The top design trends for 2019

All-black kitchens! Hot pink carpet! Outdoor wallpaper! The year ahead in design and decor may be many things, but boring isn't one of them.

With bright colours, strong hues and plenty of bling, the design world has moved beyond millennial pink and neutral shades that have dominated the past few years.
Richard Misso creative director and founder of The Stylesmiths (a genius kind of Uber for interior design, that matches you with the perfect designer based on your needs) talks us through the trends to look out for in 2019. Here’s what he had to say…



Image: Deb McLean


Dark kitchens

“Dark kitchens are the perfect way to add a touch of drama to any kitchen space. Injecting a bold splash of dark colour into your home can add depth and sophistication,” says Richard. “Not just reserved for cabinetry, walls or countertops, dark colours extends to kitchen appliances to make a serious statement.”

Image: Nicole England

Statement carpet

“If you are working with a space where colour is limited, unrolling a powerful statement rug or carpet can be the key to enliven your space,” says Richard. “Choose boisterous floral, bold stripes, or even a high contrast colour for high impact!”

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Outdoor wallpaper

"Outdoor and wet area wallpaper is super fun and opens up a world of design opportunities!" says Richard. Now you can now turn any dull surface into a focal point whilst keeping the cost down. Offering two systems - both wet and outdoor - these wallpapers are suitable for use around pools, wet areas and the exterior of a building. UV stable, chlorine and detergent-compatible, the wallpaper is custom scaled to your wall size and costs a fraction of what bespoke tiles or exterior cladding.

Image: Nicole England

Full-throttle glamour

“Brass began to dominate a few years ago along with other mixed metals. I believe this had to do with moving out of the depressing Global Financial Crisis,” says Richard. “Brass and glamour represent a rebellion against minimalism paying homage to the glitzy 70s and 80s.”

Image: Florim

Organic textures

Textured finishes in paint instantly add warmth and depth to a space as seen in the image above. In kitchens and bathrooms, the organic texture trend is being supercharged by advances in technology that are putting many delicate surfaces back on the table. "In 2019 the trends from the Bologna tile fair are large format tiles called Magnums which are essentially slabs of engineered stone and ceramic replicating natural stone without the sensitivities around sealing, cleaning and installation," Richard says.


Image: Nicole England


Terracotta 2.0


The 90s go-to hue is back with a cool new update. "With its rusty, warm undertones, terracotta is the earthy colour that best represents our outback so there is a real connection in Australia with these tones," says Richard. "Moving away from millennial pink, terracottas and blush make a great natural palette for anyone who wants to embrace the warmth of summer, add a touch of watermelon and pistachio as accents."

Image: Nicole England

The new pretty

Chintz is back! But much like terracotta, the 2019 take is fresh, modern and very cool - like this incredible bathroom (above). "Bloomsbury chintz conjures up the typical floral patterns, flowery fabric, typical of country cottage interiors. Today we see it being applied to wallpapers mostly inspired by the artists, poets and designers of the 1930s," says Richard. But there are a few contemporary interpretations being applied across rugs and wallpapers delivering heart, soul and character.


Textured wallpaper


"Wallpapers continues to dominate the decor space with bold styles right through to subtle textures available," says Richard. "It is the perfect way to make a statement and layers into a space." It's also one of the most cost-effective ways to create a big impact with minimal fuss. Always consider having a professional install it, nothing looks worse than bubbly walls.

Integrated entertainment

Staying in is the new going out and as our lifestyles adapt, so too do our interiors and the way we store and display our tech. "These days, our televisions are sleek, stylish and light enough to mount on the wall or sit on floating entertainment units hence the rise of custom designed built-in entertainment units that are the new heart of the house," says Richard. "Driven by the urge to stay home, order in, and binge, entertainment units are sleeker, lighter and respond the to needs of the occupants."

For expert design advice contact the Stylesmiths.

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