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Trends, trends, trends. A term we love to hate but also can’t wait to see what crazy idea is up next in the ever elusive zeitgeist. And if we are honest, we love reporting on them because there are few things (design-wise) more fun than discussing with you a beautiful and/or whacky trend on the come up. SO with it being almost nine months into the year, we thought why not see if all (or some?) of the trends we predicted and reported on are still “a thing.” Even I’m curious to take a real look to see what has lasted, what never really hit and what may be around but never got a big trend ranking. So put on your tie-dye T-shirt, shell necklace and Tevas sandals (yep all current big fashion trends) and let’s see where they all stand…

1. 9 Kitchen Trends for 2019 We’re Betting Will Be Huge

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image source via remodelista | design by megan pflung designs

What We Thought Then: At the beginning of each year, we turn into design detectives, scouring our pins, saved Instagrams and general zeitgeist sources to see what’s on the rise. It is usually a mix of common ideas picked up from the end of the previous year, a cool idea that some ultra-hip influencers have dabbled with and straight up interesting things we think just should be a trend. For kitchens, we had nine strong feelings. I personally was very into the trend of mirrors in kitchens and the all stone counters, backsplashes and shelves combos. But we also felt strongly about seamless walls of storage, darker stone countertops with dark cabinets, statement appliances, statement hoods, linear pendant lighting, inset handles and cutouts, freestanding islands and finally mixing metals.

What We Think Now: So some are an absolute yes such as the “wall of storage,” linear pendant lighting and all-stone counters, backsplashes and shelves, darker stone countertops with dark cabinets and statement hoods. These were all very popular this year and we know they’ll continue to expand in popularity from there (as kitchen trends tend to turn roughly every 10 years). There were others that, while they were “in” enough, maybe weren’t exactly “trends” as much as they were just fresh ideas we wanted to see happen harder than they did, for example, I’m most sad about the mirrors. So pretty and useful but not enough people saw the light.

Lasting Power through 2019: 3.5/5

2. 10 New Bathroom Design Ideas We’re Super Pumped About For 2019

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image and design via sarah sherman samuel

What We Thought Then: A lot of new was on the rise for bathrooms at the beginning of 2019. Classic mirror shapes were being challenged, both vanities and toilets dare not touch the ground beneath then, faucet placement was turned on its side, nickel was making a play at brass as the king of finishes, long skinny tiles were the most popular kid in design school…and more. What a trend-forward year.

What We Think Now: The big stars were rounded rectangle vanity mirrors, floating vanities, long skinny tiles and marble used as art. As for floating toilets, it’s a little hard to know if those hit because most photos of bathrooms don’t actually show the toilet, so maybe it’s a secret trend? However, for the rest like console sink vanities, dam-less showers and floor-to-ceiling glass enclosures, while beautiful, they were not heavy hitters, though they still had their place in fresh bathroom design, specifically in higher-end homes.

Lasting Power through 2019: 3/5

3. Is This What’s Next In Furniture And Decor? (If So, We’re Very, Very Into It)

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image source via architectural digest | design by athena calderone

What We Thought Then: While I do love new kitchen and bath trends, what really gets my heart pumping is furniture and decor. The whole team contributed to this article and we came up with 12 solid predications. They are as follows: rust colored velvet, biscuit tufting, the new “it” chair, the other “it”chair, thin bench cushions, chunky wood-framed furniture, mixed modern dining chairs, burlwood, “shaped” pillows, mixing framed and unframed art, pleated lamp shades (my personal 2019 crowning jewel) and rocks as decor. A lot of great ideas but not all made the zeitgeist cut.

What We Think Now: It’s pretty interesting because a couple of these were just a hair off of what is actually SUPER trendy nine months in. For example, biscuit tufting didn’t fully take off but tubular furniture is everywhere right now, and despite my initial hesitation at Arlyn’s suggestion, burlwood absolutely had a comeback. On that same note, pleated lamp shades exploded despite Arlyn’s massive raised eyebrow when I threw it out there. That’s why we need to collaborate. 🙂 No one person has all the answers. And while “shaped” pillows are happening, it’s been mostly in shell form (more on that trend later). The other trends that hit 2019 hard were rust-colored velvet, both “it” chairs and chunky wood furniture. The “not quite there” ones were mixing framed and unframed art, thin bench cushions and rocks as decor. Again, all those are a thing we love and hope to continue seeing more of but just not “a thing” in terms of mainstream popularity.

