A new year means new interior trends to play with. Here are a couple to add to your mood board.
It is easy being green! Sustainable design is the focus of the moment as we push to a greener future. This wraps in more permanent updates to homes that not only reduce the impact on the environment, but often see a dip in energy bills, too. But don’t stress if you don’t have the cash to splash out on sweeping environmentally friendly updates to your home – you can live this trend via sustainable decorative touches like locally produced hand-woven baskets or other pieces that prioritise production methods with little to no carbon footprint. When in doubt – shop local!
As some homes get smaller, we are becoming much smarter with design. Multi-purpose pieces are now the norm and as we try to limit unwanted clutter. You’ll see more pieces that include clever storage compartments or have more than one function. Obviously, the sofa bed has been a mainstay for a while now, but now we’re seeing all sorts of smart updates. Coffee tables can now be repurposed as dining tables thanks to clever folding design, beds fold away into sleek panels and bookshelves that convert into desks are just a hint of the Swiss-army-knife-like designs you can look forward to.
Just as we see integrated design trending in 2019, in comes minimalism with a streamlined aesthetic approach to styling. Simplifying our spaces to create calming zones for relaxation is a trend that can make sense in our busy world. As we’ve seen the popularity of all manner of decluttering tutorials and techniques increase, the trend for 2019 is that every item in the home should earn its place – forget the days of a random object just for the sake of it.
New interior design term to add to your vocab: Wabi Sabi
This Japanese approach to living is a really lovely marriage of a number of the above trends. Think simplicity. Think embracing natural beauty and imperfection. Just as you might choose a hand-woven basket for its sustainable leanings, the subtle imperfections of the piece are embraced by this trend. Wabi Sabi also looks to celebrate what you have rather than buying new. So you’re not only reducing the amount of waste that goes straight to landfill, you’re also saving money by breathing new life into the things you already own. Applying a Wabi Sabi lens to your home is a brilliant way to look at the pieces you have with new eyes and embrace the naturally beautiful.
Bye bye Millennial pink! We’ve seen enough of this colour in 2018 to give us a toothache. This tone will make way for deeper colours to bring a modern feel to spaces. Colourful spaces are still on-trend, the look of 2019 will favour a better balance of colour.
Enduring trend: personal style!
The best thing about styling in your own home is the fact that you can take your pick of the trends that resonate with you and leave the others behind. And, when you’re choosing pieces to decorate with or a colour palette, don’t feel bound by trends. The common thread in your design scheme will be that you love what you’ve chosen, and that can’t be replicated in interiors mags or design blogs. So choose with your heart, paint with your palette and love where you live!