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Top Interior Design Trends 2019

When it comes to interior design, trends change often and this year is no different! With a focus on eco-friendly designs, natural elements, vintage lighting, minimalism and clean lines, there are so many ways to transform your home’s interior into an effortlessly beautiful space.


Use the New Year as a chance to overhaul your decor and bring your house back to life, starting with the trends we’ve compiled for you below.


Eco-friendly Designs and Natural Elements

With the current state of the planet and the importance of preserving the world we live in, it should come as no surprise that eco-friendly designs and natural elements are a big trend in interior design in 2019.

Sustainable and natural fabrics can be found just about everywhere in interior design, no matter the style. Upholstered furniture, cushions, throws, rugs, and tapestries are just a few available options. In addition to being better for the environment, these types of design elements can provide an escape from the modern world, as they’re peaceful and grounding.


Vintage Lighting

When it comes to lighting trends in 2019, vintage is making a comeback. This is particularly true of vintage pendants and sconces in copper and brass finishes.

Christopher Wray, experts in bespoke lighting fixtures and furniture in London, offer a great range of lighting that will brighten your space and provide an elegant touch to any space. Notably, Christopher Wray offers the Barattolo pendant collection, either in single suspension or with four lights across a bar, complete with vintage LED filament lamps and a lacquered metal structure.


There’s also the Diem single and double wall sconce with a choice between antique brass, polished nickel, and bronze for the finish and blown glass shade diffusers.


Distinct Colour Palettes

The colour tones chosen for your interior design can dramatically effect the impression and mood of a room. While some colour palettes are timeless, such as neutrals and greys, often such palettes can be built on or altered for a new and striking look.

That is the case this year for matte black, which is considered to be a great alternative to a grey colour palette. Another top colour palette for 2019 is rich earth tones, especially deep reds, oranges, and purples. Pastel colours are also in, so if you’re looking for a softer look, this might be it for you this year.


Minimalism and Clean Lines

Similar to the rising trend of eco-friendly designs is minimalism and clean lines. Minimalism reduces the clutter in your home and thus your environmental impact, while also being a stylish modern option that will open up your home.

Minimalism can help you to find items faster, as every item has its place. And clean lines go hand in hand with this style, giving a distinctive look, especially when paired with eye catching accents and finishes.


Accents and Finishes

An interior design trend that’s sure to make a big impression in 2019 is the use of accents and finishes. This trend can apply to furnishings as well as things like countertops and decor. When used in the right amounts, gold and brass make striking accents and finishes. Often paired with a neutral colour palette, accents and finishes can add an extra shine and a sense of luxury to a room.

This year, update your living area with some great interior design ideas and get with the trends. No matter the type of room you wish to freshen up, these trends in interior design—being quite flexible in nature and adaptable to different rooms—will help you to create a space that you and everyone who uses it will love.


7 Essential Home Office Design Tips

Designing a home office can be a time-consuming process. Home offices require a large amount of functionality in their design, though the best ones are also stylish. When setting out to design your home office, there are several factors to consider that will impact considerably on the end result.

Here are a few tips on how to approach this.

1. Determine how much space your office has and what needs to be included in it

Make sure that your office will have plenty of space for your desk, chair, bookshelves, filing cabinet, floor lamp, and any other office furniture you may require to keep productive. Keep in mind that you may need some space to move around, and if your home office has visitors you may need space for a couch or extra seating.


2. Invest in an ergonomic chair

One of the most important pieces of furniture for a home office is a chair that is designed for total comfort and support. A good office chair can make your home office somewhere that you want to spend time, and not just somewhere you have to spend time.

Christopher Wray offers a range of stylish office chairs that come with an anatomically designed seat, backrest and armrests. This means that they can adapt and adjust to accommodate each user supporting the many different variations in posture.

3. Consider the layout of your furniture and give yourself a view if possible

While not all home offices have a window, some do. Factor this into the layout of your home office and consider basing your furniture’s position around the window. Face your desk toward the window for a view and to access natural lighting, and lay out your other furniture around your desk and chair.

If the home office has a window but won’t fit a desk in front of it, make sure you position your desk so that you can avoid glare on your computer screen if you keep the window open.


4. Make the best use of space you can

Home offices can often be smaller rooms, meaning that not much space is available. If this is the case, and you don’t have room for multiple storage cabinets, you will need to make the best use of space as you can.

This may involve wall shelving that can fill empty space above or near your desk within easy reach like Christopher Wray’s Yet modular shelving bracket, or it may involve filing trays on your desk for documents or a desk with a built-in filing drawer.


5. Get creative with decor and visuals

One of the biggest advantages of a home office is you can tailor it to fit your personality. On that note, consider what you can do to make your home office yours. Position knick knacks and photo frames around your furniture, choose a rug to place underneath your desk, and include any other personal items that will inspire you.


6. Keep your technology tidy

When it comes to technology, keep your computer and monitor positioned near powerpoints so you can easily access them to unplug components when needed. Either use wireless technology or hide cables for your technology using cord winders, tubing, or wire organisers to avoid an unsightly tangled mess that will interfere with the overall look of your home office.


7. Make sure your space is well lit

To avoid eye strain, make sure that you have decent lighting in your home office, whether in the form of a ceiling light, desk lamp, or floor lamp. Christopher Wray has many lighting options, like our beautiful modern Anthy desk lamp. Additionally, if you have a window make use of natural light where you can.

Setting up a home office requires a good balance between design and functionality. With Christopher Wray’s expertise in lighting and furniture, you’re sure to find all you need to create a comfortable and stylish room for your work or study.