What’s in and what’s out for 2019 home décor

Published 4:02 pm Thursday, December 27, 2018

With every new year comes change — especially when it comes to interior décor. What may have been in for several years, might now be on its way out, and a fresh new look might be needed to start the year off right.


Pantone’s color of 2019 is “Living Coral,” a coral hue with a “golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge,” according to the Pantone website. The bold color falls right in line with design trends for the coming year, as wall paint colors are moving away from the neutral grays of the past toward bolder colors. Accent walls, and even accent rooms, are making a comeback, so now might be a good time to make a colorful splash somewhere in the house.


Ikat and trellis patterns are out. Moving in in their stead are big, bold floral patterns — chintz, abstracts, colorful and subtle. If thinking about giving some living area furniture new life, think about bringing a bouquet from the garden outside, inside.

LIGHT AND AIRY: Here, the sunporch of Emily and Wink Mayne’s West Main Street home fits into two 2019 home décor trends: floral patterns and offsetting neutral fabrics and walls with splashes of color.

While flowers might be new (again), what’s holding its own in upholstery is natural fibers: woven linen/cotton fabrics, organic cotton, hemp and hemp blends. The sustainable nature of natural fabrics is making the transition into the new year, and is a trend that will likely be around for many years to come.

ON POINT: The West Second Street home of Mary Pat and Scott Musselman is set to make the transition into 2019 with its white walls, colorful accent pieces and floral fabric.


It would appear that wood floors are going in two directions: light and dark, with little in between. Black is the “new grey” in 2019, and it’s popping up everywhere — floors are no exception. In the opposite direction, light-colored wood floors are making a comeback in 2019, but this time with texture. Adding a wire-brushed, distressed or hand-scraped finish to a blonde wood floor will put it right in line with next year’s look.


Backsplashes will be a focal point in kitchens and bathrooms, whether they’re in the form of a brightly colored pattern or an entire wall of tile between countertop and ceiling in the kitchen. Big, bold patterns — Moroccan, herringbone and other geometric patterns — are taking the place of more subtle natural stone and white subway tile.


Kitchens have become multi-purpose rooms built for entertaining and living, with room for the whole family. That’s a trend that’s going nowhere. But 2019 is calling for a new look for kitchens, and, once again, it centers around black. The coming year brings an end to the all-white kitchen of the past. Black cabinets, black countertops, black tile are all lightened up by white accents in 2019.

TRENDING: Bunny Wayt’s Water Street kitchen uses black accents — in the countertop and ceramic pieces — to offset the more traditional white. Continuing its popularity in 2019 are plank walls, which add texture to an otherwise flat, white surface.


In 2019, plenty of homeowners will be going for the gold, as gold and other bright metals make a strong return as accents for more neutral and/or natural colors, (and, of course, black). Frames, candlesticks, lamps, chandeliers, fire screens of brass, gold, nickel, silver and pewter are finding their way back into prominent places in rooms.

Bright, jewel tones accenting a white background will also be prevalent in the coming year. Bold abstract paintings on a white wall, richly colorful pillows on a light sofa, make for eye-catching bursts of life against a more neutral palette.

BOHO CHIC: Lisa Hodges and David Carraway’s historic district home has many 2019 design trends already in place, florals and bold colors against white backgrounds, among them.