One of the most common things I am asked is what’s new or what’s hot. There are some great trends emerging in 2019 and colour, I am pleased to share is back on the agenda.
Green is one of the IT colours for 2019 and it is one of those colours that is everywhere we look. It is one of the perennial colours in design. If you are fortunate enough to live near nature, green is everywhere and has so many variations, from apple and lime to eucalypt, sage, avocado and olive. For the G.J. Gardner Tailored Collection I designed, I used Laminex Possum on the kitchen and bathroom cupboards in one of the house designs. It’s a brand-new eucalypt colour from Laminex and a great celebration of what’s great about Australian nature and how green is so dominant within it.
An extension of the green is botanicals. It is such an easy, natural, graphic approach to using green and bringing florals and natives in interiors.
Another colour you will see in force this year is coral. Pantone announced earlier this year that Living Coral, a bright coral shade, was its 2019 Colour of the Year. You most often will see it paired with beige neutrals, travertine and brass.
We will also probably see really saturated bright primary colours in a 2019 way that reference the Memphis period – Memphis is a design movement that began in 1981 in Milan, Italy, by designer Ettore Sottsass. Think bright colours, funky geometric shapes, and bold statements like main walls in feature pattern wallpaper.
How you work on trend colour into your home depends on how bold you want to be. Really though, there are no hard and fast rules regarding the application of colour. In the past, people tended to paint feature walls in a dominant colour to add drama to a room but feature walls are about 10 years out of date (that is one rule follow!)
Painting doors or picture rail is a much more effective way to add a splash of colour and to separate spaces. Or if you’re really afraid of colour, think about buying some cost-effective soft furnishings and décor items that add a splash of colour – these are easily replaceable as trends shift or you decide you want a change.
Ultimately the design of your home will reflect your personality; your likes and dislikes; what really speaks to you. Trends will come and go but coordinating them into your home is a great, simple way to create a new feel and energy in your home.