January 9, 2019
It wouldn’t be a new year without a slew of predictions, and interior design is no exception. We put our heads together to come up with our top 10 predictions for what’s coming in 2019.
Technology took over in 2018, from video monitored doorbells to internet-connected refrigerators, there’s no doubt the “smart home” is on the rise. As such, these technologies are quickly making their way into senior living. Tunable lighting, smart locks and temperature controls, and voice-activated smart speakers will become must-haves for seniors when considering a community.
Senior living will also embrace technology outside of apartments, bringing high-tech solutions into existing amenities. Self-serve point-of-sale systems have become wildly popular in retail, and it won’t be long before they start popping up in community bars, cafés and coffee shops.
Designers will aim to create a residential feel to larger communities with more intimate amenity spaces. Gone are the days of large, grandiose lobbies, which will be phased out in favor of smaller spaces with a more eclectic style. Layered patterns and colors, and colorful backsplash designs will help add character to these new common areas.
In terms of amenities, seniors (like many apartment-dwellers) are looking for that all-inclusive, urban lifestyle. Providers have met this demand with expanded health and wellness centers, dog washes/groomers, day cares and dog parks, all with a high level of design; but it doesn’t stop there. Providers will place more design consideration on overlooked ancillary spaces, like mailrooms, to create a unique aesthetic. Likewise, communities are looking outside of their walls toward creating destination outdoor amenities. Designers will get plenty of opportunities for spectacular rooftop bars and theaters as providers push to cultivate a particular lifestyle and stand out in the marketplace.
As employee retention concerns continue to rise, so will design considerations for employee amenities. Designers will look outside of the industry to startups and hospitality for inspiration in crafting the ultimate employee lounge.
Jewel tones and light wood finishes will dominate the furnishings world this year, while paint colors will shift from cool-toned greys to warmer neutrals and metallic accents will follow suit–think less silver and more gold, copper and brass. Colorful, painted millwork will see a rise in popularity in 2019, with bold colors winning out over white and beige.
Overall, designers will use new resources in digitally-printed flooring and textiles to create a more personalized design aesthetic without breaking the bank.
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