What are the design trends for 2019?

Every day we’re bombarded with new ways to shop, eat, work and be our best selves. With so much background noise, it’s easy to lose touch with what’s important.

In response to this, design trends for 2019 will be influenced by a desire for stillness, simplicity and honesty.

The 2019 Dulux Colour forecast ‘Filter’ is a multifaceted collection that combines soothing neutrals, exciting bright colours and deep, decadent hues that hint at the grace of a bygone era, says Dulux colour expert, Andrea Lucena-Orr.

There are four themes including Repair, Wholeself, Legacy and Identity. It’s all about breaking the rules and creating joyful spaces that nourish our souls, she says.

“This year’s theme, Filter, speaks to our collective craving for individuality and personal expression. It helps us mindfully tap out all the distractions and focus on the things that move and inspire us.

“Our confidence with colour is growing, and with this the drive to create spaces that reflect our history, hopes and dreams. Mindful consumption is a key theme for 2019 and we can expect to see a paring back of the unnecessary and a greater emphasis on repurposing and reimagining objects surrounding us. The result is a new kind of bespoke where the traditions of the past are celebrated in dynamic and modern ways.”

With a never-ending stream of information pulling us in different directions every time we reach for our smartphones or open our laptops, the need for stillness and quiet has never been stronger.

“From our global research it’s clear there will be an emphasis on wellness and mindfulness in 2019 and the Wholeself palette really plugs into these themes,” Lucena-Orr explains.

“With its soft, light tones and subtle layerings of texture, it’s a palette to ignite the senses and revive a tired spirit. It’s also easy to decorate with existing whites and cool neutrals, which I believe will make it a popular choice for home enthusiasts.”

When it comes to reinvigorating your interiors, there is no easier or more effective tool than colour.

“Whether you choose to go all-out and paint an entire room or simply add some accents, you’ll be amazed at the transformative effect of colour.

“Incorporating one or more colours from any of these four palettes will bring your home right up-to-date. And if you prefer to take a more low-key approach, all these shades go beautifully with Dulux’s Most Loved Whites as well as the neutral greys and greiges that are trending right now.”

For the perfect finishing touch, just add texture. “Textured paint creates a natural, tactile feel and looks incredible on feature walls, nooks and smaller pieces of furniture or accessories. Once applied, it adds another dimension to colour as the undulation of the texture creates an appealing shadow effect.”

And just like that, you’ve taken your home to a whole new level.

Styled by Bree Leech. Photographer: Lisa Cohen