10 top design trends for 2019
December 17, 2018 | 4:30 pm CST
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1. Tile backsplash feature wall. Attention-grabbing backsplash tile is nothing new in well-designed kitchens. But what many professionals on Houzz are seeing more of lately is an interest in taking tile from countertop to ceiling, even behind floating shelves and range hoods, to create an eye-catching feature wall.

Photo By Caroline Sharpnack © 2017 Houzz

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2. Glass and steel room dividers. In recent years, we've seen increased popularity in glass and steel for front doors and shower enclosures on Houzz. But good ideas spread quickly. We're seeing more glass and steel dividers between interior rooms and expect that to continue in 2019. They give an open feeling while still providing some privacy and noise control, along with a stylish graphic element or contrasting color to otherwise white walls.

Photo By Jours & Nuits © 2016 Houzz

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3. Destination tub. Our Bathroom Trends Report has shown that homeowners debate whether to keep a bathtub following a remodel. But it’s clear that those who enjoy taking baths really enjoy taking baths. Couple that with people spending more to increase the size of their bathroom and create a spa-like environment and you’ve got some homeowners who aren’t just keeping the tub, they’re celebrating it.

Photo By Chris Snook © 2016 Houzz

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4. Black is back. Black isn't a stranger to kitchen design, but we're seeing our community embrace a heavy dose of dramatic color in kitchens. Large swaths of black range hoods, island accent colors and full-on all-black cabinetry have been popping up in the most popular photos on Houzz. In 2019, we'll see black cabinets paired with white walls, backsplash and countertops for a dynamic and sophisticated contrast.

Photo By Fine House Studio © 2018 Houzz

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5. Dark and moody colors. As with kitchen cabinets, the dark side is expanding its force in other areas of the home, as well. Color experts think it’s a reaction to all the whites and bright colors that have long shown favor. Deeper, moodier colors like navy, black and forest greens will win over homeowners in 2019.

Photo By Alexandra Crafton © 2017 Houzz

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6. Furniture benches in the dining area. Built-in bench seating in a dining nook off a kitchen is highly prized for its comfiness and extra storage. We’re also seeing the Houzz community bring in bench furniture pieces, which offer an affordable and convenient alternative. It turns almost any dining spot into more of a lounge area, and you can tuck a few storage baskets underneath for blankets, games, place settings and more, giving you the feeling of a banquette without the commitment.

Photo By Nick Klein © 2018 Houzz

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7. Board and batten exterior. The modern farmhouse look is still going strong throughout the home but exteriors are also seeing some of that throwback love. The board and batten method of construction delivers that homey look and adds texture and interest to what might otherwise be a flat facade.

Photo By Corynne Pless © 2013 Houzz

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8. Kitchens that open to the outdoors. Our Kitchen Trends Report found homeowners are increasingly opening their kitchens to the outdoors with exterior double doors. With more homeowners calling the kitchen the hub of the home these days, they look to outdoor areas to expand living space. Large sliding and collapsible doors make it relatively easy to get that connected feeling that blurs the lines between inside and out. Expect to see more kitchens completely opening up to decks and patios.

Photo By Lucy Call © 2016 Houzz

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9. Wood vanities. Wood vanities help bring a large dose of warmth to the bathroom. And while wooden vanities have always been popular on Houzz, what’s catching on is a turn toward reclaimed wood or light wood with clear stains that celebrate grain pattern details and knots.

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10. Four-wall accent color. Painting a single wall a bold accent color different from the other walls in a room was a popular design move over the last few years. Now, homeowners aren’t holding back. We’re seeing that they are more likely to paint all the walls, even the trim and molding, one solid color.

Photo By Jessica Cain © 2018 Houzz

Houzz, a leading platform for home remodeling and design, compiled a list of 10 top design trends predicted to be popular in 2019.

Houzz has more than 40 million unique monthly users and 2.1 million active home remodeling and design professionals, Houzz has unique insights into how people are designing their homes. See the full list below.

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Michaelle Bradford | Editor

Michaelle Bradford, CCI Media, is Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine and Woodworking Network editor. She has more than 20 years of experience covering the woodworking and design industry, including visits to custom cabinet shops, closet firms and design studios throughout North America. As Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine under the Woodworking Network brand, Michaelle’s responsibilities include writing, editing, and coordinating editorial content as well as managing annual design competitions like the Top Shelf Design Awards. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media.