Let's face it: finding inspiration in the middle of winter is difficult, but the start of a new year encourages fresh ideas and motivations. As 2018 became 2019, we looked inward and outward for inspiration. We began discovering themes within our emerging projects, and took note of the upcoming trends predicted by industry experts.
Restore + Replenish
A big theme for 2019 is designing for well-being. Well-being for ourselves, and the environment we inhabit.
Creating spaces for relaxation and introspection gives us a break from the always-on, screen focused mentality we've become used to (Dezeen). Our homes need to promote rest, reduce noise, and become a solace for us to refuel. Staying in is the new going out.
Of course, the elements can be added to the workplace. Touchdown spaces and alcoves can recharge employees for a more efficient and mentally healthy workday.
Texture + Tactility
Most of us spend the majority of the day touching phone screens and the smooth surfaces of laptops. Humans are sensory creatures and physical touch lowers cortisol levels, reducing stress and anxiety (Dezeen). Adding textural elements in our homes allows us to reconnect with the tactile stimulation we've lost in this digital age.
Texture can be incorporated through three dimensional embroidery, thick wools and woven linens, and textured wall coverings. Stone and tile introduce nature into a space while providing contrasting sensory experiences through smooth and cool touches.
Scandinavian With a Splash of Color
Dezeen calls this trend, "a warmed up version" of the simple, minimalist style. The same principles apply: whites, clean lines, and natural woods but with added flushes of color and tactility.
Richer tones like pinks, yellows, greens, and reds can be added through fabrics accessories, paints, rugs, and more.
Natural Materials + Sustainability
This isn't a new trend for us. As a firm we focus on sustainability in our projects incorporating organic and environmentally friendly products as much as we can. We anticipate 2019 will bring more of those opportunities with conscious clients and vendors providing quality products sustainable for the environment.
In the past, we discussed biophilic design. A practice that reconnects the relationship between nature and humans. We've designed quite a few commercial projects incorporating organic materials, natural light, and plant life indoors, and the same can be done for residential design with the addition of livable products like hemp, plywood, wicker and cork.
Four Poster Beds
This statement piece of furniture adds height and grandeur to a room, framing the bed like a work of art. Four poster beds can be simple and modern, or ornate depending on the design style of the room.
Mixed Metal Accents
Gone are the days of designing with one metal throughout an entire home. Designers are pushing boundaries with two to three varying metals in each room. Meshing metals adds contrast and glamour, and the varying accents are a "...timeless and tasteful way to create balance and definition in an environment," (Elle Decor).
Pantone's Color of the Year: Coral
Each year, Pantone releases its color of the year; a color chosen through thoughtful insight at the current culture and world-wide influences. Living Coral was chosen as a reaction to the all-encompassing environment of digital technology. Bright and bold, Living Coral represents the human need to have authentic experiences, connection, and lighthearted activity (Pantone).
“Color is an equalizing lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities, and this is particularly true for Living Coral. With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial PANTONE Living Coral hit a responsive chord,” Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.
Pantone’s color of the year influences design decisions across all sectors. For interior design, we expect this color will be used in furnishings, accent pieces and accessories, wall coverings, art works, and paints.