Top 10 Spring Design Trends
We don’t know about you, dear reader, but by the time spring finally rolls around we’re so tired of being stuck inside our homes we’re ready to not just spring clean, but spring REFRESH!
We scoured the internet’s best loved design blogs to compile a list of the top ten design inspos for Spring 2019. Some of these we’ve had our eye on for quite some time, and some are new to the game. Which ones are you putting on your list?
10 – MIXED METALS
Mixed metals – especially in plumbing and lighting fixtures – are popping up everywhere. We love this copper/gun metal combo, but keep an eye out for pewter and trendy rose gold (though there are rumblings of a rose gold rebellion – some designers are getting sick of the ubiquitous shade).
9 – OPEN SHELVING
We’re seeing more and more open shelving included in new construction builds here in Philadelphia, so its no surprise to see this one pop up on the list. If you have the goods, why not show them off? We think some colorful Le Creuset tableware would really pop – and pull in trends 7 and 8!
8 – COLORFUL KITCHENS
Kitchen design has been through quite a few iterations over the last 20 years – we know its hard to keep up. The latest trend of ALL WHITE EVERYTHING is giving way to pops of color – bringing a bit of warmth and happiness back into the heart of the home. We’ve seen this trend expressed in back splashes, cabinet fronts, and (most economically) in an abundance of accessories. Stick to primary colors or jewel tones for a modern, peppy feel.
7 – EDGY JEWEL TONES
Emerald or hunter green, mustard yellow, royal blue and purple – they’re all making appearances across designer’s spring look books. These deep colors lend an air of elegance to any room, bringing their royal heritages with them (Yes! Even mustard yellow! King Richard II’s master cooks introduced mustard to England!). Don’t be afraid to mix jewel tones, as long as they compliment each other.
6 – FLORALS
These aren’t Laura Ashley’s flowers. Some are monochromatic, as seen here, others are full of color, but the key to doing florals in a modern way is a BIG bold pattern with lots of negative space. This gives the eye places to rest and doesn’t have that overwhelming, busy feeling we saw everywhere in the 80s. Incorporate with wallpaper to create a focal point, or with textiles for a softer touch.
5 – SOFT PINK TONES
We know millennial pink has been EVERYWHERE the last few years, and with Pantone choosing Living Coral as their color of 2019, it looks like pinky-reds are here to stay. We’re seeing all the dusty/blushy shades making a resurgence, and we’re not mad at it! The oranges and reds here give the otherwise monochrome design some depth – keep that in mind when designing! Matchy-matchy is a very flat look!
4 – CURVES
With the velvet texture and color choice this comfy seat hits on multiple trends, but it’s shape we’re focusing on here. This scalloped chair from Ella James brings a little fun and flirty feel, but we’ve also seen iterations of the same trend done as elegant statement pieces or cozy spots for curling up.
Humans have an innate need to connect to nature – either by getting out into it or just having some green close at hand. Here in Philadelphia, a private garden can be a rare thing to come by – most of us settle for roof decks or balconies – but just being exposed to greenery has been shown to reduce stress levels, reduce sick days, and increase happiness. Designers are taking this science and putting it to work, filling homes with potted plants, green walls, and more. Put tropical plants in your bathrooms where they’ll get plenty of ambient moisture, grow herbs in the kitchen to add freshness to every meal, and include a couple hanging pots in the bedroom for pure air while you sleep.
2 – SUSTAINABILITY
As we’ve become more globally connected, and more socially aware, we’re beginning to give more thought not just to how the things we buy are made, whether they’re using sustainable materials and practices, but also who is making the products we love and what their working conditions are like. These gorgeous reed baskets are made by an artists collective in Peru from naturally harvested reeds found along Lake Titicaca.
1 – INCORPORATE HANDMADE PIECES
Every design blog we read insisted on having handmade pieces – and we couldn’t agree more! There’s nothing worse than walking into a new friend’s home and seeing the same art you bought on sale at IKEA hanging on their walls. There are boutiques and galleries throughout the city that specialize in handmade and artisan goods, but if you really want a deal check Facebook Events and UWishUNu.com for upcoming art and craft fairs – buy straight from the artist and save, plus you’ll have a great day out.
Are you currently incorporating some of these trends in your own home? Did we inspire you to try something new? We want to see! Tag us on Instagram at @CenterCityListings and use the hashtag #PhillyLovesCCL. We can’t wait to see what you’re up to!