2019 Home Decorating Trends: What’s In and What’s Out This Year
October 7, 2019
2019 is an exciting year for decor! The new Pantone color, Living Coral, is a rich and indulgent hue that can work with so many design styles and schemes. New materials, many of which are sustainable and more environmentally responsible are continuing to hit the decorating scene, making it easier to personalize a space with a clean conscience. Thanks to de-cluttering icon Marie Kondo, new visions of minimalism and organization are also hitting the scene, much to the delight of those who love clean lines and a well-organized home (or at least aspire too.) Read on for 40 trends that look to make waves in home decorating this year!
In the era of Marie Kondo, it’s no surprise that clutter is no longer sparking joy for many interior decorators. While eclectic clutter has been popular for several years, particularly in Bohemian style spaces, there is finally a turn towards simplicity and clean lines. Where once five quirky pictures might have been crammed together on one small accent wall, now one larger, simple print could make more of a statement. While complex designs are still on trend, expect to see them with a more minimalist edge that prioritizes quality over quantity!
Finally, the era of the “man cave” may be ending! From the children’s room to adult hobby spaces, gender has been a defining feature of decorating for far too long. The pink princess palaces for girls and the blue adventure dens of boys are (hopefully) soon to be a thing of the past. Yellows, oranges, greens, and neutrals are becoming increasingly popular for non-gendered children’s rooms. Many toy stores are already bucking the trend with gender-less aisles, so expect to see more home decor trends following suit. For adults, the man cave fad is fading out, to be replaced by more family and couple friendly shared living spaces.3. Delicate Tones
While those who favor Mid-century Modern or Memphis Style won’t likely be giving up their bold secondary or primary colors anytime soon, but more style agnostic decorators may want to give some delicate, blushing hues a try. Familiar jewelry tones like rose gold and pewter are on trend and can wake up tired bedrooms. Dusty pink and bronze are also beautiful and rapidly gaining popularity, especially when used as accents to perk up tired neutrals. Rose gold and bronze accessories and cabinet hardware are now widely available and can give a hint of sophistication and delicacy without an entire room makeover.4. Textural Finishes
As part of the eclectic movement, patterned finishes have had a couple of big years with stripes, chevron, and herringbone all seeing much popularity. However, with more delicate tones and cleaner aesthetics eclipsing the slightly outdated eclectic style, look to interesting textures instead of patterned finishes for decor, especially upholstered furniture. Patterns are rapidly being replaced by bold primary colors and exciting textures, especially those inspired by nature. Upholstery meant to look like botanical or leaf-like textures, stone, wood, and so on are all going to become dominant in 2019.5. Statement Art Pieces
While many chic designers are moving towards minimalism overall, that isn’t mutually exclusive with having an over-the-top statement art piece. After many years of Nordic-inspired minimalism and somewhat stark Mid-century Modern design, decorators are turning to boldly colorful and magnificent pieces of art to create statement walls or focal points in rooms. In keeping with the anti-eclectic trend of quality over quantity, a super trendy way to make an open wall pop is one vast, vivid, and breathtaking composition of art instead of several smaller works or one big neutral piece. Go wild!CONTENT 6. Personality In Design
Common decorating wisdom often focuses on the color wheel, color families, matching or contrasting colors, and so on. While these guidelines certainly can help create a tied-together space, many modern decorators are taking a more care-free Avante Garde approach and centering the homeowner’s personality, rather than any particular style or rule of decor. Does it really matter if a favorite piece of art perfectly matches the couch? A significant focus of 2019 decorating is going to be moving towards infusing personality and personal favorites and ushering out the old maxims of matching and sterile modern design.7. Sustainability
With ever worsening signs of climate change, many savvy decorators are turning to sustainable materials to decorate their homes. Durable plant fibers like bamboo and hemp are becoming more popular and more widely available for floors and textiles. Many decorators are turning to local craftspeople to ensure their money is supporting their own community while also enjoying a much lower carbon footprint than internationally or even domestically transported goods. Keep an eye out for items that are marked Made in the USA, fair trade, items with tags stating specifically which local artisan(s) made the product, and so on. Also, do the homework and read up on what materials create the least environmental impact while still looking beautiful and durable!8. A Natural Fit
In keeping with the increasing focus on the climate emergency, many decorators are turning to “biophilia,” a coin termed to express the relationship between humans and the natural world, and the innate tendency to seek out the beauty of nature even in urban environments (and inside homes.) House plants, while always popular, are expected to see a massive spike in popularity – especially large showpiece plants like palms. Stone and wood floors and accent pieces are also going to be very popular, especially those that are made from renewable materials with a low environmental impact like bamboo.9. Florals
Finally, floral wallpapers are making a comeback! For decades now, floral wallpapers have been relegated to grandma’s bathroom and “old, character” homes that are immediately renovated in favor of the typical grey or white “clean” walls. No longer! Floral wallpapers and textiles are making a big, beautiful comeback and they are available in more colors and patterns than ever. Any design scheme can find a beautiful floral pattern for an accent wall or even a whole lush, botanical bedroom. There are abstract florals in grey tones, metallics, and more and one can still find delicate chintz floral patterns that echo the delicate beauty of old tea sets.10. Soft Lines In Textiles
