We’re nearing the end of the first month of the new year, and the popular home décor trends in 2019 are already becoming clear. If you’re looking for an inside home improvement project while it’s chilly out, this series will provide a few ideas for different areas of your house that can keep your home current and up to date. Let’s start with the walls….
For the past 20 years, the Color of the Year from Pantone plays a strong role in multiple industries from packing to fashion to home decorating/design. For 2019, Pantone’s Color of the Year is Living Coral. Siting that it symbolizes “our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits,” Pantone believes “Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.” With all that in one color, you may see it several places throughout 2019 in addition to where it fits into your home.
It’s not just for hot dogs anymore! A few years ago, a brighter, sunshine yellow (paired with shades of grey) was a common color. In the 1960’s and 1970’s, the color of mustard could easily be spotted in home and office décor as well as fashion. Through time, it faded as a trend and resigned to just being a condiment. Now, everything old is new again. As an accent color or the chosen color of a large furniture piece, mustard is making a comeback this year. Not to go it alone, it’s often paired with jewel tones such as teal or emerald green.
The Dark Side
While the Pantone Color of the Year and the above-mentioned mustard are both on the brighter side, balance is key. Many believe homeowners will also give in to their dark side in 2019. Both professional and novice home decorators are using navy, forest green and even black on cabinets (we’ll get to the kitchen shortly) as well as entire walls. The darker hues can offer a much-needed relaxing and comforting atmosphere to a room.
If painting isn’t your thing, perhaps wallpaper offers a better solution. There can be an underlying fear of wallpaper. It gives the impression of a huge commitment – because of the time it takes to install and difficulty you encounter if you decide you don’t like it. Still, it can offer shapes and designs that help your room foster the perfect ambience. Also, if you have a rental property (or haven’t quite made the move from renting to buying), removable wallpaper opens a new world to you. What once was impossible for temporary living situations is not a reality. This can also be a good idea for children’s rooms whose tastes and interests may change as they grow older. The new “easier” options make it a popular choice.
No Walls At All For several years now, open concept homes have been very popular. With the kitchen opening up into the living room and then into the dining room, it’s helped create a sense of togetherness. Sometimes, there’s been too much togetherness. A growing option is to create some division without actual walls. Glass or steel room dividers provide designated spaces without complete separation. These options still allow the airiness of an open concept and the light to flow throughout while providing privacy and blocking some noise.
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