By Erik J. Martin
1. The healthy living look.
Many designers have observed a shift toward more eco-friendly and green elements indoors. Having an abundance of real plants can help achieve this. Bringing the outdoors into your home is not only an aesthetic choice, but real plants also provide the benefit of filtering harmful chemicals out of your home. We’re also seeing tons of floral patterns inspired by nature being prominent in 2019. And more homeowners are choosing natural over manmade materials, like hardwood floors.
2. Curved sofas.
Rounded-back sofas add to the eclectic feel that’s becoming so popular. They’re perfect for a more formal living room because they’re all about the interesting shape and style.” Just be sure your curved sofa has a lot of empty space around it to show off its shape as much as possible.
3. Feminine and free.
HGTV design expert Taniya Nayak says this movement is all about embracing a pastel palette with hues like blue, cream and pale blue to fashion a romantic/ glam look. “An easy way to realize this is to create a striped, pastel accent wall and alternate different paint finishes — like eggshell and satin – in the same color to capture a soothing, soft, ethereal feel and create more depth,” says Nayak, who adds that this trend best applies to bedrooms and the living room.
4. Jewel tones.
Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative services with Behr Paint in Santa Ana, California, says jewel hues cast with an earthy richness will be all the rage in 2019. Deep tones like Ecological (Behr # S380-6) and Amber Autumn (#S290-5) “engage the senses and enhance the personal appeal of any room, especially those for entertaining like a living or dining room,” says Woelfel. Cohen adds that jewel tones work best “when multiple items or finishes in the room have a richness so that the whole room feels balanced.”
5. The clean farmhouse look.
While farmhouse esthetics have been popular for a while, the difference in 2019 is the suggested use of fewer tchotchkes. This produces a cleaner look that incorporates only a few decorative trinkets or antiques alongside clean-lined furniture. The antiques give the room character, but the cleaner look employs muted colors that reflect the simpler lifestyle people prefer today. Whatever trend you choose to follow, be careful not to overdo it.
Whether you swap out accessories or merely add a fresh coat of paint, small updates to a space can make you fall in love with it all over again.