Lasting Power through 2019: 3/5

3. 2019 Paint Color Trends

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image source via sf girl by bay | design by deVOL

What We Thought Then: Early in the year when we were young and naive to what this crazy year had to bring, we were predicting a big shift to dusty colors like mossy green, gray blue, dusty rose, etc. with a couple of wild cards such as schoolhouse green and bright yellow. But don’t forget dark teal and coral were also on our radar. I think we thought that decor and furniture were getting a little funky so to offset its “over the top-ness,” we focused on a majority of muted but pretty colors.

What We Think Now: We weren’t wrong but we weren’t 100% right either. One very surprising all-star was the new and improved beige. She is lighter, less yellow and very soothing to look at. Also, cobalt blue is damn near taking over the modern design world at the moment and it has us pretty excited. Are we going to be painting all of our walls electric blue? No. But small accents do really funk up a space and make it cool. In terms of the ones we predicted we say that mossy green, dark teal (so pretty), gray blue, light coral, and dusty rose are all a yes for 2019. The no was schoolhouse green and bright yellow was a sort of (though we think it might get its day in the sun in 2020).

Lasting Power through 2019: 3.25/5

4. Faux Florals & Plants: Yay Or Yuck? Let’s Discuss…

Target Faux Cactus Opalhouse Collection
photo by sara tramp for ehd | from: a boho ’70s-inspired bedroom with opalhouse by target

What We Thought Then: Just saying the words “faux flowers” ignites a sort of “ugh” emotion. I grew up in a house where real flowers were non-negotiable. “You should always have something living in your home that isn’t human,” my dad would say. However, the only real reason faux plants and flowers have been so looked down upon (me included) is due to the fact that the past versions were, well…bad. But then, as 2019 rolled around, the floral decor world really got its act together and there were all of a sudden SO MANY great options. The black thumbs of the world (me included) could finally rejoice and have a pretty and “alive looking” plant in their home.

What We Think Now: Same if not more on board for this trend. As the year has progressed, more and more compelling (and convincing) products have come onto the market. I mean look. Nothing beats a real plant but if the faux florists have anything to do with it, a faux plant is a close second.

Lasting Power through 2019: 4.5/5

5. The Unexpected Trend We’re Seeing That Makes Any Room Instantly Timeless

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image source

What We Thought Then: Like a lot of home design trends, it usually hits the fashion world first. The color brown had already been all over Instagram so it was likely it was only a matter of time before it hit our homes. But could brown really be here to stay (again)? I mean, it initially evoked the memories of bad ’70s basements. But if this generation does anything best, it’s to make the old and “ugly” cool again. Lauren (the post’s author), Arlyn and I were finding ourselves into it and also shocked at the idea of its sudden hip-ness. However when done right, brown is a rich beautiful color that has A LOT of potential.

What We Think Now: I don’t think it’s hit as hard as it might in the future in terms of wall paint color but it definitely has some traction with darker warm-toned wall paneling, giving an updated ’70s vibe. However, I for one will keep my eye on this one.

Lasting Power through 2019: 2.5/5

6. A Controversial ’80s Trend Is back…We Think

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image source | designed by autumn hachey design

What We Thought Then: This was my first real trend report I pitched to Em and Arlyn. I was nervous because it felt kind of controversial but also I was positive that it was a trend worthy of a conversation. I mean the ’80s hit 2019 HARD. and while luckily, teased and crimped hair hadn’t reared their ugly heads yet (no one is ready for that again), shells as decor were here. It was in fashion first, so I knew it was headed for our homes. Now, while I may not feel inclined to “shell up” my home, I do have to say the playfulness of the modern shell is pretty fun and whimsical. I can get behind a dusty rose velvet shell pillow like in the photo above. It’s design so let’s have some fun, right?

What We Think Now: I think that it is still holding on pretty strong. With each passing day, my Instagram feels more and more like 1985 so I don’t think it will be exiting soon but I also don’t see it being around in 10 years.

