2019 will see our homes become that little more luxe and grown up. Candy-toned Millennial pink is (finally) on its way out, and the Boho look, in all its macrame glory, will hang up its tassels. Here are our top tips for what’s in store for Australian interior design in 2019.
Muted Tones and Jewel-like Colours
If you saw Dulux’s 2019 colour predictions, you’ll have noticed deeper hues and art-deco-inspired jewel tones. These stunning dusty or chalky tones are inherently soothing and whisper of understated luxe. Sage, grey-blue, mint, emerald, and warm neutrals in clay, beige and tan will overtake the ubiquitous greige of 2018. If you don’t want to paint your whole room in one of these on-point shades, you can easily embrace this elegant palette through your pillows, throws, tableware and art.
Matte black will also feature prominently in 2019, and we couldn’t be happier. It makes a bold contrast to 2019’s colours, and can easily be introduced through furniture and decor. Black is back, baby, so get on board!
Images via Dulux. Styled by Bree Leech, photographed by Lisa Cohen
Colour in Unusual PlacesNot only are we bringing more colour into our homes this year, but it’s also appearing in atypical places. Don’t be surprised to see colour used in kitchens and bathrooms like never before. Who wants a boring old white kitchen, anyway? If you’re not quite ready to re-do your kitchen in deep sage, then introduce colour slowly in appliances like toasters and kettles.
Kitchen by Sydney interior design studio Arent & Pyke
Sustainable furniture, textiles and decor
You know we bang on about sustainable interiors every day at Gingerfinch, but we're thrilled to see that ethically made furniture and decor is a firm fixture in 2019 design trends. In fact, we can no longer call it a 'trend', it's now a movement. People are shunning mass-produced goods in favour of sustainable furniture and decor that's made to last, not end up in landfill.
And, you'll be please to hear, sustainable style no longer adheres to stereotypical woven baskets and hand-painted beads. Boho 'eco' is gone, replaced by a sophisticated, elegant look that defies trends. 2019 represents an era of design with purpose, where furniture and decor made from recycled and/or environmentally-friendly materials is the norm.
Danish company Wehlers uses up-cycled fishing nets, ocean plastic waste, and other recycled materials to make its elegant furniture collections.
Embrace the Imperfect
Just as we are looking for sustainable, ethical design in 2019, we're also leaning towards the functional over decorative and embracing handmade imperfections. We want to see the fingerprints, the air bubbles, the chisel marks and joins. We want to know hands, not factories, made our goods - we love imperfections in finish and style. Design doesn’t have to be perfect. It should feel lived in, authentic and relatable.
Our Gravelli concrete bowls are the epitome of perfect imperfection - they are functional, unfussily beautiful and unique.
Trends are great inspiration and can act as a guide when you're decorating or updating a space. But it's far more important to follow your own design aesthetic than the colour of the year. Decorate your space with things that are valuable and beautiful to you, or remind you of good times. Curate them in a way that feels cohesive and you’ll create something unique and special. Trust yourself. We know you have great taste.