Marking a general sense of positivity amongst the population, and equally fatigue with the turbulent political and social backdrop, the overarching mood for interiors in 2019 is one of optimism

It is said that Dulux heralded the shift in consciousness towards ‘positivity, purpose and transformation’ when it announced the warm and inviting shade of Spiced Honey as its hero colour for 2019.

Across all sectors we’re seeing brave and experimental design reflecting an upbeat mood.

“In interiors, this translates as bold and unusual use of colour, bright, abstract (almost childlike) design and warming colourways. Warmth is present even at the colder end of the spectrum. As well as embracing the maximalist trend, which will continue well into 2019,” explains interiors expert Mike Stephen, Design Director at Apollo Blinds.

“It’s not all about brash and extrovert looks though, there are also toned down and tranquil options for homeowners who hesitate to welcome more outlandish styles into their homes.”


“The mindful and enduring attitude of the Far East continues to influence interiors in 2019. Graham and Brown’s Tori ‘Wallpaper of the Year’ was a nod to the orient’s ascendancy within interiors – indicating how chinoiserie wallpaper and rich silk textures will make a huge impact. Matt black and gold, stripe motifs and oriental floral designs are key elements to encompass this look,” says Alex Whitecroft, head of design at www.iwantwallpaper.co.uk

“A great thing about oriental influence within interiors is that it can be interpreted in different ways according to personality, season and style of the property. A unique and modern scheme requires a contemporary update with sculpted furniture and loud, proud wallpaper to channel the quirky inner-city influences of modern Tokyo.

“Red is another key colourway, symbolic of happiness and good fortune in Chinese culture and representing power in Japan.”


Daniel Prendergast, design director at www.therugseller.co.uk explains more about this extroverted look for homes.

“Shunning minimalist Scandi styles that have been popular in recent years, the maximalist trend really packs a punch.”

“Sense of humour is at the crux of any maximalist scheme, where a riot of colour and surprising décor choices make for homes bursting with personality. Maximalist interiors put smiles on faces and the best thing is that literally anything and everything goes! The look is very reminiscent of the modern art movement.”

“Within the maximalist trend wild and clashing colours can be juxtaposed with playful, abstract pattern bringing an almost childlike quality to interior design. Primary colours (and black), mark-making, figures and faces and simple, sketchy geometrics feature heavily.”


“The latest lifestyle concept to permeate the world of interior design is slow living. Promoting mental wellbeing and mindfulness by consciously reducing the pace of hectic modern life, this trend will see homeowners curating spaces where they can relax and enjoy living in the moment,” explains Lorna McAleer, interiors expert at window blinds brand, Style Studio.”

“As the movement is rooted in the slow food revolution, the dining area is particularly important, a sociable space is required for homeowners to enjoy one another’s company whilst they eat.”

“Comfort is a key factor within this trend – allowing homeowners to enjoy being lazy without feeling guilty about it. Clear and clutter free rooms, reading nooks and cosy tech free spaces offer an escape or hideaway for homeowners to find sanctuary within the home. Calming colourways including warm neutrals, blues for serenity and concentration and easy-to-live-with pastels feature heavily.”


“Layering, pattern and texture will be created within fabric weaves. Texture will also take the form of tufted, quilted material and cut out or raised effects. Passementerie is another key look – with elaborate embroidery and tasselling and decorative finishing on cushions blinds, curtains and rugs,” advises Daniel Prendergast.

Alex Whitecroft adds: “We’re seeing lots of wall coverings with raised and textured effects coming through, many making it difficult to resist the urge to reach out and touch them. Choosing paper with a soft metallic sheen adds to the overall textural effect.”


“Floral prints are set to replace the tribal and global travel inspired designs we’ve seen dominate in recent years as the go to design within homes and 2019’s florals certainly have impact, whether dark and decadent, painterly and abstract or oversized and blousy. And they’re not saved for spring/summer updates either – bold use of colour gives floral prints a perennial feel in the home,” says Lorna McAleer.”


“Homeowners will tackle interior updates with a renewed sense of environmental purpose in 2019, attributable to knowledge of how actions impact the environment and empowerment around sustainable product choices and behaviours within the home.”

“Products and brands with ethical and environmental credentials will gain impetus – whether they utilise recycled plastic waste or they’re produced locally with lower carbon footprints and assurances on ethical labour practices,” says Kirsty Hunt from www.duette.co.uk



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