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Is velvet still cool? Will 80s design trends come back? Are we still doing the whole Mid-Century Modern thing?
We turned to Toronto-based designer Christine Dovey for insight on trends that we should kiss goodbye in 2019 as well as current home must-haves and what designs we can expect to see in the New Year.
“We are seeing a mix of two things,” said Dovey. “I think mud cloth and very natural, textural and organic-like materials are hot, as well as rich velvet, especially in rust or nude tones – almost like skin tones. A palette of beiges, blushes, rusts and browns is really popular. Those two things mixed are what I want to buy all the time right now.”
“We'll see more furniture in interesting shapes that feels sculptural,” says Dovey. “I like curved things and antique pieces mixed with modern pieces; I will always love that. But, in terms of the sofas that are curved, I’ve seen a lot of them, so I’m kind of over the whole curved sofa trend myself.”
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“The bolder kitchen trend will stick around for a bit because people are getting sick of everything being white all the time,” says Dovey. “People are using reflective, kind of metallic elements in kitchens, and adding elements like bronze brass cabinet doors, glossy pink cabinet doors or antique mirror backsplashes.”
“Everybody should have a pedestal – or five,” says Dovey when asked about home must-haves. “They fill in spaces where you usually have voids and they’re versatile. A pedestal serves the same purpose as a giant plant but also gives you the opportunity to display and elevate interesting things, like sculptures or other objects. A pedestal can add an artistic feel to a space and come in various finishes: solid black, marble, painted, glossed or coloured.”
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“I hate to say it – because it’s my favourite colour in the entire world – but the whole Millennial Pink thing is on its way out because it's been overdone,” says Dovey. “I'd love a more greyed-out or beige-pink, and I still think that’s still really relevant.”
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“We’ll see an increasing focus on organic materials in a raw luxury-type, instead of a glamorous, maximalist feel,” says Dovey. “There will be a more minimalist approach with fewer pieces, but a focus on those things that are beautifully-made and artisan, made with materials like raw un-lacquered brass, linen, wool and raw oak.” She says we’ll also see minimal sculptural lighting mixed in to more traditional spaces.
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“In terms of small spaces, we'll continue to see pieces that can perform multiple functions,” says Dovey. “It’s not as much about buying condo-size pieces of furniture as it is about filling the space with things that you love and having it feel very curated and interesting. It’s about making the pieces more multi-purpose so you can fit more normal sized furniture into a condo.”
While she admits she’s “over” overplayed trends like Moroccan poufs, nailheads, “everything being geometric,” and “polished brass everywhere,” Dovey says that she’s of the mindset that if you’re doing something in your own way and it’s something you really love, you don’t have to worry about whether it’s a tired trend – or a trend at all.