With the new year quickly approaching, home design platform Houzz shares the top trends predicted to reign in residential design in 2019. The forecast is determined by activity among its 40 million monthly users, as well as conversations with industry experts. Here are the ten most prominent looks expected to populate idea boards and social media feeds next year.
Glass and steel room dividers. In recent years, Houzz has observed increased popularity in glass and steel for front doors and shower enclosures. Now, the look has spread to interior rooms. When used in interiors, the combination offers an open aesthetic, while still providing some privacy and noise control—and also brings a graphic element to otherwise white walls.
The destination tub. The site's recent Bathroom Trends Report showed that remodeling homeowners who enjoy taking baths aren't just keeping the tub, they're celebrating it. The report also found that people are spending more to increase the size of their bathroom and create a spa-like environment, resulting in the rise of the statement tub.
Tiled backsplash feature walls. Though tiled backsplashes are not new to design-savvy kitchens, many Houzz users are now showing an increased interest in taking tile from countertops to ceilings—or behind floating shelves and range hoods—to create an eye-catching feature wall.
Wood vanities. Wood vanities help bring a large dose of warmth to the bathroom. While they've always been popular on Houzz, reclaimed wood or light wood with clear stains that celebrate grain pattern details and knots are especially catching on.
Black is back. Black isn't a stranger to kitchen design. Large swaths of black range hoods and full-on all-black cabinetry have been popping up in the most popular photos on Houzz. In 2019, we'll see black cabinets paired with white walls, backsplashes, and countertops for a sophisticated contrast.
Dark and moody colors. As with kitchen cabinets, the dark side is expanding its force in other areas of the home as well, which color experts think is a reaction to all the whites and bright colors that have long been favored. Deep, moody colors like navy, black, and forest greens are forecasted to win over homeowners in 2019.
Furniture benches in the dining area. Built-in bench seating in a dining nook off a kitchen is highly prized for its comfort and extra storage. The Houzz community is also favoring bench furniture pieces, which offer an affordable and convenient alternative, and turn almost any dining spot into more of a lounge area. Plus, homeowners can tuck a few storage baskets underneath for blankets, games, place settings, and more.
Board and batten exterior. The modern farmhouse look is still going strong throughout the home, but exteriors are also following suit. The board and batten style delivers a homey look, and adds texture and interest to what may otherwise be a flat façade.
Kitchens that open to the outdoors. Houzz's Kitchen Trends Report found homeowners are increasingly opening their kitchens to the outdoors with exterior double doors. With more homeowners calling the kitchen the hub of the home these days, they look to outdoor areas to expand living space. Large sliding and collapsible doors make it relatively easy to get that connected feeling that blurs the lines between inside and out. Expect to see more kitchens completely opening up to decks and patios.
Four-wall accent color. Painting a single wall a bold accent color different from the other walls in a room was a popular design move over the last few years. Now, homeowners aren’t holding back, andthey are more likely to paint all the walls—including the trim and molding—one solid color.