Lasting Power through 2019: 3/5

7. A Hight-Impact & Actually “Doable” Lighting Trend We’re Seeing Everywhere

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image via architectural digest design by ashe leandro

What We Thought Then: As I said in the post, I was hesitant that “pendants” were a trend. I mean pendants have been around the block a few times. But Arlyn, Emily and the design team showed me that it was what pendants were doing that was trend-worthy. We were talking oversized pendants, mini pendants and multi pendants. They were right and I was wrong as clearly proven in the post. Plus, it was a trend that could work with any style and a lot of different budgets. We all liked that, too.

What We Think Now: The feelings are the same. We love this trend. The version that I have been seeing more and more of online is a large quantity of individual mini pendants in one area of a room. It’s mostly been in kitchens but we will see where the rest of the year takes us.

Lasting Power through 2019: 4/5

8. The ’80s/’90s Revival Trend That Surprised Even Us (Hear Us Out)

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image source via architectural digest | design by mario milana

What We Thought Then: “Wait. Did the design world finally get Postmodernism/Memphis right?!” We all thought the answer was a resounding YES. I had been sporting heart eyes any time a squiggle shaped object adorned my screen but aside from that, I had never been an ’80s design fan. BUT THEN there were interesting shaped furniture pieces in modern and palatable materials everywhere. We all couldn’t get enough. Emily was the first to say we needed to write about this because it’s awesome. So we did and I suggest you have a look.

What We Think Now: Well, it is probably THE biggest trend of 2019 and it ain’t slowing down. This style is everywhere from the highest of high-end design houses to West Elm and Urban Outfitters. Emily even incorporated some decor pieces of this style in the mountain house. Yep, it’s staying for the foreseeable future and we are enjoying the crazy ride.

Lasting Power through 2019: 5/5

9. Are Mosaics The New Terrazzo?

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image via ad russia | design by elena ivannikova and sergey tuletskov

What We Thought Then: So here’s the story (the short version): I was completely taken aback by all of the stunning mosaic tile design I had seen during my recent trip to Marrakech. I had also recently seen a few modern tile companies, like Clé Tile, and designers use mosaics in really awesome ways. So naturally, I thought this is totally a trend on the rise…

What We Think Now: I think it needs more time, to be honest. There will be a day when the US and beyond will embrace modern mosaic art but for now, it’s in its infancy. It’s an intricate and laborious art so I think that is the main reason it hasn’t really taken off in the way it could. Stay tuned…

Lasting Power through 2019: 3/5

10. The New Dining Room Lighting Trend We’re Very Into (That Also Happens To Be Renter-Friendly)

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image via apartment 34 | design by tom mark henry

What We Thought Then/Now: Well, this is our newest trend piece that came out only a few short weeks ago so there’s not really a difference in terms of how we feel about it from when we posted it. AKA We are still very very into it. I mean it’s incredibly chic and a powerful visual design choice.

Lasting Power through 2019: 3.5/5

Okay, that’s it for this 2019 trend check-in. We will, as always, keep you up to date on our newest findings and design musing as the year wraps up and thereafter. That’s what we are here for and we love hearing all of your thoughts about them. Just remember that trends are great but unless you LOVE something that is “trending” then feel the most empowered to just skip it. There will be more, we promise. 🙂

And in true EHD fashion, we want to know if you have thoughts or concerns about any of the trends we covered? Maybe a favorite? A least favorite? Did you see a trend in these past nine months we didn’t cover? Let’s discuss in the comments.

Love you, mean it.

  1. A trend I’d like to see disrupted is the prevalence of house flips that features almost exclusively IKEA-recognizable items. Mix and match, people. Mix and match. And for heaven’s sake, enough with the rustic wood barn doors.

    1. Gawwwd I’m so over barn doors. Sometimes it makes sense to use them, but most of the time I’m like, “Really Karen, did you really need to slap a reclaimed barn door on that tv unit?”

      1. Yes! No to barn doors, shiplap, metal chairs, and the overuse of Edison bulbs.

        1. Agree with you 100%, Josh.

    2. For me, it’s the cheap-looking hardware on those barn doors that turns me off. I’d love to see more pocket doors instead, but I know they’re hard to install.

    3. ENOUGH WITH THE FREAKING BARN DOORS. And the shiplap. And the apron on the sink. And the wood paneled walls. Joanna Gaines, man.

