Here’s our round-up of the top home decor trends to look out for to help you stay ahead of the curve in 2019
There’s no escaping trends. Whether you live by them or feel totally unaffected, from popular paint colours to retro furniture choices, everything designed for our homes is influenced by a wider trend.
Whilst ‘trends’ change and evolve, they do so at different paces – some are popular for years rather than merely a season. Take the Nordic trend, it has been with us for years now and yet continues to surprise and delight.
Read on, and you’ll discover that many of our key trends for Spring/Summer 2019 offer a new way to update an existing decor. This means you don’t have to redecorate your whole home to be on song, stylistically.
Here are the key trends to look out for in the coming months, as presented at this year’s Spring Fair.
Home Decor Trends 2019
Trend 1: Nordic Retreat
Serene Scandi style is updated with hints of pattern and texture. This trend is the understated look that makes a big impact. This paired-back look is perfect for creating an effortlessly stylish decor.
For this season the ever-popular Scandi look is layered up with different textures to give the look depth – creating an inviting space to retreat and switch off from the world outside. Last season this look was filled with global-inspired pattern, for 2019 it’s more about simple understated pattern.
Key colours: Neutrals, from canvas white to natural buff
Key materials: Wool, sheepskin, wicker, earthenware and Ash/bleached wood
Continuing from AW18 we see the influence of global inspired patterns, mixing in to enliven this timeless look.
A key element is the tactile nature of the accessories. Above we see how simple artisan details can create interest on otherwise neutral ceramics.
This trend embraces natural wood, textural weave and the imperfect sculptural forms of rattan and wicker.
These simple bowls are exactly what this trend is all about – understated, but ever present beauty.
Natural sun-drenched woods are key for this calming, harmonious look.
Layering different textiles is key for adding depth when embracing a neutral colour palette.
Had grey had its day? The new neutrals are warming, as we look to create a calm yet uplifting space to retreat to from the outside world.
Trend 2: Retro Fusion
This nostalgic trend celebrates and reimagines Mid-Century interiors and designs from a bygone era. We have named this Retro Fusion to highlight the diversity of the term retro – from the colour palette of the 70s, to the scalloped shapes of Art Deco through to 50’s signature furniture styles this trend covers it all.
If it’s a classic from a bygone era, it’s big news this season.
Key colours: Mustard, Night Watch green, tan
Key materials: Velvet, wood and buff leather
Mustard is a key colour in interiors this year. Pinterest reveals search for this deliciously retro shade is up 45 per cent and growing.
In previous season we were seeing mustard paired with the Scandi neutrals, for this season this warming shade is matched perfectly with richer jewel tones.
High street hero Next are mixing things up with retro curved lines on upholstered furniture pieces and intricate detailing on rich wooden furniture pieces.
This colour palette, put together by Dulux shows how the many rich tones within this trend can work together in perfect harmony.
‘Spiced Honey is a Queen Bee of colour,’ explains Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director at Dulux. ‘She doesn’t work alone to make Honey and so she needs workers to help her. There is a supporting palette of 9 colours that work effortlessly with her to create many beautiful looks. In some palettes she plays a lead role and some just a supporting one. We think that most people will be happy with just a touch of Spiced Honey in decorative details like a colour block, furniture or a painted ceiling.
Habitat are leading the way with retro geometric prints on everything from rugs to statement wall art.
Pinterest revealed ‘Geometric Paint’ as a search term is up 225 per cent, year on year. This indicates an emerging trend for being creative with walls, giving them a retro vibes with new paint techniques.
Bauhaus is renowned for it’s clean lines and simple, yet stylish aesthetic. As this year celebrates 100 years of Bauhaus we look to the high street to celebrate this classic look. ‘At home, to achieve a practical yet modern aesthetic, in line with the Bauhaus philosophy, opt for contemporary design pieces with clean lines’ says Philippa Prinsloo, Partner & Head of Design Home at John Lewis & Partners.
Trend 3: Soft Tropics
This uplifting trend is a joyous celebration of nature. The botanical prints are delivered in a softer format, diluted by a desaturated colour palette this season. There’s a strong painterly element to a lot of the designs, making the look feel less imposing that out-and-out tropical palms.
Palm prints are the key motif throughout this look, whether real or as part of a fabric or wallpaper design.
Key colours: Leaf green, Mustard, nude pink and blue
Key materials: Velvet, wood and buff leather
Bold wallpapers, such as tropical leaves are going from strength to strength this season. Vibrant bold prints can breathe new life into rooms, big or small.
This summery botanical trend is testament that our love of nature continues to grow.
This new fabric print from Scion is brought to life by intricate stitching. The sketchbook style design picks up on the popular houseplant trend. The jade green is mixed with softer shades of yellow, pink and spiced brown – reaffirming the desaturated colour palette.
