We caught up with Anita Bloom, creative director for Decorex Africa, about four key home design trends we can expect to see more of this year. Which is your favourite?
1. Tactile statement
Our need for contact, to feel, touch and experience life, has never been more pronounced than in the digital age. This is a significant driving factor behind homemakers seeking textured interiors that feel comfortable and homely, says Anita.
This trend is all about big and bulky but cosy, organic shapes that are softer and more inviting – think rounded, puffy couches or armchairs – and touch-me texture, from velvet and chunky knits to button details, as seen on this showstopping couch.
Read more: Trend-proof patterns for the home
2. Modern organic
This trend is all about introducing natural materials into spaces with contemporary, clean, often minimalist design. The aim is to ditch sharp lines for softer forms, like rounded chairs, for example.
The entire scheme is also made cosier and lived-in by bringing the outdoors in through the use of wooden flooring or timber wall cladding. Or, you could introduce design elements of textured stone or even dried branches, as seen here with this gorgeous branch pendant.
Anita highlights that furniture made of unrefined, natural materials, like rustic stools, will become more popular as people embrace this style.
3. Handmade haven
Interiors will be brimming with handcrafted items to create a unique home that’s also charming in the way that it doesn’t look like it comes straight out of a design catalogue.
This is about making your mark; making a statement with pieces that have real meaning. Anita says Vienna straw furniture and textile wall art will be big news, but also look out for Bohemian macramé murals, rustic pottery and woodwork décor, as well as ceramics with imperfect, visible-brushstroke designs.
Read more: How to choose colour schemes for every room
4. Japandi style
This new pared-back trend is an overlap between Scandi style and traditional Japanese design. The spaces are always uncluttered and purpose-driven. Every piece should have its place.
It combines Scandi’s minimalism with the elegance of the Japanese aesthetic, where you’ll see a chic mix of Scandi’s pale woods and Japanese-style dark woods. The colour palette spans white, charcoal, brown and grey, where you’ll see rich tones adding warmth to the neutral base, adds Anita.