Fall fashion is an exciting predictor of the next year’s trends for home décor that is eagerly anticipated by the style-conscious among us. What’s hot and what’s not for 2019? Pantone Color Institute, the color forecasting group, says that two main palettes are emerging, the first drawing inspiration from the plate. “Seductive allusions to foods deepen the irresistible message of the palette, including spicy reds, sweet flamingo orange and rich purples. The neutrals of tasty butterum and cappuccino serve up a delectable warming presence, while grassy green promises a cooling respite from the heat of the surrounding shades.”
The second palette draws inspiration from an elegant sense of warmth and classicism. “Fundamental, basic and everlasting, this is the palette where a graceful swan white and camel-colored tan coexist effortlessly with deep teal, chic gray flannel, burgundy red and caviar black with finishing elements of rich gold and apricot brandy.” I think we can say that in these politically and socially turbulent times, an appeal to emotional security is at hand.
Interior design is moving in a lusher and sexier direction with an emphasis on maximalism, theatrical opulence, patterns and curved forms.
Farmhouse style in general. Shiplap and barn doors are fading out of popularity and mid-century modern is the next style to go. Industrial chic, salvaged oddities and reclaimed wood are on their deathbed.
While white kitchens are beautiful, timeless, and classic, they have reached the peak of popularity. Look out for darker, moodier, dramatic kitchens that will wow you with their sultry and saturated colors such as black, dark gray and navy. Natural woods are coming back strong — not those honey oaks or dark mahoganies of the dated past, but fresh, medium stains. There have been a lot of painted cabinet kitchens featured in magazines in 2018 and that trend will continue.
The new look is all about a 1970s’ influence. The tide is slowly starting to turn from sharp rectangular lines to softer edges. Curvy shapes, swiveling chairs, round cushions and sloped mirrors are everywhere. Arches, in general, are also appearing in both décor as well as architecture as in an opening to a room or an arched wall niche, echoing Moorish themes.
Old is new
Granny chic: Chintz, and florals are showing up on everything. The 1970s’ feeling of velvet and suede is being translated in colors ranging from bold, saturated hues to pastels. The detailed embroidery that used to decorate bell-bottom pants is now living on your throw pillows.
Brushed brass and rose gold are out and copper and black finishes are in. Marble and glass are on the rise. Chalky, smooth, matte finishes that are visually soft are in. Rattan is making a comeback.
We still have a few more months before the official Pantone color of 2018, ultraviolet, gets retired, so go make yourself an amethyst martini and kick back on your lavender area rug before someone calls it “so last year.”