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Nine Trends for 2019

Nine different home design predictions from Houzz for 2019.

If you’re looking to redecorate or renovate your home in 2019, you’ve come to the right place. We searched through Houzz data, browsed hundreds of home design photos, reread past articles and interviewed professional designers to bring you this collection of materials, colors and other home design ideas that you can expect to see a lot more of in 2019. Which will you bring home?

1. Full-tile backsplash feature walls

Attention-grabbing backsplash tile is nothing new in well-designed kitchens. We’ve seen colorful geometric and quirky patterns show up in a lot of kitchens for years now.

But what many professionals are seeing more of lately is an interest in taking the tile from countertop to ceiling, including behind floating shelves and flanking range hoods, to create a striking feature wall.

This idea aligns with some broader trends as well. The 2018 Houzz Kitchen Trends Study shows that half of homeowners are opening up their kitchens to interior spaces, and that the most popular kitchen layout is the L-shape. This openness means the kitchen is always on display and therefore in need of a good focal point. A full-tile feature wall draws your eye in, whether through shimmer and texture with something like a simple white subway tile or through bold color and pattern as with a Moroccan design.

It’s also a relatively cost-effective way to achieve a stunning effect. Buying an extra several square feet of tile won’t break the budget, but it looks high-end.

2. Glass-and-steel room dividers and interior doors.

Glass and steel have been popular materials in recent years for front doors and shower enclosures. But good ideas spread quickly throughout the home.

Expect to see a lot more glass-and-steel dividers and doors between interior rooms. They create an open feel and allow light to pass between rooms while still providing some privacy and even noise control. Plus, they just look cool, adding a stylish graphic element or contrasting color to otherwise white walls or a neutral palette.

3. Destination bathtubs

There’s been a lot of debate over the years over whether you should keep a bathtub when remodeling your bathroom or include one if you are building new. But it’s clear that those who enjoy taking baths really enjoy taking baths. Couple that with people spending more to increase the size of their bathrooms and create a spa-like environment and you’ve got some homeowners who aren’t just keeping the tub, they’re celebrating it.

The ever-popular freestanding tub is now more like a free-range tub, out in its own pasture, creating a destination all its own, with a great view and other accessories to turn bathing into a significant event.

If you’ve got the room, it’s worth considering putting a freestanding tub off on its own. Most people don’t use their bathtub every day, so keeping it out of the more frequent daily path from shower to vanity makes sense.

4. Black is back

OK, it’s not like black ever went away, it’s just that we’re finding homeowners are more open to really taking a chance on embracing a heavy dose of the dramatic color in their kitchens.

Large swaths of black range hoods, island accent colors and even full-on all-black cabinetry has been popping up a lot lately. Many of the most popular kitchen photos uploaded to Houzz in 2018 featured black or dark cabinets.

Pair black cabinets with white walls, backsplash and countertops for a dynamic, sophisticated and high-contrast look.

Black’s reemergence is probably a reaction against all the whites and bright colors that have been popular for so long. But there’s also a confidence element at play. Ask homeowners to imagine black cabinets in their kitchens and they might think you’re crazy. But show them a stunning photo and they might reconsider.

As homeowners see photos on sites like Houzz that show big doses of black cabinets or painted millwork, and as they work with professional designers and color consultants who tout black’s design strengths, they become more confident that they can pull off this elegant, luxurious look in their own home.

5. Dark and moody

As mentioned earlier with kitchen cabinets, the dark side is expanding its force. There’s been a sharp turn toward deeper, darker, moodier shades such as navy, black and forest greens. It’s a reaction against all the whites and brights that have been popular for so long. Colors swing in and out of popularity, so it’s darker, moodier colors’ turn in the spotlight.

6. Stand-alone furniture benches

Built-in bench seating in a dining nook off a kitchen is highly prized for its comfiness and storage. But when you can’t afford the built-in approach, or it’s not practical, consider a stand-alone furniture bench.

A standalone furniture bench turns almost any dining spot into more of a lounge area, and you could tuck a few baskets underneath to hold blankets, games, place settings and more.

7. White board-and-batten

The modern farmhouse look isn’t just sweeping through interiors. Exteriors are also seeing some of that throwback love. Five out of the 10 most popular exterior photos uploaded to Houzz in 2018 featured white board-and-batten siding.

A board-and-batten method of construction delivers a charming, homey look and adds texture and interest to what might otherwise be a boring flat facade. And white makes a home pop against any landscape.

8. Kitchens that completely open to the outdoors

A single door connecting a kitchen to an outdoor area doesn’t cut it anymore. What homeowners want is a blurring of inside and out. Large sliding and collapsible doors give that feeling and help increase living space.

9. Natural wood vanities

Bathrooms can often look and feel cold with all that tile, glass and metal. Wood vanities help bring a large dose of warmth. And while wooden vanities aren’t new, what’s catching on is a turn away from dark stained and lacquered vanities—which hide things like grain pattern and knots—toward reclaimed wood or light wood with clear stains that celebrate the details of the grain.


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