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Trends for 2020: Get ready for a decorative explosion

27 Nov 2019

After years of enjoying industrial, Nordic and navy design trends, be prepared for a shift towards something more eclectic - the coexistence or unification of different styles that reflect good taste and personality.

A broad range of styles is in vogue, with colours that evoke the sea and the sky - it’s all about the personal touch and creating "happily lived-in" spaces.

This is a word from Anita Bloom, the Creative Director for Decorex Africa and 100% Design South Africa, in the latest Decorex Africa Trend Report 2020.

“The report provides a tantalising glimpse of what to expect from Decorex 2020 in Durban, Cape Town and Joburg, when designers and manufacturers showcase all the latest trends, concepts and products that will guide and inspire our interiors,” says Bloom.

“The broad themes emphasised in the report will be featured in the Mobelli Furniture + Living Trend House - Urban Living by Design, Insta-Interiors and Trend Installation as well as pop-up restaurants, cafés and feature areas at each show.”

She reveals two major themes to look out for next year: New Nordic and Contemporary Organic.

1. New Nordic

New Nordic departs from Scandinavian minimalism, with its stark black and white interiors that represent order and harmony, and embrace a cosier, more nuanced aesthetic. Clean, pared-down features still prevail, but look for softer tones, tactile surfaces, natural materials and textured rugs and fabrics.

“Living spaces are warmer and more inviting - fireplaces are back, as are table lamps, candles and lanterns, along with lots of green plants. The colour palette is easy on the eye: champagne, beige, warm neutral colours, sage green, dark blues and indigo,” says Bloom.

2. Contemporary organic

Contemporary organic is even more nature-focused, with a luxurious twist. “We’re moving away from sleek materials and sharp architectural lines as ultra-modern design adopts softer, more texturally rich touches: furniture with sensual forms, timber with an irregular grain,” she says.

Along with this trend comes multifunctional furniture design - think sofas with several accessories as part of their structure, to configure according to whether one wants to work, relax or study.

“The effect is relaxing and grounding - a counterpoint to the highly charged, technology-driven world we live in.”

"A further trend that will inspire us in 2020 is the mash-up of Scandinavian and Asian trends - think Japadi (a blend of Scandi and traditional Japanese details) and Wabi Sabi (the idea that imperfection is beautiful and life is impermanent). Precision and purpose are modified by delight at the unusual, irregular and striking - handcrafted items, textile arts, chubby furniture, oversized paper lamps, touches of neon, painted floors, and Chinoiserie wallpaper."

Because downsizing and urban living restrict the space we live in, we’re looking at the rise of integrated areas in the home – an open-floor arrangement between the kitchen and the lounge means we can socialise while we cook, as well as work or study at the kitchen table. “The new heart of the home will eschew cold, high-gloss design in favour of atmosphere and snug simplicity,” says Bloom. 

Along with this trend comes multifunctional furniture design - think sofas with several accessories as part of their structure, to configure according to whether one wants to work, relax, study, store objects or recharge electronic devices.

“We’ll also get more imaginative with interiors: artisanal design for fabrics, odd-shaped mirrors, hand-painted organically shaped ceramic pieces for homeware, 3D wallpapers, tiles, and carpets with geometric shapes and patterns,” she says.

A broad range of styles is in vogue, with colours that evoke the sea and the sky, along with a splash of warmth (cassis, cantaloupe and mellow yellow). It’s all about the personal touch and creating "happily lived-in" spaces.

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