According to the décor and design experts from Decorex, these are the best of the 2019 décor and design trends…

The African continent is positioning itself as a global style icon, fusing the influences of international trend-makers with the unique colour and vibrancy that characterises its people and cultures.

The impact of this colourful continent on the 2019 lifestyle trends will be brought home through the features and products showcasing at Africa’s biggest décor and design exhibition – Decorex SA. Consisting of Decorex Durban, Decorex Cape Town and Decorex Joburg, this year’s much-anticipated theme ‘Designing for Africa – feels like home’ encapsulates the re-birth of the African style powerhouse.

“We are at a crucial moment in the evolution of technology, both globally and here at home,” explains Anita Bloom, Creative Director at Decorex SA. “The incredible advances in artificial intelligence, virtual augmented realities and 3D printing are about to transform every aspect of our lives.”

She says that, in response to the imminent digital revolution, we are re-focusing on what it means to be human, and this is taking us back to our African roots.

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“Consumers are at a crossroads asking profound questions about their place in the world. How do we hold onto our identity? How do we stay emotionally aware? How do we re-connect with the world around us? By creating a calm, home-style space that gives our minds the freedom to wonder. A space to embrace a positive, new approach to life.”

Decorex SA reveals the revitalising trends to look out for in 2019 and beyond:

Getting a feel for it

Surface tactility

The average human interacts with a digital surface over 1 000 times a day. This constant technological interaction leaves us craving a tactile experience with soft, porous surfaces that breathe life.

Walls, fabrics and even countertops are taking on a more tactile sensation through ceramic tiles, 3D printing and textured paint. New interior design materials, including grounded tiles, recycled plastics and materials, with more traditional materials, such as marble and granite, are all finding their place.

Image credits: @homelivingspace


Ribbed surfaces

This tactile experience extends into this folded style of dynamic skin. The rounded, 3D effect plays with the concept of light and dark through delicate shadows.

Textured ceramic wall coverings, wooden panels, velvet walls, and chrome cylinders will allow you to control the mood and tone of any room through this enfolded décor trend.

Image credits: Irene Kyriacou & Reedeco – Saint Restaurant & Decorex Dx SA


Rugs on the wall

Statement rugs are now moving from the floor to the wall.

Quality fabrics and enchanting designs are taking their rightful place as wall art and drawing rooms together with textured, hand-woven rugs.

Image credits: Voke Rugs

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