by Megan McDonough
The Washington Post https://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/home/ct-home-design-trends-2019-20181229-story.html
As 2018 comes to a close, home design experts already have some predictions for the new year.
The home remodeling and design platform Houzz recently released its annual forecast, derived from conversations with industry experts as well as trends spotted among its 40 million monthly users. It offers a snapshot of what we might see in stores, living rooms and Instagram feeds this year.
We chatted with Houzz editor and writer Mitchell Parker and asked him to dig into this year’s projections. So before you pick up that paintbrush, take a look at the colors and styles the pros say will be big in 2019.
The backsplash as a focal point:
In 2019, home design professionals expect to see more full-height backsplashes that seamlessly stretch from the counter to the ceiling – behind floating shelves and range hoods – for a clean and cohesive look. This dramatic statement can create the illusion of additional surface area.
Dark and moody colors are gaining traction throughout the home. (Alexandra Crafton/Houzz / The Washington Post)
Dark and moody colors throughout the home:
Although Living Coral may be Pantone’s pick for colour of the year, Houzz predicts homeowners will lean toward darker and moodier colours, such as navy and forest green, in the new year. Colour experts say it is a reaction to white and bright hues that dominated the design world for the past several years. Parker also suspects that visual social networks such as Houzz and Instagram may have helped people gradually become more comfortable with the idea of experimenting with richer and darker colours. “If you tell somebody, ‘Paint your walls dark blue or black,’ people might imagine the Addams family house,” Parker said. But when they see a photo of the design and how these colours create a warm and serene setting, they are much more likely to have the confidence to try it.