Dezeen, a publication dedicated to architecture around the world, has put together a list of the ten top trends for architecture in 2019.
While some focus on the futuristic aspirations of our society – such as the development of hyperloop, a travel network that looks like it came straight out of a sci-fi movie – others look at more everyday aspects of our lives.
For example, one trend identified by the publication’s deputy editor Tom Ravenscroft was that of off-grid living. He pointed out that a growing number of people are trying to get away from our technology-heavy lives, either by living off-grid, or at least holidaying in homes that facilitate some time away from technology.
He pointed out that an off-grid home next to a Scottish loch was named the RIBA House of the Year 2018, showing just how much appeal this idea holds.
Another trend to watch if you’re planning to do some work on your property is that for interior arches. Mr Ravenscroft noted that arches are being used in more and more designs, from shops and restaurants to high-end homes.
Elsewhere, unfinished interiors have also come back into favour. Think raw concrete walls in particular. This kind of stark urban look is particularly popular in bars and coffee shops, although people are introducing it to their homes too.
It’s not only Dezeen that has been making predictions about top interior trends for next year. Pinterest also recently released its report on the top trends for 2019.
The social media platform bases its predictions on terms that have seen a substantial uptick in searches over the past 12 months. For instance, tin interiors are one to watch with a 563 per cent rise in searches for this term this year.
People are also looking at alternative ways to transform their tiled floors. Painting them is proving an increasingly popular option, with searches for painted floor tiles on the platform up by 1,276 per cent.
Fireplaces, particularly those that have a modern appeal, are also rising in popularity, with searches for contemporary fireplaces climbing by 763 per cent.
When it comes to our decor, we appear to be getting more adventurous. Bold print wallpaper has seen a substantial increase in popularity, with Pinterest noting that this “makes a big statement and breathes life into rooms big and small”.
Bright colours and bold prints are also a design trend identified by Ikea this year. Refinery29 reported on the home furnishing company’s top interior trends of 2019, noting that there is a more adventurous side to Scandi style.
Bold and bright hues and prints are central to this, the news provider noted. That means there are definitely opportunities to introduce a splash of colour to your home in the coming months and stay bang on trend.
Of course, decoration and design is only part of the picture. You also need to ensure your home is cosy and warm in the winter months. If you notice that you’ve got draughty windows, or that you’re losing heat around your windows, it could be time to invest in new sash windows in Oxfordshire to make your home as comfortable and stylish as possible.