Top 5 interior design trends for 2019

Hello my name’s Laura Crombie from Real
Homes and I’m here at Birmingham’s NEC for Spring Fair. This is the biggest trade
event in the UK for interiors and it’s where the trends for 2019 are being
shaped. When we came to Spring Fair last year we saw a lot of black being used as
an accent for the soft pastel colors that were everywhere. This year it’s gone
bigger and it’s gone bolder, so we’re seeing furniture, we’re seeing lighting,
really big, structural, statement pieces. What keeps it modern, because I know
you’re probably worrying that it’s gonna look a little bit shiny and a little bit
cheap maybe, it’s the matte finish that keeps it really chic and just makes a
great backdrop. One of the things that it’s been paired with everywhere is
brass. This time last year if we talked about metallics, it was all
about copper, but things have moved on since then and now we’re seeing brass
and gold everywhere. This stand behind me is a perfect example so we’ve got the
gold pendant lights, we’ve got candlesticks, we’ve got trays, we’ve got lamps, honestly it can be used on everything. One of the
things that brass works perfectly against is the new neutral backdrop
we’re seeing this year there’s no grey. Honestly, I’m as surprised as you are
but grey is gone, instead we’re seeing much softer creams, we’re seeing spiced
honey, which is obviously Dulux’s colour of the year for this year, we’re
seeing corals, we’re seeing pinks, and it’s just a warmer, softer feel and the
brass goes beautifully with it, as does the black furniture, because it really
stands out and makes a statement. One of the things that brass is brilliant at is
really showing off greens. Take a look at this plant pot here, I love this and it’s
a really affordable way to bring brass into your home. I’d love to hang them off
my bookshelves in my living room and then inside you can pop some plants. This one looks real but it’s not Now if you’re anything like me, plants
probably have a limited lifespan in your house. I’m going to let you into a little
secret – I don’t have the real thing anymore, I just go for some faux foliage instead. There’s been such advances in the technology used to create these that
they look so realistic now and it’s a great way to bring the outdoors in. One
of the best things about faux foliage is that you can use it in any room of the
house and it’ll help to tie your whole scheme together, it also works really
well we’ve black and brass as we’ve talked about earlier. And as you can see
behind me now, we’re not just talking small potted plants and cacti, you can
get a full range of both foliage now, from these structural grasses to hanging
baskets, even a full sized tree If you’ve tuned into our SoRealHomes videos then you’ll have joined us inside the homes of Instagram stars like Lisa Dawson and Amy Wilson from This Style Rocks and the thing that’s best about
their dining rooms is that they’ve got their own bars. This one is absolutely
beautiful. It’s maybe a little bit big for the average home, but it’s black, it’s
got brass ,so it’s ticking off two of the key trends that we’ve already talked
about. I think this would fill my whole living room, so if it’s a little bit too
big for your house, another trend that you can easily tap into is this
beautiful olive green colour. Fake plants have been used as an accent, but if you
want to take it one step further, then green is the go-to shade that we’re
seeing absolutely everywhere. We’re seeing every shade under the sun, from
olive green, to sage green, to emerald green, cooking apple green, British racing
green, or this gorgeous sludgy mossy colour
that we’re seeing here. Whichever shade you choose, and however bold you are with how you use it, it’s going to create the perfect backdrop for the black furniture we saw earlier, and the beautiful brass accents. Another thing we’ve seen a
lot of when we’ve been walking around the show is exposed wood it’s literally
everywhere, so here we’ve got a bookcase with a nice metal frame and it looks
really, really good against the crisp matte black that we saw earlier, but you
can see in everything from pendant lights to fruit bowls to dining tables
and chairs Talking about natural materials, take a look at this gorgeous table – it’s got a lovely rough finish and you’ve even got the exposed bark down
here, which is just so tactile. Another nature-inspired finish that we’ve seen
coming through is honeycomb – not the real stuff, unfortunately, it but it’s this
beautiful hexagon pattern that you can see here. It’s like a new take on
geometrics, which aren’t going anywhere We’ve seen it on these bowls, these
gorgeous canisters, which have lots of uses in the kitchen, and there’s also been loads of
other examples. Take a look… The key thing I’ve notice while walking
around this year, is that the trends aren’t intimidating. For the last few
years we’ve had things like Maximalism, clashing colors and patterns, and they
were very easy to feel intimidated by, but this year you could easily invest
in a beautiful black table, some nice brass accents, and some gorgeous faux
foliage. If you’re buying for the home this year, now you know exactly what you
should be looking out for. You’re going to find these trends everywhere from your
supermarket to the high street and online. If you need more inspiration or
advice, just head to or check out our SoRealHomes videos on

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