Antiques and Interior Design – Buying Trends for 2019

While 2018 may have still seen plenty of interest in Scandi schemes, minimalism reached its zenith to be replaced by eclecticism, fusing the incongruent to create individual themes.

2018 drew a younger audience to high-quality antiques, inspired through social media, their longevity and the scope for cultivating a unique identity in their homes.

This migration will only continue to grow in 2019.

We caught up with three influencers within the industry to delve deeper into what trends we can expect to emerge over the next year.

Rachel Hobson shares her antique trends for 2019 Rachel Hobson of Hobson May

After 30 years experience working with designers and private clients in the UK and Europe, HMC launched their online collection, bringing a selection of inspiring antiques to a wider audience.

Partner and co-founder at Hobson May Collection, Rachel’s wealth of experience and knowledge of 17th to 21st century furniture and antiques, married with a specialist knowledge of upholstery, is a valuable asset when sourcing the finest quality and unusual decorative pieces for clients all over the world.

Taking inspiration from the classic English country house, the old school style of the gentlemen’s club and glamour of the French chateau and mixing with more contemporary pieces, Hobson May have created a collection perfect for the 21st Century home.

Art Deco

Art Deco has always been the epitome of style, the simplicity of which never goes out of fashion.  2019 sees this influence in modern furniture design and interiors, but there is nothing quite like buying an original Art Deco piece to add elegance to a room.

Art Deco will continue to be an interior style in 2019


Brass is definitely the metal of the moment. Here at Hobson May Collection, we are seeing increasing sales of brass pieces amongst younger buyers.

Brass has always been an important metal in antiques, whether it be fireside accessories, an antique desk lamp or the handles on a period chest of drawers. Antique brass has the qualities to enliven any interior.

Brass antiques will be popular in 2019


Wallpaper goes from strength to strength and whilst the oriental influence will continue to be strong, ethnic and geometric designs in bolder colours will become more key.

Strong patterns will be popular in 2019

“Not only do antiques bring style to a room, they have a story to tell, as people look to create a more individual style, this becomes even more relevant. Trends are a good source of inspiration, but the most important thing is individuality and style – antiques are key to this.”

Follow HMC on instagram @HobsonMay for early previews of the latest arrivals in the collections.

Co-founder and Designer of VSP Interiors, Henriette von Stockhausen gives her thoughts on antiques and interiors in 2019 Henriette Von Stockhausen of VSP Interiors

Co-founder and Designer of VSP Interiors, Henriette von Stockhausen works on beautiful projects in London and Dorset.

The high end interior practice has firmly established a unique niche within the interior design sector. From grand country estates to contemporary urban city properties, VSP’s experience of fusing timeless, classic design with modern and individual elements has meant the award winning team has been in high demand since early beginnings in 2000.

VSP Interiors’ predictions for 2019:


Through clever styling with placements of hand-embroidered chaise longues, antique wall lights, attractive rugs and plates – bathrooms are no longer a cold, functional space. Home enthusiasts are now starting to make these areas into beautiful rooms in their own right.

using antiques in bathrooms in 2019

Individuality and a younger audience

Trends are moving towards very special, one-off pieces with fine detail inspiring young people to integrate them into their design schemes.

The individuality of antiques will be popular in 2019

You can follow Henriette on instagram @vsp_interiors for more interior design inspiration.

George Perez Martin    

George Perez Martin of BrownriggGeorge founded Brownrigg nearly twenty years ago in West Sussex. Following a relocation to the Cotswolds six years ago, the large antique shop is now located in Tetbury, spanning three floors and houses a 7000 feet warehouse offering a curated selection of the finest European antiques.

Fueled by a vision to offer a constantly evolving and eclectic mix of antiques and decorative pieces, Brownrigg has become a go-to destination for interior designers, decorators and private clients alike.

Here’s some predictions for 2019 from Brownrigg:

Vibrant antique textiles

The use of antique textiles in upholstery has become more and more significant in recent times. Hand dyed fabrics in vibrant shades of greens, yellows and bright colours are adding greater depth to individual pieces and sets of chairs.

Virbant antique textiles will be in demand in 2019

Louis XIV furniture

Louis XIV furniture is really in demand and in particular with a painted finish.

Antique style Louis XIV furniture will be on trend in 2019

Ebonised furniture

Ebonised furniture mixes extremely well in a contemporary setting and black ebonised desks are becoming very popular with both interior designers and private buyers.

Antique ebonised furniture will be popular in 2019

To view a wider selection of carefully curated European antiques, you can follow George’s popular instagram channel @brownrigguk.


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