Ring In 2019 With These Modern Home Decor Trends

By Kate Reggev
Our editors share their predictions for modern interior design trends that will take hold in 2019.

While we’re not big on making New Year's resolutions, we love taking a fresh look at the design forecast and speculating on everything from the latest color palettes to new innovations in bathroom and kitchen fixtures and faucets. We also like to think about scale—from up-and-coming textiles and patterns to broader trends in outdoor and eco-friendly design. 

Ready to reset for 2019? Read on for the modern home decor trends we’re hoping to see more of in the new year!

Color Trends

The Modernica Case Study Ceramic Cylinder with Stand is a stoneware planter that is high fired and available in four matte colors: charcoal, pebble, mustard, and white. We're particularly big fans of the mustard color paired with other bright yellows and a white coat of wall paint.

Last year, we saw jewel tones and bold color palettes step out from the neutral tones and textures of Scandinavian chic, and this year we’re seeing more of the same. We’re not saying that crisp white is a thing of the past, but it can feel even brighter and cleaner when paired with strong colors that allow for high-contrast patterns and big statements. We’re particularly loving the depth and warmth of colors like plum, mustard, and terra-cotta—bold tones that still play well with others. 

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Design House Stockholm Knot Pillow
“I’ve always been attracted to strange and unique things,” says Ragnheiður Ösp Sigurðardóttir as she explains how she developed her Knot Pillow (2011).

In 1968, Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen designed the 112 faucet and mixer series and a line of in-wall accessories for Vola. In 2014, the Danish company updated the classic design by adding a deep copper finish.

Fabrics & Patterns 

Configur8 tiles provide distinctive cladding for the exterior of this modern home.

For the coming year, we’re anticipating tons of texture and pattern in home decor—from graphic textiles to textured tiles that resemble fabrics like linen and corduroy. We also expect to see a lot of layering of different textures and patterns. 

Geometric, Memphis-inspired patterns in bold colors are also trending (think Matisse-like shapes and forms that almost resemble macaroni). As architect and interior designer Melanie Raines, the Director of Design at New Waterloo, mentions, the Memphis and postmodern styles are particularly popular in hospitality and retail spaces at the moment, but we could easily see these translating to the home as well.

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Dusen Dusen Clip Throw Blanket
Mesmerizing, linking motifs in a textured weave lend graphic appeal to a soft cotton throw blanket edged in clean white.
Memphis Milano Tahiti Table Lamp
Designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1981, this exuberant lamp features a bright, pivoting ducklike head mounted on a confetti-patterned base.

Danish brand HAY delved into Memphis designer Nathalie Du Pasquier's archive to reissue a series of printed cotton textiles as part of its "Wrong for HAY" collection. Shown here is Sebastian Wrong's "Curve" chair upholstered in a blue, green, white, and black pattern called "Ice".

Furnishings & Furniture

Giotto shelves, a Treetops floor lamp, and an Olivetti chair—all by Sottsass—furnish the home office. Adrian designed the desk, and the painting is by Nathalie Du Pasquier, one of the original Memphis designers.

The popularity of abstract, Memphis-inspired design has spread beyond the world of textiles and patterns and into furniture and furnishings, where bold, chunky statement pieces serve as welcome focal points. We love seeing these ’80s-inspired designs paired with more muted, matte finishes, as well as items from other eras—like a simple Saarinen tulip table or bleached or whitewashed oak accents.

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Knoll Saarinen Round Dining Table
When Eero Saarinen was designing his Pedestal Collection in the 1950s, he promised to find an alternative to the constricting undersides of tables and chairs at the time.

A tall custom niche displays various tabletop items Sottsass designed for the brands Habitat, Memphis, Egizia, and Anthologie Quartett.

Indoor/Outdoor Living

Recinto lava stone lines a patio adjacent to the living room in designer Ezequiel Farca’s house in Mexico City. Farca designed the teak outdoor furniture, including two armchairs.

For 2019, we're looking forward to a true indoor/outdoor way of living—both in terms of the attention and care given to extending interior spaces outside, and in terms of bringing as much greenery as possible indoors. 

Landscape designers and architects recommend creating focal points in exterior spaces just as we do in any living room or bedroom. This can be done through structures and hardscaping like fences, sheds, or even furniture arrangements that allow for conversation around a fireplace or bonfire. 

This living room is filled with an array of plants that include a moss wall, an air plant wall, Staghorn Ferns, a variety of potted plants, hanging ceiling plants, and trees.

We're also huge fans of the health and aesthetic benefits of having lots of plants and greenery indoors as well as outdoors. Whether it's the drama of a single oversized palm tree in the corner or a grouping of multiple plants, we're excited to see what will pop up indoors and out this spring.

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Costa Farms Live Fiddle Leaf Fig
Houseplants have the magical quality of making any space more inviting, and this makes them ideal décor items for homes and offices. Use the Fiddle Leaf Fig to boldly fill blank corners with rich texture.
Terrain Copper Dish Fire Pit
Handmade in Turkey from solid copper, this bowl fire pit makes a beautiful addition to the backyard. Each copper dish rests on a steel stand, and has a removable steel grate inside.
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