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Carlene’s pick of the renovating trends for 2019


I’m so excited for what 2019 has in store for home design. I feel like we’re slowly taking off the shackles and setting free from a little bit of the same old. Well, at least that’s what I’m hoping.

There are a myriad of fresh, vibrant Australian designers paving the way for a new year of confident and revitalised homes. Here is what you’ll see.

Colour, patterned wallpaper, ornate details and fun… bring on 2019! Picture: Cole & Son

Colour will be king

Colour is my lifeblood. I don’t think we pay enough attention to how much exactly colour impacts our mood and state of mind. Just look outside; the natural world is so rich in vibrant colour that for the life of me I can’t work out why anyone would want to surround themselves with white on white on ivory. Blah!

The year 2019 will see homes rocking colour with confidence and I don’t just mean via the odd coloured cushion. You can expect to see more saturated colours on walls, kitchen cabinetry and signature pieces of furniture.

Blues and greens in various shades like electric blue, duck egg blue, emerald green and sage will continue to reign supreme, while shades of yellow/mustard and terracotta/rust will also continue to have their moment in the sun. The Pantone colour of the year is coral but I predict it might be a good 12 months before we adopt it in Oz – if at all.

New classics

In 2019 you’ll continue to see classic design playing a large role in modern design. Things such as VJ wall panelling, decorative mouldings, ornate skirting boards, shaker-style kitchen cabinets and provincial-style cabinet handles will continue to feature extensively in home design, adding much-needed texture and interest to homes that have for too long been designed with a pared-back industrial influence.

Shaker-style kitchen cabinets will stand the test of time. Picture: Cobbitty Grove Kitchens

But on that note, the rules are loose; you don’t need to subscribe to one specific home style to achieve a successful home. Yes, consistency is key, but aim to focus on being consistently eclectic, consistently confident and consistently fabulous.

More is more

Aren’t you all sick of minimalism? More is more and less is a bore, my friends. New year homes will be loaded with personality and that doesn’t necessarily mean having more ‘stuff’ in our homes; what it does mean is that the type of materials and furniture pieces we use will pack more punch. You’ll see wallpapers and furniture fabrics in bold patterns and colours. It’s time to say goodbye to grey floor-to-ceiling bathroom tiles and hello to coloured tiles and mosaics.

If you’re in the market for a rug this year – make it patterned or Persian. Picture: Temple & Webster

Neutral rugs will be replaced with heavily patterned and coloured Persian rugs, while boring old ceiling downlights will be replaced with a combination of architecturally designed pendants, wall lights, floor lamps and table lamps.

This is YOUR home so curate it with confidence.

This article was originally published as Carlene’s pick of the renovating trends for 2019 by and written by Carlene Duffy

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