The home remodeling and design platform Houzz recently released its annual forecast, derived from conversations with industry experts as well as trends spotted among its 40 million monthly users. It offers a snapshot of what we might see in stores, living rooms and Instagram feeds this year.
1.The backsplash as a focal point
In 2019, home design professionals expect to see more full-height backsplashes that seamlessly stretch from the counter to the ceiling — behind floating shelves and range hoods — for a clean and cohesive look.
2. Dark and moody colors throughout the home
Homeowners will lean toward darker and moodier colors, such as navy and forest green, in the new year.
3. Destination tubs
As bathrooms shift from private, utilitarian spaces to open, spalike environments, homeowners are focused on the accouterments, including free-standing tubs.
4. Tuxedo Kitchens
Although white kitchens have long reigned supreme, professionals are seeing a return to the black in kitchen cabinets, range hoods, and island accents. The color can be edgy, chic and surprisingly practical for parents.
5. Glass-and-steel room dividers
Thin metal-and-glass doors and walls offer the illusion of open space while still providing privacy, light and noise mitigation. The dividers can also be used to add visual interest and provide definition to a room, without making it feel cramped or closed off.
6. Free-standing dining benches
Custom, built-in benching, while popular and convenient, can be expensive. Homeowners are instead opting for padded furniture benches as an affordable alternative. The multifunctional pieces are great for small breakfast nooks, providing flexible seating and in some cases hidden storage.
7. Board-and-batten accents
The modern farmhouse style will continue to flourish in 2018 and spread to the exterior of the home, Houzz experts say. The white siding delivers a “homey look” and can provide texture and interest to an otherwise flat facade.
8. Kitchens that open to the outdoors
Fans of entertaining and cooking may want to consider expanding their kitchen area to the outdoors. Homeowners in warmer climates are transforming patios into extra seating areas, with durable rugs, cushions, and fabrics. Expect to see more kitchens completely open to decks and patios via collapsible doors and window walls in the coming year.
9. Wood vanities
Houzz experts saw a resurgence of unpainted wooden vanities in 2018, and they predict it will only be amplified in 2019, with a turn toward reclaimed and light wood. Visible grain and knots can add texture and visual interest to space and work well in crisp, clean white bathrooms.
10. A four-wall accent color
Forget the accent wall; 2019 is all about the accent room. Instead of a bold-colored feature wall, homeowners are opting to paint all the walls — even the trim and molding — in one room a dramatic and bold color.
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