Design Style: 2019


It’s about that time. Time to stop accidentally writing 2018 and to embrace all that 2019 has to offer. One of our favorite developments is always the new style trends that emerge with a fresh new year. New design styles, colors, material expressions, and a world of fresh inspiration is everywhere. We would like to take a moment to breathe in the new design ideas along with predicting what is to come. Although no one can predict the future, we often look at reactions to past trends that might influence new styles.


The most relevant example, Modernism, began back in the early 20th century, This minimalist approach to architecture and interior design was a reaction to the “decorative arts” movement, including the Arts and Crafts and Art Deco styles. Modern design rejected the “clutter’” produced from the previous design styles, emphasizing function as the primary influencer.


Today, past styles are recycled, modified slightly, and used again. Modern design, however, never lost its’ popularity. Instead, it has shifted over time and has been again introduced as Mid-century modern, Scandinavian modern, Post Modernism, and Contemporary design (to name a few). These designs are constantly changing as new design challenges arise, new technology is created, and past trends are reborn with a fresh flare.  


                                Pictured Above: Arts and Crafts Example from the 1880's-1920's


                                      Pictured Above: Art Deco Example from the 1920's-1960's


                                      Pictured Above: Modernism Example from 1930's - Today



Although many of the trends explained below still fall under the same design era, let’s distinguish how styles have changed over the past few years. Here’s our take on the main design transitions predicted for 2019:



1. All grey everything is OUT, and Greige is IN

All grey is out! Designs with monochromatic blue-tone greys were all the rage. Now, people are craving more variety and interest, using either colors or warmer neutral tones. Grey is a neutral and will remain a constant base color, but now, it is typically paired with colors or beige tones, hence the new term “greige’. The use of light wood is super popular, adding warmth to a space while maintaining a light and airy atmosphere.




2)    Rustic is OUT, but Industrial is IN 

What was once referred to as the “Fixer Upper” phase, is on the downturn. The once “rustic farmhouse” craze has transformed into Industrial. Authentic materials such as knotty woods and concrete have shifted to serve a more industrial style where exposed brick is often included. Industrial design celebrates how a material was created or how a structure is built. These imperfect materials are often used in sleek designs or paired with refined accessories further showcasing their natural beauty.



 This translates to exterior architecture too: 


3. Colored metals are OUT, but matte black is IN

Colored metals like gold, brass, and rose gold are moving out of fashion about as quickly as they came in. When this trend was at its it was also popular to mix these metals in a space. Now, people are leaning toward black fixtures, lighting, and accessories to add drama to their space.




4. Millennial Pink is OUT, but earth tones are IN

“Millennial Pink” is often paired with brass, rose gold, white marble, and light wood accents. Soft pink tile, fabrics, and paint added comfort to a space and challenged the notion that pink is “feminine”. This pink is phasing out almost as quickly as it phased in. Unlike other trends, however, this style has evolved, transitioning from purely pink to include ‘dusty’ looking neutrals and earth tones.




5. White interiors are OUT, but bold, rich colors are IN

From one extreme to another, stark white interiors, or even exteriors, are often too much What used to as clean, crisp, and angelic is now seen as sterile, stark, and boring. Now, 2019 is all about drama. Instead of creating a white room, people are doing the exact opposite by mixing bold colors or painting an entire room a rich navy, teal, or emerald. Talk about making a statement!




6. Technology OUT but Organic is IN

The use of technology in architecture and design is increasing exponentially as new fabrics, materials, appliances, lighting, acoustics, and more are created and improved almost daily. Originally, technology affected the appearance of design, giving everything a “space age” atmosphere, heavily influencing traditional forms and lighting.



Now, technology is used to create organic design. This design style not only helps people reconnect with nature through the use of plants and other organic elements, but also uses technology as a tool to mimic natural light cycles, produce satisfying acoustics, and improve the efficiency buildings.





As these trends continue to change and evolve overtime, our role as designers remains exciting and challenging. Learning how to create lasting, efficient, and timeless design is always the goal. Awareness of exterior influences on design is crucial to understanding architecture and an interior space. DAG welcomes 2019 and all this year has to offer!














For more information about DAG's take on design and style trends, contact: 



Brookelyn Boccia

Interior Design - Destin Studio


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