Generally, I try not to follow design trends for the same reason that I don’t have a “go to” paint or fabric. That reason? Neither works for all circumstances. The same paint that is gorgeous in one room can fall completely flat in another. I would also say that what is “trending” might also be trendy, but it could also be a classic. So, I do like trends when I like what is trending. Does that make sense?
I wasn’t able to attend High Point Market this Spring, but with social media, it can feel very much like you’re there. If you’re at all interested, just go to Instagram, Pinterest or Facebook at search for #HPMKT #HPMKT2019 and you’ll see what I mean.
So, even though I wasn’t at the year’s largest furniture and design event, from what I see, there are definite trends this year and I must say – I love them! I did attend Spring Market at the Boston Design Center last week and of course, I’m always scouring magazines for new and interesting finds and what seems to be emerging.
Feminine forms and shapes
Dense and mixed patterns in wallpapers and fabrics
Heightened color palettes and the return of jewel tones
Return of details such as trim on window treatments and pillows
Last week at the Boston Design Center, I attended a luncheon at the Eric Haydel showroom marking the addition of Root Cellar Designs fabrics and wallpapers to their offerings. Root Cellars is co-owned by long time blogging friend Tamara Stephenson of Nest Nest Nest. I was especially taken with their collection of figural fabrics and wall papers which bring Jane Austen to life. The mix of more modern back grounds, based on co-owner Susan Young’s art and mural work, along with cleverly rendered characters is just so charming.
They also have decidedly modern patterns rendered in jewel tone fabrics.
The Eve Mirror from Century Furniture was introduced at the 2019 High Point Market. It’s witty and sexy, curved and feminine.
One of the most photographed and talked about furnishings to come off of the social media feeds is the Caracole arm chair with a sculptural metal frame that hugs the chair itself. You can see a few more pics here. The chair isn’t yet available, but should be within a few months. The feminine form of the chair along with the unusual detail of the frame itself really makes this a standout among the 2019 Design Trends.
Wicker is definitely never trendy, however, the unusual wavy skirt-like detail of the Scallop Console by Mainly Baskets is a fresh and feminine take on a classic for spring and summer.
Curved furnishings were very well represented at Market. There were lots of upholstered sofas and chairs, often covered in luscious velvets or in jewel tones.
The is also a clearly glamorous edge coming in – as shown in this gorgeous chandelier by my friend Denise McGaha for Curry and Company. This would be beautiful earrings too, no?
Here, in the ad layout for Tempaper, we see many of the trends coming together. Rounded shapes, deep saturated colors, a touch of glam.
And, we’re seeing many of these 2019 design trends on recent magazine covers including the return of densely patterned fabrics and wallpapers, mixed and mingled.
So, what do you think? Have you noticed these or other design trends for 2019? I’d love to hear all about it!
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2019 Design Trends artwork credits: Root Cellar Designs Tandoor in Hot Purple and Century Funiture’s Eve Mirror. Many of these items are to the trade only. Please contact me if you’re interested in pricing or buying information. I’d be happy to help!