Top 10 Most Talked About Interior Design Trends for 2019

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What will 2019 have in store? We’ve examined various interior forecasts and identified some top trends all interior enthusiasts can expect to see this year.

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1. The new fiddle-leaf fig

The fiddle-leaf fig has dominated interiors for as long as indoor plants have been trendy, and rightly so, it’s got great structure, is easy-care and looks good in any setting. But another plant has stepped up to rival the fashionable fig’s top status; the bird-of-paradise (more commonly known as the banana plant).

Much like the fiddle-leaf fig, this plant has over-sized leaves and is relatively easy-care but what sets it apart is its blue and orange flower, which adds a dot of colour to a room.

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2. Sustainable, handmade pieces

This trend has been in development for a couple of years now, and whilst 2018 gave it a good kick start, 2019 will really see it take off. Expect to see colours inspired by Mother Nature used alongside vintage and re-purposed pieces. Fast-fashion homeware takes a bow and leaves the stage to make way for unique, handmade pieces.

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3. Purple, not pink

Millennial pink has reigned for a good few years but now it’s time for a new pastel hue to share the Insta-worthy, Pinterest-grabbing crown. Purple, or more accurately, a grey-lilac (a softer, more usable shade than Pantone’s 2018 colour of the year Ultra Violet) will be 2019’s ‘it’ hue.

And with this mauve-takeover, a move toward orange-based pinks (such as peach, apricot and coral) will begin to pick up.

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4. Spaces without technology

Nowadays, our lives are saturated with technology, so, interior trends are responding and taking the opportunity to be the medium where we can be free from the screen. In 2019 you can expect to see a greater focus on hiding specific technologies, such as the TV, and incorporating them into a room using clever design, whether it’s a product like the Samsung Frame TV, or through cabinetry.

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5. Home tech

But, we can never truly be without technology and as we go about trying to create tech-free zones in the house, other zones yield to the latest home-tech devices. Which, incidentally are still less obtrusive than their predecessors and are designed to blend in with the surrounding decor.

Voice-activated assistants such as Alexa and Google Home will become household regulars, their sleek designs sitting idly on kitchen and living room shelves. Portable speakers, too, have been given a face-lift, joining the ranks of other tech devices designed to stylishly sit next to art, objects and coffee table books without looking like a tech eye-sore.

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6. Tonal looks

Forget the complimentary and contrasting colour schemes, tonal looks will be prevalent in 2019. What is a tonal look? That’s a great question. A tonal colour scheme is comprised of a set of hues that all originate from the same colour family, be it reds and pinks, a range of blues or a delightful mix of purple, mauve and grey.

A tonal colour scheme is relaxing and calming, it’s also a great way to incorporate bold, saturated colours into your home because they’re less intense when incorporated into a tonal look.

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7. Curves

From curved archways to rounded furniture to swirly artwork, 2019 will bring the popular 60s curve back in vogue. Curves add softness to a room and help it to feel more inviting and relaxing.

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8. Windows as walls

Framed with black steel, window walls or room dividers don’t only give a room a chic, minimal, industrial look but also add some architectural flair and allow light to flood in. Not just limited to dining or living rooms, steel-framed glass walls can also make great additions to bathrooms or bedrooms.

If you’re worried about privacy, installing curtains are an easy fix (they’re also a nice style addition with the softness of the material a welcome contrast against the hard steel and glass.)

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9. Anti-trend

It’s a little contradictory, (how can an anti-trend be a trend?), but Dulux colour specialist Davina Harper explains “anti-trend” is more about breaking the rules and creating your own.

The anti-trend trend encourages experimentation and energy in which colour plays a big role. Harper says she saw this trend embodied during Milan design week, where she saw unusual colour combinations, mixing patterns and unique feature walls.

The thing to remember with this trend is “anything goes.”

If your mind instantly goes to the dust-ridden dried bouquets sitting in your grandmother’s house, you’d be forgiven for uttering a quiet “no” at hearing dried flowers are becoming popular again. But never fear, these aren’t the dust-ridden variety. Dried bouquets such as the kind Markantonia create are more sculptural than fussy.

Toi-toi rise to the top of the dried-flower trend, its tall, eye-catching shape making it a great addition to any room and its colour and look fitting in well with many styles.

