We asked those in the know to share their design predictions for the coming year. These are this year’s top decor trends to look out for:
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“India has inspired a number of trends for 2020,” says Peter Gordon, creative director of St Leger & Viney.“New ranges feature Indienne-inspired patterns and hand-blocked fabrics.” These include Kashmiri paisleys and Jacobean floral designs, which evolved from the traditional Indian tree of life. “The colours chosen for our Passage to India collection were inspired by saris. This influence is also seen in the Pearwood collection (pictured) from Cole & Son,” adds Peter, “as well as botanicals and scenic prints inspired by the Indian continent.”
With the world’s attention on global warming and the environment, recycling is extremely important. Van de Sant, a Dutch company now represented in South Africa by NetDécor, produces a sophisticated range of furniture for which everything, from the structure to the fabric is made from recycled plastic. “Our aim is to prevent deforestation, reduce plastic waste and CO2 emissions, and create new jobs,” says Robert Milder, founder and CEO of Van de Sant. “Our furniture is proof that a sustainable vision can be comfortable and design driven.” Miranda Reeder of NetDécor says, “We see this partnership as an opportunity to reduce plastic waste here in South Africa, decrease carbon emissions by producing this furniture locally and provide employment.”
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Although the retro trend has been around for a while, this year there will be a fusion of different eras resulting in interiors that are both nostalgic and contemporary. “In 2020, the sophistication of the 1920s lives happily with the glamour of the disco era,” says Marc Shotland, sales and marketing director of Home Fabrics. “Eighties style is forecast as a fashion trend and its bold elegance will extend into the home, together with the glamour of the ’70s disco ball. We’re talking ’80s-inspired rectangular and curvy furniture, and touches of metallics such as gold, burnished copper and brushed brass – very Saturday Night Fever.”
“Terrazzo is back in a big way,” says Nicole Russell, marketing manager of Italtile. “Although it’s been around for hundreds of years, it has a timeless appeal.” Made from porcelain, it’s a warmer alternative to marble and the speckled effect adds a subtle interest at floor level. Terrazzo tiles can even be used on walls and, when laid, the joins are almost invisible, creating an unbroken, uniform appearance. As they’re moisture- and stain-resistant, they’re a good option for bathrooms and kitchens. Moroccan-inspired patterns have now been interpreted in terrazzo for those who want to take the pattern up a notch.
All eyes have been on Japan recently, so it’s no surprise that the country is having a design moment. Wallpapers and fabrics are strewn with cherry blossoms, fans and bamboo. Another trend that’s gathering momentum is that of Wabi-sabi, the embracing of imperfection which translates into interiors through the use of raw, natural elements. The popular Japandi style combines the romance of Japan with clean-lined, minimal Scandi elements. “With the stress of fast-paced living, it’s only natural that we want to create a sanctuary at home and the calming neutral palette of Japandi, coupled with natural materials and textures, adds harmony,” says interior designer Wendy Douglas.
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