Exciting things are happening for home design this year. It appears that we are slowly breaking the chains and getting away from a little bit of the same old. Well, this is what industry watchers are hoping for.
Here is what you’ll see from new and exciting Australian designers who are creating a path for a new year of cool and revitalized homes.
Colour will reign supreme
We know that colour has an impact on peoples mood and state of mind. Look around you and you will see the natural world is full of dazzling colours. There are so many colour possibilities that it is quite unthinkable to settle for white on white on ivory – right? It is quite blah!!
This year, we are seeing homes dressed in colours, and not just through the odd coloured cushion. Expect more saturated colours to be used on walls, kitchen cabinetry and signature pieces of furniture.
Blues and greens in different hues such as electric blue, duck egg blue, emerald green and sage will remain kings, while hues of yellow/mustard and terracotta/rust will also remain on the spotlight. Living Coral is the Pantone colour of 2019, but it is foreseen that it would be 12 months before we see this colour adopted in Australia – if at all despite what some designers are trying to create.
In 2019, classic design continues to play a great role in modern design. Here in Newcastle, we are still seeing elements such as VJ wall paneling, decorative mouldings, ornate skirting boards, shaker-style kitchen cabinets and provincial-style cabinet handles displayed significantly in home design, putting in much needed texture and appeal to homes that have designed with a pared-back industrial influence for far too long.
But having said that, there are no strict rules to follow; there is no need to follow one particular home style to create a beautiful home. Of course, consistency is essential, but try to concentration on being constantly eclectic, constantly confident and constantly fabulous.
More is more?
Are you bored with minimalism? More is more and less is a big yawn? Homes of 2019 have personality and that does not necessarily equate to having more things in the home. What it means is that we are using materials and furniture pieces that pack a lot of punch. It means using wallpapers and furniture fabrics with bold patterns and colours. Bid farewell to grey floor-to-ceiling bathroom tiles and welcome coloured tiles and mosaics.
Neutral rugs have been traded with heavily patterned and coloured Persian rugs, while dull old ceiling downlights are being swapped with a blend of architecturally designed pendants, wall lights, floor lamps and table lamps.
No matter if you’re living in this house or preparing it for a successful sale, so you must curate it well. Now go have some fun!!