Can ‘trends’ be Sustainable in interior design? Yes, if you use materials, elements, furniture that are not harmful to you or the environment and consider their life cycle when designing. Here is our roundup of Sustainable Interior Design Trends for 2019.
With the announcement from Colour authority Pantone, that the colour of 2019 is PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral, “An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge”. Colour, as well as interior design elements for the home, echo ever more our connection to the environment that is under constant threat. Our decisions and choices in our built environment being a reflection of how we need to be responsible in our design choices. Furthermore, the conflict of nature and design should be one that is harmonious. Highlighting use of recycled plastics, sustainable wooden furniture, colours from nature, surface materials like terra-cotta and recycled floors like terrazzo that draw our consciousness to recycled elements and furthermore to our natural environment. In an industry that sees much waste and harm to the environment, here is our round up of sustainable interior design trends , illustrating that ‘trends’ can have longevity and a life cycle that is responsible and good for the environment and our well being.
OUR ROUND UP OF ECO PAINT COLOURS THAT ARE ON TREND FOR 2019
With Pantone Colour of 2019 being Coral – here is our environmentally friendly, eco colour matching for an on trend, but sustainable interior design scheme. Brave and boldly go with the full Pantone Coral then a great environmentally friendly wall colour is ‘Fruit Salad’ by EarthBorn Paints
Love this 1950s Italian original Coral Upholstered Sofa by Interior Originals Store Pamono.co.uk. Or on the spectrum of earthy warm tones then go for Terracotta, we like ‘Flower Pot’ by Earthborn Paints and Cinnabar by Reborn Award Winning Eco Paints. For quieter softer hues then pinks are the new grey and add a different dimension to bland whites- try Rosie Posie by Earthborn Paints and create a softer backdrop to team up jewel like brights, greens or terracottas and corals.
2019 INTERIOR DESIGN STYLES
Nature and foliage are big on the agenda of surface pattern. We like handmade wallpapers, furnishing fabrics and cushions by House of Hackney, for that Maximalism look. If foliage and florals are not your bag, then go for bold shapes and colours of 1950’s Italian design, a new trend that has moved on from everything Scandi Mid Century. Think Gio Ponti. Accents of rugs, ceramics, cushions are an easy way to change a look with texture and pattern as well as colour. Layering texturing colour and pattern. With softer neutrals for the play it safers, introducing soft pinks to whites with a quieter balance of materials and less is more raw sustainable handmade pieces.
What a breath of fresh air that the wild element of plants in interiors is here to stay, they bring us in harmony with nature and are good for for our health after all. Plants look good, but they are also good for your health by cleaning the air. How you display them has a multitude of ideas from upcycled objects, designer recycled containers or handmade planters that are a design feature by adding another textural or architectural element to a interior.
SUSTAINABLE WOOD FURNITURE
With so much throw away furniture, sustainable handmade wood furniture is very much a trend for 2019. Furniture pieces that have longevity, craftsmanship and use sustainable materials. Look for pieces by new UK sustainable furniture designers and makers like our member Tortie Hoare .
There are some great designers & interior products using recycled plastic. With plastic pollution being in our daily lives and news, it highlights the “plastic pollution issue”. Three of our members Pentatonic , Smile Plastics & Weaver Green illustrate how good design is responsible design with their use of recycled plastic from furniture, furnishings to surface materials that can be easily integrated into any interior design scheme.
With a comeback of Italian 1950s and 1960s furniture, finding that Gio Ponti original is a responsible design choice. If your budget does not stretch to an original, then upcycling is a great way to achieve a look. Check out Upcyclers like those from the UpCollective as well as antique dealers and auctions.
KEY FURNITURE PIECES FOR 2019
The Drinks Cabinet:
Key pieces on trend for 2019 and making a comeback are the Drinks Cabinet. A C21st statement on the dining and entertaining at home trend. Check out upcyclers like UpcycleHour who revamp old pieces to suit your style. With the Drinks Cabinet being a prominent furniture piece from the 1930s to 1970s, there are an eclectic mix to choose from as statement pieces, which can be found through antique dealers and upcyclers and new designers. We rather like this Drinks Trolley Drinks cabinet alternative from Interior Design by Thor, combining recycled copper pipes and reclaimed scaffolding boards which looks rather chic for such humble materials.
The Statement Chair:
A statement chair can add to a room. Go for Bold Mid Century Italian designs which are collectable as well as being a responsible interior design feature, like this original velvet 1950’s armchair from a selection at Pamono.co.uk.