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It can be tough to keep up with the latest design trends. Some designers believe certain elements are out, while others say they are in. Design can be fairly subjective, but spoke with dozens of designers to find a starting point for possible design trends in 2019. Many believe that mashups and remixes of older trends will define 2019.

Warm Neutrals
We’ve been slathering rooms in icy, aloof grays for quite a while now. But in 2019, the pros say this neutral's cool edge will thaw a bit. “I counsel my clients to go with a warm beige or taupe instead,” says Diana Blaszkiewicz, an associate at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty in Washington DC. “Those are neutrals with classic sensibilities and are a much more elegant choice.”

Made from a mix of glass, granite, marble, or quartz chips suspended in a polished cement or resin, this midcentury mainstay was once the de facto flooring option in schools, hospitals, and airports, thanks to its durability and thrifty price tag. But these days, terrazzo has reemerged as a retro-luxe choice, popping up in every room of the house, Linden says. Larger patterns in a slew of shades give this throwback a fresh feel on everything from coffee tables to shower walls.

Contrasting Tile and Color Grout
You've probably already noticed intricate tiles—Moroccan, herringbone, and other geometrics—swooping in to take the place of ubiquitous white subway tile. But Blaszkiewicz predicts tile will get even more interesting in 2019: Expect to see colored grout and contrasting tile on the walls and floor.

"Like wallpaper, [tile] is an easy way to create a focal point in the room," she says, recommending dark tiles with light grout and vice versa—for a punch of dimension and texture. Aiming for a more monochromatic vibe? Just sync the tile and grout to match.

Black Kitchens
The all-white kitchen has been singing its swan song for the past couple of years and, as such, we've been slowly adding color back in. In 2019, designers say we'll rip off the Band-Aid and embrace the white kitchen's alter ego.

"Black kitchens especially are proving popular," says Marina Cheban of Cheban Interiors in New York City. She says they help impart a "sleek, rich feel and modern ambiance."

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