How Colours Can Make You Feel

The colours of the rooms within your home need to bring out your personality. While most of us may not spend a lot of time thinking about room colour, it affects every day of our lives. Room colour can influence our mood and our thoughts. Colours affects people in many ways, depending upon one’s age, gender, ethnic background or local climate. Certain colours or groups of colours tend to get a similar reaction from most people – the overall difference being in the shade or tones used. So when it comes to decorating, it is important to choose wisely.

Below are some common colours and the way they affect our mood, let us know if you agree or disagree.


Yellows can create a happy, sunny feel and will make the room appear brighter. Yellow radiates warmth and is a reflective colour.


Blues can give a tranquil, serene feeling and sense of spaciousness. Blues are calming and help us think of our environment.


Reds can create a wonderfully warm, passionate feeling with a hint of excitement, and are renowned as a colour of strength and power. Red works wonders as a dramatic entrance colour or in a formal or contemporary dining or living area.


Whites and neutrals are ideal for creating a clean, classical backdrop and will allow you to add a splash of your favourite colour to any space. You have options of cooler or warmer whites and neutrals, such as greys, beiges, tans, creams and coffees.


Relaxing and restful to the eye, greens create a cool, fresh and calm atmosphere. Greens come in many shades and can be lime, mint, citrus, or teal.


Decorating with purple can create an illusion of grandeur. Lavender is lovely in a baby’s nursery and you could easily try a rich eggplant for a feature wall in your living area.


Top 7 Interior Design Tips

Interior Design Tips#1: Get your contrast right

It is important to have contrast to define your chosen colours from one another.

 #2: Add Texture

Adding texture helps to make the room more interesting and exciting. You can keep the same colours throughout but different textures will add a bit of excitement to your space.

 #3: Don’t be afraid of colour!

Colour can help to create and set moods. Use bright colours to lighten up spaces and make them feel fresh and vibrant.

 #4: Add Pattern to your space

Pattern can have similar effects to adding texture, it can help make the room interesting and exciting but remember to keep it simple – too many patterns in one space can be over powering. It is also important to keep patterns to scale (e.g. if the room is small try and stick to smaller patterns).

 #5:Choose to your taste.

This is one of the most important rules of design – If you don’t like it then don’t do it!!! If the neighbour, mother-in-law, best friend or cousin likes it, it’s YOU who has to live with it. Go with your gut instinct and do what makes you happy.

  #6: Avoid trends with big ticket items

That $5000 Hot pink couch with purple polka dots might be in fashion when you buy it but trends change quickly!!

Keep big ticket items simple and use things like cushions or feature walls to bring in new trends, that way they are quick, easy and cheap to change when new trends come in.

 #7: Make sure your light is right!

Lighting has a huge impact on the way you paint and wallpaper will look. Check you light fittings and what colour bulb they have in them – you may need to change bulbs to suit your colour preference.

Why Hire A Painter or Decorator

Why Hire a Painter or DecoratorFor most New Zealand is a  DIY nation. We like to fix our own cars, build our own fences, and even paint our houses.

So why would you think of hiring a painter or decorator for something you can do yourself.

For a start we all have busy lives and hiring a professional to get it done can save a lot of time and headaches.

Dave Rowe Painter and Decorator has a motto:

If You Care What It Looks Like In The End, Call Us In The Beginning

So sure you can paint that renovation yourself, but if you really want the best finish then the professionals are going to do the best job.

So when making your decision to do it yourself or hire a painter or decorator, think about the following…

  • Painting is a skilled trade that requires training and appropriate tools – Professional painters know how to properly prepare the surface, which paints to use in each situation and how to get the job done quickly with minimal disruption. Professional painters also have all the tools required to achieve a quality finish.
  • Painting can be dangerous and/or hazardous – Working on ladders and dealing with solvents and dusts can be hazardous. Older houses may be coated in poisonous lead paints. Professional painters know how to handle these dangerous situations and substances and minimize the risks. They also have the appropriate safety equipment to keep you and your family and themselves safe.
  • Painting requires proper cleanup and disposal – Professional painters will take care of these tasks on your behalf as part of their service.

So taking everything into account it may even work out cheaper to get the professionals in than trying to do it yourself. You will save on time and materials, as well as getting the best possible finish on your job.

So if you want to see a professional finish on your next painting or decorating project give Dave Rowe Painter & Decorator a call.