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We’re not slavish trend-followers here at Luxury Renovations, but we’re always interested in how the tides of design ebb and flow as the seasons change. Here’s what many of us will be browsing, swatching, and buying in 2019:

1) Dark statement walls

There was once a time when you would wince at the thought of slapping navy, charcoal, or burgundy on a wall. For far too long, people have feared dark colours because they don’t think the room’s big enough to wear it well.

According to interior stylist Angie Teater, you can prevent the walls from closing in on themselves by choosing the longest wall for a dramatic statement colour, and choosing something complementary but lighter for the others. Interiors journalist Nancy Mitchell agrees, writing that a dark tone “sets up a nice contrast that can make the rest of the space seem brighter by comparison”.

2) Sustainable pieces

Plastic straws are swiftly being swapped for paper ones, and furniture choices are unsurprisingly following suit. More and more of us are interested in the origin of the furniture we buy, looking for sustainably grown wood, conscientious manufacturing processes, and renewable energy used to transport it.

Sustainable furniture usually has a higher price tag, but it’s reassuring to know you’re not responsible for a big chunk of missing forest, and the expense can be felt in its quality.

3) Extravagant bed frames

Dramatic bed frames aren’t just for stately homes and dead royals. According to Los Angeles designer Amy Sklar, “in uncertain times, people tend to want spaces that bring a sense of comfort and safety. A four-poster bed…(is) the closest thing you can get to a hug from a piece of furniture.”

Simple wooden structures are out, while canopies, metallics, velvet, and classic Chesterfield leathers are in for those long winter nights and beyond.

4) Industrial lighting

Designed with function in mind, industrial lighting uses brass, copper, and simple shapes to tell everyone it means business. The beauty of this style is its flexibility – you don’t need to live in a warehouse to make it work. Industrial lighting goes with virtually any colour scheme, both soft and robust.

Be sure to use retro filament light bulbs too – they use energy efficient LED but look beautifully period.

5) Matte black

Grey was everywhere in 2017 and 2018, but it’s likely to be replaced by its darker cousin. Some will go for full drama – matte black kitchen cabinets, flooring, and even their entire bathroom. Others will opt for a single piece of furniture or lamp shades.

It’s a bold choice but easily balanced with white, warm colours, and most timbers, making it far more flexible than it first appears.


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