Article by Anita B
Anita Bloom is the Creative Director for Decorex Africa
Your home is your sanctuary – it sets the mood we begin the day with and the tone of the welcome we return too. Our lives are busy and so driven by technology on a daily basis and this changes the way we think and feel. Our identities are constantly shifting and evolving and its sometimes difficult to keep track of who we are and what we like. Our home is different – this is the place we can be ourselves and re-centre ourselves. Colour reflects the things that bring us happiness. So when it comes to designing your own personal space colour can be a defining and expressive element. Building confidence in colour begins by painting a small space and experiencing the aesthetic and ambience created. The colours for 2020 are inspired by nature and our desire to reconnect with nature on a constant basis. There is no doubt that botanical colours will be the favourite for the seasons to come.
NEO MINT + SEAFOAM GREEN – is a gender-neutral colour with an oxygenating, fresh tone that aligns science and technology with nature. We see this in many different spaces in the home, kitchens, bathrooms, living areas as we embrace the calming effect it has on our day to day lives.MELLOW YELLOW – is the colour of the creatives and this toned-down shade is no different. After the Gen-Z yellow trend, Mellow Yellow brings the enthusiasm and cheerfulness of the former without the high energy. Revamp old wooden chairs to brighten up your dining area or paint a feature wall in your living space.CANTALOUPE – inspired by the depth and richness of terracotta. Cantaloupe can bring us encouragement and motivation. It’s a more active colour that inspires us to be active, increasing the sense of competition and the courage to assume risks. Natural hues amaze and delight providing fabulous inspirations for modern interior design cool schemes. A soft undertone of bright orange, lighter shades of red and honey yellow. Having a broad and fashionable appeal due to its melon-like appearance, this exceptionally versatile colour is a cross between earthy and pastel tones. Beautiful for
bathrooms, or mixed with electric blue is a great way to liven up your office reception.STATEMENT BLUE – can be used to create bold and unique interior spaces, bringing confidence and clarity to the home. This colour evokes the serenity of an open sky and the profundity of a boundless ocean. Mixed with soft neutrals, beige tints adds a tranquil feel to any room in your home.PURIST BLUE – inspires mental clarity. Purist Blue inspired by the depth of the sea and vastness of the sky remain icons of desire that everyone universally understands. It’s an optimistic shade which doesn’t awake emotions – it’s an emotion in its own right. This colour translates beautifully in a bedroom space as well as a bright airy living space and pairs well with soft natural colours such as beige, brown or brighter pops of electric blue and black.BEIGE – A new trend in terms of colour for the walls, seems to be that of beige. It is a very light beige hue. Beige seems to have taken the place of white on the walls of the houses, even in the Nordic style where white has always been the first choice. Do you dream of living a simple, uncomplicated life? Adopting a less-is-more approach, Beige inspires us to move towards a more conscious existence filled with smart living. Styling tip – the key to beautiful, minimal interiors is to ensure there is just the right amount of texture. Bring this in through furniture materials such as rattan and textiles in styling.
Don’t miss this year’s installment of Africa’s leading décor, design and lifestyle exhibition, themed ‘Lifestyle by Design’. Decorex Durban, Decorex Cape Town and Decorex Joburg promises an extensive new features’ line-up curated by South Africa’s most dynamic designers.
19 – 22 March 2020
Durban Exhibition Centre
Decorex Cape Town
30 April – 3 May 2020
6 – 10 August 2020
Gallagher Convention Centre