Ring in the New Year with the latest styles and designs
Do you know what’s in when it comes to 2019 home décor trends? We’re talking everything from the latest color palettes and new innovations in bathrooms (flotation bathtubs?) and kitchens (smart faucets?), to up-and-coming textiles and patterns and indoor/outdoor living with eco-friendly design.
1. 2019 Color Palettes
Last year, bold jewel tones were all the rage along with the neutral tones and textures that make up the Danish lifestyle craze called Hygge. In 2019, designers say we’re seeing more of the same, which means you don’t have to repaint your interior to be in vogue. Think crisp white paired with strong colors and high-contrast patterns that create big statements in your Santa Barbara home. The new neutral color is blush, which pairs with grays and other naturals for a calming palette. It can also be combined with bold colors like navy, forest green, or citrine, and it allows the bold color to be the hero. Play with plum, mustard, and terra cotta to create depth and warmth with colors that play well with others.
2. Patterns and Fabric Choices
There will be tons of bold texture and pattern choices in home décor in the coming year. We’re talking graphic textiles and textured tiles resembling fabrics like linen and corduroy. The look is based on layering different textures and patterns like Geometric, Memphis-inspired patterns in bold colors. As architect and interior designer Melanie Raines, the Director of Design at New Waterloo, mentions, the Memphis and postmodern styles are particularly popular in hospitality and retail spaces at the moment, but we could easily see these translating to the home as well. One idea I love is upholstering your headboard in jewel-toned velvet. That adds a touch of sophistication in the often subdued sanctuary of any bedroom.
3. Furniture and Furnishings
As the volume continues to turn up in the world around us, people will continue to become more daring with their interior choices. The popularity of abstract, Memphis-inspired design has spread beyond the world of textiles and patterns and into furniture and furnishings, where bold, chunky statement pieces serve as welcome focal points. Then there are the ’80s-inspired designs paired with more muted, matte finishes that are becoming all the rage. Actually, items from any era will be big as homeowners return to handcrafted authenticity versus buying mass-produced pieces, especially when it comes to furniture and decorative arts. More of my clients are telling me they want to simplify their homes and interiors this ear. That’s why we’re seeing more multi-functional furniture in 2019 home décor trends.
4. Indoor/Outdoor Lifestyle
Looks like the design community is finally embracing something we who live here in Santa Barbara have been enjoying all along: the indoor/outdoor lifestyle. For 2019, people will pay more attention and care to extend interior spaces outside while adding as much greenery as possible indoors. Landscape designers and architects suggest homeowners create focal points in their yards just like you do with any room in your house. Structures and hardscaping like fences, sheds, or even furniture arrangements can be used to create excellent spaces around a fireplace or bonfire. I’m also a huge fan of the health and aesthetic benefits of having lots of plants and greenery indoors. One little inside plant can reduce carbon dioxide levels and certain pollutants, increase humidity, reduce airborne dust levels, keep air temperatures down and much more.
5. New Looks for Kitchen and Bath
Bored with stainless steel and gold? Good. Because in 2019, there are some newer looks to consider for your kitchen or bath. This is the year of specialty finishes for your appliances, decorative hardware, and even plumbing. The most popular finish for hardware and faucets is matte black. This appealing alternative to fingerprint prone stainless steel is perfect for any kitchen appliance.
Then there’s the new phenomenon of flotation tubs. Floating has incredible health benefits, not the least of which is providing a true sense of relaxation, reset, and comfort. Flotation Tubs offer bathers a weightless experience. Another big trend is voice activation for everyday items in kitchens and bathrooms from appliances to mirrors. Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home started this trend.
In 2019, homeowners will want to buy even more voice-activated things like the new voice-activated mirror on the bathroom vanity wall. While it may not tell you who’s the fairest of them all, it can alert you to traffic and weather issues you’ll encounter on your morning commute. There’s more voice-controlled fixtures and appliances on the horizon. Your shower will know your preferred temperature and spray mode, while your oven and other appliances can make your life simpler in countless other ways. Brands like Séura, Kohler, JennAir, and Dacor, are leading the way.
6. Eco-Friendly Design
The key to achieving eco-friendly style is based on the saying “less is more.” Green home design has been emerging over the last couple of years, and in 2019 home décor trends it will be more popular than ever. As green living and sustainable design trends become the norm, they’re also becoming more affordable and convenient. Take energy efficient lighting, for example. LED lighting uses 85% less energy than incandescent or halogen lighting and can also reduce energy bills significantly.
Now you know the popular 2019 home décor trends. Ready to put these ideas to use in a new home in Montecito, Hope Ranch or any of Santa Barbara’s upscale communities? If yes, then please call at 805.886.9378 or email me at Cristal@montecito-estate.com. I’ll happily add your listing to my portfolio of fine homes in the area and find your new dream home for your family.