It’s pretty obvious that the biggest trend of 2019 will be to really start taking care of the planet, so my predictions of trends to come, I think we should all agree that we will only buy what we really need this year, stop over-consuming all together. Whenever you think you want something, take a step back, sleep on it for a week, and then really get it if you really really feel for it. Okay, enough about the morals, let’s get to it.
It’s funny with trends and being influenced, I think. I would never in a million years thought that I would allow corduroy into my home, but here I am sitting in a pair of corduroy pants while looking at a corduroy pillow in my couch, now if that’s not me being influenced, I don’t know what is. I have also sworn that I would never paint any walls with sponges, like we all did in the early 90ies, but here I am rethinking it all over again. The thing is, take from these trends what you want, make them you own, no one says you have to follow them slavishly, but take bits and pieces if you like.
So, what’s in store for us? As I started, taking care of the planet is huge, so anything sustainable, locally, and handmade; a lot of green, not just plants; warm earthy colors; curving shapes; and simple living. Sounds pretty ok to me, what do you think?
I think we will be bombarded with sustainable, handmade products this year – or I really hope so. Items made by hand using sustainable materials like jute, rice paper, and clay will be in, in 2019. I think we need to see these grounding elements in our homes as a way to feel more in touch with the earth and our roots. It also goes so very well together with all those warm earthy tones that creates that warmer surroundings, instead of the rather hard white. Last year it was all about those grey tones, which is still here and isn’t going anywhere soon I might add, but I think for us to really embrace Mother earth, we need those warmer tones right? Think all shades of beige and burgundy, which goes hand in hand with wood and ceramics.
Also, green. The design trend I’m most excited to see develop in 2019 is the enthusiasm for green—as a color and as an ethos, but not some hot-tempered green, but darker forestry greens. Green is a calming, sophisticated and thought-provoking color. It imbues rooms with a sense of refinement and works well in botanical interiors. As we seek to protect and nurture our environment, to avoid plastics in our daily life and in our homes, the use of green on furniture and walls is a fabulous backdrop to the natural materials we’re embracing. We haven’t seen green embraced so widely since the Art Deco movement of the 1920s, so it’s also a nod to those glory days of design and elegance. What’s not to love?
And then there is the shapes, the more bombastic and heftier, the better – add heavy materials and you are right on track. Look for column shaped pieces on both lamps and furniture and materials like velour and stone wear. A good place to start is with a big centerpiece for your living room, a huge coffee table, big enough for stacks of book and a huge handmade ceramic sculpture (a bust to be really trendy).
And last thing I want to touch, is plants. Succulent plants were a HUGE trend in 2018. The look of plants in a home can be elevated and earthy, but there are so many other beautiful and timeless options to choose from. They were charming. Now they are not. The smaller succulents are moving out and the bigger, more exotic plants are moving in, e.g. the banana palm, Strelitzia Nicolai and if you have room, maybe a Philodendron Xanadu. Rather one big, than five small.
That’s pretty much all you need to know for now. But hey Allan, didn’t you say something about simple living? I sure did. It really is all about really just surrounding you with what’s necessary, and yes it might be a bit contradicted coming from me, who keeps sharing new finds from my own house, but take from this, that I make a living from showing you guys what’s new. Choose only the things that will last for a long time, things that makes you happy, ideally for the rest of your life. It really gives an overall simple aesthetic, where each piece gets more room to really show off.
Take from these trends what you want, but just remember, surround yourself only with colors and pieces that makes you happy – a home that feels homey for everyone, including your guest, is what you should strive for.
Pictures Gubi, Felix Forest, Skagerak, Ferm Living, & Allan Torp