Everything you need to know to design the ultimate stylish homes

This is it – 2019 will be the year that you finally get your house in order. In a very literal, aesthetically pleasing, sense.

In 2018, a recent survey by HSBC found that over one in four Australians – a whopping 27 per cent – are not proud of their current homes, fuelling a desire to create their ultimate, ideal abode.

Enlisting the help of industry experts to evaluate the best ways to turn your dull home into a stylish one, here are some of the emerging trends for stylish living in 2019.

Sustainable living

Sustainability and a sense of 'home' top the priority list in 2019 for stylish living. As individuals grow more aware of sustainable living and the products they choose to invest in, so does their way of living.

"We are more connected by digital technology than ever before so there is a real push for design to increase our connection to nature and the outdoors through use of natural materials, light and a sense of landscape," explains Travis Walton, architect and interior designer.

"Our spaces will be defined by smart materiality. As our daily lives are all about the 'experience', we have come to expect these moments even at home, so we are seeking authentic and unexpected experiences resulting in styling combinations which are more playful in form, less rigid and less predictable."

Worldly, bold influence

Confidence reigns supreme in 2019, as it has never been a better time to venture into unknown territories when it comes to styling your home.

"There will be strong contrasts in 2019, especially in terms of bold graphic artworks," says Walton.

"We will see a lot of geometric patterns; matte black in everything from furniture to picture frames; botanical prints; Persian and Afghan rugs; influences from the 1930s and 1970s – and travel. Anything that brings the world into the home, from globes and maps of the world to artefacts and mementos sourced on holidays abroad," says former The Block judge Neale Whitaker.


Minimal is more

It's no shock that a majority of Australian homeowners have revealed that money holds them back from achieving their dream home. This way of thinking is not only detrimental in ultimately achieving a home your proud of, but as stated by HSBC, Aussies spend an average of just $582 a year on home décor and $897 on fittings and fixtures.

There are many ways of going about improving your home's layout and design – in keeping with the emerging trends for 2019 – without breaking the bank. One of the first things to consider in doing so is decluttering your space; a simple, yet effective action.

"The 'spruce up' should be in an area where you will get maximum gain for your efforts," says Walton.

"Identify the key elements of the space which you feel are important to the way you use the space. For example, in my recent renovation at home, I wasn't ready to replace my sofa so instead, I upgraded the rug and styled up the mantle with new artworks and glassware. Things as simple as purchasing a new table lamp enabled a dappled shadow across the wall at night which increased the lux atmosphere tenfold."

Find the best for your budget

And if you find yourself working on a tight budget, why not simply consider a visit to IKEA, as recommended by the experts.

If not, John Bechini, Director of VBO Australia, explains that investment pieces should be considered also, as they will prove timeless purchases that will last a lifetime – and help improve any given space immediately.

"At VBO Australia, we don't believe in seasonal items, so choose well, and choose once. The shock of the initial price will be outweighed by the joy it brings you each time you look at it. Everything in your home should make you smile."

"Uncluttered and organised homes will be a massive trend for 2019; where materiality is king."

Earthy tones

As colour plays an important aspect to your home and its spaces, 2019 will see the emergence of earthy tones in more ways than expected.

"Earthy and natural tones will pair effortlessly well with timeless materials such as natural timbers and stone. You will find that more subtle tones will be featured especially in textures such as linen which is making a big comeback," says Walton.

"Warmer stones, such as terrazzo and granite, alongside oak and natural woods will prove popular go-to's," adds Bechini.

"Metals which patinate over time and show a history will be appreciated in more ways than not."