With the end of the year approaching, we’ve started looking at what 2019 might bring in the world of home renovations. There’s plenty to talk about; the focus on natural materials and eco-friendly design is set to continue, while creating a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor living also looks set to remain popular.
If you’re only up for changing one thing in 2019, flooring is a great option. In 2019, flooring is about warm and relaxing tones that turn a house into a home. Keep it simple and rustic. Darker shades of neutral colours like coffee, walnut and cocoa are perfect. Wooden flooring can be used with just about any style of decor, from the cosy winter reading room to tropical beach chill out zones. Choose rugs wisely to add a sense of comfort and warmth. They can also work to provide a little extra colour – but stick to whatever colour palette is already in the room.
If you’re a carpet person, opt for something soft and sophisticated. For tiled flooring, black is the colour of choice for modern bathrooms while Moroccan patterns add interest to areas like kitchens or hallways.
Kitchen renovations are renowned for being one of the more expensive projects to undertake. However, you don’t need to pull everything out to refresh your kitchen for 2019. You can give your space a new look with just a couple of changes.
For updating your work surfaces, quartz remains a stylish option and this kind of change can be installed and used quickly. In 2019 bright white kitchens are on their way out and darker or more atmospheric decor is in. Matte finishes are becoming more popular, and depending on what you already have going on in your kitchen, this might be as simple as repainting your cupboard doors or wooden chairs.
Kitchens are going clutter-free – so add extra cupboards above what you have or place some shelving to give your kitchen a new vibe without the need to redecorate at all.
The outside of your property is just as personal as the interior – so it needs just as much attention. How you style the exterior can change whether your property looks modern or antique, cosy or uninviting. Neutral colours such as tones of grey or blue can make a home feel welcoming and close to nature.
Of course, there’s more than just your actual house to consider when it comes to the outside of your property. Maybe 2019 is the year to landscape your gardens, or add a deck, patio or pool.
With our glorious climate, an outdoor space to relax is a really valuable addition to your home. The new year will be all about bringing the indoors out, so think about comfy chairs with cushions and blankets, outdoor heaters and some form of protection from both the sun and the rain.
In the garden itself, try adding water features or quiet seating areas for relaxing with a book and a coffee when everyone else is out. If you have a shed or garage, consider how you can enhance the space to store everything you need while making it a inviting space to work on a project. Whether or not you go as far as the ‘man cave’ – we’ll leave up to you.
If you’re looking for a new property to call home in 2019, talk to the team at Ray White Alexandra Hills to get your search started.