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You’re never really ‘done’ when it comes to interior design. With each new year comes exciting new trends and possibilities, offering a fresh start for recent and long-established homeowners alike!
These are a few of the top interior decor trends we’re watching in 2019: colours, materials, accents and styles that are already making statements in our favourite home magazines and design feeds.
1. Darker Shades
This is the year to break out of the neutral-zone and embrace your dark side. The all-white wall trend is starting to feel worn-out, and more and more homeowners are leaning towards darker, more dramatic shades. Dulux/PPG even selected a deep shade of green called Night Watch as its 2019 colour of the year!
Spark your dark décor inspiration:
- HGTV’s Jasmine Roth offers tips for styling doors, accent walls, and curtains with the elegant Night Watch.
- Interior stylist Angie Teater demonstrates how to utilize dark wall paint in small spaces without making the room feel cramped. Great advice for small homes and cottages!
- Designer/blogger Melanie Lissack gives a detailed rundown of the pros and cons of dark décor.
2. Quartz Countertops
The verdict is in: according to Houzz, 2018 was the year that engineered quartz finally eclipsed granite as the material of choice for new kitchen countertops. Engineered quartz can have a similar look and feel to slate, granite or soapstone, but at a fraction of the cost – plus, quartz is more durable and easier to clean. Its shimmer-smooth surface is a great way to brighter your kitchen.
Learn more about quartz countertops:
- Apartment Therapy on the reasons why quartz has granite beat as the go-to countertop in 2019.
- This post on The Kitchen breaks down the pros and cons of quartz countertops, along with reviews from real homeowners who’ve installed them.
- Quartz isn’t just for the kitchen! Here, three designers sound off on the benefits and drawbacks of quartz countertops in the bathroom.
3. Statement Mirrors
Mirrors are a practical accent: they bounce light, expand the horizon, and let you check your reflection on the way out the door. Bigger is better when it comes to mirrors in 2019, with more designs that rest against the wall rather than hanging from it.
More reflection on this 2019 décor trend:
- This design guide from Elle Décor showcases a plethora of ways to enhance your space using mirrors.
- The inspirational Emily Henderson demonstrates how to turn your bathroom vanity mirror as a statement piece.
- Not sure what you’re looking for? Houseology’s mirror buying guide should help to inspire you.
4. Blended Walls, Baseboards, and Trims
Trims and baseboards don’t need to stand out from the wall. In fact, painting baseboards and trims the same colour as the walls is a classic interior design trick – it makes small rooms feel taller and open spaces seamless. This continuous paint technique is one of the fastest-growing interior décor trends going into 2019, especially in offices and living rooms.
A case for floor-to-ceiling colour:
- Dark paint is used to great effect in this stately living room remodel, reaching from the floor to the ceiling to extend the sense of vertical space.
- Blended walls, trim and baseboard turn this traditional living room into a light, airy sanctuary that seems to go on and on.
- The cathedral ceilings in this stunning living room are seamless under a crisp coat of white.
5. Textured Walls
Accent walls are an interior design staple, but the traditional two-tone design is a bit out-of-fashion in 2019. Textured walls are a more contemporary way to distinguish different parts of the space. Geometric wood patterns and modern paneling are growing trends, along with colourful wallpaper that gives the illusion of texture.
What does a textured wall look like?
- Interior designer Lindye Galloway is hoping for geometric wood patterns like these to become the next biggest thing since shiplap.
- Botanical wallpaper was one of the biggest trends on design feeds last year, and it continues to flourish in the new year.
- These aren’t your parents’ wood panelling. Decoist has assembled a gallery of contemporary panelling designs that range from warm and rustic to sleek and modern.
Does your dream home include any of these distinguished décor trends? Our home designers can help make it a reality. Here are some of the dream homes we brought to life in 2018.