With 2019 right around the corner, designers from across the globe are beginning to make predictions as to what the new year will bring. From color in the kitchen to biophilic design, here are a few predictions for 2019 from top interior designers.

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Smart Home Technology

“Voice-operated technology is the future of smart homes and we’re already seeing a taste of this with Amazon’s Alexa. The newest smart-home technology is designed as a flush, glass-fronted touch screen TV behind your bathroom mirror.”

— Adam Meshberg of Meshberg Group.

Colored Kitchen Cabinetry

“Many are beginning to incorporate colored cabinets in kitchens while moving away from all white cabinetry. Making a statement and creating a mood with cabinetry in black and colors like deep or grey-washed blues and greens is in high demand. These are being beautifully paired with fixtures and hardware in brass and other contrasting metals.”

— Sara Ianniciello, director of design at Whitehall Interiors.

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Exposed Shower Plumbing

“In bathrooms, we’re incorporating more exposed shower plumbing and expect to see more of it in 2019.”

– Highlyann Krasnow, founder and creative director of The Design High.

Shades of White

In terms of wall color, “the white that we see clients liking more is Chantilly Lace, a very pure white that does not have any grey in it, and therefore gives a very luminous feel to the room. We start to use softer white like dove grey to warm up the modern spaces. Basically, we are going away from the cold whites of the last few years.”

— Sybille Schneider, director of interior design for Leroy Street Studio ( the interior designer for 90 Morton).


“For 2019, there is greater interest in biophilia, emphasizing the relationship between humankind and nature. We are looking at material palettes that use rich, ‘galactic’ depth for saturated colors, combined with supporting layers of organic, biophilic materiality that’s sourced responsibly, and has a circular strategy for reuse or recycling after its useful life. Natural, organic materials, such as wood floors, stone, and daylight and plant life, remind us of the exterior and brings the outside and nature, in.”

— FXCollaborative, the designer for 1 Willoughby Square

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Porcelain Tiles

“Faux stone or large format scale tile will soon replace natural materials like concrete or Italian white marble. Emerging technology and improvement in printing and material quality has allowed for the creation of new porcelain tile that surpasses expectations in looking identical to the real natural materials but easier to install and less expensive.”

— Adam Meshberg of Meshberg Group.

Use of Wood

“People are increasingly seeking connections from nature. BCV is a big proponent of the flexibility and beauty of wood — we use it widely in our residential and hospitality projects to create a welcoming and calming environment. … In many of BCV’s projects, we see a growing desire for lighter, airier spaces, and wood is a wonderful material to incorporate to achieve this.”

— Chris von Eckartsberg and Hans Baldauf, co-founding principals of BCV Architecture + Interiors.

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