From 3D wallpaper to marble art, there’s a trend towards eye-catching textured walls, floors and ceilings in interior design in 2020…

According to Anita Bloom, creative director of Decorex and author of the Decorex Africa Trend Report 2020, the New Nordic and Contemporary Organic design styles are moving away from the high-gloss finishes of clinical Scandi design towards more textural elements in the home. These include lime-washed walls, micro-cement, wooden floors with an irregular grain, worn leather and stone.

“As our longing for a more tactile, less technologically invasive world grows, we’ll gravitate towards a cosier design aesthetic,” says Bloom, who ran her own design studio before joining the Decorex Africa team.

The trend report provides a glimpse of what to expect from Decorex Durban, Cape Town and Jo’burg 2020, where designers and manufacturers showcase the latest trends, concepts and products.

The 3D effect

“Surfaces that fade into the background will have little appeal – we anticipate a proliferation of 3D wallpapers, 3D-effect glass and wavy surfaces that will make our living spaces more visually interesting,” says Bloom.

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Marble art

“Marble cladding will also be popular – marble art is making a comeback, with either statement pieces or accents expected to cause a stir.”

Mini and maxi tiles

Bloom further reveals that mini and maxi tiles will also be hugely popular: either very small or very large coloured tiles that create original patterns. Terrazzo tiles will shine in our counter tops and terracotta will be used for built-in shelves.

Marvellous murals

Decorated wallpapers and murals are also making a comeback.

“As we gravitate towards a more natural environment, where ultra-modern design is tempered with softer touches, we’ll fall in love with Chinoiserie all over again,” predicts Bloom.

“This Western style of decorative art draws on Chinese motifs and techniques – look for small floral patterns in contemporary-style settings.”

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