Thanks to Pinterest, Trellis, and Ikat patterns have been having a major moment for the last few years. However, they are starting to take on a somewhat dated appearance and will definitely be left behind in the 2020s. Get a head start on the new trend by incorporating softer, flowing lines instead of sharp geometric patterns. In keeping with the very botanical trends of 2019, lines reminiscent of water or abstract leaves add a beautiful, gentle elegance and bit of textural interest without introducing any dated harshness.11. Jewel Tones
In addition to delicate, more feminine tones like blush and rose gold, jewel tones are making a huge splash in fashion and home decor. If the bold primary colors of maximalist art and Memphis Style decorating don’t quite check one’s boxes, the gorgeous, lush secondary tones of emerald green, rich plum, and amber can add a warm and sultry air to any space. While these tones have appeared on and off in kitchens over the past few years, they are now breaking out into the rest of the home with beautiful, velvety pillows, luxurious rugs, and more.12. Memphis Style
No, not like Graceland. Memphis Style refers to the bold colors and shapes that were widely popular in the 1980s. It is an updated version of the Mid-century Modern style that has been flourishing over the last decade, but it slowly starting to lose some popularity. The straight lines and secondary colors of Mid-century are replaced by the soft, bold shapes and primary colors of Memphis style. Look for bright splashes of primary colors, round lines in furniture and art, and overall slightly 80s feeling pieces to start making a huge comeback.13. Warm Neutrals
Face it; gray has been the ‘it’ color for too many years now. One cannot flip through Pinterest without seeing an endless array of cool, grey walls with clean white trim. It’s pretty, and easy to maintain, but enough is enough. For 2019, spruce up your space with warm neutrals. Warm-toned greys, ecrus, bisques, and ivories are all back in the game; they pair beautifully with many of the other tones, like corals and deep jewel tones that are also on trend. Best of all, the cool grays of the past shouldn’t be too hard to cover, and a fresh coat of a warm neutral will help your home feel cozy and more welcoming.14. Bold Backsplashes
No one can argue that clean, white subway tile backsplashes are absolutely gorgeous in almost any kitchen. However, they have also been done to death and could use a bit of a modern refinishing. For 2019, look to bold patterns that incorporate splashes of bright colors to liven up kitchens and add a bit of glamour. Graphic tiles will make a huge comeback, especially those with pops of unique colors like teal, plum, or one of the primary colors. Nothing jazzes up a white and stainless kitchen like a pop of beautiful color in a backsplash!15. Simple Kitchen Floors
When a kitchen features a beautiful, opulent backsplash, it’s a great idea to tone down the floors and let the backsplash speak for itself. Many kitchens over the past few years have incorporated bold floors, especially Terrazzo Tile that can, let’s face it, start to look a bit like an elementary school cafeteria if one is not careful with color choices. For 2019, simple neutral tiles are far more versatile and allow a decorator to play around with pops of color and exciting textures and line work in other areas of the kitchen. Renewable and ethically sourced floor materials, like bamboo and certain types of stone, will be all the rage, especially in neutral, simple colors and patterns.16. Artisan Accents
Nothing sets off a space better than a beautiful, handmade piece that comes with a story. Imagine the pride of sharing the story of the local craftsmanship that went into a statement piece, knowing the materials it is made of, and so on. Artisan accent pieces like mirrors, plant stands, and more are going to be huge in 2019. Spending money locally, supporting local artists, and knowing that an item is locally and ethically sourced allows one to decorate with a sense of purpose and respect for the environment and community.17. Calm Handmade Fabrics
Wild, bright-hued statement fabrics like Shibori, or Japanese tie-dye, have had their moment recently. However, 2019 decorators are looking to incorporate calmer, more muted handmade and artisan textiles into their spaces. Sustainable jutes, muslins, organic bamboos, and other natural materials are going to see a resurgence with their delicate, airy textures and natural, muted finishes. These fabrics will fit into many of 2019’s most prominent styles, especially the artisan and biophilia design movements. Scrap fabric pieces, especially those that incorporate florals, also will make beautiful editions to rooms featuring 2019’s delicate and jewel tones.18. Four-Poster Beds and Hangings
Perhaps the popularity of Game of Thrones and other medieval Europe themed television shows is finally making its way into the decorating world, as four-poster beds with opulent hangings are set to make a big comeback in 2019. Not only do the angular, clean lines create a stunning statement in a bedroom, but natural fabric hangings in neutral, delicate, or lush jewel tones makes for a warm, safe, and inviting space that will really leave one with no choice but to sleep like a king or queen.
While natural fibers like jute, bamboo, and linen are very much in for textural finishes on upholstered furniture, pillows, and more this year, they are very much on the way out for wall art. Macrame and other fiber wall arts have been approaching dangerously 1970s levels for the past few years and their time has finally come. Wood and stone wall accents will be all the rage for 2019, in keeping with the biophilia idea of bringing some of the outdoors in to help connect with nature’s beauty. Even better if local crafters make the pieces.20. Softer Boho
If you are a Boho lover, don’t worry it’s still around for 2019, but with a fresh twist. While a lot of previous Boho design has focused on eclectic clutter and a lot of harsh lines, 2019 Boho is looking at brighter colors, cleaner and simpler styles, and much softer and circular designs for furnishings and decor. Patterns featuring stark whites, neutrals, pastels, and circular shapes will be popular, as will circular light fixtures, pillows, and furniture. Welcome more natural feeling soft, circular shapes into your home and brighten up your spaces with light colors. Out with the dark and cluttered Boho, in with the soft, new Boho!