Designers Predict Trends for the New Year

With 2019 right around the corner, designers from across the globe are beginning to make predictions as to what the new year will bring. From color in the kitchen to biophilic design, here are a few predictions for 2019 from top interior designers.

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Smart Home Technology

“Voice-operated technology is the future of smart homes and we’re already seeing a taste of this with Amazon’s Alexa. The newest smart-home technology is designed as a flush, glass-fronted touch screen TV behind your bathroom mirror.”

— Adam Meshberg of Meshberg Group.

Colored Kitchen Cabinetry

“Many are beginning to incorporate colored cabinets in kitchens while moving away from all white cabinetry. Making a statement and creating a mood with cabinetry in black and colors like deep or grey-washed blues and greens is in high demand. These are being beautifully paired with fixtures and hardware in brass and other contrasting metals.”

— Sara Ianniciello, director of design at Whitehall Interiors.

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Exposed Shower Plumbing

“In bathrooms, we’re incorporating more exposed shower plumbing and expect to see more of it in 2019.”

– Highlyann Krasnow, founder and creative director of The Design High.

Shades of White

In terms of wall color, “the white that we see clients liking more is Chantilly Lace, a very pure white that does not have any grey in it, and therefore gives a very luminous feel to the room. We start to use softer white like dove grey to warm up the modern spaces. Basically, we are going away from the cold whites of the last few years.”

— Sybille Schneider, director of interior design for Leroy Street Studio.


“For 2019, there is greater interest in biophilia, emphasizing the relationship between humankind and nature. We are looking at material palettes that use rich, ‘galactic’ depth for saturated colors, combined with supporting layers of organic, biophilic materiality that’s sourced responsibly, and has a circular strategy for reuse or recycling after its useful life. Natural, organic materials, such as wood floors, stone, and daylight and plant life, remind us of the exterior and brings the outside and nature, in.”

— Sybille Schneider, director of interior design for Leroy Street Studio.

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Porcelain Tiles

“Faux stone or large format scale tile will soon replace natural materials like concrete or Italian white marble. Emerging technology and improvement in printing and material quality has allowed for the creation of new porcelain tile that surpasses expectations in looking identical to the real natural materials but easier to install and less expensive.”

— Adam Meshberg of Meshberg Group.

Use of Wood

“People are increasingly seeking connections from nature. BCV is a big proponent of the flexibility and beauty of wood — we use it widely in our residential and hospitality projects to create a welcoming and calming environment. … In many of BCV’s projects, we see a growing desire for lighter, airier spaces, and wood is a wonderful material to incorporate to achieve this.”

— Chris von Eckartsberg and Hans Baldauf, co-founding principals of BCV Architecture + Interiors.

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Whether it’s an old-fashioned sofa, refurbished dresser or antique painting, vintage decor has never been more popular inside the home.


Century-old furniture, artwork and accessories often merge style with luxury, with antique prices ranging anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.


Designers and homeowners alike are beginning to use online marketplaces, such as Ruby Lane, to search for one-of-a-kind, antique pieces — buying anything from delicate vases to large, kitchen tables.


For homeowners seeking a vintage vibe, an old-fashioned accent — such as a lamp, table or rug — can help to bring your home back in time. Here are five vintage pieces perfect for the creative homeowner.

French Pastry Table


Between the decorative brass hardware and bright red paint, this 19th-century French wrought iron pastry table is truly one of a kind. Available for $6,000.

Glass Lamps


Featuring original polished brass fittings, this pair of exquisite Murano glass lamps is made up of latticino ribbons of green with Zanfirico white stripes. Created between 1940 and 1950, the ornate tiered base also features delicate embossed floral detail and serpentine loops.
Available for $2,800.

Old-Fashioned Partition


Hand-painted by French artist Jacques Ceria Despierre, this four-panel folding screen dates back to 1939. Available for $28,000

Chinese Oval Rug


Tracing back to the 17th century, the dragon heads displayed in the main border of this rug are representative of ancient Chinese design. Complete with shou symbols and bats, the rug was meant to bring good luck to all. Available for $2,750.

