The Stitched design team have pooled (!) together their top 5 interiors trends for 2019… Are you ready to get inspired?
There’s no doubt that we’ve seen a comeback with the use of colour in our homes. It started in 2014 with hints of colour disrupting our love affair with Scandi neutrals. First scatter cushions and throws took hold (2014), then feature walls in (2016) before we went full throttle covering our rooms with colour, from our windows to the walls. Many interiors bloggers and tastemakers are going mad for Mustard (yellow) so much so that Pinterest saw searches for the colour soar in 2018. We too have experienced this surging love affair with yellow, with our Flax, Pollen and Upcycled Silk, Empire Yellow fabrics outperforming all other colourways. What do the experts say? Well, no interiors colour guide is complete without referring to the oracle of colour, Pantone. Pantone’s “colour of the year” is Living Coral picked by their colour experts for its “warmth, nourishment and comfort”.
With magnolia a distant memory, the days of Brilliant White also now appear to be numbered. Stitched’s friends at Houzz have noticed an increase in popularity of deeper, darker, moodier shades such as navy, black and forest greens. This is perhaps less of a new trend (Farrow & Ball has been peddling Hague Blue since the 40s) and more of a swing back to black. However, we are getting more courageous with dark colours, applying them to every surface, something that’s not been this widespread for years. Dark colours give depth to your room and create a sense of warmth.
We are no longer slaves to a single style, we tend not to update a whole look. 2019 is going to be about blending styles and shunning the “fast furniture” culture of the 90’s. This is great news, we are buying fewer things for our homes; the things that we are buying are higher quality, they are lasting longer and we are learning to repurpose rather than replace them. That’s not only great for our wallets but also good for the environment. Perhaps that’s why Elle Decoration sees upcycling “having a major moment” in 2019.
The move away from “fast furniture” coincides with wanting to know what things are made of and how they are made, helping us create a deeper connection to our home furnishings. Responsible Design was a recurring theme throughout London Design Festival 2018. The good news is we as are shunning “made in China, 100% polyester” and moving more towards Responsible Design: better and more sustainable materials, products designed to last, made to measure with a low carbon footprint and low production waste. At Stitched we love Responsible Design, that’s why we only sell natural and recycled fabrics (including, Revive, made 100% from recycled plastic bottles) and make all of our products in the UK (#lowcarbonfootprint).
We’re cottoning on to the fact that patterns are fashion, whilst plains are enduring. What does this mean? Patterns put a timestamp on your room - pineapples are so 2016, it’s now all about geometrics. As a result, we are getting savvy on how to bring patterns into our homes. 2019 sees even more interest in bold wallpapers and patterned rugs with Pinterest reporting a rise in searches for tropical leaf and geometric prints. Patterned wallpapers, scatter cushions and rugs are great as they allow us to introduce pattern to our homes without breaking the bank. It’s much more affordable and easier to update wallpaper, rugs or a cushion than a sofa or curtains - that’s one of the reasons Stitched offers plain fabrics with rich textures, they will stand the test of time.
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