Home design is constantly evolving and a new year always brings new trends. Sites like Houzz and Realtor.com have published their own lengthy trend reports for the year ahead, but I’ve distilled those down to this short list of some of my favorite interior design trends for 2019!
Quartz was a popular countertop choice in 2018! So much so that prices have risen over the last year. If you really love the look of quartz countertops and plan to install them in 2019, make sure you budget accordingly for the expense!
Statement Tile Backsplashes
Tile backsplashes for the kitchen and bath are nothing new, but this year, the backsplash is getting an upgrade. In 2019, expect to see lots of full-wall tile backsplashes in the kitchen and bathrooms. Want to try this at home? Create a feature wall using geometric patterned tiles to give your kitchen a fresh and on-trend look.
Mixing fabrics, patterns, and textures makes a room look cozy, lived-in, and even a bit eclectic. Not sure about this trend? Try adding pillows with different patterns and fabrics. If you end up not liking the look, you can easily change out the pillows. And if you do love the mixed fabric look, purchase a small love seat or armchair in a fun print. The key to making this trend work is to use a similar color palette throughout the space to keep everything cohesive.
Shiplap has been popular in recent years thanks to Joanna Gaines, and it isn’t going anywhere in 2019. Though it is getting a fresh, colorful update – white shiplap is being edged out by other color options like navy blue, sage green, and even grey. Fortunately, if you’ve got shiplap in your home, all you need to update it is a can of paint!
Updated Subway Tile
Subway tile continues to remain a popular trend for homes, but as with most trends, designers find new ways to update and improve it as time goes on. Designers are now gravitating to large-format subway tiles arrange in unique patterns. Think herringbone, chevron, and basket weave patterns.
After years of white kitchens and painted wood furniture, people are increasingly choosing wood in natural stains to create a warmer, more welcoming space. This trend is easiest to incorporate in the form of furniture, but if you’re going to be installing new floors in your home, consider a lighter, more natural shade of wood rather than one that has been heavily stained.
While this isn’t the wallpaper of decades past, use a fun print in the bathroom or laundry room to bring a little color into your space. There are hundreds of designs on the market so you’re sure to find the perfect pattern for your home. You can also use wallpaper to fake the look of wood or brick, which can add major style points to your home for a fraction of the cost.
If you’re planning on doing any home remodeling projects this year, I highly recommend you spend some time checking out the model homes in your area – this is the best way to see how the latest trends are being implemented. And if you’d like any design advice, give me a call – I’m happy to offer suggestions and refer you to local contractors to get the work done!