The home design and remodeling juggernaut with over 40 million users has made its predictions for 2019, and the forecast calls for darker colors, splashy tile walls, glass room dividers, and feature tubs in bathrooms. Here are some of the highlights:
Homeowners are discovering their dark side. Rich dark greens, blues, and blacks for walls, trim, and moldings offer a warm, dramatic backdrop for furnishings, plants, artwork, and Instagram almost as well as white.
Board and Batten Exteriors
Modern farmhouse fever shows no signs of cooling and homeowners are bringing it outside with board and batten siding placed horizontally for a traditional farmhouse look or vertically for a more modern appearance.
Homeowners are increasingly interested in a more seamless connection to the outdoors, particularly in the kitchen where most of the action happens. Large sliding or double doors let in lots of light and provide clear views and easy access that expands living and entertaining areas to the patio or yard.
Glass and Steel Room Dividers
Sometimes open concept can be a little too open. A wall made from glass and steel helps designate the function of different areas and adds privacy and a touch of modern industrial cool without giving up the light, flow, and feeling of togetherness that makes open floor plans great.
According to Houzz, some of their most popular photos are kitchens with all-black cabinetry, islands, and range hoods. Expect to see them paired with high-contrast white walls, countertops, and backsplashes.
Tile Feature Walls
The popularity of kitchen walls without upper cabinets means there’s nothing to keep tiles in pretty shapes, colors, and designs from reaching for the sky (or ceiling) to create striking feature walls. Subway tile is still a staple but homeowners are branching out with more opinionated shapes, patterns, colors, and materials (cement, marble, ceramic, glass, etc.) for a more distinctive look.
Dining Room Benches
When asked booth or table, doesn’t everyone say, “booth”? They’re cozy, casual, and invite lingering. Homeowners are incorporating this restaurant staple into dining areas either with built-in banquettes (often with storage) or standalone furniture pieces that offer flexibility without the commitment of a built-in.
Wood Vanities in Bathrooms
Wood grain takes center stage in bathrooms with reclaimed or lightly stained vanities that add softness and warmth in a room with so many hard surfaces.
Many bathtubs have disappeared in favor of showers big enough for the whole family, but for homeowners who appreciate a good soak, the tub is getting a starring role. Freestanding options in sleek oval and slipper shapes are being placed like sculptures in nooks and surrounded by beautiful tile, windows, or under skylights to create a spa-like retreat.