The colour for 2019 is peach.
Last year at the end of my trends forecast for 2018, I talked about peach appearing on the horizon.
And it’s here.
I’m starting to see it in accessories and even more in interior design.
Interior Design by Melinda Douglas
And if peach is back, then we will also start seeing more beige with an orange undertone including warmer orange wood stained furniture. I hope it’s too soon to introduce it in a kitchen.
Just like the variations of pink. This past December I walked into a drugstore and saw a collection of pink beige Christmas decorations. I was looking for pink for my sisters new library room. NOT pink beige.
That is a first in a very long time. Believe me, I notice this neutral that should mostly be banished from interior design because it is so rarely done well.
However, obviously if blush pink is back from the 80s, so are the more muted variations of this colour.
If someone wants pink but doesn’t want it to be an obvious pink, they naturally gravitate toward selecting a pink beige. However, tread lightly with this colour. It looks dirty if you accidentally pair it with yellow or orange beige, which we are also seeing more of lately.
In any case, peach is looking fresh and new because we haven’t seen if for a long time. And it’s a sign that things are warming up in interiors. Also, and I’ve mentioned this before, peach is a great antidote if you’ve gone overboard with gray or taupe. Pull in some peach for contrast and warmth.
It’s nice to have an off-the-shelf solution for an awkward space. Here is a more streamlined alternative to a standard L shaped sectional or sofa-with-chaise.
A curved sofa is all elegance. It demands to fill a space rather than being shoved up against a wall. It also brings instant personality to any room.
I have an Aunt who still has a similar sofa in her living room in 80s black and purple. See the theme here? All things 80s are here again.
Hanging Plants and Vines in Boxes
Remember those 70s boxes with vines that were built into homes? Well they are back. Here they are at the Hyatt in Amsterdam with this brand new retro inspired renovation. Along with low, sleek sofas similar to the ones I just mentioned.
Interior designers are forever saying they are inspired by nature and this sure brings it inside. A bit of maintenance, but good for air quality apparently.
The New Trendy Sofa (Couch) is Forest Green
Hmm. . . is this example more emerald (below)? Maybe so, but all shades of dark, dramatic greens are also trending.
Interior Design by Lilly Bunn
Big Fabulous Florals and Botanicals
It seems like each image I choose for this post includes other elements of trends that are worth mentioning.
The flowered chair in the above photo is a perfect example. Lush florals have been big for a couple of years in fabrics and wall coverings. But lately they have become a “must have”.
The combination of rich colours and dynamic shapes makes floral patterns so useful. Every room needs that multi-coloured pattern that sets the palette. This is why they are a perennial favorite (wink wink).
The trending florals are quite bold, often over sized, with jewel tones, a range of botanical greens, and pops of warm corals, reds and pinks.
And they are not stuck up. They get along great with other patterns like checks, stripes, trellises, ikats and almost everything else.
This trend is closely related to florals, but in the context of a specific decorating style.
A sad event in the design world last fall was the passing of Mario Buatta, affectionately known as the Prince of Chintz.
He is known for popularizing layers of patterned chintz and pretty details like fringe and ruffles in the 80s. He did it so amazingly well.
He was well admired and loved and for good reason. It takes a special talent and spirit to canonize a look in interior design.
It’s lovely that he was around to see the rise of this style again. And it has been popping up everywhere.
Part New Traditional and part of the recent infatuation with all the flouncy details and colour palettes of the 80s. It’s a look that is the essence of homey. Even if in recent years many of us would have judged it to be somewhat homely since it was out of favor for a few decades at least.
Maybe designers are interested in playing with rich details and mixing patterns. And working with reams and reams of charming high end fabrics again. Whatever the reason, this look is all over the magazines and my Instagram feed.
And it’s fascinating how they are finding ways to make it look fresh again.
This room above posted on Instagram by designer Sarah Bartholomew looks totally current and fresh. It hits on all the 80s influenced trends. Layers of florals mixed with other patterns. A skirted traditional sofa (with a ruffle even). Rattan. An empire shade lamp. A real plant. Heirloom vintage art. Yet, the room manages to look layered but not stuffy.
Below we have peach and chintz in fashion influencer Alice Naylor Leyland’s country home.
This house has a historical feel, but it exists now in 2019. Are those flamingo feathers? The fresh palette keeps it feeling current.
Fringe and Tassels
Notice the fringe on the sofa above. And the modern interpretation of swag drapes. Details like these reflects a romantic return to detail. I’ve been seeing an awful lot of fringed light fixtures like these pretty colourful ones below.
Most of us are not going all out with layers of chintz, ruffles and fringe any time soon. It’s a very high end expensive look that requires a designer for one thing (all those draperies and details!). But I do think elements of this look will creep into many of our hearts and homes over the next few years.
It is fair if you think it is too close for comfort to 80s kitsch 😉 Unless it’s always been close to your heart, it can be hard to love a trend you’ve lived through once already.
Deep, Dramatic Colours
With black and saturated jewel tones still going strong, more dramatic rooms with deep walls and furnishings are going to be big in 2019.
Love it or hate it, I’m always interested to see what Ikea puts out in their annual catalogue. I find it to be a good gauge of the pulse of what is hitting the main stream or coming soon.
They do employ hundreds of talented designers who certainly make it their business to anticipate what will be hot.
Anyway, this year’s catalogue does feature a decent amount of warm peachy tones.
They also have a big retro floral print slip cover for the iconic Ektorp sofa available. Not sure about this one, but it’s certainly in line with the trends I’m noticing.
And, many of the rooms feature moody deep greens, blues and blacks all layered together like this vignette below.
Ikea Catalogue 2019
And here’s another example of an artsy dark and dramatic room below. Complete with dark green marble (another trend), vintage art and a large plant. If this room had a curved sofa, it would be a mic drop haha.
Although I think the broadly appealing fresh white farmhouse look will continue to be the dominant look people will go for in their own homes, warmer, richer and more dramatic looks are definitely trending in 2019.
Over to you my lovelies, which is your favourite? Did I miss anything that you feel should have been mentioned? Feel free to let me know what you think!