The South African climate warmly embraces an outdoor lifestyle and there is a growing trend to create seamless interior/exterior environments that allow homeowners to take full advantage of the country’s natural beauty. The innovative décor, design and lifestyle products stylised for outdoor living will showcase at the 2019 Decorex exhibitions – Decorex Durban, Decorex Cape Town and Decorex Joburg.
“The need to maintain human connections in the digital age has greatly influenced the design of outdoor living spaces. A simple patio and weatherproof furniture just won’t do the trick anymore, says Anita Bloom, Creative Director of Decorex SA. People want an outdoor sanctuary to connect with family and friends that reflects or even exceeds the comfort of our indoor living spaces. Take the contemporary design outdoors, with clean lines incorporating textures with monochromatic colour schemes with pops of colour.
“This year’s Decorex SA theme, ‘Designing for Africa – feels like home’, is a celebration of the unique lifestyle this beautiful continent affords us,” explained Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director at Reed Exhibitions. “We are noticing some incredible décor and design trends that are emerging to meet these exterior home spaces, including more durable materials. Outdoor furniture and décor should not be older items you have lying around, but rather choice pieces that you actually want to celebrate and enjoy.”
Decorex SA welcomes a number of experts in outdoor living to all three Decorex SA exhibitions, including Mobelli Furniture + Living, All Hand Done, Designer Pool Covers, Keith Hamilton and Patio Warehouse.
Some of these industry leaders have shared their top trends for outdoor living in 2019:
- Outdoor homing
This follows on from the recent indoor-outdoor trend that seeks to create a home space outdoors. This can be done be picking up accent colours from your inside living space and introducing that colour palette into your outdoor area with scatter cushions, throws, rugs and décor accessories. This will soften the outdoor space and create a harmonious flow throughout your home.
(Images: Supplied by Mobelli Furniture + Living)
- Outdoor entertainment areas, Boma fire pits and pizza ovens
There is nothing quite as South African as a braai, but we are looking for something that is both functional and aesthetically appealing to suit the outdoor entertainment area. The trend for multi-functional and aesthetically appealing outdoor entertainment areas has grown. Keith Hamilton provides a really beautiful range of artisanal outdoor fireplaces that strike the balance between form and function.
Zoning is a popular trend right now that will certainly extend into 2019. Just as you would create zones inside the home, the outdoor space can also be set into key zones for lounging and dining – rather than just one space for everything. A great way to demarcate and define the different spaces is through the use of rugs.
- Innovative pool covers
Rather than the traditional net pool covering, there is an emerging trend of installing more visually appealing pool covers that have the associated safety benefits as well. Designer Pool Covers anticipate the newly-launched decking system to trend in the upcoming season because of the various benefits, such as a reduction in water evaporation, decreased chlorination and electricity use as well as low maintenance capabilities. The sliding or decking system also means that you can use the space above the pool during the colder months.
- Transformational furniture
Transforming furniture and transforming furniture compositions will be a trend in 2019. Furniture which adapts to our lifestyle, as well as furniture suitable for smaller urban living spaces, will prevail. This trend is also about being a co-creator of your own space as you build the furniture pieces to suit your current needs and adapt as you change or develop. Modular furniture, such as the latest Switch outdoor lounge set from Mobelli Furniture + Living, allows you to add or move chair backs and side tables as you need to. You can also add on elements, modular chairs and ottomans.
Everyone is searching for a sense of freedom, whether it’s at home, with friends or camping outdoors – but this needs to be done in style. Fortunately, there is now every manner of outdoor furniture and accessory to make the outdoors feel like home – sun loungers, bar stools, hanging chairs, day beds and recliners – everything to enjoy the outdoors in comfort.
The chalky, earthy tones of anthracite is set to be the most popular colour trend for outdoor furniture going into 2019. This can be seen in sun loungers, dining tables and chairs, as well as drinks trolleys and accessories.
- Minimal maintenance
The patio is considered an extension of the home but the furniture will experience more weathering than indoors. There are now various ranges of outdoor furniture available, upholstered in a fabric that will withstand outdoor use year-round. They are crafted using breathable, quick-dry materials that allow constant air circulation. The UV, stain and mould resistance means a fresh, new look throughout the seasons.
- Quilted designs
Although quilted designs have been around for the indoor living space for some time now, they are only now emerging as a trend in outdoor living areas. Look out for quilted designs in upholstered furniture and scatter cushions in 2019.
Visit Decorex SA’s Garden of the Future Landscaping Feature to view cutting-edge landscaping technology and outdoor trends that focus on sustainability and comfort.