15 Home Design Trends for 2019


Whether you’re building a new home, remodeling your current home, or just looking for some new ideas, these 15 home design trends have been gaining popularity in 2018. However, the design team at Moulton Realtors believe these trends will continue to be popular in 2019.

  1. Colorful Kitchens

White will always be a classic color for kitchen design. However, this year homeowners are exchanging bland hues for rich colors, such as warm wood tones (example: mahogany) and neutrals (example: grays and blues) to provide a warm, unique feel.

Social platforms such as Instagram, Pinterest, and Houzz have shown what’s possible and provide homeowners a fun way to personalize their living spaces. In 2018 we’re seeing people take bigger risks when it comes to their kitchen pallet.

  1. Rich Colors Throughout the Home

The warm colors don’t stop in the kitchen. Warm grays paired with camel, rust, tobacco, and brown-blacks, as well as earthy reds and yellows, are expected to replace cooler neutrals this year.

“These rich colors are not like the avocado green and mustard colors from the 1970s. They won’t date quickly,” says Houzz editor and writer, Mitchell Parker. “They are rich, moody and work well in home environments where you want a soothing and diverse mix of colors and textures.”

  1. Vintage Lighting

Vintage light fixtures such as sconces, lanterns, pendants, and chandeliers have made a comeback as retro fixtures are being equipped with new technology.

“Online shopping platforms such as 1stDibs, Etsy and One Kings Lane have made it easy to find everything from an early-20th-century French crystal chandelier to a ’60s Sputnik,” wrote designer and “Today” show style expert Elizabeth Mayhew in The Washington Post.

  1. Farmhouse Sinks

The modern Farmhouse trend isn’t dying in 2018: deep, wide, and durable trough and bucket sinks will continue to be popular in the new year. Used commonly in the laundry room, these long, narrow and low-maintenance sinks provide a rustic aesthetic and maximize minimal space.

  1. Concrete Accents

Crisp, white marble accents are being replaced by rustic concrete. Already used for floors and countertops, this versatile, accessible material is now being used in more interesting and unexpected ways, including in home accessories, such as pendant lights and furniture.

  1. Brass Accents

Brass is making a comeback in home design. Using brass as a design feature is a great way to provide character to an otherwise boring room. Try implementing brass light fixtures or brass cabinet hardware.

  1. Wider Doorways and Hallways

Practical features such as wider doorways and hallways are being used in homes to accommodate seniors choosing to age in place. These functional features make mobilizing with a wheelchair or scooter a little easier for this an aging demographic. The trend has also increased the use of pocket doors throughout homes as they tend to be easier to operate and demand less room.

  1. Smart Homes

Home automation is one of the fastest growing trends in the home building industry and it’s not slowing down in 2018.

“Smart” lighting controls and appliances are now being utilized throughout homes. Automatic controls allow homeowners to save on energy, but also customize their preferences. This could include setting the thermostat to a certain temperature for when you come home or programming the lights to dim before bed.

  1. Accommodations for Multiple Generations

Another home design trend in 2018 is accommodating for multiple generations as more homeowners begin to live with extended family members. Installing a second complete kitchen in the basement or an added main-floor bedroom for aging parents are a common methods of accommodating for multiple generations living together.

  1. Open Kitchen Shelves

Open kitchen shelves may not be for everyone since it tends to be a little more revealing than some homeowners prefer. But it’s a great way to show off your fancy dish collection. The open-shelf home design trend provides more storage options and is a popular choice for both modern and rustic kitchens.

  1. Rustic Bathrooms

When it comes to bathroom home design trends in 2018, modern has been replaced by rustic. There are plenty of ways to infuse this vintage trend into your bathroom including an old claw-foot tub, a shiplap wall, or a couple well-placed rustic accents.

  1. Textured, Patterned Wallcoverings

Patterns and textures are the wallcoverings of choice this year. This trend can be implemented through patterned wallpaper or an oversized piece of three-dimensional artwork.

  1. White Flooring

Although it may not be the most practical trend, white is the new color of choice in 2018 flooring. Before you discredit this new style as impractical, consider how much brighter that dark guest bathroom would be with white tile flooring.

Utilize white tile or white wood flooring in smaller rooms such as bathrooms or smaller living spaces to provide a lighter feel.

  1. Outdoor Spaces

According to a Wakefield Research survey, 56 percent of prospective homebuyers surveyed said they would give up interior square footage for a larger yard. The trend toward outdoor living spaces started a couple of years ago and experts estimate it will be even stronger in 2018.

According to Remodeling Magazine outdoor living features yield a 60 to 71 percent return on investment when the home is sold. Outdoor kitchens are among the most popular outdoor living spaces for homeowners.

  1. Energy Efficiency is Trendy

Recent studies show that “green” homes sell faster and for more money. As this trend continues to rise, home builders are implementing energy efficient features into new homes.

One of the most common energy efficient features we’re seeing is the use of touchless faucets. These are both practical and help reduce water usage.


2018 has provided many exciting home design trends. Which home design trends are you most excited to implement in 2019?

If you’re searching for your dream home, contact one of Moulton Realtors’ Central Iowa Realtors today!

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