The new year brings new beginnings, new ideas and the opportunity to make some changes in your home décor. You do not have to create an extravagant plan to make an impact. Small decorating projects can make a significant change in the appearance of your home, without breaking the bank.

With the growing use of technology and social media, it is easy to get an insight into current styles and decorating trends, however, it is sometimes a challenge to translate those styles for use in your own home – whether that is due to room size, functional challenges or budget.

Many homeowners will start their decorating overhaul with simple projects like refreshing a kitchen. Replacing older small counter appliances with clean, sleek and colorful styles can add lift to any kitchen, small or large. If your kitchen lacks color or flair, consider adding or replacing your chair coverings with a bright color or bold pattern – or add bold color counter stools. For a simpler approach, simply replace dish towels and add a couple of decorative wall hangings or antique kitchen utensils.

Brass and gold hardware are trending in 2019 – consider replacing the knobs and handles on your kitchen cabinets for a fresh new look. Take it one step further and consider replacing your kitchen faucet to complete the transformation.

Another trend this year is replacing open shelving with cabinets with doors that create a continuous uniform look. The sleeker lines of such cabinetry are easier on the eyes and less choppy than separate open shelving. Cupboards with glass doors are in for 2019. This offers a showcase for decorative items that many designers are suggesting this year.

If you are considering a complete kitchen overhaul, the color black is re-surging throughout the kitchen. Cabinets in matte black, as well as in appliances, walls and ceiling will be used a lot. The black and gray kitchen can be balanced with some stainless steel and metal surfaces inspired by a commercial and industrial style.

Digital technology will continue to grow as a key component of home décor. Whether it is new innovations like a WiFi enabled espresso maker, an automated single pour wine dispenser, or a complete home automation system, fun and exciting things are happening all over the house.

Many homeowners seek to connect the interior of their homes to nature and the outdoors as it creates a welcoming and calming environment. More and more, raw materials like wood, stone, and jute are being incorporated into interior design – as accents, as focal points, and in the form of lighting.

Modern living rooms are full or natural light and unusual decorations. Neutral and fresh colors are the main trend of the season for 2019. They not only contribute to expanding the visual space of the room, they also create a space that positively affects your well being.

It is time to think traditional and combine decorating ideas that may be outside your norm.  Shapes and forms of furniture are changing, with more and more designers unveiling their unique renditions of what a living room should look and feel like. So too, patterns of fabrics are becoming more vibrant – a departure from the all neutral color textiles used in years past.

Although it is a style that has been used for many years, Art Deco and classic style furniture, updated with contemporary materials and textures will be very present in interior design this year.

Sustainability is becoming more widespread in the home decorating industry. There is a lot more use of reclaimed and natural materials – rustic furniture, wood, iron and stone are being used more and more. However, other natural materials such as bamboo, rattan, sisal, cotton, wool, paper, glass, clay and other types of metal can also be used to embellish interior decoration.

Items inherited from previous generations now have a place in second-hand markets. Do it yourself projects, folk art and vintage décor can be used to compliment your rustic décor. Utilize contrasting textures and a variety of patterns and colors.

Expect to see more homes bridging the gap between the old and the new. Homeowners are embracing the classic backdrops of older homes and adding ultra-contemporary qualities in their furnishings.

Sick of an all beige room? More bolder color choices are being used in big ways – in sofas, accent pieces, on walls and on ceilings. Navy, green, pink and red take color to a new level, especially when incorporated into the fabrics of your furniture. Metallics were once reserved for the holidays – now they are illuminating tables all year long.

Wallpaper has made a comeback over the past few years. New this year is wallpaper that looks like works of art, such as watercolor brushstrokes or large painted flowers, both of which offer a striking addition to any room. It is all about reproducing a work of art on a large scale.

When constructing a new or renovating an existing home, homeowners are adding rustic touches. Beams, columns and wooden or stone floors are in. If you do not have these elements in your existing home, add false beams or columns to achieve this look.

Decorating your home can be fun and exciting, but it can also be a challenge. As with any home project, consider hiring a professional that has experience in their field of expertise. Interior decorating and design is an art. Identifying a professional that understands your style and budget can be a great place to start.

Sonny Golden, President – Golden Key Interiors

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