born out of the 1970s include macramé and rattan.

The Slow Return of Wallpaper

Aqueous Geo Quartz wallpaper by Graham & Brown
| Floral wallpaper from The Sofa & Chair Company
| Art Deco wallpaper by Papermint
| Blue Agate wallpaper by Murals Wallpaper

For a long time, wallpaper was a dirty word, and the first thing people would remove when they were looking to update their space. Today it's making a comeback with 2018 being the year when people began adorning their walls with it once more. For those who want to be bold with their wallpaper choices, celebrity designer Jonathan Rachman told House Beautiful to embrace bold colours and patterns:

Commit to a wallpaper you love, and yes, you can put art or photographs on that wallpaper.

Designer Lauren Evans offers advice to those who want to dip their toes into the waters of wallpaper without overdoing:

Try to elevate the space as a whole with a subtle textured wallpaper. It's enough to add that pop you want, but with a better sense of cohesiveness that doesn't overdo it.

Another trend in wallpaper is agate designs with patterns and markings mirroring lines found in nature.

A Little Bit Country

Farmhouse foyer by Bria Hammel Interiors
| Oxidized oak table by Union Wood Co.
| Farmhouse sink by Studio McGee
| French country door Beautiful Chaos

In terms of cabinetry trends Interior Designer Kristen Pena told Elle Décor:

Out with the old, in with the oxidized oak. 2019 will bring more furniture and cabinetry that is a blackened version of our tried and true white oak. It will provide the comfort and grounding people are looking for in their spaces.

Another trend is bringing a touch of the country into the city through farmhouse trough sinks, which are making a huge comeback in kitchens and bathrooms everywhere.

Return to the Island

Kitchen island by Plain English Design Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design McGee and Co. | Black kitchen details by Liz Foures

In condos where space conservation rules, island kitchens have always been popular, but have taken a recent backseat to the breakfast bar. In 2019 expect a full-use island that will allow space to sit, eat, entertain, as well as practical storage solutions. For counters, the marble will continue to rule the kitchen in 2019, but with green and brown marble taking centre stage.

Stainless steel kitchen hardware is slowly being replaced with black, to give hardware and appliances a sophisticated twist for years to come. Jessica McCarthy told House Beautiful:

Everyone is craving to have their home feel much more distinctive with special characteristics that feel totally unique to them - and this means - embellished, hand-crafted and maximalist is on the rise, particularly in the kitchen.

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