Dear Decorator With Christen Joy Homes: Embracing 2019 Design Trends

Christen Anderson of Christen Joy Homes

Meet Christen Anderson of Christen Joy Homes. Each month, she will answer a home design question posed by one of our readers. This month, learn about how to embrace 2019 design trends!

Meet Christen Anderson of Christen Joy Homes. Each month, she will answer a home design question posed by one of our readers. Anderson is a Minnesota native with an eye for decor and design. Christen Joy Homes is known for exceptional remodels, expert staging and accessorizing high-end living spaces. Anderson is also a passionate art collector, world traveler and home cook who frequently entertains for friends.

Question: “How can we embrace 2019 design trends right here in the FM area?”

With the holiday décor posted to Instagram accounts and soon to be packed away for next year, people are eager to see what the new design trends are around the corner to integrate into their home for a fresh start to the year!

There are a ton of predictions on what the 2019 trends will be, but in my opinion, not all of them will call the FM area home (at least not right away). With this in mind, I pulled three top trends in the industry that I could see showing up in local designs. I urge you to give them a try—I think you’ll love them!

First and foremost, what you’re seeing in trends is that people are eager to be more willing to show their personality through their selections. For those eager to do this, I applaud you and say yes, yes, yes! Your friends and family should walk in a space and say, “this is so you.”

Let’s jump in —

1. Live Colorfully

Good-bye to the days of gray, the color of choice for the past couple of years. Bold hues are back! Bold hues are being used throughout all rooms of the home with layering of everything from paints, rugs, fabrics and accessories to add more interest to personal spaces. From unexpected painted cabinetry to throwing in a pop of color with an accent pillow or artwork, color is helping identify spaces as personal reflections of the homeowners. Top colors for 2019 will include jewel tones—bold indigo, deep greens, teals and rich purples. Here are two colors to kick off 2019 with.

  • Exotic Purple – Benjamin Moore 2071-10
  • Cascades – Sherwin Williams 7623

2019 design trends

2. Velvet Furniture

This multi-dimensional, luxurious fabric will be highly sought after in 2019. Though this trend had a past of being labeled as “flea-market find” or “old,” there is a reason velvet furniture has been around and stayed around—it is classic. Whether it’s reupholstering a family heirloom or purchasing new, velvet will be used in statement pieces to add that sophisticated touch to a space.

3. Wallpaper

The more the merrier! To those who have peeled off wallpaper, I get that you cringe at this, but the instant wow-factor that wallpaper gives to a room is unmistakable. Specifically, floral wallpapers, which have a timeless elegance, will be installed in homes. If you aren’t ready to commit to a completely-wallpapered room, I recommend you start with an accent wall and pull a complimentary color for the other walls. Interested in taking things to the next level? Consider wallpapering your ceiling. It’s unexpected and changes the perspective when you walk into the room. If you have low ceilings, I recommend avoiding paper that is too dark as this can cause the ceilings to seem lower than they actually are. Another great way to add more wow-factor and interest is through textured wallpaper such as a grass cloth.

Wishing you a wonderful start to 2019! Join me on Instagram & Facebook to see my latest projects and email me your design questions at [email protected] to have the opportunity to have your question answered next month. Until then, enjoy!

Christen Joy Homes

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