    4. So, I am currently renovating my 1930 house. Sure, greige and off white, off- black (Vincent van Duysen pallet) yes!! To the wall scones! I bought a vintage today (white and black). My kitchen will be main role. Dark with a floating island (gosh.. expensive as it needs steel grounding) all really minimalistische and statigst combinef with a mix of 40/50’s vintage (round wood) with ‘light’ sofa’s at least looking like they float. Then I can mingle and mix my secondary or whatever I am into colors. Lots of antique paintings, mixed with some figurative contemporary as they message my soul! Love the blog, gets me lots of new ideas!!

    5. just came here to say I love this thread.

  2. “One very surprising all-star was the new and improved beige.”

    Can anyone suggested a specific paint for this “new and improved beige”? I usually use Benjamin Moore but am open to any brand for a better beige.

    1. One of my favourites is Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore. It’s a warm greige that seems to span the distance between a cooler gray and a true beige. It’s a lovely neutral.

      1. Any ideas on a white that works well with Pale Oak, or with a warm greige?

        1. Simply white! You can’t go wrong. For an even lighter beige than Pale Oak, I suggest Dune White. All BM colours 🙂

          1. Thanks for the suggestions Krista. I like Dune White a lot! I wonder if I could do both walls and ceiling in Dune White? And paint the trim in Simply White. I really am looking to avoid having to paint the ceiling and walls a different color (it’s much harder to paint!).

            Thoughts?

      2. I’m about to start my kitchen remodel and we’re going with cabinets painted Pale Oak and black soapstone counters. It’s such a lovely color.

      3. That’s so funny- that’s the paint color we used for the walls in the museum I used to work at!

    2. Yes! Beige paint suggestions!!

    3. Benjamin Moore – Edgecomb Gray, also known as Alaskan Skies- same color.
      The perfect greige

      1. I custom made my beige (it was actually color matched to an IKEA cabinet!) but I just dropped in to say Shoji White for trim with it is incredible. Shoji White is really warm but not yellow-y and paired with the beige walls it looks very historic, quiet and stately.

      2. I have Edgecomb Gray in my kitchen/living room (very small house), with primarily a north/east exposure. I REALLY love it–it’s just warm enough not to feel cold in that light. White trim (BM Decorator White).

      3. Simply White- Ben Moore pairs wonderfully with Edgecomb Gray

    4. I have 20+ sample cans of paint with various “silvered beige” colors and some whites to repaint the entire interior of my house.

      Pale Oak is the wall color I chose–not gray and not yellow tan, seems to be a nice neutral color with a bit of coolness. I think I have settle on Simply White for all trim and doors.

      The need to be practical with the colors was a top priority as I cannot repaint over and over.

    5. I like Edgecomb Gray (as another poster already mentioned), but even lighter and so beautiful are Gray Mist and Cloud Cover (the lightest). I have all of these in my home now in different rooms, depending on how much natural light they get and the feel I was going for.

    6. I have Edgecomb Grey in our living room and kitchen. It is a perfect greige that is classy and soothing in all light.

    7. Another alternate to Pale Oak is the highly underrated Halo by Benjamin Moore. Also looks great with Simply White. Half my house is this color.

  3. Being from Austria I find it so interesting that floating vanities and toilets are still a tentative trend on your side of the pond. In Western and Central Europe they’ve been a staple since the 90s.
    Making it so easy to clean the bathroom! Also, they make a small space feel airier (and boy, our bathrooms can be tiny compared to American ones).
    Love your blog, so many inspiring posts. Thank you for your work!

  4. Love this post! And I’m on board with the beige trend as I’m getting a little tired of gray. Would love to see a post on some good beige paint colors!

  5. Dusty Rose? Nooooooooooooooo. Everything else, I’ll start looking for on Pinterest and magazines and then form an opinion…… but I’m totally fine with Cobalt Blue. Actually I’m more on the Indigo fringe of blue.

  6. I love the kitchen that shows the mirror on the shelf but what bothers me is the mirror is highlighting the ceiling. You see this trend when mirrors are put above fireplaces. If they would only hang the mirror from a longer wire it would face down into the room and make more sense. Anyone else feel this way?

