Design Trends for 2019

Each new year brings home design trends that are meant to refresh and reimagine the home. Darling Homes has a long history of making sure its homes lead the way in both style and design. The builder accomplishes this by incorporating design trends that will add to a home’s authenticity while further elevating its innovation. Take a look at a few favorite design trends for 2019.

High Contrast

This year, the use of high contrast is a huge trend that will be incorporated into home design. With Darling Homes, you’ll begin to notice dark countertops paired with white cabinets and light gray flooring paired with black cabinets. This trend will also be incorporated into plumbing with the use of black or dark hardware, plumbing and light fixtures against bright white countertops and walls to create a look that is striking and distinctive.

Neutral Color Palette

Neutral color palettes will be incorporated into homes in 2019. When introducing a neutral palette, the focus is more on layering textures and patterns. Rather than incorporating bright colors to decorate the home, the Hygge cozy decorating trend is gaining acceptance through the use of fluffy rugs, oversized woven throws and lots of pillows to create a cozy and relaxed feel.

Exterior color palettes will feature soft whites for painted brick and trim/siding as well as various warm charcoal colors that pair extremely well with Darling Homes brick and stone elevations. Stucco elevations have moved into a more modern feel by using less colors and an updated palette.

This year’s color of the year is Classic French Gray by Sherwin Williams. This color is not only a gorgeous gray but is a deep, rich and warm color that is very versatile. It is timeless and richer than previous popular grays that gave off a colder tone. The color can add elegance to a study or bedroom and is even a great way to update your exterior trim or garage door. Darling Homes’ color of the year will also speak to color popularity but be timeless and thoughtful of creating a lasting color palette.

Healthy Living Design Elements

Healthy living is another element that both home builders and owners are more concerned with this year. Darling Homes is considering healthy living from decorations to flooring. The use of real plants like succulents, fiddle leaf figs and air plants as well as swapping soft surfaces like carpet with wood flooring will be incorporated this year.

Replacing carpet with wood will not only remove added dust and dirt but also eliminates additional chemicals that could affect those living in the home. Additionally, wood flooring requires less upkeep and adds a natural element to the home, which will help combat allergies and skin sensitivity issues. Other elements that aide in creating a healthier home are well-made healthy mattresses, rugs made from natural material, less draperies and more plantation shutters.

Material Design Trends      

2019 brings a number of trends in materials that will be incorporated into the home. This includes:

  • Concrete Finish Tiles – These tiles create a more industrial look.
  • Pattern Tiles – These are an exciting addition to the market that allows buyers to add a bit of personality to a backsplash or a small area like a powder bath or utility room.
  • Large Format Tiles -These large tiles (24” x 28” in many cases) will create an overall sleek look for a backsplash. These are a great option for buyers who want that more modern simple look of a stone backsplash.
  • Light washed wood -Woods available in grays, whites and taupes are still very big design trends that create an open and spacious feel in the home


This year, lighting can be used to create a unique personality for the home. Exposed bulbs are still very important in terms of design of lighting. Exposed bulbs paired with brass, black and warm wood accents are creating lighting that will not only serve as a source of lighting but also a focal point in a room. Incorporating a great fixture in the powder bath or a show stopping fixture in the entry way will allow the home’s distinct personality to shine through.

Design Themes

A home’s aesthetic adds theme, personality and feeling to the home. Darling Homes is focusing on six curated design aesthetics in the models to create aspirational homes that will help homebuyers with designing their own authentic home. These themes are DHModern, Southern Charm, Practical Glamour, Seaside Coastal, Global View and Iconic. DHModern will be front and center as the team is designing more and more of the models and exterior streetscapes to relate to that modern look that buyers are asking for.

Each Darling home is designed to be striking and distinctive from the inside out so that each homeowner and guests never forget the first step into a Darling home as it is an experience that reveals a story of purpose, comfort and sophistication. Distinctive design and new home dreams can come true with a beautiful new Darling home in Dallas or Houston.