Interior Designers Have Had Enough—8 Trends They're Ditching in 2019
2018—the year of terracotta orange hues, velvet everything, and a resurgence of rattan furniture—brought us some pretty great trends that we're excited to decorate with through 2019. However, as always, not all trends are worth keeping around as we transition into a new year.
According to Jessica McCarthy, creative director of Decorist, 2019 is going to be all about breaking the rules. "We will be seeing even more unexpected mixes of style periods, patterns, and colours," she predicts. This signals a move away from the now mainstream mid-century modern look and an entrance into combinations of art deco designs and pieces inspired by other decades like the 70s and 80s (hello floral prints and rounded sofas).
As for Homepolish interior designer Liz Lipkind, she's most excited for the movement toward personal, one-of-a-kind spaces to pick up steam and for people to continues to embrace locally made artisanal décor. "I’m finding that people are increasingly rejecting mass-produced fast furniture for unique, substantial heirloom pieces," the designer says.
In order to make room for these new trends, there's no choice but to ditch a few styles that are on their way out. Ahead, McCarthy, Lipkind, and more designers share their take on which trends to toss and what to replace them with in the new year.
IN: Chrome and Mixed Metals
McCarthy is looking forward to bidding brass farewell in 2019. Instead of the all brass everything look, she suggests embracing mixed metals like copper and using a combination of polish and matte materials.
Tina Rich of Homepolish agrees that brass fixtures have had their moment. "I think chrome is going to be back in a big way in 2019," she declares. Although its a modern look, Rich recommends using it in natural spaces for contrast.
OUT: Modern Minimalism
Alyssa Rosenheck for Domino Magazine DESIGN: Elsie Larson
"We have seen a focus on modern and minimalistic design but that trend is becoming mass-produced, boring, and lacking personality," McCarthy explains. For a style that's anything but boring, she suggests going for more maximalist looks. According to her, clashing patterns are trending.
OUT: Bar Carts
IN: Bookcases and Consoles
While bar carts have been part of a classic décor look for quite some time, Lipkind is ready to ditch the trend for a more modern take on displaying bar essentials. She's planning on trading in the bar cart for bookcases and consoles that can serve the same purpose. "They have a more grounded and substantial look that suits most spaces better than a cart does," the designer points out.
OUT: Millennial Pink
Brittany Ambridge for Architectural Digest DESIGN: Jeremiah Brent
It's no secret that millennial pink has peaked and is now in a steep decline. That's why Rich is saying goodbye to the trendy color next year. Instead of the light blush hue, she's embracing beige for 2019. "It's the perfect neutral and adds warmth to any space," she says.
OUT: Mid-Century Modern
IN: Eclectic Mix of Styles
Alison Pickart, a San Francisco-based interior designer has deemed exclusively mid-century modern spaces officially out. She admits she's a fan of the style but wishes it was used more sparingly with just a piece here and there. "Mix in comfy cozy deco and 80s," she suggests. You'll be left with an eclectic space brimming with a cool factor.
OUT: Rustic and Industrial Looks
IN: Green Interiors and Organic Materials
"As much as I love the farmhouse modern look, I am so ready to leave shiplap and distressed materials in 2018," McCarthy shares. She'd rather embrace the outdoors by incorporating the color green inside, calling the hue an "it color for 2019."
Lipkind is also over the rustic, industrial trend. "Leave the reclaimed wood tables, industrial pipe shelves, and light fixtures behind and replace them with texture and organic elements," she says, recommending materials like wool, linen, ceramics, and metals.
While crisp white minimalist spaces often evoke a sense of perfection, Lipkind prefers the wabi-sabi mentality that embraces incompletion and imperfection. "We can all continue to be inspired by the gorgeous images in our Instagram feeds, but let's strive for contentedness at home instead," the designer urges. Although, the wabi-sabi trend is far from new, you can expect it to pick up momentum in 2019.
OUT: Concrete Walls
IN: Venetian Plaster and Stucco
According to Rich, concrete walls dominated interiors in 2018. In the new year, she's looking to the past for inspiration. "I think the next step of this trend is going to be Venetian plaster and stucco," she says. "Stucco has been seen as dated in the past, but I see it being used in new and fresh ways," Rich continues.
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