Livingetc Predictions for Top Trends in 2019
Here's what's on the horizon style-wise. Get ready to embrace the cosmos, more scalloped edges, nude colours, concrete bathrooms, factory style taps, Crittall doors, fish scale tiles and dark kitchens....
1. DARK KITCHENS
The trends for darker kitchen cabinetry and Scandi noir help to explain the fact that searches for black and navy blue kitchens are up 93% in past six months, with matt and powdery finishes. One of the strongest style trends that has come through in modern kitchen design is the colour blue, and this can be traced from classic Shaker-style kitchens right through to chic and minimal modern spaces. Whether it’s on walls, floors, cabinetry or splashbacks, blue has replaced grey as the go-to on-trend colour – and it is particularly navy blue kitchens that are turning heads at Livingetc HQ.
Designers have been searching the skies for inspiration – with heavenly results. Think sophisticated astronomy and zodiac patterns, star-strewn plates, galaxy murals, galactic surfaces and cosmic tile work. From subtle hints to all-out tributes to the night sky, celestial motifs have been shooting across fashion and interiors.
3. FRINGING Fringing is the retro look that’s back with a bang. The Autumn/Winter 18 catwalks were awash with fabulous tassel designs that swung and swayed their way down the catwalks. The embellished looks is also proving popular with interiors, with the trend making its way onto cushions and curtains, mirrors and lamps. Swooshing into the home, fringing is big news for the season’s hottest homeware. With fringe-factor top of the design agenda, designers are turning to tassels and fringe to add a flirty edge to home interiors. Swish, swish.
4. BRASS TAPS
Like a piece of jewellery, taps add the finishing touch to a bathroom or kitchen. On-trend brass taps add some welcome shine to pared-down concrete bathrooms, or give extra punch to timeless marble bathrooms. They’re not out of place in kitchens either, as this cool new kitchen brand proves. Brass taps offer a cool contrast to modern concrete workshops, and add warmth to minimalist white kitchens. But it’s not all about brass – industrial style, factory-inspired faucets are making waves in both kitchens and bathrooms, giving off cool and edgy vibes.
5. SCALLOPS AND SCALES
We’re calling it the ‘Blue Planet effect’ because this season’s interior looks took a dive deep under the ocean with sea creatures swimming across every surface. From scalloped furniture (we’re loving the super scalloped A/W18 Anthropologie x Bethan Grey collection) to fish scale tiles and all things curved, wavy and ocean-inspired, we’ve fallen hook, line and sinker for the under the sea trend.
6. CRITTALL STYLE
There’s no denying that Crittall-style has been staging a comeback – and not just as windows and doors, but as walls, rear extensions, room dividers and even shower screens. Edgy and versatile, the sturdy, slim-profile frames tap into the current trend for all things industrial. It’s no wonder Crittall-style has been dominating our Pinterest feeds. They have the ability to completely transform a space; not just by giving it a cool, modern edge, but also by opening up a space and letting in more light. Crittall style doors allow you to cleverly partition open areas to create different zones, without compromising on light or space. Metal framed glazing has never looked so good.
Would you go nude? The latest interiors trend is barely there, warm, earthy neutrals. For the past few years, grey has dominated the neutral interiors palette. But sandy shades are back, and proving to be anything but boring. Now don’t get us wrong, we love grey, but we’ve found ourselves increasingly drawn towards the warmer, friendlier tones of oatmeal and stonewashed linen. Think fleshy toned, earthy jute, canvas, wool, wood and hemp – which, face it, all sound way nicer than beige.
8. SPICED HONEY
You say Spiced Honey, we say Salted Caramel. Whichever way you look at it, warm autumnal shades are back with a bang. Dulux’s Colour of the Year for 2019 has been revealed, and similar to last year’s pick it’s another cosy, warm, cashmere sort of shade. Named ‘Spiced Honey’, the warm caramel hue has woody, sandy and inviting amber tones, a wintery upgrade to this summer’s trending neutral.
9. CONCRETE BATHROOMS
Concrete is increasingly becoming the go-to material for bathrooms. Its a functional utilitarian surface that gives a strong industrial feel, and it makes a particularly great choice for bathrooms thanks to both its strength and its versatility. New print and staining techniques allow you to use concrete as blank canvas to have fun with, and it can be honed and polished down into a very smooth surface. Tough and practical, yet super stylish and so on trend.
10. MERMAID TILES
There’s a new wave of tile shapes taking surfaces by storm. From fan-shaped fish scale tiles to complex quatrefoils, tiles are taking on more fluid forms with rounded edges and irregular shapes. Options include fan shaped scallop patterns, fish-scales, curvy eye-shaped T-drops, ornamental quatrefoils or the simple but effective hexagon. These more unusual shapes piece together to create striking effects, adding instant interest to modern bathrooms, cloakrooms, kitchens and even hallways.
11. MID CENTRY MODERN
While many interiors trend have a sell-by date, Mid-Century Modern style somehow never goes out of style. There’s no denying Mid-Century modernism is everywhere, providing style inspiration for everything from the latest hotels, restaurants and bars to luxe new apartments. The design classic Eames chairs are everywhere and the cocktail cabinet essential of the two martini lunch is fast becoming a modern must-have. 1950s chic never goes out of style with low-slung lines and natural woods still influencing designs today.
Searches for velvet have increased by 400% over past six months and is the most searched for fabric. Sumptuously seductive, velvet beds and velvet sofas are some of the most covetable ways to bring the look home.