Top Design Trends of 2019

From colors to materials to styles, we launched a survey asking designers to predict the looks that will make the biggest impact in the new year. Here's what they had to say.

Predicting the future is easier than it sounds, at least when it comes to mapping out the design landscape for the year ahead. Here at 1stdibs, we went straight to the source, teaming up with Surveys & Forecasts, LLC to get the lowdown from more than 700 of our registered designers. Read on to get a sneak peek at the trends that will make the biggest impact in 2019.


Color

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This Santa Monica study by Kerry Joyce features emerald green furniture and artwork, plus a rug from Nazmiyal. Photo by Magnus Marding

In 2019, expect to see brighter, bolder colors in shades of green, blue, red, yellow and orange. Meanwhile, designers have cooled on some of last year’s most popular shades, like Millennial pink and gray.


Pattern

yellow playroom by Chango & Co.
New Jersey playroom by Chango & Co. Photo by Raquel Langworthy

Designers aren’t just going bold with color: geometric patterns, abstract prints and nature-inspired motifs like florals, which were emerging trends last year, will continue to be popular in 2019.


Customization

The breakfast room of a Canadian estate by Julie Charbonneau features a custom table and chairs. Photo by Naomi Finlay

Creating custom pieces tailored to the client continues to be a priority for designers. Last year, 58 percent of designers said that they customized their pieces in some way, which is up from 44 percent in 2017.


Art

living room by David Scott Interiors
An Ed Ruscha work hangs above the sofa in this New York living room by David Scott interiors. Photo by Peter Murdock

Fifty-four percent of designers said they specify art for their projects, and when it comes to sourcing pieces, shopping online is nearly as popular as visiting galleries. According to the survey, designers said that 45 percent of art is sourced online, and nearly 75 percent of pieces fall into the modern/contemporary category.


Furniture

living room by Groves & Co.
A pair of Marcel Breuer rattan chairs sits opposite a Carl Hansen coffee table and daybed in designer Russell Groves’ East Hampton house. Photo by Victor Harshbarger

In 2019, as in 2018, modern furniture styles like Scandinavian and mid-century modern will continue to be popular, along with Art Deco. And, going along with the customization trend, the survey found that no one furniture maker was dominating the industry, with designers instead preferring to source unique pieces. But when it comes to sourcing those pieces, designers reported that 61 percent of furniture purchases are made online instead of in a brick-and-mortar store.


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