Keep an Eye on These Unexpected Interior Design Trends in 2019

March 13, 2019

In partnership with Decor Aid raphael and optic living

The tides have once again shifted with the New Year and interior design’s most innovative and intriguing frontrunners have started to emerge against the redundant and tired decor trends of the past. There is no one direction for 2019—in fact, trends are sprawling across different avenues, from bold additions to pared-downed solutions. And while there are shifts in popularity to be expected, some of these trends are downright surprising.

 

Keeping up with new introductions in the interior design world is a full-time job, which is why we’ve consulted our designers. Read on to see what they’ve been keeping an eye on, what they’re currently fascinated by, and what we can expect to see more of this year. Consider using these in your 2019 renovations to be ahead of the curve when designing your chic new space. 

 

Terrazzo

Most know terrazzo as the sterile, outdated looking flooring that lines hospitals, government buildings, and offices, in which stylish interior design would not be the first phrase that comes to mind. Terrazzo of the past was hit or miss, with the hits being far and few between, but it has made a comeback with a fresh perspective on patterns and materials. Many designers have incorporated terrazzo prints into their upholstery, wallpaper, and even reimagined classic terrazzo flooring and countertops. “Terrazzo was very of its time, but it’s making an appearance in tile, flooring, and decor in a refreshing new way. It’s a pattern that really speaks for the aesthetic of the whole room. You easily get a sense of who the homeowner is”, says designer Aliana F.

The ideal color scheme to give these flecks of color a new life is a warmer, more earthy palette. Look for apricot and peach shades that incorporate green and blue to bring a true retro look to your space. This pattern is cheeky, with a vintage throwback feel that is undeniable. Including a terrazzo floor, wallpaper, or print into the space can bring a playful reference to the past with ease.

 

Bright Velvets

“Velvet brings an unimaginably glam addition to any room. There is no other fabric that delivers the same effect at first glance”, says designer Francesca R. And it’s true—velvet brings an old-glamour, vintage touch to a room, even if it is a contemporary piece. And while we typically envision velvet in dark and decadent shades, our designers have noticed an uptick of loud and proud shades using this fabric to mix this old school glamour with contemporary shades.

Designers are making bolder choices with vivid jewel tones and primary colors, and it’s been able to effectively reimagine the ways in which velvet can be used, as well as create some visibly striking, unique statement pieces. You’ll notice velvet couches or accent chairs made of cobalt, red, or mustard as pieces used to really define the style of the room.

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Wallpaper Backsplashes

“I will always, always, always love adding wallpaper to small and unexpected places. There’s nothing that adds the same visual punch”, gushes designer Kelli B. What to do with small spaces that seem to serve no design purpose? Add a touch of wallpaper. We’re talking about areas like the inside of your bookcase, inside kitchen cabinets, as a countertop backsplash, and in other areas that are set back. This also works in home or apartment layouts that have an alcove or recessed walls that could use a little punch of style. This gives your space an added pop of style in an unexpected and surprising way. Most of us wish we could find the right way to incorporate a beautiful print to our space without overdoing it, and with areas like this, you may have found your match. Use wallpaper in smaller spaces to further the look of your design in a unique way.

 

Black Kitchens

Sleek, dramatic, and sophisticated—three words that are more prone to be used to describe a bedroom or living room than a kitchen. This year, black kitchens are in, making kitchens more elevated than ever.

Black never goes out of style. And while we typically think of kitchens as bright and airy spaces that use palettes that inspire warmth and comfort, black just brings a timeless chic sensibility that we can’t argue against. You’ll find black kitchens to be extra popular in cities around the globe, as it’s an excellent way to work with what might be limited space and still inspire that stylish, cool feel.

Our designer Christine M. is a long-time fan: “I’ve been into darker kitchens for a while now. And is there anything more chic than a matte black kitchen? Our expected palettes for specific rooms are changing, and this is one of my favorite new trends to emerge from that. I’m glad the rest of the design world has caught on.”

Decor Aid’s interior designers also recommend adding different colors and finishes into the mix so that the black doesn’t feel all encompassing and make your kitchen appear smaller. Look to white marble countertops and brass or gold hardware to really get the most from this trend.

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