The Year Ahead: 6 Home Updates to Make in 2019

By Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza
Photo via Farrow & Ball

The new year will see plenty of decadence in Victorian-inspired maximalism, rich and heavy fabrics (like brocade, silk, damask, and velvet), new waves of energy efficiency and ethically sourced materials, and standards of quality reaching higher and higher. Make a resolution to update your home in 2019—increase efficiency, customize your lighting, update your kitchen, and create a new backdrop. Consider investing in a home warranty from reputable companies like American Home Shield or First American Home Warranty to keep your home in top shape. See our editor’s picks for incorporating and highlighting the best of what 2019 will offer.

Image via Plain English
Image via Plain English
Image via Plain English
Image via Plain English
Image via Plain English

Bespoke cabinetry

Editor’s pick: Plain English

The best way to describe Plain English designs: timeless. These Georgian-inspired bespoke cabinet makers focus on architectural quality and timeless designs. All materials are ethically sourced and cupboards are handmade with materials and finishes designed to last for generations. Use them as a clean base for blending modern lines and Victorian-inspired maximalism.

Plain English also creates custom islands, mudrooms, closets, cupboards, and pantries.

Image via Cafe Collection

Updated appliances

Editor’s pick: Café Collection by GE

GE’s new Café Collection of ranges, ovens, cooktops, hoods, dishwashers, and refrigerators is our top pick for appliances in 2019. Appliances come on matte black and matte white and can be outfitted with four custom hardware finishes: brushed copper, brushed bronze, brushed black, and brushed stainless. Additionally, you can take advantage of a GE warranty for repair or replacement costs. If you want to browse other options, check Frigidaire’s warranty and appliances.

Their matte surfaces and minimal adornment make them an ideal coupling with Plain English cabinetry.

Left Farrow & Ball School House White No. 291

Right Farrow & Ball Sulking Room Pink No. 295

A new backdrop

Editor’s pick: Farrow & Ball

To me, Farrow & Ball can do no wrong. Their paint colors are both classic and bold, they can serve as centerpieces or backdrops, accents or landscapes. My top picks for 2019 are dusty neutrals like Sulking Room Pink No. 295 and Cromarty No. 285.

As the decadence of the late 18th-century influences interiors in 2019, understated backdrops like these will be a balancing weight to loud, highly-textured design.

Photo via Urban Electric Company
Photo via Urban Electric Company

Pop light by Urban Electric Company Design by Jen Langston

Photo via Urban Electric Company

Kensington light by Urban Electric Company Design by Workstead

Photo via Urban Electric Company

Whitby light by Urban Electric Company Design by by Amie Corley

Sophisticated lighting

Editor’s pick: Urban Electric Company

Lighting is the ultimate show of impeccable taste. Urban Electric Company’s exquisite designs are unmatched in originality. Made in Charleston, South Carolina, Urban Electric’s designs are inspired by art, history, architecture, fashion, and pop culture. What we love most about Urban Electric is their limitless imagination and their unrelenting commitment to quality.

Photo via Marvin Windows & Doors
Photo via Marvin Windows & Doors

Modern windows

Editor’s pick: Marvin Modern

Marvin Windows and Doors has released their new line of ultra-minimalist and modern windows and doors, Marvin Modern. The line is a modular system, so customizations are aplenty, and features narrow sightlines and state-of-the-art temperature control, so you get a modern look with all the modern features and technology as well. The Marvin Modern line features multi-slide doors and direct glaze windows.

An infusion of color

Editor’s pick: Fireclay Tile

Fireclay Tile creates some of the finest quality and most unique clay tiles available, all in its northern California factory. Their designs range from traditional shapes and styles to pickets and ogee drops, and Fireclay alo offers custom and hand-painted tile designs. Use tile for a kitchen or bar backsplash, accent walls, fireplace surrounds, flooring, stairwells, and more.

Since its founding in 1986, Fireclay have been innovators of reclaimed and recycled materials, using everything from granite and glass dust to post-consumer glass and porcelain, recycled glass tubes, and even glass from old computer monitors.

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