    1. I think they might manipulate the mirror this way for photography reasons so the camera is not in the reflection!

  7. I love the dark blue cabinets! My next kitchen will have them!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  8. Please, please, please NO faux plants!

    1. Agree about the faux plants

      1. nooooo faux plants

        1. I believe the new name for ‘faux’ is ‘permanent’, as in “the permanent botanicals in her windowless bathroom made me look twice”.

    2. It’s only because “influencers” are making a TON of money off affiliate links for fake plants. So everyone thinks they are suddenly in style. They are still plastic dust collectors that do not look real. They will also end up in a landfill. Cool. Retailers are jumping on board cause why wouldn’t they make more money selling something that can be made in a factory in China and sit on a shelf for months? And when bloggers say “I’m not at the stage where I can keep real plants alive!” …please… you have a nanny, a house cleaner, and how many assistants???? (not saying Emily specifically…theres many people saying those things. We know they make their livelihood off links…

  9. While I like the concept of the mirror in the kitchen, I think in reality, it’s hard to maintain. Kitchens get greasy and grimy so easily and I couldn’t imagine having to clean a mirror everyday or looking at a dirty mirror.
    I’m glad to see all white kitchens in our rearview mirror!!!

    1. I have a full-length mirror in my small kitchen, and I receive endless complements on it (“A mirror in the kitchen? I love it!”). It gets a full wipe-down once a month, and generally stays pretty clean otherwise. Mirrors everywhere=a lighter, airy, larger-feeling space!

      1. Can you post a picture? I love the idea but I’m having trouble visualizing it.

  10. Your articles are always fantastic!

    Would you have a cobalt blue (not electric blue) recommendation? A few years ago I wanted to paint the wall behind my TV a dark color. I got 4 samples. Dark green, 2 dark blues, one of them looked gray and a dark gray that looked blue. Nothing seemed right so I ended up mixing the 4 samples together to get a one of a kind wall that changes hues depending on time of day/ light. Now on to cobalt blue, if I can find a “calm” one. Thanks!

    1. Benjamin Moore Gentleman’s Gray. It’s not electric at all, and just understated enough to not be in your face and tacky. A beautiful choice!

  11. Never, never, never on faux plants. No matter how good it is, it is still fake! You also lose all the health benefEmily put in the Mountain House? Thank You

  12. Sheesh, it should’ve said “You lose all the health benefits too! Then would you mind poiting out all th 80’s and 90’s pieces Emily put in the Mountain House.”
    Thanks again

  13. As a non-american I had to laugh when you commented that the wall hung toilet is an unrecorded trend as they are not photographed.
    You do know, I hope, that is really only in your part of the world that toilets, bum cracks and nipples are deemed inappropriate in the media. Pretty much the rest of the world find this hilarious.

  14. I’m also anti-fake plants, but this summer I’ve been watching several youtube “taste-makers.” I don’t really know what to call them…”youtubers” I guess? Seeing what women in their early twenties think is cute and cool fascinates me: at times it’s diametrically opposed to my own taste (and yet, they make it cool). One thing that seems universally popular is decorating with fake plants! I think (some) young people don’t have the time or experience to keep real plants alive (and their rooms might not get enough light), but they like the look of having plants. Some youtubers start with fake plants and gradually transition to air plants or hard-to-kill houseplants.

  15. I bet crimped hair is on its way back! I would bet money on it.

    1. I just watched an old episode of “Medium” where Ariel dreams she’s her mom’s best friend in junior high. A very young Jennifer Lawrence plays the middle school version of Allison. The two girls both have crimped hair and they both look gorgeous ! 😉

  16. I’ve seen enough cobalt blue to last me a lifetime. Never have been a fan; ever notice the skin tone of people in a cobalt blue room? Everyone looks ashen. And, since we’ve been suffocated with cobalt blue, there’s not a chance in France I’ll ever give it a thought.

  17. My preference is for a modern deconstructed (unfitted) look in the kitchen, as I’m not a fan of anything matchy-matchy! Clean lines, simple, uncomplicated – but warm and inviting.

  18. I like classic bathrooms and this is amazing!

    Mariya | https://www.brunetteondemand.com/

  19. It seems like the 3/5 type rankings are arbitrary. I’d be fine not making this type of article a regular thing.

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