Here Are the Home Trends That Experts Say Won’t Be Back in 2019

published Nov 16, 2018
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As our calendars comes to an end and the bustle of holiday decorating and redecorating ramps up to light speed, it’s time to look back on the home decorating and design trends that were most popular in 2018—and which ones are on their way out in the New Year.

The team at Modsy—an online design service that lets you “try before you buy” with new furniture and decor—used their data to put together a trend report called State of the Home, which identified the style choices and retail purchases most likely to continue being hot in popularity into 2019. And which ones are already cooling off.

Here are their trend predictions about what’s in and what’s out for 2019:

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IN: Modernism

Overwhelmingly, the most populous states in the union are choosing modern style over rustic, and those were the two most popular design themes for 2018, according to Modsy. The most modern state is New Mexico (at 47 percent) and the least modern state is Oklahoma (at 17 percent). By and large, the Northeast and Western states overwhelmingly prefer a more modern style to a rustic aesthetic, while the Midwest and Southern states are still drawn toward a more rustic look.

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OUT (and IN): Rustic

It’s safe to say that America might finally be over its obsession with the “Fixer Upper” aesthetic. Even in the “rustic farmhouse chic” capital of Texas, home to Chip and Joanna Gaines, more people prefer mod to rustic (by 5 percent)—and, as we previously reported, the most popular style of home in Texas is a mid-century ranch. Mississippi is still the most rustic state, however (at 55 percent), while Alaska was the least rustic state (at 25 percent).

The curveball, however, is that we’re still buying neutral, earthy elements for our homes in droves—with fake plants, natural fibers and textures, and poufs headlining the top 100 products consumers were buying in 2018, and they’re all still top players in Modsy’s 2019 trend forecast, as well.

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IN: Industrial style

If you’re a huge fan of metal and concrete, you’re in luck: Industrial styles are only predicted to rise in popularity in 2019. Especially in the West, where the most industrial states are South Dakota (27 percent), Wyoming (23 percent), and Oregon (17 percent). In the Modsy Style Quiz, blues and neutrals (or as Carson Kressley calls them, “bleu-trals”) dominated the color palette predictions, as well, and are hues popular with a more industrial vibe.

“The ‘craft’ trend is spreading into smaller up-and-coming cities that are drawing in millennials, craft beer, and loft-style living. Think exposed brick, mixed metals, and masculine structures,” said Alessandra Wood, Director of Style at Modsy.
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OUT: Big ticket swaps

In 2018, it seems we’ve collectively shifted away from investing in big-ticket pieces of furniture for the time being, and are instead (smartly) choosing to update our rooms through accent furniture and home accessories. According to the Modsy data, the top 10 most popular items in customers’ shopping carts in 2018 were (in order) pillows, rugs, wall art, mirrors, plants, side tables, poufs, table lamps, floor lamps, and coffee tables. The styles we’re now looking for in 2019 are pieces with softer, more curved lines, anything with a bit of classical whimsy, bold neutrals and natural textures, and more artsy and painterly textiles and prints.

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IN: Plants

We’re green with envy over every room and vignette shared by The Jungalow, and spending green in droves to add more greenery to our own spaces—through both live and fake plants. Whether for actual air purification or just to add more organic elements to our indoor living areas, plants dominated shopping carts in 2018—and here at Apartment Therapy, we even launched a separate Instagram to cover that collective obsession with all things green and growing, called I Plant Even. Green paint, however, is out, with only six percent of people choosing it for walls.

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OUT: Millennial pink

Bold, trendy color choices are seemingly on the wane, with more cool and classically calming palettes regaining favor in 2019. The top colors chosen by Modsy customers in 2018 included blues (33 percent) and neutrals (17 percent), with only a tiny fraction choosing pastels (3 percent).

“While millennial pink may have been all the rage (or so we thought), people don’t actually want it all over their homes,” says Wood.

That tracks with the recent launch of millennial-focused, online-only paint company Clare, whose tightly curated paint selection features several hues of blues and an otherwise mostly neutral palette.

What are the top home trends you’d like to keep from 2018? And which would you like to see say bye-bye forever?