2019 Interior Design Trends to Watch
Today’s top interior designers share what they believe will be the hottest trends in 2019:
1. Voice Control Adds Another Dimension of Security (+ more tech trends):
Erin Ruby, Founder of Erin Ruby Design, LLC: One of the major advantages to tech and connectivity in the home is the ability to manage the property remotely, with doorbells now doubling as security cameras, wireless thermostats that can be preset or adjusted while away, or programmable lighting and window shades for energy savings and to make it appear that people are in the home. These features provide a welcome sense of control and security.
This sensibility extends into the commercial market in a similar way – allowing employees to manage infrastructure conveniently from their phone, whether they are on or off site. For lighting in particular, I love working with Ketra because they take this concept a step further: offering full spectrum LED lighting that is limitless in its variety of applications. Their wireless system can be programed as a brand accent, entertaining tool, or to mimic the path of the sun throughout the day.
Charles Pavarini III, Founder + J. Randall Tarasuk, VP, of Pavarini Design: Almost all clients, at whatever financial level, are looking for SMART home technology such as remote audio and lighting control, to enhance the way they live and to reduce energy costs.
Rendell Fernandez, Design Director at Pembrooke & Ives: Technology always has something new that peaks a client's interest. Voice actuated smart speakers now add another layer of home automation controls that were non-existent just a few months ago. Think of the possibilities when voice recognition becomes as reliable as flicking a switch.
2. Neutral Hues are the Best Canvas
Pavarini and Tarasuk: We’ll be seeing an abundance of neutrals grays and pale pastels that contrast early 80’s varieties of pale plums, pomegranates, and violets contrasting dark charcoals.
Fernandez: While most colors are driven by client preferences that illustrate the diversity of the full color spectrum, Fernandez says that the designers at Pembrooke & Ives stay true to neutral tones and natural finishes. Benjamin Moore recently announced the Color of the Year 2019 with Metropolitan AF-690, a stylish gray with cool undertones, reinforcing that neutrals are in.
3. Lighting that Precisely Mimics the Natural Spectrum of Sunlight
Pavarini and Tarasuk: Natural light is a key element to think about when designing a space. It’s our connection to nature and makes us feel good. Full spectrum LED lighting like that which is now being offered by Ketra, certainly avails us to another level of consideration. The ability to amplify the natural spectrum of light coming through your windows is something we have never had the ability to do before. It's a breakthrough that is sure to find a growing market.
Ruby: As the quality of lighting technology improves and evolves, this will continue to be an increasingly vital aspect of the built environment. Any space is only as good as it’s lighting. Lighting dictates how spaces are perceived (warm and inviting, or cold and stark) as well as how color is rendered. Ketra’s The dynamic light shifts throughout the day, providing crisp white light during the day, and soft, warm light in the evening, making a space feel bathed in sunlight.
4. Investments in Meaningful Furnishings by Ruby:
In response to the culture of fast furniture and disposable pieces purchased solely for convenience, more and more manufacturers are offering quality products in reasonable lead times. Even IKEA is making fine crafted products now! Businesses are seeing the value of investing in meaningful pieces, be it furniture, artwork, or lighting, etc., to elevate the experience within their space and offer a more thoughtful representation of their culture and brand. There’s greater value in selecting quality products.