Industrial chic meets rustic aesthetic—that’s the home design forecast for 2019. This year, according to the Zillow Home Trend Forecast, expect less focus on organic, farmhouse design elements and more materials like concrete and metal accented with rustic touches.
“The overtly rustic, farmhouse chic design trend is easing up,” says Zillow Design Expert Kerrie Kelly. “It may not be gone altogether, but it’s shifting toward a more modern style, pairing rustic elements like barn doors with modern materials like glass or metal.”
Here are the top design trends to look out for this year:
Expect a shift this year. Designers are anticipated to move away from the overtly rustic interiors that were so popular in 2018, replaced by the raw materials and stark contrasts that are common qualities of modernism. Don’t expect rustic design to go away altogether, though—warm, farmhouse touches to offset this harshness will likely be popular as well.
Metal and concrete are forecast to be two of the most common materials used to design spaces this year. Zillow notes, however, that the use of blues and grays will help to add another layer of contrast.
Organic Maker Accents
Earthy accents are going to play an especially important role in home design this year, as the harsher elements of modernism will need something to soften them. Handmade pieces, as well as rugs and wall hangings, are the perfect antidote and should be on every designer’s radar this year.
Smart Home Technology
Smart speakers and other voice-activated products fit nicely into this projected rise in modernism. Expect to see a rise in the popularity of smart appliances in kitchens.
Space to Disconnect
With all the connected devices that many have in their homes now, it’s a great idea to have that one space in your house that is completely disconnected. Zillow predicts that designated calm and quiet rooms, with colored lights and acoustic paneling, will likely see a rise in popularity this year.
On the other end of the spectrum, the company suggests leaving bold color schemes in 2018 and focusing on the more subtle palettes and earthy tones of rustic design.
Source: RISMedia’s Housecall by Jameson Doris (Jan, 2019)