As with any interior design element, the colour trends in carpeting are always changing. FLOORS in Africa magazine set out to find out what carpet manufacturers and interior designers think the next up-and-coming trends in carpeting will be. Here are their insights:

“Demand for grey tones seems to outstrip any other colour – neutral greys or odd greys but still grey tones. Within that, brighter accent colours but used quite minimally.”
– Marcus Nouwens from MONN Carpets.

“Brighter colours combined with different shades of grey/charcoal are definitely gaining popularity in the commercial market.”
– Bernd De Smedt from Van Dyck Carpets.

“Blue seems to be the new grey.”
– Nickey Pringle from FloorworX.

“Shades of pink, purple, blue and green, teamed with black, charcoal and grey are what we are seeing in new products hitting the market. Combinations of these accent colours and neutrals are offering designers a lot more flexibility and opportunities for creativity.”
– Larry Shakinovsky from Pentafloor.

“Popular colours at the moment include the dusty pinks, soft greens, and pops of vibrant colour such as the bright reds and blues that break the dull and dark-colour monotony that is common in the flooring industry. There is also a trend towards more natural and nature-inspired looks in decor and flooring, products inspired by natural materials such as raw wood and concrete.”
– Noluthando Lamula from Belgotex.

“Accent shades have the ability to change the whole narrative of a neutral scheme. The world is your oyster when it comes to peppering your scheme with brighter shades. Grey creates a calming backdrop for any pop of colour. Adding texture and introducing natural, tactile materials to your scheme will add interest and break up any colour blocks. The addition of a fabulous pattern can bring together an array of colours.”
– Natalie Littlehales from Brintons.

“Get ready to introduce lavender into your home if you want to be on-trend this year. That’s right, Pantone announced last month that the colour that oozes individuality and spirituality will be the shade of 2018. Expect to see this flooded across home decor magazines and set designs as everybody embraces mauve, lilacs and plum tones. This luxurious colour represents wealth, creativity, wisdom, peace, ambition, pride, power, independence and so much more. Sounds like 2018 is starting on the right foot.”
– Sam from Strawberry Squeeze.

“Soft, powdery shades ranging from blush pink through burnt orange teamed with accents of exposed wood, represent the fresh palette on my 2018 wish-list. These mellow hues are your new neutrals if you can’t face another shade of grey. Embracing the beauty and bounty of nature, use apricot, dusky rose and (whisper it) terracotta shades – but in their modern, chalky manifestations.”
– Fiona Crisp from Styleophile UK.

Full thanks and acknowledgement are given to www.pentafloor.co.za, www.vandyckcarpets.com, www.monn.co.za, www.amara.com, www.belgotex.co.za and www.floorworx.co.za for the information contained in this article.

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