We consulted with dozens of design experts from coast to coast to unveil the biggest decor trends we’ll see in 2019. Some have been subtly sneaking into our homes for a while, ready to take center stage. Others are taken straight from the runways in Paris and New York—big, bold, and primed to be integrated in small doses into our spaces.
. Artisanal accessories
Anything that looks like the work of a detail-obsessed artisan will be right at home in 2019.
Whether it’s a handcrafted headboard, a standout chair, or a custom metal-framed mirror, a few artisanal elements will keep things interesting without the pressure to commit an entire space to the look, says designer John Linden of MirrorCoop in Los Angeles.
“This will be the year of the craftsperson,” Linden says. “Once upon a time, only bespoke cabinets and other woodwork were widely available. Now, you can find anything from sinks to shower-door hardware to wall decor from really cool vendors.”
2. Warm neutrals
We’ve been slathering rooms in icy, aloof grays for quite a while now. But in 2019, the pros say this neutral’s cool edge will thaw a bit.
“I counsel my clients to go with a warm beige or taupe instead,” says Diana Blaszkiewicz, an associate at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty in Washington DC. “Those are neutrals with classic sensibilities and are a much more elegant choice.”
“We’re just ready for a warmup all around,” echoes Portland, OR, designer Justin Riordan, who predicts we’ll see a fresh slate of “fleshier, pink-ier” naturals in the coming year.
3. All shades of pink
Speaking of pink, the flowery hue is still decidedly in the moment.
You’ll continue to see the pale “millennial” variety, of course. But get comfortable with her bolder raspberry-toned sister making a statement, says designer Bethany Adams of Bethany Adams Interiors in Louisville, KY.
In fact, Adams thinks the audacious shade will be right at home even in a prominent spot—like your kitchen cabinets.
On your walls, however, expect a less pink pink—it’ll be all about those peach tones.
“This shade is surprisingly versatile, pairing well with mustard, orange, or even dark green,” she says.
ote to the moody velvets we’ve been seeing for the past few years. (Don’t get us wrong—velvet can pack a sophisticated punch; but, as Blaszkiewicz says, “sometimes it can seem stuffy.”)
Design gurus envision a star turn for tweed, a tightly woven wool which shares velvet’s impact but isn’t quite as extra.
“They’re similarly rich and ‘expensive’-feeling without being costumey,” Blaszkiewicz says. “And tweeds play well with velvet and other fabrics, so you can mix and match pieces easily.”
Made from a mix of glass, granite, marble, or quartz chips suspended in a polished cement or resin, this midcentury mainstay was once the de facto flooring option in schools, hospitals, and airports, thanks to its durability and thrifty price tag.
But these days, terrazzo has reemerged as a retro-luxe choice, popping up in every room of the house, Linden says. Larger patterns in a slew of shades give this throwback a fresh feel on everything from coffee tables to shower walls.
“Terrazzo is going to be huge,” Linden says. “I guarantee more people will look to include it in their projects.”
6. Contrasting tile and colored grout
You’ve probably already noticed intricate tiles—Moroccan, herringbone, and other geometrics—swooping in to take the place of ubiquitous white subway tile. But Blaszkiewicz predicts tile will get even more interesting in 2019: Expect to see colored grout and contrasting tile on the walls and floor.
“Like wallpaper, [tile] is an easy way to create a focal point in the room,” she says, recommending dark tiles with light grout and vice versa—for a punch of dimension and texture. Aiming for a more monochromatic vibe? Just sync the tile and grout to match.