A new year means a new chance to refresh and rejuvenate your space. And although some elements of home decor will never go out of style, interior design trends come and go, giving us something new to look forward to year after year. It's time to embrace what works (like this moody living room styled by Aaron Leitz and photographed by Allison Pickart.
To prepare for a new year of design trends, we spoke to home decor experts and asked them what to expect—and what they're most excited about in 2019.
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Even More Wood
You may say wood is a traditional material that will never go out of style. And while that's true, the use of wood has grown in popularity year after year, and we expect that to continue as we move into 2019. Whether you introduce wood flooring to your kitchen or decide to add more wooden elements to a bathroom or dining space, we're all for bringing the outdoors in.
According to Chris von Eckartsberg and Hans Baldauf from BCV Architecture + Interior, "people are increasingly seeking connections from nature. Whether it’s contextually appropriate or the perfect counterpoint to help modernize an existing restaurant, for example, wood is a timeless, versatile material."Continue to 2 of 14 below.
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A Mix of Masculine and Feminine
Leather couches and chairs are nothing new—but according to Bria Hammel of Bria Hammel Interiors, we should expect to see more leather accents being used in unexpected places.
"One thing we’re starting to see more and more, and that we love incorporating into our own designs, is bringing the two together to create perfect harmony—darker, unique leathers paired with bright, white cabinetry," says Hammel. "We believe that the best, most beautiful rooms and homes of 2019 will achieve an ideal balance of both masculine and feminine."
When designing a space this year, don't be afraid to mix what may be considered masculine elements (such as leather) with feminine touches to bring more variety to your decor.Continue to 3 of 14 below.
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Embrace Bold Backsplashes
We admit that we love simple, clean white backsplashes. But more and more designers are welcoming boldly patterned backsplashes to their kitchens. We expect these fun and functional accents to be huge in 2019.
This space by Dan Rak Design features a daring geometric backsplash that transforms the space and gives it a unique personality. This year, don't be afraid to try a bold backsplash in your kitchen. If you're scared of commitment, try a stick-on version that you can easily remove and swap.Continue to 4 of 14 below.
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Maximalism Not Minimalism
By now you probably know all about minimalist home decor, but the theme of 2019 is "more is more." We're leaving behind the stark, modern look and embracing a sensibility of excess and textural overload. According to interior Designer Anne Hepfer, we should expect to see this style surge this year.
"2019 will leave behind minimalism and instead pay homage to the more-is-more maximalism movement," says Hepfer. "It brings me great joy when my clients are on board with our design journey, taking risks and trusting the creative path. In the end, these spaces are unique, fabulous and timeless, created just for them."Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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Boho Is Back
Boho is one of those design trends that comes and goes—but in 2019 we expect it to come back with a bang. Designers Caroline Grant and Dolores Suarez of Dekar Design say that "the boho vibe is back, but with a vintage modern twist and curved lines. Layering and patterned fabrics are something you will see again, but this time around a bit cleaner and brighter."
Embrace your inner hippie and layer fun textures and prints to create a bohemian vibe in any room. We especially love this look in nurseries or children's rooms where you can add a little bit of sophistication while maintaining a fun, laidback vibe.Continue to 6 of 14 below.
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Navy Is the New Black
Black is timeless and traditional, but one of 2019's interior design trends will definitely involve more navy elements at home. Danielle Walish, interior and furniture designer for The Inside, expects to see "navy used in fresh and modern ways—or in other words, not your grandma's navy. Of course, navy always shines in a classic cabana stripe, but I'm excited to pair it with mint green and pinks."
Consider ditching black furniture or accents and using navy instead. These navy side chairs offer a clean, modern look without feeling too heavy or dark in your space.Continue to 7 of 14 below.
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White kitchens have been all the rage for a while now, but this year expect to see darker cabinetry make a comeback.
"The all-white kitchen has been in full force the past couple of years and, as such, we’ve been slowly adding color back in," says designer Tracy Lynn. "Black kitchens are proving to be popular and help impart a sleek, rich feel and modern ambiance."
If you've never painted over your dark cabinets, consider yourself trendy! This kitchen designed by Lynn and photographed by Ryan Garvin proves that when paired with an open, airy and light space, dark cabinetry can still feel modern and fresh.Continue to 8 of 14 below.
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Art Deco Design
Art deco design is all about embracing geometric designs, manmade materials (like metals) and bold colors. Though art deco reached its peak in the 1920s and 30s, we expect to see a big resurgence in 2019. As we leave behind minimalism, art deco is the perfect way to add more textures and visual interest to your space.
These laser-cut and handpainted panels designed by Jamie Reynolds are a great way to accent the top of a buffet or replace a conventional headboard in a deco-inspired space. Search for geometric accessories, and don't be afraid to embrace brass and gold in your design scheme.Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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Art Deco Accessories
This living room from Swoon Worthy Blog is another gorgeous example of how to embrace art deco without completely redesigning a space. The gold starburst mirror above the mantle and the velvet mustard yellow chair channel the roaring twenties while still feeling modern and new.Continue to 10 of 14 below.
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This year is going to be all about sustainable pieces and recycled decor. According to Tracy Lynn, "items made by hand using sustainable materials are a great way for people to feel grounded in their homes and feel more in touch with the earth and their roots."
In this photo by Zack Benson, we see how art can come alive—literally. Instead of investing in a new piece of artwork, consider living plants. This shadow box filled with succulents is a unique way to bring the outdoors inside and add a pop of color to any room.Continue to 11 of 14 below.
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More Sustainable Decor
This cozy bedroom from The Classic Cottage is another great way to adopt the sustainable decor trend this year. The space utilizes materials such as jute and rope—and is all about reusing and recycling. The "headboard" is actually a rug hung on the wall, which adds a beautiful finishing touch to the bedroom. This year, think outside the box and consider how to upcycle pieces in your house from one room to the next.Continue to 12 of 14 below.
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All About Curves
For the past few years, we've been inundated with crisp, streamlined furniture and straight lines in home decor. In 2019, though, curves are where it's at.
According to NGI Design, "curves have started to become a sought-after style. First, they offer a manipulated perception of spatial awareness. Using this correctly means that there will appear to be a lot more space than there actually is, allowing for your home to feel larger and a little more premium."
Like this stunning blue sitting chair from Maggie Boucher Interior Design (photo by Tomek Kmiecik), curved furniture makes your space feel more expansive. Look for pieces that are rounded on the bottom and curved on the top.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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Velvet Is Huge
We've already seen that many 2019 interior design trends embrace velvet. From art deco to maximalism, velvet tends to creep its way into many different styles. Liz Toombs, a certified interior decorator and the president and owner of PDR Interiors, says we should expect to see even more velvet in the next few months.
But velvet doesn't have to feel traditional or stodgy. "When velvet is used on a tailored piece of furniture with clean lines, it doesn’t look as stuffy as if you were to place it on a Victorian piece of furniture," Toombs says.
This cozy living room from Eclectic Interior proves that modern pieces, like the brown couch pictured here, can embrace velvet and lend an inviting warmth to any space.
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Terrazzo Is Here to Stay
Terrazzo, a mosaic-like mix of marble, glass and granite, has been gaining traction again in the design world for a few months now. But we expect this high-impact look go big in 2019. Though commonly thought of as a material for flooring, designers are embracing it in countertops, showers, furniture and even wallpaper and accent pieces.
This stunning rendering from Evgenia Belkina highlights terrazzo's unique ability to take center stage in a room without overpowering the rest of the space.