Com­fort is on trend for decor in 2019

The Observer (Sarnia) - - HOMES - MELISSA RAYWORTH

What trends will dom­i­nate home dec­o­rat­ing in 2019?

When we asked in­te­rior de­sign­ers about the colours, fab­rics and styles likely to be pop­u­lar this year, one mes­sage came through loud and clear: Peo­ple are seek­ing com­fort at home.

But rather than ca­sual, farm­house-style com­fort, these de­sign­ers are see­ing a trend to­ward a so­phis­ti­cated, el­e­gant com­fort achieved through things like warm wall colours, an­tique wooden items with a patina of age, and rounded cor­ners on fur­ni­ture.

Along with the phys­i­cal co­zi­ness these items bring, many folks seem to be seek­ing a de­gree of emo­tional com­fort in their home decor.

“Some­one just asked us if we would do an om­bre car­pet up their stairs, work­ing with the om­bre wall­pa­per up the wall,” says New York­based fur­ni­ture and wall­cov­er­ing de­signer Brett Bel­dock. “They want this co­coon feel­ing. Our sur­round­ings have to be re­ally warm and com­fort­ing now ... ev­ery­thing is crazy and we’re all up in the air.”

We’ve asked Bel­dock and two other in­te­rior de­sign­ers — Wash­ing­ton D.C.-based Marika Meyer and New Yorker Dan Maz­zarini — for de­tails on what we’ll see in home de­sign in the com­ing year.

Com­fort­ing spa­ces

For years, Amer­i­cans were in love with open floor plans and large fur­ni­ture. Now, “peo­ple want more in­ti­mately scaled spa­ces,” says Maz­zarini. “Not Vic­to­rian-small, but not this kind of ’ev­ery­thing open’ liv­ing.”

In re­sponse, we’re see­ing “a tem­po­rary pause on over­sized things,” he says, as peo­ple feel like nest­ing.

Along the way, the colour pal­ette is be­com­ing equally cozy. Pop­u­lar neu­tral colours have “been so cool for a num­ber of years,” Meyer says. As 2019 ap­proaches, “we’re com­ing back into more warm neu­trals.”

And Bel­dock sees fur­ni­ture shapes chang­ing: We’re see­ing a re­turn to rounded edges and pieces of fur­ni­ture with big, soft, rounded arms.

Pat­terns and pa­pers

Ex­pect to see lots of pa­per and fab­ric cov­er­ings on walls and ceil­ings in 2019. Bel­dock says mu­rals are pop­u­lar, as are pat­terns that can be mixed to cre­ate a vi­brant space and give walls an ap­pear­ance of depth.

Meyer agrees that pat­terns are in­creas­ingly im­por­tant. As part of a “re­turn to tra­di­tion­al­ism” in home de­sign, she sees many peo­ple opt­ing for “heavy lay­er­ing of very tra­di­tional pat­terns.”

Al­though many pat­terns in­cor­po­rate a mix of colours, ex­pect to see plenty of rich shades of green in fab­ric and wall­pa­per pat­terns. While blues and in­di­gos have been huge in re­cent years, Meyer says that in 2019 “green is the new blue.” It’s likely to be used in ev­ery­thing from up­hol­stery pat­terns to kitchen fur­nish­ings.

Warm woods and tra­di­tional styles

An­tiques and sec­ond-hand items are also hav­ing a mo­ment.

“There have al­ways been the an­tique lovers that we’ve worked with,” says Maz­zarini. But now, a grow­ing num­ber of peo­ple “are re­spond­ing more pos­i­tively to things that have an ac­tual sense of his­tory.”

Meyer agrees: “More and more clients say to me they’re in­ter­ested in a beau­ti­ful wood an­tique chest,” she says.

This trend is quite prac­ti­cal in the smaller-scale homes and con­dos favoured these days, Meyer says, be­cause peo­ple have a real need for stor­age space. If a client chooses an an­tique wooden chest in­stead of a Par­sons ta­ble, “it’s con­cealed stor­age.”

Tra­di­tional skirted ta­bles are be­com­ing pop­u­lar again for the same rea­son: Un­der the soft folds of a fab­ric ta­ble cloth that reach to the floor, you can store items out of sight.

Even for home­own­ers who prefer a more mod­ern style, warm wood tones are in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar, Bel­dock says.

“Ev­ery­one’s us­ing warm woods and walnuts,” she says, or “ac­tu­ally do­ing a fire­place, and around the fire­place hav­ing your ex­tra wood in a niche on each side that’s the height of the whole wall.”

Some clients con­tinue ask­ing for lighter wood tones, Maz­zarini says. But even when paired with white items for a very clean look, the wood grain brings a de­gree of warmth to a room.

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