This design is part of the new ‘Botanica’ collection at Primark. The palm leaf bedding features a simple artist’s interpretation of these striking leaves. Ranging from lush green to sun-faded shades the artwork looks fresh from an artist’s sketchbook.
The brooding black background is the perfect colour to make the lush greens pop! A bold botanical print is remedy for any tired looking decor.
Marks & Spencer have taken the look in several different directions for this season – thanks to the new way of creating each design in different colorways. This cushion, is also available in a coral and mustard colourway.
This season leaf prints can be any colour, making it perfect to adapt the look to your own tastes.
Where we are seeing dominant pattern, such as this cox & Cox rug, the faded colour palette stops the look feeling overpowering.
Our homes continue to be a oasis of plants, as the trend for bringing nature into our homes grows and grows. Pinterest predict vertical Gardens are an emerging new trend, with searches up 287 per cent. Whether the vertical climb is to create more of a statement with greenery or utilising small spaces, the only way is up for plants it would seem.
Trend 3: Global Essence
This trend, continuing from last season, is a diverse celebration of globally-inspired patterns – taking homes on a journey of global eclecticism. The look welcomes the fusion of decorative Ikats, paisleys and intricate Indian block prints. Rich tones and rugged textures symbolise the authentic, handcrafted style of this nomadic trend.
Look out for hand-dyed textiles in rich earthy pigments and hand-thrown pottery. Its all in the detail with this look – think tassels, pom poms and macrame detailing on everything from cushions to wall art.
Key colours: Terracotta, umber and spiced red
Key materials: Earthenware, woven textiles and rope
This look is the one taking the reins from our Modern Maker trend from Autumn/Winter 2018. Thanks to the global artisan this look is celebrating the beauty of craftsmanship. Drawing on the raw beauty of imperfect finishes, this trend is about making natural materials look effortlessly stylish.
Dug deep from within the earth, natural pigments like ochre and teracotta, sourced from clays and volcanic rocks, have been used by artists all over the world for generations.
It’s this authentic rich colour palette that ensures your living space will feel warm and inviting when adopting this trend.
From woven wall hangings to heavily patterned soft furnishings, you can never have too much print with this look.
Trend 5: Refined Glamour
The new 2019 glam is less sheen, more sophisticated. Luxury materials such as pewter, marble and velvet all mix together beautifully to create fine decorative details. Fringing is everywhere this season, from lampshades to wall hangings – fringe is in!
Key colours: Dusky rose and pewter
Key materials: Velvet, marble, brass and smoked glass
The new 2019 metallics are more muted than in previous seasons, feeling more sophisticated. The brass is matt and the silver, despite being almost liquid silver, has a less shiny look compared to chrome.
The fabrics and furniture pieces within this trend ooze a touch of decadence.
We’re seeing statement minimalist lightning, and furniture with decorative Art Deco rounded shapes playing key roles within this look.
Micro Trend to look out for: Fringing. From lampshades and mirrors, to hanging wall art fringing is going to be big this coming year.
The new Michelle Keegan Homeware range for Very is a fine example of beautiful fringing details.
Call it the mermaid effect. Iridescent finishes are everywhere this season. Inspired by natural pearls the finish is luxurious but not too high-shine – the essence of the new way to do glam this season.
Autumn Winter Trends 2018/2019
Trend 1: Woodland Retreat
For this autumn the look is dominated by intense hues of berries, bark and bramble. This look most captures the shift in seasons, as the colours of the landscape changes.
Another key element is layering up chunky knits. We’re seeing ‘giant knitting’ trending on Pinterest, with searches for the term up 200 per cent year on year. This truly autumnal trend is all about hibernating and creating a happy home in which to do so.
Key colours: Russet, Plum and Damson
Key materials: Woollen chunky knits, rustic country linens and hewn wood
‘Reflecting nature at night time, Midnight Garden is moody and atmospheric,’ says Jemma Saunders, Crown Colour Specialist. ‘Warming plums and tonal navy blues are softened with wispy lilacs and neutral greys to create a cosy winter scheme.’
As the title would suggest, woodland animals aplenty feature within this trend. And the hero for this season is the handsome hare. From lighting to decorative bedding to dinnerware, they’re a key motif, outshining all other countryside creatures this year.
It’s also worth noting that dried flowers are a rising trend on Pinterest, with searches up 345 per cent year on year. Dried flower arrangements can play a huge role in bringing a touch of nature indoors.
All the big names on the high street are bringing out decorative hare lamps – similar in style to the designer Seletti lamps. These quirky designs give the look a modern, playful feel – rather than a classic and heritage a country feel.
Trend 2: New Nordic
This trend is the understated look that creates a big impact. Perfect for creating an effortlessly stylish decor.
