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The moody blues

Interiors are blue, rich and moody all over, according to those in the know. Decorex is the largest decor and design exhibition on the African continent, so we sat down with the GM of Decorex SA and 100% Design South Africa, Sian Steyn, to find out how our interiors are going to be changing this year.

What is the key lifestyle trend that will influence decor in 2015?

Comfort is key in 2015, according to the trend forecasters. They all predict that this year will see us immerse ourselves in the warm embrace of a world that makes us feel happy and safe. On the home front, the trend will play out across all areas of decor, from decorating styles to colour, crafts and accessories.

So what is the essential look? Are we talking busy or minimalist?

We call the mood of 2015 ‘transitional style’ – something that marries modern and traditional elements. Homeowners are shunning ultra-sleek, clean and clinical minimalism in favour of spaces that are warm and homey, and that reflect themselves. It’s an elegant, timeless aesthetic that joins the best of both worlds, and is well suited to natural elements, such as stone, granite and wood, because they play a significant role in both traditional and contemporary styles.

Lines seem more curved than straight – are we right?

Absolutely. The oval is the shape of the day and the egg is a powerful symbol for 2015. We’re going to be seeing lots of rounded edges, especially in the kitchen and bathroom, and elliptical furnishings that function as embracing cocoons. Eggs even inspire the use of colour and pattern this year, with white and yellow a popular combination and mottled surfaces lending visual interest.

And on the colour front?

The pastels of 2014 are a thing of the past – this year we’re talking neon neutrals. The pops of acid-bright neon that added a jolt of high energy to last year’s interiors have softened into vivid, saturated colours that you can almost taste. We’re talking the sherbet colours of childhood – those delicious not-found-in-nature shades of lime, raspberry and orange with maybe a dash of watermelon pink and icy lavender.

We just seem to be seeing blue all over the place…

Especially inky navy! Yes, blue will be this year’s most popular accent colour for interior decorating. It also happens to be the perfect complement to marsala, the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year. Pops of indigo or deep navy will be a staple in home design, as their deep, natural hues become extra vibrant against all other warm earth tones. Interior decorators are telling us not to be shy when it comes to mixing up shades of blue in one room either.

It looks as though metallics are still popular decor accents.

Indeed. This year metallics are mixing it up a little and you no longer have to choose either a cool silver or warm gold accent. Combing metallics is the look for 2015 and the textures and finishes of today’s metallics provide a stunning accent to most other colours.

How does the metallic trend interact with our eternal love for wood?

Wood will continue to be on trend in 2015, but this year the tone we’re looking at is more beachy: pale-grey shades of driftwood and bleached wood will be more on trend. The design world is now tired of the dark and high gloss timber look of the past – now it’s natural and textured all the way.

What is the origin of all the geometric shapes we are seeing in design right now?
The geometric movement that gathered steam last year takes on a sculptural three-dimensionality this year. Designers have been inspired by movements such as the simple elegance of the ancient Japanese art of origami, and are creating beautiful and functional furnishings and accessories that transcend the ephemeral nature of paper sculpture, making it an integral element in the home. Hexagonal shapes on textiles and wallpaper as well as honeycomb prints are gaining huge popularity because they are extremely modern but organic at the same time.

The geometric shapes will also be seen in the repetitive retro-inspired motifs, which can be used in laser-cut plywood or steel panels, wall coverings and tiling. Patterns from bygone eras will be revitalised to create intriguing and calculated designs that appeal to the fashion-savvy. We predict that art deco and art nouveau-inspired patterning will gain prominence in the year ahead.

Is macramé REALLY making a comeback?
It’s really only a micro trend at the moment, but it should continue to snowball over the next few months. Going forward, anything made using rope or rope-like designs is huge for 2015. We’re seeing hand-made coiled bowls and vessels, woven wall hangings and hanging planters. Again, this is about bringing warmth and handmade goods into the home. In fact, all styles of craft are on the up: weaving, knotting, quilting and needlework will all be showing up on furniture and accessories.

So the craft trend is showing no signs of wearing off?

Not at all. Our appreciation for items made by human hands and using a learned skill continues its resurgence. Craft-made items and those with a unique one-off ‘handmade’ feel bring a sense of authenticity to a widely mechanised, mass-produced world. Whether it’s using traditional techniques or creating new ones, craft is an expression of the desire to stay connected to what makes us human.

Look out for these and many more trends at Decorex SA this year, taking place in Joburg on the dates listed below.

Decorex SA 2015 details

Decorex Joburg: 6 – 10 August 2015

Gallagher Convention Centre

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