Now that we are well into the last quarter of 2019, it is a great time to look back and reflect on some of the fabulous design elements that have made their mark this year. The biggest of all would have to be hand painted décor.

From hand painted furniture to cabinetry, kitchen splashbacks and everything in between, 2019 has been a real haven for hand painted décor fans. Accented colour is back and people have truly unleashed their inner-artisan. Hand painted décor has fit in seamlessly and, in fact, we don’t see it going anywhere anytime soon.

In this article we will showcase why hand painted décor has secured its design domination this year. And if it is time to give your place the once-over, we have a few tips and tricks on how you can make hand painted décor work in your home too.

What has been the focus of design trends in 2019?

With a resurgence of beautiful vintage, handmade and unique, bespoke items, designers this year have put a lot of their focus on embracing designer and historical pieces that can tell their own story. This has seen a big sway away from mass-produced items and an increase in hand painted décor and individualised projects.

Upcycling, recycling and DIY are back with a vengeance. The great news is that this is a style which also provides plenty of opportunity to employ some money-saving tactics too.

So, why exactly is hand painted décor popular this year?

Decorating is primarily about placing objects and pieces together to create a desired effect. The end result is a mixture of textiles, furniture and finishes that create good harmony together and if enough people generate a similar style in their home, this can be seen to deliver a design trend.

The designs we’ve seen trending this year are fresh, un-cluttered and they embrace uniqueness. People are seemingly putting more value on transforming their living spaces into an extension of themselves. Personality is uber important and dull is in the dump. This “personalisation” has encouraged an interesting blend of colour, patterns and bespoke artistic pieces such as hand painted décor.

Hand painted décor allows a perfect match when it comes to personalisation. You can change it up as much as you like and as often as you need. Both furnishings and fittings make the cut.

How to use hand painted décor to create design symmetry

Unlike some of the design trends of yesterday, this year white and grey everything has become a little tiresome. Yes, Hamptons-style and French Provincial are still very stylish, but if it’s plenty of character and personality you prefer, these designs also make a great base to work with.

Following are some of our Highlands Hand Painting design tips on how to introduce hand painted décor to add a touch of personal flavour to your home. If you are looking to change it up, these simple ideas are easy to do and won’t cost a fortune.

#1 Revisit don’t reinvent

If you have an interior already finished in whites, greys or neutral colours, you can create plenty of interest by introducing some on-trend hand painted décor and elements. These colours make a great base to work with and there is no need to fork out to re-paint entire walls and ceilings. Just revisit what you already have and work with that as a starting point.

Hand painted décor provides the ideal leverage to create instant character to a drab or outdated base.

Here are a couple of examples on how to add simple colour and character to plain-coloured walls:

  • Inject some colour into kitchen or bathroom cabinetry by re-painting cabinet doors to make a bold colour statement. You don’t need to re-paint all of them, you can just choose one or two as features
  • Transform old or outdated photo frames into hand painted décor masterpieces. Change the frame colour to create a brighter, bolder work of art to hang on the wall. Textured paint can also introduce extra character to a smooth-based frame

#2 Simplify it

A major rule to design trends this year has been to keep it simple. If you have a fussy furnishing or a plethora of throws and pillows on the lounge, consider cutting back. Mix up texture and colour, but don’t overdo it. Keep just enough to be comfortable and remove everything else.

Hand painted décor colours that are trending this year

Hand painted décor colours that have been on-trend in 2019 include:

  • Blue, specifically ‘Blueprint’, which is a paint colour of high popularity this year. It is being used on hand painted décor items as well as on larger items such as doors and feature walls
  • Dark evergreen
  • Purple
  • Tan
  • Black

Grey is a colour that has seemingly lost a bit of steam this year. That doesn’t mean you should avoid it if it’s something that you like and would work well in your place. But it is interesting to note that there is a notable shift happening.

Hand painted décor and hand-crafted items are in high regard and all the rage this year. Gone are the days of sticking to rules and design must-do’s. People want rooms and styles that reflect personality and scream “this is me!”. 2019 is a year of contemporary beautiful and poetically perfect. And right in the middle is hand painted décor.

If you are looking for personal and professional advice to transform your home or to complete a specific hand painted décor project, speak with our experts at Highlands Hand Painting. We have years of expert knowledge and know-how that can outlast any design trend. Phone us on 1300 662 112, submit an online enquiry, or visit us at 12 Graham Hill Road Narellan NSW.