Staying abreast of the latest trends can be both tiring and confusing in the fast-paced world of design, where what's cool one day can suddenly become passé when a magazine or influencer decides it is done.
The Decor + Design Show in Melbourne, where trend forecasters present the next big interior trends, innovative furniture and home decor items and emerging designers, always deliver when it comes to discovering the latest trends and home décor designs, before they become mainstream.
Here Victoria Redshaw, a Futurist at trend forecasting agency Scarlet Opus who spoke at this year's Decor + Design, presents the interior trends we can expect to see more of in 2019.
Kitchen design trends
Many people are now pursuing healthier lifestyles and they care deeply about the source, preparation and sustainability of the food they eat. However, designers and end consumers are beginning to explore the same standards of wellness via actual kitchen design. The evolving concept of 'The Wellness Kitchen' is slowly transforming kitchen design to include:
- Recycled, sustainable and ultra-hygienic materials.
- Designs and layouts that foster social interactions and nourish family relationships.
- Greater transparency that makes chilled food and other provisions more visible and easier to access – acting as a gentle visual reminder to include healthy ingredients in meals and helping us all to build a habit of awareness (because 'out of sight is out of mind').
- An abundance of living produce that is actually grown in the kitchen in small scale indoor urban farming units, turning kitchens into a vibrant ecosystem.
The first step towards establishing 'The Wellness Kitchen' is to focus on simplicity. Simplicity has a therapeutic effect because it results in an ordered, organised, uncluttered and tranquil environment and that is in itself soothing for the eyes and brain. It leans towards a minimalist style that is pared back, however it is not austere. Instead it looks and feels relaxed, light and airy. Ways to fulfil this include the use of:
- Warmer, mid-tone woods that bring visual warmth.
- Soothing pastels and neutrals such as Stonewashed Blues, muted Sage Green and Rose-Beige, Oatmeal, early morning Mist Greys and, most importantly, shades of Apricot. Apricot and Peach shades will be key colours in 2019.
- Chalky, smooth, matte finishes that are visually soft.
Bathroom design trends
When it comes to bathroom design trends, the bathroom has evolved to become a place of relaxation; a space devoted to personal wellbeing rather than purely a practical space. It is a sanctuary from the stresses of modern life and even an escape from the stresses within our own homes. Privacy, time and quiet are the new valued luxuries and therefore the desire to create a calming environment in bathrooms, strengthens in 2019. Interestingly the emerging style takes many of its aesthetic cues living rooms, which results in the inclusion of:
- Small soft seating pieces that are upholstered.
- Clusters of feature pendent lighting with dimmer controls.
- Soft accessories, such as cushions.
All of these elements make the bathroom another room in the home in which we can comfortably spend time relaxing and recharging.
2019 Colour trends
There is a definite dichotomy in relation to design aesthetics and colours across 2019 trends. Some of the colour palettes are experimental, bold and daring whilst others are much more subtle, discreet, quiet and still.
The palette is a nourishing, sun-bleached collection of gentle pastels and self-assured neutrals. From warm cotton and pale gold, the palette ventures into fleshy nudes, pale apricot-tinted tan and both mellow and dusky shades of rose. Hemp and pale bronze then ease us into early morning mist grey, desert sage and stonewashed blue. These are colours that 'sit back', are soft and quietly composed. They create a fulfilling sense of stillness and tranquillity. One of my top colour tips for 2019 is for muted shades of apricot. Also look out for crisp shades of mint, watermelon, flourishing greens, cocoa browns, shades of terracotta and Klein blue.
It is significant from a trend forecaster's perspective that in recent years we have all endured a period of radical change; political disruption, prejudice and social inequality, heightened threats, and the exposure of the abuse of power of trusted individuals and organisations. In response to this we are predicting a rebellious, non-conformist yet collaborative attitude will emerge - dismissing the rules of the norm and rejecting the dictates of the Establishment and the Media. It is about the pursuit and expression of freedom and refusing to be controlled.
In design terms we are forecasting a trend will begin to emerge that is experimental, advocates creativity and facilitates spontaneity. It will embrace chance, unexpected experiences and a sense of wonder. Expressive and radical, it is multi everything… multi-cultural, multi-coloured, multi-layered and pushes multi-use spaces in a more extreme direction – no longer segmenting uses, activities and needs into different spaces and therefore giving you the freedom to do what you want, when you want, wherever you want. The colours are bright and bold, the materials are innovative in their recycling methods, the products are adaptable and the patterns are dynamic.
While it's natural to use trends as a starting point to developing a style, curating your own look is essential to creating a home that it authentic to you. Tune in to yourself and think about what makes you happy, relaxed, comfortable and improves your sense of wellbeing. Then set about creating room schemes that satisfy those feelings – this is the most direct route to a home style that will bring you contentment. Author your own life. Design your own style.
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