Sarah Barnard Design

This is a series of research articles where we sit down with interior designers and dive head first into discussions to investigate the future of interior design and uncover the aesthetic journey homes will take in the future. Our mission is to discover what home design will look like in the coming years, what aspects will lead the way, and what attributes will be present in most homes. Effectively, putting you ahead of the curve to grasp and become familiar with emerging design schemes before they take-off – preparing your home be amongst the ranks of the LA’s most design forward.

The Future Of Design,

Welcome, Sarah Barnard

Breaking open our third installment in the series where we look to uncover the future of home design, Sarah Barnard Design graced our interview space allowing us to pick her mind and discuss the future of the industry and what emerging aspects of home design that she’s noticed gaining more attention and use.

Effectively, allowing us and you to understanding, from her viewpoint, what aspects of interior design or home builds she’s observed being requested by a majority of her clients. Giving you the opportunity to get a glimpse into her world; understanding what trends you, as homeowners, should be on the look-out for in the coming year. In these series of articles our aim is to uncover the future from multiple viewpoints. Helping us pinpoint exactly where the future go. Putting you ahead of incoming trends before they take off. Elevating your home to be amongst the ranks of the most design forward .



Where do you see home design going for the first half of 2019? What’s the future? How will it look?

Restorative, Healthful Spaces

As clients are regularly exposed to repetitive and mass marketed design styles on social media, the wish for an authentic home will continue to increase.

Health Conscience Design

We all want and need restorative, healthful spaces. Many young families in particular are requesting healthy and durable design. Parents are especially concerned about the materials that make up their home environments, so natural, non-toxic materials are of the highest importance when creating spaces for growing children. These families want to feel safe knowing their family is surrounded by natural, organic materials. Educated clients will choose artisan-made, high quality pieces that last. Bespoke furniture that can be customized to the last detail is in demand and will continue to be desired. More than ever, I am receiving requests for custom everything.”
As clients are regularly exposed to repetitive and mass marketed design styles on social media, the wish for an authentic home will continue to increase. Homes will be hardworking and productive in order for their owners to enjoy a restorative and meditative lifestyle. The future of natural home interiors looks healthier and happier than ever. Beautiful vegan interiors, ultra-organic and custom spaces, and homes filled with lush plant life that improves air quality and promotes health. The future is design that accounts for the specific individual’s needs in a healthy, restorative, and organic way.”


What will be the 3 biggest design trends for 2019?

Smart Design and Tech, “Crazy Plant Lady” and Jungalow, Happy Healthy Homes

A visual connection with the outdoors can improve mood and productivity

Smart Design and Home Technology

Sarah –Incorporating smart design and technology is a critical step in new home design – where properly designed, technology can save time and energy. This may include home appliances, HVAC, alarm/security cameras, door locks, audio/visual controls, lighting, window treatments, and more; automating systems improves the quality of life by eliminating unnecessary work.

Smart home technology is more than just the refrigerator that announces when ingredients run out, or the thermostat that has presets for each family member. The main reasons many clients are investing in home technology are safety and peace of mind. For a small home, checking all the windows and doors to make sure they are locked might wake only a few moments. The same task is long and tedious in a large estate. Having an integrated home system allows users to monitor all aspects of their home from their mobile phone.

A smart home improves the safety and convenience, allowing homeowners more time to spend doing what they love.”

“Crazy Plant Lady” and Jungalow Style

Sarah –My design practice has always closely considered our desire to be connected to nature. This means having a visual connection to nature with windows and natural light, bringing nature inside by adding plants or natural materials, and having nature-inspired objects like sculptures or furnishings that resemble natural forms. As more and more of us make our careers our focus, calmness, serenity and healthy living can be difficult to achieve without the help of nature and smart design.

Many clients are beginning to realize that there is a dramatic benefit to design that nourishes our desire to be close to nature, hence the trending terms “jungalow” and “crazy plant lady”. These popular phases have inspired images of homes filled to the brim with lush flowers and plant life. Adding plants is an excellent way to promote health and wellness, beautify your home, and improve indoor air quality.

The field of design that creates spaces inspired by and in tune with nature in order to promote the health, serenity and wellness for its occupants by meaningfully incorporating natural elements is called biophilia. Following these principles can result in positive physical and psychological improvements for individuals occupying such a space. Lowered blood pressure, stress, hormone levels and increased levels of happiness have been reported by people living and working in nature infused spaces. Using biophilic design means including pieces of nature in the design, elements inspired by nature, and mimicking natural environments with layout, architecture and planning.

