Our top 7 trend predictions for 2019!


2019 is quite literally just around the corner, so it’s the perfect time to talk about what we will be seeing in the design world next year. Houzz have released their top 7 trend predictions for the home, renovating and design spaces.

1. Striking wall treatments

Vertical surfaces are set to be a new design frontier in homes. From walls to island benches, we will continue to see a more creative approach to these facings. In 2018 we’ve seen half-round oak dowels used to great effect on island bench fronts, shiplap cladding used in exciting new ways, and wool utilised as wall coverings. In 2019 Houzz expects to see new technological surfaces make their mark; at Cersaie 2018 in Italy, a range of 3D textures imprinted on tiles and new surfaces such as Kerlite – a thin, laminated porcelain reinforced with fibreglass - made a strong appearance.

Design - Fido Projects | Photography Lisbeth Grossman

Design - Fido Projects | Photography Lisbeth Grossman

2. Pastel colours in the kitchen

There is an increased demand for pastel-coloured kitchen cabinets, which is set to strengthen next year. Millennial pink made major inroads into decor in 2018, opening the way for other pastel-based hues, including baby blues, green washes and soft greys. These are proving to be a safe way to express colour in the kitchen, and in 2019 and beyond, are likely to rival all-white kitchens in popularity.

Design - Blue Tea Kitchens & Bathrooms | Photography - Pablo Viega

Design - Blue Tea Kitchens & Bathrooms | Photography - Pablo Viega

3. The star of 2019: statement vanities

Expect bathrooms to take over from kitchens as the key place to stamp your style in 2019. In particular, watch for the rise of statement vanities; whether personalised with statement handles,  furniture-like in the way they showcase original joinery, or painted in bold, saturated colour. Plain white and laminate surfaces will take a back seat, while the design-savvy step up and express their creativity in new ways.

Design - sw-architects | Photography - Sam Noonan

Design - sw-architects | Photography - Sam Noonan

4. Outdoors following indoor design cues

In 2019, we’ll continue to embrace our love for the outdoors as the look of exterior furniture moves closer to that of interior furniture. In Houzz’s AU Landscape trends study 46% of renovating homeowners wanted to create comfortable spaces through outdoor dining furniture.

Those who desire relaxed outdoor living are likely to forgo large dining settings and instead turn over their space to living room-like arrangements by choosing roomy modular sofas with accompanying coffee tables and statement armchairs.

Design - DOT + POP | Photography - Hannah Blackmore

Design - DOT + POP | Photography - Hannah Blackmore

5. The rise of the pod

Timber-clad pods have been popular as a way to add a separate backyard room, granny flat, teenage retreat, or studio for the past few years. In 2018 Houzz have noticed that pod-like shapes that are attached to, or inside homes. We suspect rounded pods will continue to pop-up in the centre of otherwise conventional spaces and rooms.

Design -  FGR Architrcture

6. Colour palettes that calm us down

The desire for physical wellness and mental well being will increasingly be expressed via soothing palettes that soften our environment and give us the measure of serenity we seek. Muted, chalky hues will grow in popularity with greens - from mint to sage - leading the charge, backed up by watermelon, subdued apricot and soft tans.

Design - Bask Interiors | Photogrpahy - Suzi Appel

Design - Bask Interiors | Photogrpahy - Suzi Appel

7. Designed (rather than afterthought) secondary spaces

We are seeing architects, building and interior designers utilising every inch of space in the home, be it under-stair areas, voids, end of joinery gaps, alcoves, even below-ceiling space, by integrating deliberate features into these forgotten areas. And, in their design approach, they are calling attention to these secondary areas rather than allowing them to recede into the background. Think alcoves turned into wine storage, under-stair areas becoming play spaces for children, display elements in disused areas, functional joinery built into narrow spaces and corners transformed into eye-catching studies.

Design - Carrera by Design | Three Birds Renovations

Design - Carrera by Design | Three Birds Renovations

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3 steps to coat your deck - long weekend DIY!


The Easter Long Weekend is here, therefore it's the prime-time for home improvements and outdoor entertaining. So why not tackle those odd jobs and DIY tasks around the home that you have been putting off!

Just in time for the 4 day weekend Cabot’s have released a decking product called the 'Finish in 1 Day system' - turning what is usually a six-week gruelling and time consuming process into a one-day job, yes ONE DAY! This fantastic new product means long-term updates are now much faster, giving you more time for outdoor lounging and entertaining on your fresh deck!

There is a 'Step by Step guide' below as well as a super helpful 'how to' video!


Step 1

Take your Cabot’s New Timber Prep and apply it evenly to the boards with your Cabot’s Deck Prep Scrubbing Brush.

New Timber Prep imitates the exact effects of weathering, by drawing out the timber’s tannins and oils. 

After 15 minutes, rinse away the residue with a hose, leaving the surface ready for coating.


Step 2

Immediately clean the timber with Cabot’s Deck Clean.

Cabot’s Deck Clean should be mixed with water (1:4 parts) and applied to the timber’s surface using a bristle brush, like Cabot’s Deck Prep Scrubbing Brush.

After 20 minutes, it should be rinsed off with a high-pressure hose.


Step 3

Once the deck is dry, it is ready for coating.

Stir the Cabot’s Aquadeck to ensure that the colour is well mixed and even.Start by carefully cutting in around the edges of the deck with a paintbrush. Apply oil to three or four boards at a time using the Cabot’s Deck Coat Applicator.

Always work along the whole length of a board to a natural break to prevent patchy results.

Allow 1 hour to dry for the first coat and then reapply.

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