It’s a modern move on from the ever-popular Scandi look. Layer up different textures to give the look depth, creating an inviting space to hibernate from the darkness. The new element for this season is the influence of global inspired patterns and colours.
The gentle muted colour palette of accessories and furniture lends a softer edge to dark winter months –influenced by the Scandinavian way of life. With the popularity of dark pigment paints light woods and soft tonal textures are made to stand out.
Key colours: Lavender, sage, blush pink and canvas white
Key materials: Buff leather, Earthenware and Ash/bleached wood
Shades of lavender, pink and sage dominate – rather than the rich earthy tones most associated with global patterns.
From Moroccan leather pouffes to Ikat print textiles, the Scandi look is enhanced by global designs this season. The key colours for accessories are soft, grown-up pastels that reflect the Nordic influence.
Tassels and pom poms are key embellishments adorning accessories in this trend.
Trend 3: Global Nomad
This trend is a diverse celebration of globally-inspired patterns – taking homes on a journey of global eclecticism. The look welcomes the fusion of decorative Ikats, paisleys and intricate Indian block prints. Rich tones and rugged textures symbolise the authentic, handcrafted style of this nomadic trend.
Key colours: Ochre, umber and spiced red
Key materials: Earthenware, woven textiles and rope
The warming tones of this trend metaphorically give you a comforting hug, cocooning you during the cold winter months – transporting you to warmer climates.
In the main, ceramics have etchings, soft furnishings feature woodblock print-effect pattern and woven textures are artfully knotted.
Trend 4: Luxe Revival
In the interiors world, luxe has become a buzz word in recent years – we can’t get enough of it. Luxe in this context best describes fabrics and furniture pieces that ooze a touch of decadence.
For this trend we’re seeing statement minimalist lightning, and furniture with decorative Art Deco rounded shapes.
This trend is bringing back cocktail hour in a big way, thanks to the the drinks trolley being a key furniture piece.
Key colours: Dusty rose, ochre and burnished gold,
Key materials: Velvet, marble, brass and detailed/smoked glass
‘The Palazzo collection channels a series of glamorous, 20th century influences reimagined.’ explains Fionnuala Johnston, Senior Designer, John Lewis. ‘The distinct silhouette of the Farrugia dining table, references a particular design style from the 1930’s called ‘Streamline Moderne’ which is characterised by soft linear architectural forms.’
This trend welcomes back cocktail hour with open arms! The drinks trolley is a key furniture piece for this trend – they’re more popular than ever. As staying in continues to be the new going out, recreate the feel of a plush members-only club in the comfort of your own home with elegant gin glasses and tumblers.
Staying in is set to be the new going out this season. From the money you’ll be saving on hiked up drink prices you can afford to treat your home to a little luxury.
This trend champions the ‘Maximalist’ look where more is more. Statement rugs are trending on Pinterest, with searches up 236 per cent year on year – showing an appetite for decorative pieces that can totally transform rooms.
Trend 5: Modern Maker
Celebrating the beauty of craftsmanship. This trend is a continuation from spring/summer where the artisan was king. Embracing natural wood, textural weave and the imperfect sculptural forms of rattan and wicker. Drawing on the raw beauty of imperfect finishes, this trend is about making natural materials look effortlessly stylish.
In a world where we’re only one filter away from perceived perfection this trend is import to help remind us imperfections are to be celebrated, not sneered at. This trend is set to become EVEN bigger for spring 2019 collections.
Key colours: Pale greys, oatmeal neutrals, charcoal black and oxidised red
Key materials: Earthenware, wool, wicker and rattan
The colour palette is primarily neutral, with shades of putty and stone adorning walls. This creates a calm backdrop to accentuate natural materials of statement rattan and skilfully woven wicker, along with pops of colour.
There’s a realism to this style which makes it easy to live with. Natural fabrics that look as good aged as they do brand new. This is a great choice for modern family living, where everyday wear-and-tear will simply add to the authentic feel and natural beauty of this look.
Tactile accessories and textures make you want to reach out grab this trend with both hands, literally.
The artisan glassware exhibited at French Connection have visible air bubbles that add character to the designs.
Within this trend we see painterly brush stokes on textiles, artwork and pottery.
The twist to update this much-loved interiors style is making it softer. The lines are smoother and the finishes more defined. This season industrial gets a more polished finish. Less brutal architecture, without loosing it’s identity.
The new lighting collection at French Connection perfectly demonstrated how the hard industrial edge has been soften by delicate smoked and coloured glass accents.
There has been a strong Japanese undercurrent running interior collections this year. This autumn winter it’s really taking off with several big retailers presenting collections bursting with rich silk textures, graceful bird motifs and stylised oriental prints.
Which trend would create your ideal home?