It’s always good to know what’s hot and what’s not, especially in an industry like interior design. Whether it’s residential or commercial interior design, Tilottoma Limited will break it down for you.
An interior design project is a serious investment.
It’s never a good experience when, having spent all that money, you hear ‘That’s what you did? Man, that’s so last decade!’.
That’s the reason we always tell people to be very careful and picky when selecting a designer to award their interior design project.
And that is also the reason for this blog post.
So that you know what’s trending in design circles – and you can plan your interior design project to reflect current trends.
Even if you’re a ‘It’s my life’ kinda guy, it doesn’t hurt to know what is trending, and therefore what you may want to follow or avoid.
So, what are the top interior design trends in 2019?
Hot: Elements of nature
2019 seems to be the ‘back to nature’ year.
Incorporating elements that give a fresh, earthy and natural look to your surroundings is the top trend, as per my estimate.
This would create a calm and soothing atmosphere and can help in removing some of the unhealthy effects of staying up late and so on.
You can do away with tech-inspired design and try to incorporate wood, stone, copper, concrete, and granite.
Get some greenery within your rooms. For decor, try potted plants.
Also for decor, try to get your hands on some millwork or crafted material.
If you can manage the maintenance, you can go for an indoor plant wall.
Hot: Hidden tech
This is a kind of a follow-on from ‘elements of nature’. Whatever tech elements and gadgets you have, it’s typical to keep it away from plain view.
Smart outlets can be built directly into your home to eliminate the need for wires to lie all around, for example.
The idea is that tech exists to make our lives easier, rather as an accessory.
Hot: Artisanal fixtures
Locally sourced and crafted fixtures can lend your living/work space an authenticity that many crave.
That seems to be why lighting arrangements seem to be more and more incorporating these fixtures. They lend the room a warm and personalized feel.
Hot: Eclectic clutter
Some think eclectic clutter represents a love for chaos or a hatred for tightly organized and clean spaces. They don’t want everything in the design to have a meaning or purpose.
I beg to differ.
To my mind, clutter represents a very strong form of personalization.
It simply means the person involved has completely eschewed any form of recognized design style and simply wants more and more of whatever little elements (a painting here, a table there) they like and love.
Whatever the interpretation, eclectic clutter has arrived and seems to be determined to stay.
Not: Gendered rooms
Perhaps in line with socio-political events the world over, the distinction between ‘softer feminine’ and ‘bolder macho’ colours and design seems to be going for a toss.
It’s all about universal responses and aspirations this year.
Hot: Flexible design
Is this an extension of the aversion to gendered design? I honestly am not sure.
Well, whatever the reason, flexible design is firmly in demand.
Every family has their own way of doing things. Ergonomics and efficiency also come into the picture.
Designers are thinking that they should leave a lot of the decision-taking to the individual families; and also give them scope for innovation long after the design has been done and dusted.
This is where flexible design comes in. Instead of a formal ‘study’, you can have a generally comfortable but not bedroom-comfortable room that can be a study, a guest room or even a place for the family to have dinner if they want a change of venue.
Not: Scandinavian design
Scandinavian design, with its emphasis on subtlety and minimalism, is falling out of flavour in favour of bold, maximalist design.
Go for bright colours and graphic patterns. Mix colours and patterns. Take a completely ostentatious art piece and hang it on your walls.
Less is no more and more is more.
Hot: Sustainable design
Sustainable design isn’t a new concept but demand for it is definitely hardening this year.
Now, what do you think ‘sustainable design’ means?
It used to mean having a few solar panels and stuff like that.
Nowadays however, it has acquired a more holistic meaning. Now, ‘sustainable design’ is taken to mean a design style that minimizes your house’s footprint on the local environment.
- So, source materials locally.
- Source organic materials as much as possible.
- Try to have indoor green spaces.
- Do whatever you were doing with the solar panels and all.
- Anything else you can do to mitigate your house’s footprint on the surroundings.
With this list in hand, you should have a good reference point based on which to plan your interior design project.