New year, new decorating vibes. Whether you’re moving into a new place and starting from scratch or just want to make a few small changes in an existing space, we asked interior design expert Alessandra Wood, director of Style at Modsy, to share the five home décor trends that are going to be big in 2019.
1 Nature, naturally
The natural textures and houseplants that were all over the place in 2018 are here to stay, but now it’s all about layering them, says Wood: “Bring some Zen into your home, no matter your style, with a few key pieces.” This is a great trend to incorporate into an existing décor scheme, since it’s easy to do with smaller pieces, think jute rugs, storage baskets, rattan chairs, and woven wall-hangings. One fun option: the Dash & Albert Jute Woven Natural Rug ($880; annieselke.com).
2 Laid-back lounges
Last year was stressful, so 2019 is time for staying in and relaxing on cozy, lounge-y furniture – formal vibes are out. In the market for a new couch? Wood loves the CB2 Piazza Steel Grey Apartment Sofa ($1999; cb2.com). “It’s extra deep and has a down back cushion, so it’s perfect for binge sessions,” she says. Or, top your existing sofa with plenty of soft throw pillows and blankets to create the ultimate lounge piece.
3 Bold neutrals
“While neutral colors have been all the rage, we’re starting to see more and more dramatic neutral palettes. Think dark neutrals paired with lighters colors to create high contrast spaces,” says Wood. How to score this look? Start with a neutral base of light colors in your sofa and accent furniture, then add one or two pieces of dark furniture, like a bookcase or credenza. Finish with black and white art, like the Mining for Coal Wall Art Prints (prices vary; minted.com), she suggests.
4 Painterly strokes
This trend is now showing up in places other than just paintings and prints. “We’re seeing these artistic patterns that reflect brushstrokes in rugs, pillows, and other textiles,” says Wood, like in this West Elm Brushed Palette Rug ($299 and up; westelm.com).
5 Curves ahead
Hard lines are being traded in for softer curves, explains Wood. “We’re already starting to see curved furniture, and we will see even more of it this year,” she says. That means everything from sofas to beds that have soft, rounded edges rather than traditional linear shapes. Wood likes the Crate & Barrel Infinity Curved Back Sofa ($1799; crateandbarrel.com) as one good example of this trend: “The lines are softer than a boxy sofa, and the kidney shape lends a touch of elegance.”