We’ve officially made it through the first of the major holiday trifecta, and before you know it *blink* the new year will have arrived. While I will be grieving the fact that I’ve only recently nailed down dating things with 2018 (literally… every. damn. year.) I will also be looking forward to hitting the refresh button on design trends. And when I say refresh, I’m talking beyond Pantone’s Color of the Year.
So let’s hit that button, and here’s the challenge I’d like to present to you: instead of investing in a brand new gym membership (it’s always so crowded in January anyways) why not make a resolution this coming year to improve our homes? Trust me, if there’s one thing we know it’s that your home is also trying to be the best version of itself. Here are some upcoming trends I’ve mentally catalogued over the last few months that we are sure to see in 2019.
also note just because we are calling these “trends” does not mean they do not have staying power for years to come ;)
Colorful Statements in Cabinets and Tile
Ah, color. Life is too short to simply be living the beige sort of life! I’m always trying to find unique ways to incorporate it into my designs. With the Argonne Renovation we used this beautiful shade of green shade from Benjamin Moore on the cabinets to bring some dimension into the kitchen space. Another unique way that color is popping up is in tile, which is why I’m making it a focal point for West End Interior’s first showroom on Main Street in Buffalo, NY (another key thing to look forward to in 2019!) But I’d like to encourage clients to go even bolder with colors, I mean do you see this marigold yellow?? Because quite frankly, I’M HERE FOR IT!
Uniquely Shaped Tiles
Okay, time to think outside of the box (or hexagon for that matter.) There’s a whole world of differently shaped tiles out there and I want people to take more notice. I used this beautiful fish scale tile in a recent remodel for transitional flooring and I truly cannot get enough of it. But also, check out this inspiring oblong crystal shaped tile backsplash I discovered. I’m telling you, there’s more out there than squares, rectangles and hexagons.
Modern Traditional Style
Now some of you may be wondering, “modern traditional?” Yes, it’s as simple as it sounds. Taking cues from traditional style and updating its look a bit. Great design happens when you can find a way to successfully marry different styles.
The traditional side tends to focus more on a neutral but heavily contrasted color scheme, ornate & larger trim details, and brining in accents that have an old world vibe to them - such as an oil painting with a detailed frame, light fixtures, or furniture. With that comes a sense of warmth and familiarity. Then, by incorporating just a few modern elements you add in the feeling of a fresh and new look. We usually mix in modern elements with lighting & clean-lined cabinetry. Nailing this style relies heavily on the lighting and furniture that is picked for the space, and the trim, cabinetry & paint help balance it out.
When the two styles are mixed together you get a really sophisticated & welcoming interior.
Best of both worlds, right?
Coming back in a big way! Look for a more modern version of it popping up in 2019. Larger aggregates in the mix make the material feel updated vs. thinking you’re walking down a school hallway. And not only will it be showing up in flooring, but in furniture as well. We welcome it with open arms, so much so that we’ll also have samples of Terrazzo at the West End Interiors showroom!
Cabinets with No Hardware
Do you enjoy a sleek and minimal look? Then cabinetry with no hardware is definitely something you should consider. The thing I love about this is the thought and craftsmanship that goes into making these one of a kind pieces. Don’t be afraid to get creative with the shape of your “hardware”
Dark Colored Moldings & Doors
We’re tired of white trim, right...? Or is it just me. With 2019 comes a revival of contrast and color to pull us out of this all white everything trend. While this look is not always a look for every room or style of home, a dark trim can really draw attention and become an unifying design element throughout a space. We’ve been drawn to medium and dark tone paint colors for our door and trims in the past few projects. We’ve even got an entire room of yellow trim planned for the new year (YEAH, YELLOW!)
Marble Slabs Stealing the Show
Marble is a timeless material and is used in a ton of West End projects. We predict that the material will start to get a little more use in larger formats and patterns will be embraced. We have seen it as backsplash before in a kitchen - but shelves, showers, and fireplaces are bound to make a strong debut in 2019.