A new year often means an interior refresh, whether that’s a room-to-room renovation or adding a few new finishing touches. As the saying goes, out with the old and in with the new!

But what should you be buying this year? If you want the latest look or just need a little interior inspiration, we’re here to help. Keep reading as we reveal Barker and Stonehouse’s top trend predictions for 2019.

Sustainable Style

Just like in 2018, this year people are contemplating their purchases more carefully and thinking how they can have the least impact on the environment. After eye-opening documentaries such as Blue Planet, plastic and synthetic are becoming less desirable due to their impact on wildlife and the environment. Consumers are looking for more sustainable solutions.

If you want to find new ways to help the environment, reclaimed furniture is a great place to start. That’s because reclaimed furniture is made form recycled materials that have previously been used, for example, wood from old fishing boats or metal re-purposed from steel drums.

Here at Barker and Stonehouse, we’re proud of our huge range of stylish and sustainable reclaimed furniture. In fact, nearly 20% of our dining and bedroom ranges are made from reclaimed wood. From industrial-inspired coffee tables to statement sideboards, these pieces are as stylish as they are eco-friendly.


Mellow Yellow

Pink has been the colour du jour for a while now, but this year it has a strong contender. Yellow is set to be an interior favourite for 2019, adding a pop of cheery colour to homes. When it comes to the particular shade, think ochre and mustard over pale, pastel yellows and you’re on the right track. According to the Pinterest 100, searches for mustard yellow are up 45%!

While yellow can seem a little daring, it’s actually a versatile colour that can be easily incorporated into a space. Why not use it to add a pop of colour to neutral shades such as soft pink and grey? A couple of cushions or a statement rug will instantly lift a room and bring it up to date. Alternatively, if you’ve embraced the dark colour trend already in your home, yellow works perfectly with bold shades of blue and green for a bold maximalist look.

Back to Nature

As well as looking after the planet, many of us are trying to look after ourselves and improve our well-being in a hectic modern world.  Our homes are packed full of electronics and smart technology, creating noise and artificial light all day long. To combat this “always-on” way of living, we’re seeing an increase in natural materials throughout interiors.

According to Elle Décor, “For 2019, there is greater interest in biophilia–emphasizing the relationship between humankind and nature, and the connections between the two.” Surround yourself in elements from nature to relax, unwind and switch off after a busy day.

For 2019, we’ll see a lot more mindful, peaceful interiors inspired by cool Scandi spaces and zen-like Japanese homes. Think light, neutral shades, woven furniture and wooden accents.Look for natural materials such as stone, wood, rattan, earthenware, linen and wool to promote self-care and create a serene and peaceful environment.

The Dark Side

Talking of dark colours, this trend isn’t going away any time soon. Homeowners everywhere are embracing the dark side and swapping bright, white interiors for darker, more daring shades. From navy and forest green to black and grey, these dark moody colours remain popular for 2019.

The dark trend will add style and personality to any room, providing you create a balance of interesting textures and bright contrasts. Dark furniture and accessories will create a cosy decadent feel in bedrooms, while a dark and moody kitchen will look cool and contemporary. For a modern take on the look, embrace dark furniture with a walnut or dark stained finish, which looks great with metallic brass accents.

Check our #styleitdark on Instagram for inspiration.


Indoor Garden

The trend for lush green interiors continues to grow this year as we seek to make a stronger connection with the great outdoors. From leafy, tropical prints and textiles to real plants and flowers, 2019 is the time to embrace nature all year round.

Add a fresh look to any room in your home by adding foliage-filled planters of all sizes and shapes. House plants such as aloe vera, spider plants and peace lilies will breathe life and colour into your home and are relatively easy to care for. Alternatively, add vases of fresh flowers or eucalyptus to tables and sideboards for a lovely scent.

If you’re not the green fingered type, another way to add a touch of nature to your home is with leafy prints and textiles. Bold palm print wallpapers will make a real statement while leaf patterned cushions and artwork will add a subtle touch of greenery to a space.

For a statement take on the indoor garden trend, Pinterest reported that vertical gardens are on the rise this year!

So there we have it, 2019 is the year of sustainability, embracing nature, and being brave with colour choices. Which trend will you be trying out this year? For more of the latest rends, discover our new arrivals.