Hello, Goodbye: 2019 Design Trends

December 19, 2018
Chair with plush pillows
Photo: Unsplash/Ifrah Akhter

In the run-up to ringing in the new year, a new report predicts the design trends that are incoming and outgoing in 2019. Spoiler alert: the rustic aesthetic may be put out to pasture.

The heyday of the modern farmhouse is not over, but it is giving way to the ascendancy of modernist style. Northern California-based interior designer and eponymous studio founder Kerrie Kelly writes for Zillow, "While black-and-white contrast and raw materials like steel and wood will continue to be popular, they’ll be softened by color and asymmetry. These modern elements will have a fresh approachability when surrounded by sun-soaked fabrics and natural wall coverings."

Is America finally over the “Fixer Upper” movement? Not quite, but the rustic, farmhouse-chic elements are getting refined. The shiplap-crazy trend seems to be leaning toward a modern twist, simplifying layers of the look. Cutesy barn doors will take a backseat to more modern versions featuring glass and metal instead of reclaimed barn wood.

The signature statement range hood covered in rustic materials will swing to simplified finishes, like brushed brass, stainless and matte black. Lastly, the harsh light of the Edison bulb will move to a more complementary glow, reflecting concealed bulbs versus exposed ones.

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