2010 is a year filled with a variety of exciting trends that will see décor taking centre stage, say the experts.
It’s a year for the history books – the beginning of a new decade, and our hosting the Fifa Soccer World Cup. There’s also a strong belief that the global recession may be coming to an end. Over the past three years designers have had to come up with creations in less than inspiring conditions – and trends that made brief appearances are only fully coming into the spotlight now. We highlight some of what’s popping up at leading design and décor shows.
What’s new in colour?
Black and white has been in the spotlight for a while now and it seems the duo is making way for grey. Grey is popular on walls and upholstery, and a must in fashion. But it’s not just ash grey – metallics are also on the cards. According to trend forecaster Li Edelkoort this is because metallics reflect light and society seems to be in a state of reflection, particularly about life after the global economic crisis.
Handmade or natural – these two concepts have been popular for a few years already but they’re stronger than ever now. Ceramics, wood, glass, wire, wool and cane all add texture and are all being widely utilised.
Good to nature
To live a green life is no longer a trend but rather a lifestyle choice that’s here to stay. A few years ago it was a bonus to have some green décor in your home or to renovate using alternative building methods. These days, it’s a must, and it’s no longer just about creating something new; it’s more about using what you have and giving it a brand new look.
Lighting, be it natural or artistic, certainly influences the overall look and feel of a room. Chandeliers are still quite trendy, but have a modern twist in the form of the inside-out concept, where a chandelier is covered with a screen. This particular style also complements the look of metallic paints, where glitz is somewhat understated.
Big, bold and bright designs and colours can be seen everywhere as rugs are again viewed as an artwork in the room. As with décor items, nature plays a role here too and leaf and branch motifs are very popular. According to Netherlands designer Tord Boontje, stated at this year’s Design Indaba, it should feel like you are walking in a veld.