Phrases like crazy plant lady and jungalow style may be catchy and new, but designing with plants certainly isn’t. The growing appreciation of plants will continue into the coming year and beyond.

A Happy Healthy Home Life

Sarah –Embracing your truths and aligning your home with your values is paramount to a happy, healthy home life. Rather than focusing on style, many clients are finding that it is best to focus on how they want to live, and have my inspiration be born from there. Having a healthy home means being aware of what your home and everything inside it is made of, as well as aligning the design of your home with your values.

For some, healthy design and living consciously may simply require eliminating toxic materials, while for others it means vegan interior design, designing a meditative retreat, or considering their pets in the design of their home. Being aware of what nourishes you, be it animal kindness and/or human welfare can offer a clear path toward designing your home more consciously. When a home is designed deliberately, it works for you, which is why I encourage my clients to be completely honest with me about their preferences and the way they live their lives. This information is vital to my design team’s process. 

Our mental, physical, and emotional health are deeply and immediately impacted by our surroundings. A visual connection with the outdoors can improve mood and productivity, and what we bring into a home or space (finishes, furniture, artwork) determines both the quality of the air we breathe and how we function in our daily lives. With that in mind, I give careful consideration to my clients’ unique personalities, lifestyle needs, and long term goals in order to craft customized spaces that contribute to their overall health and happiness.


Last but not least, what will come to an end in 2019? What is the #1 thing you see falling off in the coming year

All Fads: Specifically Rose Gold, Bohemian, and Bling Bling

I am seeing a decline in requests for ready-made, mass-produced furnishings

A Call For Unique Decor

“Unique handmade objects bring authenticity, longevity, and personalization to a home. My clients are choosing artisan-made, bespoke furnishings that are customized to their height, physical abilities, personal preference, and any allergies. As this trend grows, I am seeing a decline in requests for ready-made, mass-produced furnishings.
“This is a logical progression because furniture can and should last a lifetime (or two). Clients are learning that it is better to purchase healthy, hand-made furniture that will last rather than mass-produced furniture created in a factory setting. Many popular furniture retailers make it impossible to know the ingredients in the dyes or finishes in their fabrics. Even the “natural” linens are regularly treated with stain repellent finishes with undisclosed or proprietary ingredients. Our design studio has long-standing relationships with artists and artisans who hand-make most of our goods, focusing on using natural and reclaimed materials. Because of their healthy furnishings’ high quality and personalized nature, pieces made this way tend to be more treasured by a family and stay with them for longer. My clients are choosing this quality craftsmanship over the lesser ready made options. There are a few other fading trends: rose gold is waning in popularity, as well as the bohemian style and bling for bling’s sake. The idea that home furnishings should follow fads closely like fashion is waning. I think as more clients are search for authenticity, more clients will find their way to healthy, artisan, organic goods and furnishings.


Being One With Nature

Primal Instincts

To be effortlessly timeless

As we’ve stated before in previous posts and to our clients here at Mega Builders Inc, incorporating aspects of the natural world is one way to take a home to the next level.

Evoking Primal Instinct

Allowing your home to open up and bring in some natural elements is on the rise (just as you stated). Such as incorporating natural wooden walls vs. the brick or painted options, natural table sets, and the like. Going further, clients have even opted for opening up their actual home’s structure to incorporate the natural world; such as a break in walling allowing for an open-enclosure garden for viewing purposes as you go from one room to the next. Even on simpler terms, just introducing natural light into you home livens up any design – having the power to change the mood of any room.

Why are we so drawn to nature? Why are these type of big and small renovations a major trend? It all deals with where we came from and where we are. A home is meant to give you a break from the outside world – your sense of protection where the outside problems can no longer effect you. Therefore, by adding natural elements, renovations, and decor pieces we allow ourselves to still have that grounding to the natural world and nature we’ve all but lost. Taking us back to where we once came and bringing a sense of calmness to our ever-so raging minds. Taking us from a speed of 100 to 25, helping us to subconsciously slowdown.

And with that, we conclude our third article in the series to explore the evolution of interior design and the route homes will take in the future. We want to thank Sarah Barnard Design for taking part in this road towards discovery and helping us map out how the near future will look and what route, in evolution, homes will take on. We also congratulate Sarah Barnard Design with the “Leadership in thought and future development of interior design” award as they are one of the interior designers shaking up the LA, California scene and were subsequently chosen to take part in the conversation of what the future holds.


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