Affordable Home Décor Trends for 2019 (for Moms)

If I had to choose my career over again it would most certainly be something to do with interior décor. I am always delving in to interior magazines, blogs and books, wishing I had a bigger budget to indulge my every décor desire…

But, alas, as a mom, my home is decorated with second hand finds, family furniture and items we’ve collected over the years when we had a need or a small amount of money available to spend… Hardly any of it goes together, but, despite the fact that it is not perfect, it is our family home and a space we all love retreating to at the end of every day.

A family home is just that – part of the family. A safe space that is comfortable and reassuring to all the people who call it home. That being said, it doesn’t have to lack style… even when you’re on a budget.

I’m always keen to find ways to update the décor in our space without spending too much money so when I recently popped in at Decorex and did a bit of research into the top décor trends of 2019.

I decided to focus in on the ones I felt would be affordable and achievable for the average mom!

So those are my Top Decor Trends that moms like me (on a budget) may like to incorporate into their homes this season.


1. Sustainable Design

With the environment suffering a major crisis, décor choices leave little to no impact on the planet and its resources is critical. Choosing to purchase products that are sustainable is the way of the future. Being purposeful about purchasing is one of the key trends for almost every industry.

Asking “Who am I purchasing from” and “What materials are being used and are they sustainable” are two very key questions in the buying process.

Sustainable products include jute, rice paper and clay which is why we are seeing more of these natural, sustainable materials being used in décor and design.

Another way to make this trend part of your home is buy buying energy-saving appliances or repurposing items you already own instead of throwing them out.

Remember that whatever you bring into your home from now on needs to give back to the planet as much as it can. Choosing to buy less of a better quality is a great way to ensure that your home is stylish and timeless.


2. Going Green

Speaking of going green, after consulting an interior designer on a project for my blog I discovered that one of the easiest and most affordable ways to inject life into a space is with indoor plants!

We incorporated these into both of my kids bedrooms and loved the look so much that we’ve now invested in a few more plants to brighten up the living area too.

Over the past 2 decades we have become a technology-driven society, often neglecting our need for green. This has now led to a greater interest in biophilia which is an emphasis on the relationship between humankind and nature, and the connections between the two.

Bringing the outside in is a great way to reconnect with nature everyday.


3. Nods to Nature

Now it’s not only the addition of plants to a living space that adds a natural element, a big trend this season is to use natural materials as far possible.

Yes, wooden floors are lovely, but they aren’t exactly affordable. So the key is to find other ways to incorporate nature into your home – maybe it’s by using natural materials such as a jute rug or a rattan lampshade, but it could also be incorporate nature motifs into your decor such as woodland creatures, dried flowers or autumnal colours such as hues of berries, bark and bramble.


4. Jewel Hues

Speaking of colours, jewel tones are big this year. Rich and luxurious, this 2019 interior design trend can be accomplished in a few ways; choose one color and incorporate that subtly to blend with existing pieces and décor, or go all out and mix your favorite jewel tones together for a colorful, yet moody design.

Add in an accent or two to see how you like it first. This trend is easy to incorporate with the addition of a bright, bold scatter cushion or pot – for that indoor plant!

Vibrant colours in a neutral space quickly create a focal point for a room. Think peacock blue, brassy gold, bold indigo, emerald green, dark teal, dynamic purple or captivating crimson!

As you get more bold with this look you can begin to play with layers… paints, fabrics, accessories, and rugs in these colours will create drama, and a dash of luxury, to any room!


5. Colourful Kitchens

Keeping things colourful you may have noticed that there is a big swing towards colourful kitchens currently… I picked up on this first by watching Queer Eye which I LOVE for interior decor inspo.

For years, kitchens have been minimalistic, simple, clean, and white – I know mine is! And as lovely as it is, I’m leaning towards the trend of creating a more personalized kitchen space complete with vintage rugs, open cabinets, shelves of cookbooks, displays of dishes in everyday use and even art!

Cabinet colours to explore (and I’m not advocating re-do, rather a re-paint!) include hunter green, deep blue and even, black!

But if making over all your cabinetry is too much to consider right now, why not opt for an easier kitchen trend to add a punch of personality to the heart of your home in the way of a bold new backsplash using graphic tiles, colourful glass or plain old paint.


6. Matte Black

But if you’re not brave enough for black cabinetry you can always bring in black in another way by updating your appliances or kitchenware…

This year it’s all about matte black. An easy update is with matte black cutlery or crockery, but you’ll also find this trend appearing in the dining room (chairs), the living room (lighting) and the bathroom (fittings and fixtures).

Are you brave enough to ditch the chrome / rose gold / stainless steel look?


7. Texture Time

Moving from smooth matte surfaces to the more tactile textures of chunky knits, woven throws, sheepskin, wicker, wood and linen… Texture is where it’s at this winter. An understated trend that makes a big impact.

The key to create this look is by layering. Use a variety of different textures to create depth in a room. This trend is all about creating an inviting space where you can retreat from the real world and feel safe and cocooned in the embrace of your own home.


8. Hygge Happiness

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you will already know my love for all things Hygge… and with the texture trend already mentioned above I feel like I would be amiss to NOT mention Hygge as an essential element of every home, especially in Winter!

This trend is about find happiness in the daily delights of living. It’s about hibernating and creating a space in which to do so.

Hot chocolate, a good book, great company, fireside chats, board game evenings, soup and crusty bread, an old jersey. Think about all those sweet, simple moments that you remember fondly as a child and try to incorporate them into your own home and life.

To bring the Hygge trend into your own home add layers of texture, soft lighting, scented candles, cosy blankets, gentle music, a fire (if possible), piles of books and games. Hide the TV! Most of these elements you should already have at home making it a very affordable update.


9. Global Essence

The Hygge trend was inspired by the Danish, but they are not the only culture impacting on how we decorate our homes.

Globally-inspired patterns – a fusion of decorative Ikats, Scottish paisleys and intricate Indian block prints are filling homes with their vibrant colours, rich tones and rugged textures.

As more and more people travel the globe, authentic, handcrafted momentos that can be used in our homes daily are becoming the souvenirs of choice and inspiring an eclectic decor aesthetic filled with hand-dyed textiles, earthy pigments, hand-thrown pottery, tassels, pom poms, terracotta earthenware, woven textiles and rope.

This look is celebration of the beauty of craftsmanship and it draws on the raw beauty of imperfect finishes. This authentic rich colour palette will ensures that your living space reflects your personality and travels.


10. Modern Boho

Along with this global influence comes the Boho trend, which has already been going strong for years and is not going anywhere anytime soon. This year takes on the Boho craze with a fresh new twist using more subtle elements, patterns and textures.

Modern furniture choices paired with collected accessories and décor make for a great design partnership. Matching furniture is generic and boring. This look is all about displaying your collected items.

Mix ‘n match family heirlooms and junk store finds with a few new accessories and you’ll be right on track. And don’t forget the perfect modern Boho room always has a dash of greenery!


Which of these 2019 Home Decor Trends has caught your eye?

I’d love to hear which of these suggestions is your favourite.


Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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