Spring has sprung, and we’re not talking about outside — seasonal decor has arrived as suddenly as that sunshine we haven’t seen for four months. Now, all you must do is switch up your home’s interior design to reflect the times and, of course, the season you’re in. Here are eight of the best ones to try to enjoy those spring vibes both outside and inside your home:
1. Unfinished Wood
Eco-friendly furniture is always in style. Unfinished wood falls into that category because it can be recycled or reuse — no damaging stain, paint or finish will prevent either option from happening. Plus, you can incorporate natural wood throughout your home. You might choose a natural dining table, or unpainted wood shutters could do the trick as an earthy accent piece.
2. Living Coral
Need some color inspiration? Pantone’s here to help with that. They’ve named their 2019 color of the year — living coral — and it’s the perfect hue for spring, summer and beyond. The color-centric institute chose the orangey-pink hue as this year’s top shade because it represents happiness and the feeling of being carefree. What more do we need in 2019 than that?
3. Open Shelving
If you’ve tuned into a home design show at any point in the past couple of months, you might’ve noticed designers doing the same thing in just about every kitchen — removing the cabinets in favor of open shelving. The switch breathes new life into your storage spaces, which isn’t a change that happens very often. Plus, opting for shelves over closed-door cabinets allows you to make a focal point out of your dishes, glasses, etc. Also think about food storage, alcohol bottles and other eye-catching containers as filler for your open shelves. Your kitchen will look brand new thanks to a simple spring remodel.
4. Upgraded Lighting
Light is always a vital element in interior design. We use light to set the mood, highlight certain architectural assets or to make it possible to perform a task safely. So, regardless of whether you’re reading this in spring, fall or in 2025, you can use light to transform the look and feel of any room.
Now, to change things up, you need to usher in this year’s trendiest lighting style — pendant lights. You can just as easily dangle a glass pendant over your kitchen island as you can work a pair of lampshade-covered bulbs into your master bedroom. In the case of the latter, be sure you know how to select the proper lampshade for your room, style, level of lighting, etc. And have an idea of the shape you want, too — lots of ovals and drums will be part of 2019’s fresh, simple style.
5. Layered Textures
Look at your bed, sofa or any other piece in your home with textiles on top of it. Do the fabrics look and feel different? If not, then now is the time to mix it up. That’s because texture-blending has become one of the hottest trends this year. Imagine a bed with a hand-knitted quilt, layered with smooth cotton shams and a chunky knit throw to top it all off. Not only does the layering of textures look pleasing to the eye, but it’s exciting to the touch. In other words, your 2019 design updates will delight all of your senses, just like spring.
6. Handmade Accents
We’ve touched on the value of sustainable pieces made of natural wood. To that end, handmade and sustainable work from, say, local artisans, will set your home apart from your neighbors. These unique additions — especially those made from natural materials like clay and paper — will give your home a down-to-earth, no-frills feel. And that’s exactly what today’s interior designer wants.
7. Bold Backsplashes
The subway tile has had its moment, but it’s time for it to go — unless, of course, you’re talking about choosing a color other than white or a placement other than straight across and up and down. It’s time you get a little creative with your backsplash, whether you’re flipping your subway tiles into an eye-catching chevron pattern or swapping them for painted or otherwise patterned pieces. Say goodbye to the super simple kitchen this spring — we want some more visual interest amid the earth’s most colorful season.
8. 1970s Sleek
When you think of the 70s biggest decor trends, you might be saying to yourself, “I really hope those looks aren’t coming back.” Indeed, avocado green kitchens, dark wood paneling and floral fabrics everywhere haven’t quite made it full circle. But some elements of the 1970s are back, and they look fresher than ever.
First, the cheerful color palettes of the era have made a comeback — ditch your beige or black furniture for pieces with a bit of color, even if it’s a navy or an emerald in place of something completely neutral. On top of that, , to macramé, to (lighter) wood paneling have become popular again. Have fun, but keep it chic with simple, midcentury silhouettes, especially in bigger pieces of furniture.
It’s So 2019
Which of the year’s best design trends suits your style? Let us know — and let it inspire the changes you make this spring and beyond.
Kacey Bradley is the blogger behind The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Along with writing for her blog, she has written for sites like U.S. News, SUCCESS, Guides for Brides, Hotel Online and more!