RealSmart’s Top Design Trends of 2019
January 4, 2019
With the new year comes an endless stream of internet blogs predicting the next big design trends. This year, we thought we’d cherry pick some of our favorite predictions and share them with you. While it’s entirely possible none of these will turn out to be trends in 2019, it’s still a fun exercise to get the wheels turning on fresh new ideas for DIY projects. So without further ado, we present to you, RealSmart’s Top Design Trend Picks of 2019:
Wood Vanities (Washington Post)
We’re not sure that these ever went out of style, but unpainted wood vanities get a major thumbs up from RealSmart. Of course, a nice maple or cherry cabinet will come with a heftier price tag than a standard painted vanity, but if you’re ready to spend the extra money, the rich wood grain look can work beautifully against subtle/neutral tones. Take for example this gorgeous maple vanity one of our clients recently installed with a white quartz countertop (pictured to the left).
Bold Walls (Pinterest)
Evidently, searches for “mustard yellow” were up by 40% on Pinterest last year, signaling an embrace of bold accent walls among their users. I refuse to go on record advocating for mustard yellow, but a bold accent wall can certainly be a great way to freshen up a tired room. It also makes for a fun and easy DIY project (have the kids join in!). As for what color to use, try out Pantone’s color of the year “Living Coral”, or PPG Paint’s pick “Night Watch Green”. Or anything that catches your eye (except maybe mustard yellow). You can always paint over it if it doesn’t work out.
Concrete Accents (DecordAid)
If this prediction turns out to be true, you can officially go ahead and call RealSmart a trendsetting real estate company. We installed a concrete countertop at our last flip, and were very pleased with the way it turned out. Despite it being an inexpesnive material, concrete is generally thought of as a premium finish, due to the skill and labor involved with installation. It doesn’t work with everything, but it can impart a wonderfully clean and modern feel to the right home.