Being one of the most colourful and diverse nations on the planet, it is only natural for South Africans to take international trends and bend them to our liking. To help make sense of it all, Italtile has identified a few stand-out trends for 2019 . . .

Hygge and Lagom
Following hot on the heels of “Hygge”, the Nordic trend category that encompassed everything cosy and comfortable, another concept called “Lagom” means “simplicity”. It is all about the curation of fewer, meaningful items that are beautifully functional and functionally beautiful. The trick is to resist filling a space with stuff – let rooms breathe.

Black, black, black
Matte black specifically is seen in kitchens and bathrooms, adding class, sex appeal and sophistication.

The jungalow
The garden’s full of furniture and the house is full of plants. Vivid tropical fabrics and wallpapers, plants in pots, in vases, people want to reconnect with nature.

Gigantic wall art
Forget one polite piece in a sea of wall. Now it’s big, bold, showstoppers that cover a wall, or custom wallpaper.

Texture mixes
Right now, the most popular textures to mix and match are wool, leather, fringe, natural woods and metallics.

Maximalism
As much as Lagom is the “less is more” décor, there is the glorious profusion of maximalism. More is more. More patterns, more colour, more layers, more contrasts . . . it’s all about inclusivity and eclecticism.

Tile trends
High gloss is moving over to make space for the mattes for understated elegance. Different shapes, hexagons, pebbles and herringbone are creating drama, while textured tiles add a 3D effect. From real wood to engineered wood, to incredible, low-maintenance and durable digitally printed porcelain tiles reimagine natural beauty.

Organics
Raw, unfinished, rough and real organic products, together with textural linens, jute carpets, re-purposed wood and bamboo, bring natural energy inside.

Pastel power
Pastels are the new neutrals: Lilac and lavender, tea rose and peach, celadon, celery and avocado, and lemon yellow. Mix them, match them, as you would with a triple scoop of ice cream . . .

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