Just like Fashion, Interior Design has ever changing trends. As trends cater to comfort levels, buyer's appetites are evolving and new home builders are responding. Here's a look at the Top 10 Interior Design Trends for 2019 in New Home Construction.
1. Scandinavian Style
Last year modern Farmhouse was the big trend in new construction and remodeling segments which makes Nordic styling a natural progression. Homebuyers are still enjoying black & white color palates, wood inside and out, gable roofs and clean open concepts. Overall expect to see even cleaner elevations and large feature windows.
Using Zero VOC paint has become a new standard for homeowners, as have highly energy efficient windows, and the use of reclaimed brick and wood. But that's just the new baseline as we reach farther. "Items made by hand using sustainable materials like jute, rice paper, and clay will be in, in 2019. We see people needing these grounding elements in their homes as a way to feel more in touch with the earth and their roots." — Kristen Peña of K Interiors
3. Bolder Kitchens
Whether your cabinets are all white, colored or a mix of both, the one thing you can expect them all to be combined with in 2019 is a bold patterned backsplash. Honed or matte finish darker countertops will start showing up with white and colored cabinets. Islands are larger than ever, some replacing the traditional kitchen table all together. They are also getting more distinct personalities than the perimeter cabinets. Expect to see Islands with different colors, finishes, hardware and most importantly different surfaces than the perimeter cabinets.
4. Dedicated Home Office
With more and more people working from home or self-employed the home office is replacing the obsolete formal living room. Home builders have recognized the increasing importance of a dedicated home office and adding useful elements like built in cabinetry and workstations with integrated charging. The old double duty home office/guest room is increasingly giving way to the dedicated office space. Especially as guest spaces are evolving to meet buyer demands for an efficiency apartment in the home or detached granny flat to accommodate guests, aging parents or Airbnb type income stream.
5. Component Free Living Rooms
The more technology we use the less we want to see it, and builders are picking up on this changing need. Clever ways to hide technology are being built-in as pre-wired component closets for whole home computing & media continue to gain mass appeal. It's another example of social and lifestyle changes affecting how we build homes.
6. Fireplaces in More Spaces
Thanks to clean fuel burning bio-fuel real flame fireplaces can be used almost anywhere. Some can even be hung on the wall like a picture. In 2019 builders will catch buyer's attention with fireplaces in unconventional spaces like bathrooms, kitchens and dining areas. The most popular new fireplace you can expect to see available in new and even remodeled homes is the see thru bathroom wall fireplace in the master suite. Outdoor fireplaces and firepits also continue to get more ubiquitous and creative in 2019.
7. Statement Ceilings
Statement ceilings continue to gain popularity as people expand the boundaries of color and finishes used. With so many amazing designs and textures, wallpaper ceiling treatments can enhance any style, and the new peel-n-stick products make it easier than ever to change over time. Another material you'll see enhancing more ceilings is wood. Beyond classic stained tongue & groove wood or wood beams there's also reclaimed pallet/barn wood, painted bead board or ship lap, parquet, patterned wood, and the list goes on. Brick veneer and tile continue to add a sense of luxury to ceilings, while corrugated metal is the latest ceiling accent for casual farmhouse and industrial styles.
8. Light Natural Wood Floors
Looking forward to 2019, wood floors continue to stay on the lighter side, but many manufacturers are reporting that a matte finish is gaining popularity, which makes the floor look more natural. Recycled and engineered wood remain a more preferable sustainable alternative to the typical wood floor. But manufacturers are increasing the variety of luxury vinyl plank floors that convincingly look like real wood. Don't be surprised to see the Scandinavian blonde wood floors popular in the 1990's make a retro appearance in the 2020's. It’s all about bringing the calm and serenity of the outdoors inside.
9. Multi-Feature Pools
For buyers, a standard pool with spa attached just doesn't cut it anymore. Since people are spending more time at home, the backyard fun factor matters more, especially for families. Sun shelves, beach entries, deck jets, fire features, led lights, princess decks, grottos, and planters are features that buyers are coming to expect and builders are responding with increasingly elaborate pool packages.
10. Beautiful Bathroom Mirrors
There was a time that a rectangular sheet of mirror was all you could expect to find in a bathroom, unless maybe it was a powder room. But things have changed. The bathroom mirror has become a focal point. In 2019 you'll see more and more bathrooms with decorative framed mirrors and mirrors with integrated LED lighting and even TV or tablet display. Mirror, mirror, on the wall, you're the fairest one of all.