Silver Tea Set


Dating back to 1890, this silver tea set exudes true French-inspired elegance, complete with detailed carvings of leaves and garlands. Available for $6,900.

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Handcrafted using ancient techniques, Noble Souls is the first sofa range ever made using 100 percent natural vegetable dyes, feathers and natural linens.

The Noble Souls sofa collection is based on a simple idea that today’s real luxuries are those moments of blissful reconnection, when we feel ourselves truly alive and can deeply reconnect with one another.

In today’s globalized, virtualized world, those moments are too rare. We live in our heads, on our phones and in our screens, and we risk becoming more disconnected than ever from real life. 

British furniture and interior designer Timothy Oulton wanted to figure out how to create more of these joyful moments where we feel closely connected to our surroundings and the world around us.

With a passion for materials and craft, Oulton unearthed answers on a journey that crisscrossed the globe, rediscovering ancient craftsmen, their techniques and the pure, natural materials they have used for thousands of years.

Timothy Oulton designs the Noble Souls collection to help people reconnect.

  “We wanted to go beyond the sofa, to think about the space in someone’s home, and the context of their life,” Oulton says. “It’s not just furniture. Noble Souls gives you permission to relax and truly let go. In a home, these sofas become a hearth, a place where you can reconnect with each other more deeply, or even just with yourself.”

The collection features three sofas: Realm, Nest and Oasis. Each one offers a different seating contour, from extremely laid-back to more supportive profiles, ensuring there is a sofa perfectly suited to complement any lifestyle. The modular design ensures each sofa is endlessly configurable, to suit any space.  

The Noble Souls collection is of disarming softness and epic comfort, made using natural materials and ancient craft. Each sofa is filled with goose down feathers, the simplest form of all feathers, creating thousands of tiny pockets of air within the sofa. Seat covers are all natural linen, using only 100 percent natural vegetable dyes.

Noble Souls linens are colored using only 100 percent natural vegetable dyes, applied the same way it has been done for thousands of years, which is using only dye stuffs and water. Blue hues are achieved using indigo, and grays using gallnut. Color fastness is achieved with a gentle stone washing treatment.

Accompanying the sofa collection, a select range of furniture and lighting is available. The collection also supports the three key “realms of reconnection” in any home — the sofa living area, the dining space and the bedroom.

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The invisible collection began with two friends who saw a need for a website that offered some of the most exclusive items from the best names in French design in one marketplace.

The Invisible Collection has added its first British interior designer, Sophie Ashby, to its list of revered international designers and architects who contribute to its selection of furniture and household accessories.

The Invisible Collection is a website that provides people a way to online shop the private collections of Europe’s interior designers and architects. The website began with two friends, Anna Zaoui and Isabelle Dubern, who saw there was a need for a website that offered some of the most exclusive items from the best names in French design in one marketplace. From there, Zaoui and Dubern expanded to include designers from other European countries to make their company international.

A few noteworthy designers who contribute to the Invisible Collection are India Mahdavi, a French architect, industrial designer, graphic designer and furniture designer, Hubert Le Gall, a French designer, sculptor, scenographer and painter, and Federica Tondato, an Italian architect and interior designer. The addition of Ashby, the creative director of Studio Ashby, to the list of designers has widened the scope of the Invisible Collection to include pieces by British designers.

Studio Ashby’s first furniture collection in collaboration with the Invisible Collection consists of 17 pieces. The collection was designed for private residential projects in the United Kingdom, including a riverside penthouse on the Southbank, a holiday home on the coast in the new forest and a family home in Holland Park.
The collection draws inspiration from art, nature and the places Ashby has traveled to and experienced. From the works of Yves Klein to Jean Arp, and the Japanese Kyoto gardens of Holland Park to the colors of the Karoo, Ashby’s nomadic upbringing and love for travel, combined with her artistic sensibility, grant a unique personality to her designs.

Ashby’s different experiences have each fed her understanding of design, its power and its possibility — from the vast nature of the south African landscape to the small rooms of a Victorian house in the city, and the urban intensity of New York to the rural charm of the English countryside.

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