The 2019 Trend Forecast Is Here and We're Kind of Obsessed

Two words: colored cabinetry.

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White Wall Paint

While maximalist design is in full swing coming into the new year, white wall paint—and lots of it—will also be prevalent. Designers say they’re moving toward softer, warmer whites (such as dove gray) and away from the previously popular cold whites.

“The white we see clients liking is Chantilly Lace, a pure white that does not have any grey in it, and therefore gives a very luminous feel to the room,” explains Sybille Schneider, Head of Interior Design for Leroy Street Studio and designer of the West Village condominium, 90 Morton.

Colored Kitchen Cabinetry

This is a trend I’m totally here for, and designers are too—many have cited colored cabinets as a potential popular trend for 2019.

Sara Ianniciello, Director of Design for Whitehall Interiors, says, “Making a statement and creating a mood with cabinetry in black and colors like deep or grey-washed blues and greens is in high demand. These are being beautifully paired with fixtures and hardware in brass and other contrasting metals.”

Pewter and Gunmetal Hardware

Say goodbye to your brass bathroom faucets and hello to pewter and gunmetal hardware. This unexpected trend is on the up-and-up.

“[Pewter and gunmetal] isn’t as harsh as matte black, or as specific as brass or gold, but it gives fixtures some texture and depth,” says Highlyann Krasnow, Founder and Creative Director of The Design High.


This past year, humans' interest in the connection between mankind and nature grew, and designers believe the relationship between the two will only continue to strengthen.

“We are looking at material palettes that use rich, ‘galactic’ depth for saturated colors, combined with supporting layers of organic, biophilic materiality that’s sourced responsibly, and has a circular strategy for reuse or recycling after its useful life,” says Angle Lee, Principal and Interior Design Director of FXCollaborative and designer for 1 Willoughby Square in Downtown Brooklyn.

Think organic materials such as wood floors, stone backsplashes, stone-look countertops and plants.

“We are a machine- and technology-driven society, but nostalgic about past processes and handiwork, so opportunities for custom millwork and crafted materials are very important,” adds Lee.

Handcrafted Authenticity

With technology and social media playing a huge role in society today, many are searching for deeper connections to their roots.

Oil Nut Bay designer Andria Mitsakos predicts that in 2019 we’ll see, “a return to handcrafted authenticity, especially when it comes to furniture and decorative arts versus buying mass produced pieces.”

Use of Wood

And similar to authenticity, many are moving away from technology and closer to nature—especially when it comes to home design. Instead of cool, glass surfaces, consumers are craving rough, warm woods.

“Wood is a timeless, versatile material [we] love. In many of [our] projects, we see a growing desire for lighter, airier spaces, and wood is a wonderful material to incorporate to achieve this,” says Chris von Eckartsberg and Hans Baldauf, Co-Founding Principals of BCV Architecture + Interiors.

Open Shelving

It seems 2019 may be the year we decide to ditch kitchen cabinets and go for open shelving.

“Inspired by hotel and retail spaces, this adds to the overall bold statements many want to make in their homes, forgoing the minimalism that was popular in years past,” says Ianniciello.

Need some ideas? We’ve got you covered.

Exposed Shower Plumbing

This trend is popping up in bathrooms, and designers expect to see even more of it in 2019. Exposed shower plumbing pairs well with subway tile or minimalist bathroom decor.

Stone Look, Large Format Porcelain Tile

This might be my all-time favorite 2019 trend. High definition printing allows manufacturers to create porcelain tile that looks almost exactly like stone. Install it on walls, floors or countertops—the options are endless.

“Faux stone or large format scale tile will soon replace natural materials like concrete or Italian white marble,” explains Adam Meshberg, Principal and Founder of Meshberg Group.

The best part about porcelain? It’s affordable. It’s also strong, so with the right care, it’ll last.

Concealed Storage

We love a good decluttering session, which is why we’re so excited about this upcoming trend.

“Our clients continue to gravitate towards concealed and clean integration in our kitchen designs, with maximized and clever storage solutions,” Ianniciello says.

We recommend using simple tricks such as compartmentalizing your freezer, cabinets or drawers with magazine racks, mail sorters or smaller containers, in order to maintain organization.

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