As we enter the fall season, people are starting to prepare their space for the holidays coming up. Furniture showrooms, home decor retailers, designers, architects, homeowners, and small business owners have an interest in incorporating interior design trends (small or large) into their projects. From matte black to mustard yellow, bold patterns, organic shapes, and a strong interest and focus on biophilic design, here are a few of the top 2019 fall interior design trends that will be popular.
1. Matte Black
A lot of my clients have been requesting matte black finishes in their kitchen and bathrooms from faucets to sinks, flooring, cabinetry, and hardware. We’re also seeing a lot of manufacturers like Brizo incorporating two-tone finishes into their products mixing chrome and black or brass and black faucets, lighting, and hardware. Black is a classic and sophisticated color that you can’t really go wrong with. It works with any color and it looks beautiful in a white kitchen with black contemporary hardware and a black faucet where the contrast between dark and light pops. More and more people are specifying black matte cabinetry and finishes that give their space a luxurious, sleek, and stylish look and feel.
2. Mustard Yellow
We’re back to the 70’s as Mustard Yellow will continue to be trending into fall since it came back on the scene at Furniture Fairs last year. Mustard yellow is described as a dull, dark yellow but I think of it as varying from muted vibrant to a muted flat yellow. This color is definitely not for everyone, but we’ll be seeing it everywhere from sofas to chairs, artwork, bedding, paint, window treatments, and accessories. If you aren’t feeling excited about incorporating a mustard sofa into your living room for example, try using it on a smaller scale such as pillows, a throw over your sofa, artwork in your bedroom, a vase of flowers, or a tray on your cocktail table. By using it on a smaller scale, you can add some warmth into your space if the color scheme in your space is on the cooler side. Mustard Yellow works great in combination with teal, navy, eggplant, white, or black.
3. Bold Patterns
Bold patterns from wallpaper to tile, stone, and accessories are being incorporated in home and office spaces and have become quite popular. You’ll see bold patterns being used on backsplashes in kitchens, on bathroom walls and floors, in powder rooms, on fireplaces, and outdoor deck areas to name a few. With so many colors, patterns, and shapes to choose from, the options are endless. If you are planning on using a colorful bold patterned cement tile for your kitchen floors as a focal point of the space, keep everything else simple and neutral. That means stick to a neutral color palette and a simple style for your cabinet doors and hardware so it’s not competing with the floors. The floor would be the “star” and feature of the space.
4. Biophilic Design
What is Biophilia? Biophilia is defined as the inherent human desire to connect with nature. Biophilic design incorporates natural light, vegetation, views of nature, natural materials, and other experiences of the natural world into the modern built environment. Biophilia has been a big trend this year continuing on into fall. With today’s fast paced technological world where we are constantly in front of a screen, more and more people are craving comfort, relaxation, and an authentic connection with nature. People want to feel at one with mother earth and that involves incorporating characteristics of the natural world such as wood, plants, organic materials, water, sunlight, color, and animals to name a few into our personal spaces. Some simple ideas would be to add organic cotton sheets to your bedroom, plants on your fireplace mantel, rattan chairs to your living room, handcrafted wood furniture, and a small fountain to mimic the sound of nature.
5. Organic Shapes
A lot of brands have been incorporating organic shapes into their products. I’ve been seeing tub chairs, scalloped armchairs, curved back sofas, and free form side tables and accessories in many furniture showrooms. Gone are the boxy furniture that looks bulky and heavy (although many people still like that look, especially if they are into Restoration Hardware furniture). However, for a small space or city living, large boxy furniture just doesn’t work. Instead, incorporate furniture pieces that has a softness to it from simple curves on dining chair legs to a sofa with curved backing to a round coffee table / side table. Organic shapes break up the sharp and angular lines of a room. By mirroring the shapes of objects from the natural world, organic furniture can be a creative way to make a statement to your space, while bringing nature inside.
Instead of “less is more”, it’s all about “more is more”. Maximalism is an ornate, loud style compared to the bare minimum pared down style of minimalism. It is composed of of clashing patterns, excessive but curated collections of objects, and bold colors. The style involves repetition, layering, unique one of a kind pieces that make a statement, and embracing your stuff. A common misconception is that Maximalism is about hoarding items and displaying all the items that you have collected over the years. However, that’s not what the style is about. It’s not about throwing everything you have together. It’s about layering and combining what you have in a way that still creates a thought out space that displays all the objects and colors you love. It’s about expressing your personality to the maximum, in an authentic way. Start small by incorporating books, colors, plants, combining patterns, and displaying sentimental items you love. Add a few pieces at a time and just go slowly and on a smaller scale. Over time as you add more and more pieces, your space will truly embrace your unique personality which is what Maximalism is all about.
7. Art Deco
Art deco is all about embracing vibrant bold colors, geometric patterns in symmetrical arrangements, and use of mixed materials such as stainless steel, lacquer, and glass. Instead of art deco of the past that focused on glamour and opulence, the new art deco is a big trend this year with a more modern, playful, yet minimalist take on the style. It is the perfect way to add more textures, colors, and visual interest to your space. We’ll see art deco influences with detailing on tables, chairs, lighting, and accessories.
Are you thinking about incorporating some of these design trends in your space? If so, let me know which ones you plan to add to your decor! Remember, trends come and go. It’s more important to fill your home or office with things you love that represent who you are rather than what’s trendy and popular right now. As an interior designer, it is my responsibility to report on latest trends in interior design and home decor, but I always advocate for what best represents you and what will make you happy. If you need a designer’s help and touch to transform your space, please schedule a complimentary consultation here.