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2019 Interior Design Trends for Your Fix and Flip

Posted by Walnut Street Finance Team on Apr 1, 2019 5:40:08 PM

With Marie Kondo and her posse of people who are Tidying Up, interior design trends are seeing some changes in 2019. Sustainability and minimalism are very on trend, although maximalism is also making a comeback, but not in a hoarder’s sort of way. More is more when it comes to maximalism and, when done thoughtfully, can actually create a really lovely look. Timeless, classic pieces are still very in, but with a twist, adding a modern touch to antique looking furniture and decor.

So, without further ado, here are ten interior design trends that will be popping up everywhere in 2019 and three that are on their way out.

Ten Interior Design Trends That Are Everywhere in 2019

Artisanal Accessories

This design trend involves anything that is handcrafted or looks like it has been handcrafted. From headboards to coffee tables and just about anything in between, designers are looking for a more handmade look however they can achieve it.

Compact Furnishings

With so many people jumping on the tiny house trend, furniture designers need to create pieces that not only fit in a 100 square foot home, but can also serve double duty. For example, a stylish Murphy bed or sofa bed is an important feature in a home that’s short on space. People are making more intentional decisions about “stuff” and want pieces that are both functional and look good.

Feminine Tones

According to Katharine Pooley of Katharine Pooley London, “blush, dusty pink, and bronze” are very on trend colors right now. These tones work well with neutrals like beige and white, but won’t make a room overly feminine. They can brighten up an otherwise boring space and lighten up a room easily.

Natural Elements

Think plant life (and lots of it), granite, concrete, etc. Using these elements in your own home can add a calming element and cut through some of the severity of the basic bones of the home. These elements can also add interest and excitement in small ways — granite countertops in the kitchen, a sunroom full of plants, concrete floors in a home art studio.

Statement Ceilings

Faux wooden beams were all the rage to add interest and depth to a ceiling on HGTV’s Fixer Upper, but the trend is going one step further in 2019 with ceilings covered in wallpaper, contrasting paint colors, and interesting light fixtures. Doing something interesting to the ceiling in a room is a fresh take on a statement wall.


Florals are everywhere and can go a long way toward brightening up a home. From wallpaper to bed coverings and art prints, there are dozens of ways to use florals in your home. Erin Gates of Erin Gates Design says “the traditional beauty of floral patterns, either abstracted or straight up chintz, will be the pattern to use.”


Tweed is more textural and neutral than velvet, but can pack just as a big an architectural punch. A neutral tweed couch in a room full of bold colors can make a statement without feeling too over the top. Another bonus is that tweed looks expensive, but is generally affordable, even if you’re decorating on a budget this year.

Black Kitchens

Most people go for an all white kitchen to lighten up the space, especially if the kitchen is on the smaller side. But an all black kitchen can go a long way toward making a big statement without costing a ton of money. According to Marina Cheeban, of Cheeban Interiors in New York City, an all black kitchen provides a “sleek, rich feel and modern ambiance.”

Dog Showers

Our furry friends need a space for themselves, too. These showers are appearing in mudrooms and garages more and more often. It comes especially in handy during the winter when it’s snowy and muddy outside. You can walk the dog and rinse them off before letting them back in the house. Having the shower in the garage or mudroom makes clean up easy since those areas are usually concrete or tile.

Bold Backsplashes

The kitchen is considered the heart of the home, so why not go big and bold in a room you spend a ton of time in? Monochromatic kitchens are on their way out, and people are choosing graphic tiles for their bold backsplashes. How great would an all black kitchen look with a bold backsplash in a bright jewel tone, like turquoise or green?

Three Interior Design Trends That Are On Their Way Out In 2019

Gallery Walls

Instead of crowding walls with tons of photos, go for a bigger statement piece of art. For family photos that often look best in a gallery wall format, mix up the frame styles and sizes to add interest and depth to an otherwise basic display.

Word Art

Word art is very much on its way out, whether that’s a big statement word in the dining room urging you to EAT or posters with popular, if cliche, catchphrases on them. Jessica Boudreaux, a Miami-based interior designer, feels like word art is just cheesy and predictable.

Kitchen Islands

Islands don’t do much except take up valuable kitchen space. This is especially true if you’re trying to cram an island into an already small kitchen. A good alternative to kitchen islands is modular, movable storage that can be repurposed in another part of the house later. Dual purpose is the key here.

Whatever trends you choose, go with your gut and fill your home with styles you love and that make you happy.

Topics: Fix And Flip Advice

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