It’s time to come back down to earth. Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy’s resident trend expert, has declared 2019 the year of Being Real. 2018 was all about escapism — from the news, social media and partisan politics, which meant consumers were drawn to soft pastels, celestial motifs and mystical unicorns.
In 2019, Isom Johnson anticipates a “shift towards reality.” Expect to see a rise in the popularity of all-natural and sustainable products, and the embracement of authenticity. “The world isn’t perfect (and you don’t have to pretend that is), but you can also do something about it,” writes Isom Johnson.
A few trends that aren’t going anywhere in the new year? Seventies and nineties style decor, confetti-like terrazzo and llamas (because they’re cute and have seen a 239 percent search spike on Etsy in 2018).
Read on to find out which new decor trends will be cropping up on the global online marketplace in 2019.
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1. Burnt orange (aka terracotta) takes the lead
While Millennial pink, Gen Z yellow and generational label-less lilac ruled 2018, earth tones are slated for a comeback in 2019. Our roundup of the top paint colors of the year revealed terracotta as an early front-runner, and Isom Johnson agrees. “This desert-inspired hue is grounding (yet refreshing) and unapologetically natural – exactly what we need in 2019,” she writes.
2. Maximalist decor goes all out
You shouldn’t put a limit on the number of things you love. “Maximalism is the moment we’ve been secretly waiting for – a rebellion against the often unrealistic quest for order in our homes and lives,” notes Isom Johnson. Minimalism isn’t a movement for everyone; while it can be freeing for some, it can come across as cold and austere to others. Maximalist decor embraces bold (sometimes clashing) patterns, loud color combos and layer upon layer of texture.
3. Herbariums replace terrariums
Plant parents know that less work equals more enjoyment. And what could be easier than flowers and herbs that require zero watering or pruning? Isom Johnson calls them “the perfect solution to bringing the outdoors in without sacrificing those natural pops of color.” Whether pressed between panes of glass or suspended in oil-based liquid, these pieces are sure to grow in popularity.
4. Southwest style rises once again
“Etsy sellers will be bringing back bolo ties, desert-inspired illustrations and bold, woven textiles for an all-out Southwestern resurgence,” writes Isom Johnson. The aesthetic has gained a modern edge (no Kokopelli wall art here), and is characterized by “earth tones, rough textures, and natural fabrics.” The aesthetic of your great aunt’s Arizona vacation home is now a thing of the past.
5. Sloth motifs encourage slow living
It seems like every year there’s a new “it” creature — foxes, unicorns, elephants, llamas. We put their likenesses on every piece of decor imaginable, from coffee mugs, to throw pillows, baby mobiles and more. In 2019, we’re taking it nice and easy with a slew of sloth-inspired decor. Or as Isom Johnson puts it: “A real-life representation of the carefree lifestyle many of us strive for every day.” Now if you’ll excuse us, we need to go take a nap on the couch.