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 to remove wallpaper


Before you start be aware that wallpaper removal can be labour intensive and could cause severe damage to the walls. Most removal damage is due to the lack of a wallpaper primer before the walls were wallpapered, resulting in the glue being absorbed into the wallboard. The top layers of wallboard (paper) will try to come off with the wallpaper backing. If this occurs in large areas, call a professional.

There are many different types of wallpaper on the market today. Some are dry strippable, solid vinyl and fabric backed papers can usually be removed by simply pulling them from the wall without wetting.

Most residential wallpapers are of the vinyl coated type. Vinyl coated papers are by far the most common in residential homes. The vinyl face of these papers is usually “dry strippable” meaning that the face will separate and leave only the paper backing on the wall. Start by removing as much as the vinyl face as possible. Find a loose corner, you may need a putty knife or scraper to get started.

After all the vinyl face is removed the paper backing should also be removed. The paper backing will require a wet removal. Fill a five gallon bucket to about half full with warm water, add about a cap full of fabric softener. Turn off the electrical power to the room. Apply this solution to the wall with a paint roller or garden sprayer, a sponge can be used in corners. Wet a four or five foot section of the wall and make sure the wall section remains saturated with the solution for about ten minutes. Remove the wet backing with a four or six inch putty knife or scraper.

After all the backing is removed finish cleaning the walls with a hand sponge and fresh solution of fabric softener and warm water. Allow the walls to dry and apply a wallpaper primer if you plan to re- wallpaper the walls. If you plan to paint apply an acrylic primer/sealer to the walls before painting.


This is messy work be sure to place rolled towels or bed sheets at the base of the walls before wetting them in order to catch solution runoff.

Do Not spray or saturate electrical outlets or switches with the solution, turn off the electrical supply to the room before wetting the walls.


How to control Mould


Mould and mildew form on painted walls when there’s a high level of humidity and inadequate ventilation. Once mould forms, the spores can become airborne. They can lead to allergic reactions and breathing troubles, as well as unpleasant smells and unattractive spotting. Sometimes mould develops in hidden corners, up high in the back of a cupboard, or around a window frame where it’s hidden by the window treatments. You may not realize you have a problem with mould until smells or health concerns bring it to your attention. If you’ve been coughing and sneezing, or your home doesn’t seem as fresh as you like it to be, check those hidden areas and see if mould is the culprit.

Here’s how to avoid mould troubles:

Keep your home clean, dry, and well-ventilated.

When you dry washing inside, whether it’s intimate apparel on a line over the tub or wool jerseys lying flat on a counter, open a window to allow the extra moisture to escape.

When you run a bath, run the cold water first and then warm up the tub with the hot water. This creates less condensation than running warm water from the beginning.

Use an exhaust fan when you shower.

Deal with leaks or spills quickly, before the moisture soaks down into carpets or soft furnishings. Leaks around windows and damp carpets can eventually create mouldy walls, as well as mildew in the fabrics and fibres.

If weather permits, open a window in your bathroom, kitchen and laundry room. Let the steam escape and have less trouble with mould.

Insulate cold pipes.

Once mould is established in your home, you will need to deal with the source of excess moisture before cleaning it up. Once you’ve fixed the source of damp, you’ll need to decide whether to try to clean the mould yourself.

Here are some factors to consider:

The health concerns of your household – If you have infants, little children, elderly people, or anyone with breathing difficulties in your home, then you would be wise to have professional help.

If you have tried to eliminate the mould once and been unsuccessful, you should have professional help.

If you have a small mould problem on a painted or papered wall, scrub the surface with water and detergent and dry it thoroughly. Check the surface in a few days and make sure no mould is growing. Even after the damp is eliminated and the mould is cleaned, you may still have spots and discoloration. If you decide to paint or paper the area, make sure that your painting and decorating contractors are qualified to deal with the mould problem as well as to do the painting. Preparing the surfaces completely will save you from having to deal with the problem all over again in the future.

Author: Michael Peters