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5 of the Best Summer Interior Design Trends for 2019

There is no escaping trends, whether you live by them or not, they still define our home. Here’s a round up of some of our favourite interior trends for summer 2019 and beyond.

Over the past year, there have been a few prevailing trends. Sustainability, organic development and nostalgic living have been at the forefront of design, and although these are still popular, there is an abundance of fresh trends being thrust into the spotlight.

1. Well-travelled Home – Global Influences

This year there is a strong emphasis on interiors with global influences. Travel has always inspired interior trends, fashion and design and as more and more of us are escaping daily pressures, Instagramming our journeys and travelling to far-flung exotic destinations, the authentic global style has grown in popularity.

Interior Trends

Blue textiles from French Connection | Linen-blend Blanket from H&M Home


This trend fuses cultures with textures, pattern and unusual trinkets. Artisan woven materials, natural fibres and traditional hand-dyed textiles ensure living spaces feel warm and inviting. These tactile materials blend seamlessly with neutral tones and energetic colours.

Interior Design Trends

Washed Velvet Cushion from French Connection | Linen-blend Blanket from H&M Home


Rich earthy materials and pigments influence this adventurous trend. Use vibrant, warm colours such as terracotta, spiced red and burnt orange or opt for natural muted shades like clays, cream and rock tones.

2. Sustainability Matters

Sustainable Design

Organic Cotton Jersey Bedding from Ecosophy

It comes to no surprise that designers are now focusing on ways to create conscious environments, developing new materials and delving deep into how our surroundings impact planet earth and our health. Their approach is to become more aware of eco-living, looking at key pieces that will stand the test of time and use aesthetics that allow a sense of well-being and peace. This interior trend will be a key element in design, moving into 2020 and beyond.

Material Development

More companies are investing in developing eco-friendly materials, creating new ones from recycled materials and using traditional organic ones too.

Natural materials such as rattan, bamboo, seagrass, jute and ethical cotton are all elements that we are already embracing and envisioning becoming ever more popular throughout the next year. Natural fibre furniture and design developments displayed in Milan and Clerkenwell Design Week have already shown us how we can build on this sustainable ethos.

3. Playful Retro Fusion

Transport yourself back in time with this nostalgic trend which reimagines late Art Decor and Mid-Century modern interiors. This playful trend combines Art Deco style curved furniture, scalloped edges, a 70s colour palette, bold prints and traditional wood grains.

Art Deco

Edina Mirror from Habitat | Kooper VIntage Gold Sofa from Made

Textures and Pattern

Create a retro fusion look with natural wood, soft leathers, velvet and brass adding character to any room. Pattern is also key with this trend, use plain upholstered furniture or bold block-coloured walls as a canvas, then mix it up with a jewel patterned rug or a statement wall of wallpaper. Break plain surfaces up with statement artwork or a retro mirror if you don’t want to go all out with a large scale printed surface.

2019 Design Trends

Ambit Pendant Light by Muuto


Introduce this years Dulux colour of the year Spiced Honey. This trending colour works effortlessly with other nostalgic shades such as mustard, deep green, dusky pink and tan. This warm colour palette is bound to create an inviting yet stylish look.

4. Nordic Influences

Scandinavian inspired interior trends have existed in our homes for years; however, now and then this timeless look is tweaked to become something fresh and inspiring. This is where ‘new Nordic’ or the ‘Nordic retreat’ trend comes in. Think minimalist with warmth, moodier colours, textures, light woods, raw textiles and sculptural furniture.


This updated Scandi trend creates a stylish, elegant and cosy aesthetic without the space feeling cluttered. Scandinavian style is known for its raw woods, layers of interest and soft neutral paint colours. With new Nordic, you will see texture taking a key role. Linen fabrics will create a laid-back, sophisticated feel, sheepskin and wool textiles will add warmth and ashy or beached woods with curated ceramics will generate a sense of calm and serenity.


Neutrals are here to stay in the form of friendlier oatmeals, canvas shades and sandy browns which work wonderfully with Scandinavian whitewash surfaces. If you want to add a splash of colour, choose muted hues such as grey-blue, dusky pinks, forest green and ochre. For the ultimate new Nordic feel opt for darker dramatic tones to create a moody look. Deep blues, dark teals and matte blacks create a stylish contrast with metallic elements, lighter woods and statement furniture.


Coal Yard Lookbook, French Connection

5. Hybrid Homes

Bright Spacious Lounge

Bright Spacious Lounge

Traditional separate rooms no longer work in modern homes, which is why there has been a shift towards open plan living and 24hr spaces. With the change in lifestyle requirements comes a challenge for designers. These hybrid spaces need to combine not only work and social zones; they also need to be a place of relaxation and peace.

The interior environments we create here at Neville Johnson boast flexibility and functionality, hiding modern-day technologies that often dominate our rooms by incorporating storage and shelving, maximising the rooms full potential.

Home Office

Bring the office home

Now that businesses are agreeing to flexible working, more and more of us are working from home, leading to us integrating designated working areas into our homes. When it’s time to work from home or answer those late-night emails, it shouldn’t mean shutting yourself away in the office. With minimal space, you can include a small home study area within your living space. This can be hidden behind doors allowing you to relax and socialise without the reminder of work.

Open Shelving

Rather than hiding everything away open shelving in these hybrid spaces is a way to show your cherished possessions and add a characterful flair to your space with considered styling. Open shelving also creates a sense of space rather than having harsh stand alone furniture taking up room and blocking light.

To discover more 2019 interior trends head over to our Pinterest profile.

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