Over the past few years we saw a profusion of design trends invade our homes like swarms of cicadas. A few of them (the design trends, not the insects) haven proven to be keepers; others quickly wore out their welcome, inspiring boredom, embarrassment, or even outright anger in no time flat.
The guilty parties? Well, just to name a few, shiplap continued its onslaught into our homes and away from its original habitat of the shed; the industrial look still hasn’t returned to the factories where it belongs; and barn doors belong in … well, barns.
Although in isolation many of these trends aren’t as off-putting as others we’ve seen through the years (we’re looking at you, avocado-colored appliances!), we’ve just seen way too much of them.
Every year, design experts predict which home trends have staying power and which won’t last long after you pop the cork for your New Year’s Eve champagne toast. It’s good news for people who can’t stand shiplap and bad news for anyone who spent thousands trying to perfect the modern farmhouse: no trend can last forever. Sorry, Joanna Gaines.
Think about it. There was once a time when people thought it was a good idea to put carpets over hardwood floors. Seriously! Every trend has a beginning and an end. And while not every home décor idea will come back in style (we can probably let inflatable furniture go forever), there are many that will go out and come back in again. Who would have thought midcentury modern would become cool again? Besides Don Draper?
With a new year comes new decorating patterns, stylish, timeless pieces to fresh takes on old styles. 2019 is going to have some fantastic home design trends. Read on and watch out for the trends our senior designers say will make their way into your home.
Bold graphic wallpaper
Palm print wallpaper looks great on Instagram. But there comes a point when everyone’s doing it, and anything that makes a statement that huge is unfortunately bound to become out-of-date fairly quickly.
Wallpaper might still be trending, but as for those over-the-top palm leaf prints, it’s time to let them go.
Mid-century modern fits in with the minimalist aspect that’s so popular right now. However, design experts recommend mixing different types of furniture rather than having every single piece fit into one single genre.
It’s ok to intersperse those MCM chairs with something traditional — promise.
Barn door sliders
There was a good reason for the barn door madness: Not every hallway has space for a swinging door, and if you were trying to stuff a laundry room into a tight spot, barn doors were an easy solution. (Plus, they’re cuter than a pocket door.)
But you guessed it: What was once cute and clever is now tacky and outdated.
Believe it or not, velvet was seen as old fashion and stuffy, now viewed as a luxurious yet funky. This multi-dimensional fabric has already started gaining a lot of attention, leading many designers to believe velvet decor will be one of 2019’s most sought-after trends.
The solution to every design problem seemed to be the same: Make it white! Countertops were no exception In 2018. No matter what the material, everyone insisted on choosing lighter-hued counters in kitchens and bathrooms.
But the good news. Design analysts predict that dark countertops will come back in style for 2019.
Copper looks classy, it’s true. But too much of a good thing is bound to inspire backlash. Design experts in 2019 recommend mixing metals so everything doesn’t look too matchy-matchy.