If you’re planning on doing some home updates next year, take note of these 2019 design trends.

By Lauren Phillips
March 04, 2019
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Already, 2019 design trends are shaping up to be a lively, approachable blend of warmer takes on tried-and-true colors (take Benjamin Moore’s 2019 Color of the Year) and natural materials and finishes. Design experts are making 2019 kitchen trend predictions and making the call on what prints and patterns are going to be big in the coming year—and now designers are talking about the trends they plan to use in their work.

Anyone planning a DIY room makeover or researching designers to work with for a major interior design overhaul, listen up: If designers are looking to use these elements now, there’s a good chance they’ll explode in popularity soon after. Get ahead of the curve by incorporating the 2019 design trends that work for your home, budget, and lifestyle now.

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2019 Design Trend #1: Softer White Wall Paint Colors

“The white that we see clients liking more is Chantilly Lace [Benjamin Moore], a very pure white that does not have any grey in it, and therefore gives a very luminous feel to the room. We’ve started to use softer whites, like dove grey, to warm up the modern spaces. Basically, we are going away from the cold whites of the last few years.” – Sybille Schneider, director of interior design at Leroy Street Studio

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2019 Design Trend #2: Wood Finishes

“People are increasingly seeking connections from nature. BCV is a big proponent of the flexibility and beauty of wood—we use it widely in our residential and hospitality projects to create a welcoming and calming environment. In many of BCV’s projects, we see a growing desire for lighter, airier spaces, and wood is a wonderful material to incorporate to achieve this.” – Chris von Eckartsberg and Hans Baldauf, co-founding principals at BCV Architecture + Interiors

“Kitchens are less a laboratory and more treated like a library, with warm wood and comfort in mind.” – Schneider of Leroy Street Studio

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2019 Design Trend #3: Pewter and Gunmetal Hardware

“Pewter and gunmetal is the trend we are loving. It’s not as harsh as matte black or specific as brass or gold, but it gives fixtures some texture and depth.” – Highlyann Krasnow, founder of The Design High

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2019 Design Trend #4: Colored Kitchen Cabinetry

“Many are beginning to incorporate colored cabinets in kitchens while moving away from all-white cabinetry. Making a statement and creating a mood with cabinetry in black and colors like deep or grey-washed blues and greens is in high demand. These are being beautifully paired with fixtures and hardware in brass and other contrasting metals.” – Sara Ianniciello, senior associate and director of design at Whitehall Interiors

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2019 Design Trend #5: Open Shelving

“A trend I am seeing is replacing kitchen upper cabinets with metal, wood or glass shelving. Inspired by hotel and retail spaces, this adds to the overall bold statements many want to make in their homes, forgoing the minimalism that was popular in years past.” – Ianniciello of Whitehall Interiors

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2019 Design Trend #6: Exposed Shower Plumbing

“In bathrooms, we’re incorporating more exposed shower plumbing and expect to see more of it in 2019.” – Krasnow of The Design High

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2019 Design Trend #7: Porcelain Tile Mimics

“Faux stone or large format scale tile will soon replace natural materials like concrete or Italian white marble. Emerging technology and improvement in printing and material quality has allowed for the creation of new porcelain tile that surpasses expectations in looking identical to the real natural materials but [is] easier to install and less expensive.”Adam Meshberg, Meshberg Group