Trending for 2019: Slow Living Mixes the Artisanal and the Organic

Think handmade, homemade, earthy and sustainable in this earthy, sustainable and trending-for-2019 look.

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November 05, 2018
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Clean Neutrals

With seating for eight, the large dining table in the middle of this newly remodeled kitchen gives the homeowners a great space to entertain, while the combination of a farmhouse table and wrought iron chairs adds visual interest to the space. Slow Living emphasizes not just clean design, but design that fosters wellness, conversation and time with friends and family.

Warmth Is In

Dark, masculine suit-stitch textile wallpaper creates a dashing look in this bedroom. For added luxury, the designers mixed light and dark tones and soft textiles for the bedding. The overall feel is a bedroom that offers a tranquil, restful escape. Rooms that make us calm, that invite contemplation and meditation are part of the Slow Living trend for wellness-via-design.

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Comfort Married to Style

Wrought iron dining chairs add interest to the kitchen space while adding a touch of industrial style to the design. A sheepskin draped on a chair, natural light and a clutter-free environment typify Slow Living style.

Bring Nature In

The mountain view from this homeowners' bedroom was so breathtaking that designers widened the doorway to the master bathroom so that nature was visible throughout the entire master suite.

Back to Basics

In this home's new kitchen addition, designers used pieces of the old kitchen space, such as the old cabinets and wood floors, to create the new one. Then, they added features such as open shelves, stainless steel appliances, subway tile and wrought iron chairs to create a visually interesting rustic, industrial eat-in kitchen.

Reuse Value

Rather than upper cabinets for wall storage, designers opted for open shelving that was crafted out of materials that were repurposed from the home's original kitchen. Sustainability is a central feature of Slow Living.

Quality Time

This breezy, sunshine-filled cooking area, with plenty of space to dine and gather, as well as to chop and bake shows the value in design centered on human interaction, a central tenet of Slow Living.

Unexpected Natural Details

This modern living room turns its firewood storage into an eye-catching part of the decor and plays up both nature and functionality. The dark gray of the wall helps make the color and texture of the stacked wood pop.


Matte black barn style sconces hang above polished nickel mirrors in this pared back bathroom with whitewashed wood walls. Simple, black granite serves as the countertop and backsplash. This is streamlined, use-value design at its finest.

Elegant Simplicity

Slow Living celebrates the elegance of less-is-more. Dark furnishings with Danish modern lines blend seamlessly with the traditional farmhouse architecture of this light-filled, modern dining room. Throughout the home, soft contemporary colors and modern furniture updates the space for a 21st-century family. Trim is darker than the walls, creating a crisp effect that makes the space stand out.

Simple Pleasures

The nightstands and ceiling pendants in this bedroom are custom pieces designed and built by Platform Workshop. Craftsmanship and design that emphasizes a back to basics, simplified approach make this a wonderful example of a Slow Living bedroom.

Removing Distractions

One corner of this home's living room was turned into an attractive dining area with the addition of a white tulip table and chairs in bold black. Using not just one, but two walls to make a gallery of vintage art and photographs helps define and enclose the space. Notice the lack of technological distractions; a key feature of Slow Living style.

Artisanal Touches

The woven element in these breakfast bar chairs illustrates the importance of the homemade to the Slow Living sensibility.

Contemporary Redux

A natural fiber sofa gets to show off its imaginative shape and texture positioned up against white walls. The woven cone-shaped pendant pulls the look out into the center of the living area.

A New Kind of Country

Oversized pendants feel dramatic in this country kitchen updated with Slow Living features like the oversized woven light fixtures, open shelving and natural wood.

Craftsmanship Rules

The modern custom bed puts the emphasis on craftsmanship. Built-in night stands mix natural wood with cool gray bedding and a faux fur throw. Sleek pendant lights hang over the nightstands to provide much-needed light without taking up surface space.

Organic Feel

A sleek wooden table is dressed in simple accessories and highlighted by a large piece of abstract art in this bright, restful room. Woven baskets underneath provide hidden storage in this Scandinavian-inspired bedroom where organic materials offer an earthy vibe.

Scandinavian Touches

The modern fireplace is centered on a wall of windows and French doors, creating a striking contrast in this bright white master bedroom. Exposed wood beams add a rustic note, while a chic gold chandelier brings in a touch of glam.

Natural Materials

This apartment's new open plan kitchen is flooded with natural light which shows off the warm brick walls, reclaimed wood cabinet and pretty details like the globe pendants. The use of wood and brick in place of the usual painted cabinets illustrates the emphasis Slow Living places on raw, natural materials.

Historic Character

A black-painted clawfoot tub fits with the character of this historic New York farmhouse, but the sleek black-on-white design of the space is characteristic of its modern renovation. In this updated bathroom, white walls mix with black octagonal tile floors and an unexpected animal hide rug to create an eclectic space with loads of style.

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