2019 INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS
As designers, it becomes a part of our nature to observe the world around us and think of it in terms of the basic elements of design: space, line, forms, light, color, texture, and pattern. From visiting newly opened restaurants, buildings, and museum exhibits to reading fashion magazines, we find all kinds of ways to stay current with what the design world has to offer. This not only shows us what is popular at the moment, it helps us understand what elements are successful and impactful. By absorbing this information, we continue to grow our own aesthetic and can then apply it in ways that enhance our designs. Plus, who doesn’t love a good excuse to belly up to the newest bar in town or take a tour through a 4,000 square foot penthouse?
This exercise in observation is not only paramount for us as a design firm, but vital for our clients as well. Whether the project be a brownstone renovation for a young family in Brooklyn or a high-rise condo project in Manhattan, we are hired for our expertise on what products, design styles, and details are best suited for the project. While it’s tempting to design based on what is currently on trend, it’s just as important that we stare deeply into our crystal ball and understand how these trends morph over months, years, and even decades, so we can ultimately deliver a product to our clients that will be lasting and appropriate for many years to come.
This becomes especially challenging for our larger projects with long timelines, such as multifamily rental and condominium buildings where we begin the design process five years before the building will open its doors to residents. It then becomes especially important to look ahead for what we think the design world and market will look like at that time and create a product that will generate a positive response. In order to do this, we have to understand where the design world is today, had been before, and where we see it going next.
As 2018 closes and we head into a new year, we’d like to share some trends we think will be prevalent in 2019 and years to come.
Popularized by the fashion world, we saw looks being composed entirely of a single color strutting down the runways for the Spring 2019 season. The colors ranged anywhere from neon to neutral, enhanced by playing with shade and textures of the same color. That same season, we started to see the same concept translated into interiors. A living room in shades of ivory where the vibrancy of the design is in the textural variation of the materials. A bathroom of pink where every item, from the sink to the countertop, wall color and even toilet are the exact same shade of pink. A blue room where even the stools and curtains mimic the exact same color tone of the walls. It’s not only impressive because of the spot-on color matching, but it also lets the eye appreciate the form of the furniture pieces themselves as a sculpture in the space. While it may sound quirky, there is something sophisticated about isolating a color palette and having the interest come from variations in materials and textures.
If an all pink bathroom isn’t your thing, this trend can also be effective in an entirely neutral palette. This could be a simple all white room or be the color we are predicting to see have it’s best year in 2019: brown. Spaces of entire neutral palettes are starting to show up in a myriad of ways, and we are loving it. There is a simple beauty within an entirely neutral room that is inviting and grounding, and we anticipate seeing this trend carried out in an array of styles and applications in the coming year.
Ceilings that act as the main design feature have been on the rise for a while. Often neglected, this third surface is finally getting some well-deserved attention. This trend can be achieved with something as simple as a solid lacquered color or as intricate as a sculptural installation. The right ceiling design can be just what’s needed to make a space feel complete. It can visually raise a low ceiling height, help humanize a double ceiling height, or create an optical effect for wholistic design. This is becoming more common in private residential projects, and we anticipate seeing it applied in a wider range of project types. Move over statement lighting, it’s time to share the spotlight with the rest of the ceiling.
NEW BOHO- HANDCRAFTED & ARTISANAL
New York has always been an icon for architecture and style, which even trickles down to specific neighborhoods and their individual identities. As we are all very well aware, Brooklyn’s redevelopment celebrated its roots with a raw and rustic style that seemed to have a huge influence well beyond the limits of the borough. This industrial style had its moment for some time, but we are ready to move on from reclaimed wood, hexagon tiles, and exposed Edison bulb lighting.
Thankfully, we’re seeing a shift in style that instead celebrates the craftsmanship and artisans that make Brooklyn such a unique and design-centric area. This new movement toward the more handcrafted elements can be seen anywhere from custom cabinets in a kitchen, architecturally curved details, handmade wall tiles in a bathroom, custom furniture pieces, down to an entirely bespoke space. Items are custom and unique to the design instead of mass-produced products. We are loving this trend for bringing us back to a time before Home Depot, when designers had to think of each element in a space as a design opportunity. The results are one-of-a-kind spaces that are truly works of art.
BOLD FEATURE STONES
This might be our favorite trend we expect to see everywhere in 2019! Carrara marble can step aside and take a back seat with the rest of the mainstream, play-it-safe stones. We are seeing more and more feature stones being used in dramatic ways that highlight the stone as showpiece within a design. This trend uses the less common and more patterned stones that have previously been avoided for being “too busy”. These stones are now embraced as design elements and used in conjunction, at times, with other less common materials. The result is a fresh and tailored look that hasn’t been seen before. With the character of the stone being the dominant element of the design, the other materials can be very simple and still achieve a perfectly balanced design. Several instances of this trend use just two or three materials within an entire space, with the end result being luxe and impactful. Look out for this trend and you might find your new favorite stone.
ANTIQUES & TRADITIONAL TOUCHES
In 2019, we will certainly see the return of antique furniture and traditional touches in interiors. While antiques have always had a strong place within a traditional design style, we are now seeing them used in combination with more modern, simplistic designs which results in a unique and comforting space. As we have all seen with some super modern designs, the lack of anything with decoration or character can leave the space feeling sparse and soulless. We love how the addition of antiques and traditional touches adds a level of depth to designs that modern spaces can’t achieve alone. These antiques don’t always have to be of the overly ornate furniture from past centuries, but can also includes the often forgotten but striking modern designs from the 1950’s-1970’s. These furniture pieces are works of art on their own and act like a sculpture in a room to enhance the overall impression of the space. Expect to see more traditional moldings, classic furniture pieces and antique artwork to make a strong return in the new year, mixing up the modern, clean-lined designs we have seen in recent years.
What are your favorite design trends and what do you hope to see less of in 2019? Leave us a comment below!