A dazzling blend of colour, unexpected materials, mismatched combinations and paired back styling is forecast to set the design narrative for 2019, according to Beaumont Tiles, where based on global trends, Australian home renovators are expected to leave conformity behind and instead migrate towards bold and daring statements in their home design. Designs will celebrate playful colours, organic charm, easy living and healthy homes, as home renovators continue to embrace indoor-outdoor living and become more environment conscious. Large format slab tiles – spanning up to three metres long – will be a look to keep an eye on in 2019. They’ve been gaining appeal globally for some time now, and during 2019 you’ll see them featured in local projects. Expect to see large slab tiles used in clever ways, covering everything from benchtops to dining room walls. With this innovative step forward in tiles, the applications are limitless; and grout lines are minimised.
Beaumont Tiles expect there will be five lifestyle-look trends in 2019, all sure to set your next home renovation project apart for years to come: Exposed, Melodrama, Bio Tech, Still Life and Life Line:
Exposed Life. The ethos of the Exposed Life trend is a simple approach to living from recycling and reusing; to the inventive use of space, creating a more meaningful, sustainable life. Think neutral materials wrapped in earthy finishes and blended with weather-worn motifs that pay homage to the power of nature. Exposed Life is an hierarchy of elements spanning handwoven cloth textures, romantic timber patinas, rich colour palettes of deep blues, dusty plums and bronze; then contrasted with pops of sparkle and warm ambient lighting. An example of Exposed Life would be a sturdy organic base, such as Amazon timber look tile or Marmette terrazzo emulations; built upon with lighter earthen shades such as Earth Cotto and Agrestic in hues of blue [all from Beaumont Tiles]. This draws the eye inwards and up, to create an unmissable invitation to stop-on by, which is ideal for small bathroom renovations, or a cosy guest bedroom.
Melodrama Life. Lovers of luxury from every era will be in their element with this decadent trend that celebrates the best-of-the-best. Australia’s love of the past has been building popularity since 2015 with no hint of slowing down. It is all about taking something old and giving it a modern twist and a new lease on life. Melodrama Life is a blending of rich, lush colour; artfully curated furniture; and furnishings from contrasting periods. Think: Deco with Edwardian, 1950s with Bauhaus. It all works to create a wonderful sense of theatre and fun. With a bathroom renovation head towards a two-toned tile such as Beaumont’s aqueous look Pier 17 in turquoise; and embellish it with a free-standing tub and oversized gold or matt black tapware. Finish off the space with fluffy towels and a glass vase with Japanese plum blooms or orchids.
Bio-Tech Life. This trend is the playful fusion of greening of indoor spaces; and green technology that provides solutions that are sympathetic to the environment and mindful of our health. Bio-Tech Life dynamically clashes tropical and urban mentalities, while always looking to draw the outside-in. It’s a deliberate juxtaposition and social statement of our time. From plant-life to the colour green, achieving this look requires organic structures always being at the core of the narrative. To achieve this look, opt for a marble-look slab tile such as Grand Atlantis, and Beaumont’s green-hued decorative Mos City Green Gloss tile as a standout feature wall. Complement with gold tapware and an oversized showerhead; and soften with woven baskets, green ferns and timber bathmat.
Still Life. Still Life celebrates simplicity; and careful curation creates open, fresh and calm living environments. Spaces influenced by this style are paired back, yet premium and can be likened to a still life painting where every object within the project forms part of a carefully considered style story. The rise in popularity of this trend can be connected to Australians looking to streamline and still their busy lives. Keep styling modest by selecting a central feature in your bathroom design such as a free-standing tub; then add colour and layers with unexpected textures like satin-finish to frame its focal point. Concrete slab tiles and a geometric print are Beaumont Tiles’ go-to with this style. Introduce natural elements such as a timber stool or structured indoor plants in a brushed metal planter to create contrast and theatre.
Life Line. Australians belong to a melting pot of cultures and stories. Life Line connects these points with crucible-like magic – removing the superfluous and exposing elements in their true, raw form. This style is all about regenerating the past from all cultures with optimistic colour, playful designs, and a dash of out-of-the-box creativity. To achieve this look think concrete tiles, terrazzo slabs, retro steel chairs and burnish metal fixtures. Keep artwork to a minimum; and introduce warmth and softness to zones with primary coloured cushions on over-sized chairs and green succulents to tables.
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