2019 DECORATING TRENDS: MY SIX FAVORITES
My favorite 2019 decorating trends!
DRESSING UP YOUR CEILINGS
Wood beams and other architectural details in rooms with large vaulted ceilings have been around for a while but I’m seeing more and more ceiling treatments in rooms like most of us have with typical 8′ ceilings. From painting the ceiling a different color to wallpapering it to adding slim wood beams like these beauties (love!), it’s definitely a trend I can get on board with:
Loving the look of wood beams added to the ceiling of this dining room!
If you had tried to talk me into a faux plant five years ago, you wouldn’t have succeeded – reasonably priced ones looked faker than fake and the ones that looked at least a little bit real were astronomically expensive. They have come SUCH a long way in the past few years and I’m finding myself buying more and more of them to mix in with my live ones (pothos and snake plants seem to be the only live plants I’m successful with). The good ones still aren’t always cheap but given that most real plants only have a few months lifespan under my green thumb, if I buy a faux that I’ll have for several years it ends up being less expensive in the long run. My hands-down favorite is the faux fiddle leaf fig. I have in our family room (mine is the medium size). It’s the perfect thing for adding life to a room and filling up a bare corner
BUSY & BOLD WALLPAPERS
Those of you who have been following my blog for a while know that “busy and bold” is not exactly my decorating style but I’m surprising myself in how much I’m drawn to some of the fun new wallpapers that I’m seeing! I know that a lot of you cringe at the word “wallpaper” since you’ve been subjected to the horror of having to remove old, ugly wallpaper that came off in little bits and pieces (been there, done that). But if you properly prep the walls with a primer, removal is usually pretty easy. Also, companies have come out with new technologies like “SureStrip” backing for paste-free application and easy removal that’s part of several wallpapers like this super cute buffalo check wallpaper.
Loving this black and white buffalo check wallpaper and that bold wallpapers are trending in 2019!
LIGHTER, WIDER FLOORING
When we were house hunting about six years ago, all of the recently updated houses we looked at had gorgeous dark floors. The tide has totally turned and now with each year, wood floors are continually trending towards being lighter and wider planked. And while hardwoods that are sanded and stained were once the standard, pre-finished engineered hardwoods reign. The contractor who installed our new kitchen floors said that over the past several years his business has moved from over 90% sanded and stained hardwoods to only 10% (with 90% being pre-finished). Obviously it’s a trend I’m totally on board with since that’s what I went with in our kitchen.
PAINT: SOFT, MUTED COLORS + DARK, MOODY COLORS
It’s always interesting to see each of the paint company’s colors of the year – for 2019, they were all over the place! There is definitely a continuation of the trend that I mentioned in my home trends post from last year of more colorful paint colors but in soft, muted tones. My favorite one of the bunch is Behr’s Blueprint which I used to paint an accent wall in my daughter’s room:
“Clean lines and simpler design” was one of the trends that I mentioned in my trends post last year and design is continuing to trend towards more modern. When I think of modern design, I often think “stark” but what I’m seeing right now is a trend towards rooms that are more modern but with enough warm woods and textures mixed in to make them feel anything but stark. One good example is this gorgeous woven canopy bed that has a very clean-lined modern profile but with paper weave detailing that adds texture and warmth.
Gorgeous woven wood canopy bed – one of the 2019 design trends I love!
And the trend isn’t limited to furniture – fireplaces and even window designs are becoming more modern too. Yet like you see in this room, when textiles, wood tones, and plants are mixed in, your space can still have a very warm, welcoming feel.