Decoration and Design – Sydney 2014

We recently attended the Decoration and Design Expo in Sydney. This was a great industry event and here we share the latest in interior products and furnishings.

Main colour trends seen across retailers was the continuing strong presence of mustard, yellow turquoise and teal in textiles , ceramics and glassware. Upholstery and cushioning were more textured , with embroidery and embellishment major themes.

Furniture fitted into three main categories , translated across retailers in varying styles.

  • Urban industrial
  • Cultural/tribal
  • Opulence

1. Urban industrial
Seen in metal furniture and salvaged /recycled materials with colour twists, seen to best effect at Loft Furniture.

2. Cultural /Tribal
This trend was very prevalent in furniture, furnishings , artworks and accessories , none more so than Craft Enterprises, specialising in horn and skull accessories and tribal textiles.

Flooring also caught on to this trend with Armadillo launching their new Latitude Collection of rugs and runners inspired by travel and exotic cultures. Their new range sees three distinct designs made with Argentinian wool in bold colourways.

Armadillo’s representative indicated that this was an evolving homeware trend with people no longer afraid to add colour in their furnishings, but core neutrals in wool and hemp were still popular.

3. Opulence

Oversized furniture and extravagant use of mirrors and mirrored furniture was seen at several stands, particularly with a monochrome / dark palette.

Natural materials in timber and rattan also appeared en masse with detailing and craftsmanship more in evidence.

We loved the outdoor wall art from Zarzie which is treated for UV and can withstand the Australian elements. Images range from outdoor scenes, nature and food and come both singularly and in triptych format.

Removeable wallpapers and decals are a great idea for rental properties and come in many design categories, city landscapes , childrens , timber grain and nature finishes and also can be customised from your own digital photographs.

PVA and BPA free the manufacturer indicates that the prints are fully moveable and reusable and can also be wiped clean with a damp cloth. The prints are applied to any clean flat surface so can also be applied to furniture such as fridges or mirrors.

by Ruth Newman