With every new year comes new interior design trends – and 2019 is no different. From colours and textures to appliances and technology, there’s always something new in the ever-changing and dynamic world of interior design. This the time when décor professionals and enthusiast fill us in on what’s in vogue and homeowners take inspiration and let their imagination run wild in attempts to keep their homes fresh and on trend. To help you merge your lifestyle needs with the latest design trends, we’ve interviewed industry professional, Sarah Butt to get her take on what’s hot and what not for 2019.
Colours that are regal, timeless and elegant
When you think interiors, the first thing that usually comes to mind is colour. Colours dictate everything from the paint you use for your walls down to the décor you choose. According to Sarah, gone are the days of light pastels and millennial pinks. Instead, it seems like interior design is moving back towards a regal timeless elegance. “I think we are going to see moody tones such as deep blues and rich teals paired with black accents and rich-toned medium woods.” The blue velvet couches used in the living room adds an elegant pop of colour. This is combined with neutral tones and gold trimmed decor to add dimension to the space.
However, homeowners shouldn’t be afraid to add their own personal flair in order to make their space comfortable and liveable. Sarah suggests that “lived-in” is the feel for this year with homeowners favouring low maintenance materials such as quartz and solid plank or vinyl floors. “People are embracing comfortable finishes and textiles and seem more willing to break the rules such as introducing an oversized piece to a room and mixing patterns for a fun and personal end result.” In their jaw-dropping dining, Trico Homes has incorporated personalized teal decor and medium toned wooden floors to create a stylish yet liveable space. We can also see a mixture of solid colours and prints as well as a brushed golden globe chandelier to add some pizazz and personality to the dining room.
Statement items in bathrooms
We can’t talk about design trends without shedding some light on what’s in vogue when it comes to some of the most valuable rooms in the home – the bathroom, kitchen and living room. When it comes to the bathroom, boring patterned tiles are old news. Instead, Sarah suggests that homeowners are leaning towards bold Moroccan inspired patterns and sleek counters. We’ll see the theme of elegance make its way into bathrooms as well with homeowners opting to strike a balance between fashion and function. According to Sarah, “more customers will be investing in statement items in their bathrooms;matte black or brushed gold plumbing fixtures with unexpected light fixtures will add style while keeping the space functional and uncluttered”.
Mix and match in the living room
When it comes to the living room, it’s all about mixing and matching to create a space that reflects your uniqueness. Furniture sets and uniformity have been left in 2018. “Mix your fabrics, combine a soft textile couch with leather chairs and wood side piece. Mix patterns, sheens and accessories for a relaxed and cosy feel.” In 2019, mixing and matching doesn’t end with fabrics and textiles – Sarah urges homeowners to mix and match other elements of their living room décor. “Use multiple groupings of furniture rather than sectionals to create more than one lounging area. Large scale art paired with smaller framed pieces to play on size and placement”.
The kitchen is getting smarter
Finally, we move on to the heart of the home – the kitchen! When asked what can be expected in kitchen design, Sarah says that this is the year of raw wood finishes, mixed metals and pops of gold, black and stainless steel. She’s seeing homeowners move away from the traditional and opting for more personalized and contemporary touches. Backsplashes are extending to ceilings and homeowners are going for open shelves and personalized storage to replace traditional upper cabinets, and introducing bold hardware into the kitchen. This kitchen blends this year's trends nicely by incorporating the “to the ceiling” backsplash and the gold cabinet handles. Lastly, Sarah sees a rise in the use of smart appliances. “Smart appliances in the kitchen will continue to gain popularity, fridges that tell you when you need to get milk or a video call with your sister in Toronto to cook dinner together.”
While learning about new interior design trends is exciting, it’s also sometimes overwhelming. Homeowners may not know how to blend new trends with their own personal style. To deal with this, Sarah advises that you prioritize. Pick the trends that resonate with you and incorporate them into the design of your home.
About Sarah Butt: Sarah is a design consultant for Trico Homes, a leading North American homebuilder. With almost 12 years of experience, Sarah loves helping families get their dream homes by creating spaces they can enjoy for many years to come.