Backwards- and forward-looking lists are a staple of December. This is especially true with design, where publications and interior design enthusiasts take a look back at what defined the year or make projections about what will dominate the coming year. The Mortgage Reports is no exception. Contributor Ashley Baskin takes a look at which trends are projected to have big influences in 2019. Do you agree with her conclusions?

Statement Ceilings
Throwing some color around makes a bold statement anywhere you use it, but livening up your ceiling really makes an impact.

Designers are reimagining spaces and taking advantage of the ceiling to make rooms look brighter and feel bigger. Color on the ceiling is a quick and easy way to give the room a dramatic effect. Wallpaper, on the other hand, is great for creating a romantic ambiance. It has more versatility, allowing you to incorporate patterns and metallics.

Bright Kitchen Backsplashes
Playing with color can be scary for homeowners, but the kitchen backsplash is the perfect place to have some fun and create the biggest bang for your buck.

Monochrome kitchens with subway tiles are overdone and on their way out. Designers are using the humble backsplash to make a dramatic change to the overall look and feel of the kitchen. To quickly change a clean modern kitchen, designers are using an array of patterned tiles that add much-needed texture and color to drab spaces.

Eco-Friendly Accents
This trend is going way beyond interior design: its influences are coming from a much broader global perspective.

People continue to be drawn to items that remind them of their connection to the earth. They also want accents that leave little or no impact on the environment. Natural elements in a home are pleasing to the eye. And the heightened awareness of environmental catastrophes is pushing designers and homeowners to choose building and decorating materials responsibly. Increasingly, interior design incorporates eco-friendly materials like jute, rice paper, and clay to create comfortable grounding spaces that don’t harm the planet and its precious resources.

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