Real Homes’ Laura Crombie talks us through the top five interior design trends we can look forward to seeing in our homes in 2019, including black furniture, green, faux plants, brass and gold accessories, exposed wood and honeycomb geometrics.

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Hello my name’s Laura Crombie from Real Homes and I’m here at Birmingham’s NEC for Spring Fair – the biggest trade event in the UK for interiors, where the trends for 2019 are shaped.

When we came to Spring Fair last year we saw a lot of black being used as an accent for the soft pastel colours that were everywhere. This year it’s gone bigger and bolder, so we’re seeing furniture, lighting, really big, structural, statement pieces. What keeps it modern, because I know you’re worrying that it’s going to look a little bit shiny and cheap, is the matte finish.

One of the things that it’s been paired is brass. This time last year if we talked about metallics, it was all about copper, but things have moved on since then and now we’re seeing brass and gold. This stand behind me is a perfect example so we’ve got the gold pendant lights, candlesticks, trays, lamps, honestly it can be used on everything.

One of the things that brass works perfectly against is the new neutral backdrop we’re seeing this year. There’s no grey. Instead we’re seeing much softer creams, we’re seeing Spiced Honey, which is obviously Dulux’s Colour of the Year, we’re seeing corals, pinks, and it’s just a warmer, softer feel and the brass goes beautifully with it, as does the black furniture.

One of the things that brass is brilliant at is really showing off greens. Take a look at this plant pot here, I love this and it’s a really affordable way to bring brass into your home. I’d love to hang them off my bookshelves in my living room and then inside you can pop some plants. This one looks real but it’s not. Now if you’re anything like me, plants probably have a limited lifespan in your house. I’m going to let you into a little secret – I don’t have the real thing anymore, I just go for some faux foliage instead. There’s been such advances in the technology used to create these that they look so realistic now and it’s a great way to bring the outdoors in. One
of the best things about faux foliage is that it works really well with the black and brass we’ve talked about earlier. And as you can see behind me now, we’re not just talking small potted plants, you can get a full range, from structural grasses to hanging baskets, even a tree.

If you’ve tuned in to our SoRealHomes videos then you’ll have joined us inside the homes of Instagram stars like Lisa Dawson and Amy Wilson, and their amazing bars. This one is absolutely
beautiful. It’s maybe a bit big for the average home, but it’s black, it’s got brass ,so it’s ticking off two of the key trends that we’ve already talked about. Another trend that you can easily tap into is this beautiful olive green colour. Fake plants have been used as an accent, but if you want to take it one step further, then green is the go-to shade that we’re seeing. We’re seeing every shade under the sun, from olive green, to sage green, emerald green, cooking apple green, British racing
green, or this gorgeous sludgy mossy colour. Whichever shade you choose, and however bold you are with how you use it, it’s going to create the perfect backdrop for the black furniture and the beautiful brass accents.

Another thing we’ve seen a lot of when we’ve been walking around the show is exposed wood. As well as furniture, you can see it in everything from pendant lights, to fruit bowls, dining tables
and chairs. Talking about natural materials, take a look at this gorgeous table – it’s got a lovely rough finish and you’ve even got the exposed bark down here.

Another nature-inspired finish we’ve seen is honeycomb – this beautiful hexagon pattern. It’s like a new take on geometrics, which aren’t going anywhere. We’ve seen it on these bowls, these
gorgeous canisters, and there’s also been loads of other examples.

The key thing about this year’s trends is that they aren’t intimidating. For the last few years we’ve had things like Maximalism, clashing colours and patterns, and they were very easy to feel intimidated by, but this year you could easily invest in a beautiful black table, some nice brass accents, and some gorgeous faux foliage.

If you’re buying for the home this year, now you know exactly what you should be looking out for. You’re going to find these trends everywhere from your supermarket to the high street and online. If you need more inspiration or advice, just head to or check out our SoRealHomes videos on YouTube.