Speaking at Decorex Joburg 2016, Chris Reid from the International Trend Institute shared the top 12 trends seen in interiors at the moment.

Speaking at InStudio at Decorex Joburg 2016, Chris Reid from the International Trend Institute (ITI) shared the top 12 trends seen in interiors at the moment.

#1 Hyper texture
With our world becoming more and more smooth and homogenous, our fingers are crying out for something to touch.

#2 Grounded

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The use of mineral textures, colours and inspiration. Homeware and surfaces that mimic natural textures with reference to the earth.

#3 Slick

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The use of iridescent and almost petrol- or oil-like finishes that speak to the tension between the natural and man-made.

#4 Brutal truth

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Characterised by harsh materials and the use of raw concrete, stone, wood and glass, to make very functional utilitarian spaces.

#5 Strange geometry

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Basic, almost pure geometric shapes, are being used by designers as their key design motif, with origami becoming an interesting design treatment.

#6 Elegant distress

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Living in a very disposable culture, the use of patina and oxidation and wear in products create kind of modern heirlooms.

#7 Noir

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Black-on-black interiors with charcoal and burnt wood being important design motifs. However, Dutch trend forecaster Li Edelkoort believes that in the next couple of seasons the key colour will move towards brown.

#8 Bedrooms

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Increasingly, people are trying to make every part of their house like their bedroom – quilted furniture and sheeted edging. It is about comfort in design.

#9 Afro futures

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It draws from a new, interpretive kind of African creativity that is not premised on either a stereotypical look at Africa or trying to look like other countries.

#10 Hard candy

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The re-appropriation of pastels with it becoming fresh, sophisticated and edgy instead of too sweet and sugary.

#11 Impermeable

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Homes and spaces are playing with the distinction between inside and outside – blurring the boundaries and connecting interiors with the outside world.

#12 Friendly design

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We are seeking to surround ourselves with homeware and objects that look like they might be alive and friendly. Design with the idea of emotional durability.

Full thanks and acknowledgement are given to Chris Reid and ITI for the information used in this article.