The new year is on its way and bringing many new home decor trends with it. This will mean saying goodbye to some of last year’s favourites in order to make room for new ones. Although there was a lot to like in the trends of 2018, some don’t have the staying power to hang on long-term. Many of the those that are leaving came from the handmade category, which is being refined all the time.
Here are three new trends I think will have lasting power, and three of last year’s trends that will fizzle away in the near future. As I always say about trends: be wary if you get caught up in the hype of a new idea (that’s a trend); but if you have always liked it and see yourself living with it for a long time, then it’s a match made in long-term design heaven.
Welcome trend No. 1: Cosy beds
Creating a visually quiet and cosy sanctuary is where bedroom decor is heading. For the one-third of your life you spend in bed, treat yourself to the stylish comfort of down pillows, a soft headboard and luxurious fabrics. This is one area of the home that when you invest well, you also invest in your well-being by creating a space conducive to a good night’s sleep.
￼Welcome trend No. 2: Dark stone bathrooms
Ceramic tile, stone and quartz in bathrooms have turned from the pale tones of white and grey into darker and more dramatic hues. It’s an easy way to create drama while offering up a touch of sophistication. Apprehensive about using darks? Start with the counters, then consider a focal wall in the shower. Next step is the floors. In no time you’ll want a dark and dramatic bathroom like those luxurious en suites in high-end hotels.
￼Welcome trend No. 3: Contrast piping and trims
We remember contrast piping and fancy trims on furnishings and draperies from the 1980s, when they were a big part of the traditional decorating movement. Now we are seeing contrasting trims in a modern way: either tone-on-tone to highlight modern furniture lines, or in bright colours to wake up drapery, upholstery or a neutral pillow.
Goodbye trend No. 1: Live-edge wood
Usually used for tabletops, live-edge wood incorporates one edge of wood that is left uncut, highlighting its natural edge. It’s a trend that helped us appreciate the beauty of nature, but it has been overused; it is flooding the decor market, resulting in the once unique element looking generic and less desirable.
Goodbye trend No. 2: Terrazzo patterns
Terrazzo — chips of marble, quartz or granite in concrete or resin — has been making its rounds on everything from floor tiles and credenzas to dishes and cabinet knobs. This trend — another relic of the 1980s — also returned to the scene far too fast and has been used on too many elements around the house. There’s even terrazzo wallpaper if you want your entire room to have the look. Like most trends that come on too quickly, it’s fading just as fast. Ciao terrazzo!
Goodbye trend No. 3: Words and letters
I’m tired of reading “Live, Love, Laugh” without being told how to do it. Words come at us all day, so the last thing we need is more messages haunting us around every corner of our house. The world bombards us with messages on text, phones and computers every minute of the day. Let’s create a little visual peace within our homes now. It’s time to “Delete, Delete, Delete.”
More decor trends arriving in 2019
— Organic and curvy. Say “so long” to square edges in home decor and “hello” to natural curves inspired by the organic world. Rounded, softer-edged items are easier to hold or, when gracing curvy upholstered pieces, to snuggle in to.
— Details, details, details. Look for trims and tassels, and mix-and-match fabrics that all add a customized touch to everyday items like pillows, furnishings and bedding.
— Pattern Play. Stripes with polka dots and plaids with florals are a couple of ways we’ll play with pattern and add more of a personalized look to rooms. Use my 70/30 rule when mixing: mix 70 percent of a pattern you are most comfortable with and 30 percent of an alternative pattern to liven a room up.
Do you have a decor dilemma or want to give feedback? You can contact Karl Lohnes on Facebook or Instagram at Karl Lohnes Designer, or via email at email@example.com.
Karl has worked as a home decor expert and product designer for 25 years. He appears Thursdays during the 8 a.m. hour on Global News Morning Montreal.