Must-see trends in focus at this year’s show

Known for showcasing the latest home décor trends, this year’s East Coast Radio House & Garden Show, on now until 7 July at the Durban Exhibition Centre, is overflowing with inspiration courtesy of some of the big names in interior décor and design, who have brought modern trends to life with their show-stopping creations.

Here are some of the biggest trends to come out of this year’s show and what there is to look out for as the show’s final weekend approaches:


Less is certainly more if the current lifestyle trends are to be believed. The first of its kind in South Africa and available to tour for the first time at the show, A Tiny Home, built by Ballito-based company Wanderlust co, offers small-scale living that is neatly-packaged, beautifully designed, finished to a high-spec and with a minimalist interior that is stylishly put together to incorporate the latest trends. Creating a contemporary living space, including compact kitchen, dining room and living room, in the 24m2 stand area at the show is no easy feat yet successfully pulled off by Durban-based architecture, interior design and furniture company, MAD Designs

“Living large in a small space is entirely possible with some clever design and of course functional storage,” said Nqobile Mthembu, interior designer and co-owner of MAD Designs.


Black kitchens are officially a thing and probably the single, biggest interior design trend to emerge from this year’s show.

State-of-the-art kitchens came to the fore as leaders in kitchen design, Kitchen Studio, transformed their show space using the latest design and technology which won them the Gold Award for the Best Overall Stand at this year’s show; whilst MAD Designs also adopted this trend into their urban-living concept kitchen and living area; adding brushed aluminum raw wood for a homely feel with a bit of extra ‘wow-factor’.

As the Pantone colour of the year, ‘Living Coral’ is everywhere! It’s bright, it’s bold and it’s a very happy colour that, in small, doses, can give any home an instant update. Showcasing the abundant potential of incorporating this colour into the home is the African Institute of the Interior Design Professions (IID)  ‘Trend Report’, a trend-driven show feature that has drawn a surge of interest. ‘Living Coral’ makes a bold appearance in scatter cushions, on the black statement cane chairs and is also repeated in a muted tone in the botanical-print wallpaper as designed by Habit@tHillcrest.

“Playing with tones from the same colour family adds variety and interest to a room,” said interior designer, Daniel Wright, who works alongside interiors expert and owner of Habit@tHilcrest, Cindy Austen. Other trends to note in this feature are strong natural elements such as a raw wood server and traditional wooden bamileki stools as well as live plants which have been added to the room to compliment the colour palette.


While the word sounds technical, biophillia is a trend that highlights connecting with nature throughout the home by representing the outdoors and bringing living elements such as plants and trees from the outside in. It’s also about incorporating natural, raw materials and wood. Featuring strongly in the wallpaper design of acclaimed South African wallpaper designer, Robin Sprong’s “Tropical Cobalt”, designed exclusively for the show, this botanical-inspired wallpaper references the biophilia trend, complete with bird life and monkeys. Similarly, the wallpaper used in the “Eden Bar” room setting designed and created by Paige Waplington of Re-Design Interiors as part of the ‘IID Trend Report’, showcases a bold, modern take on the biophilia trend as do the brightly painted Delicious Monster leaves and jewel-toned upholstery.


With the pace of life seemingly on the rise and with it stress levels, there has been a big shift towards creating a home that is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Jocelyn Jones of Jossi Interior Design in Durban, explains how using “a subtle, gentle colour palette of light pinks, combined with soft, luxurious textures in the bedroom creates a relaxing environment.” In her design for the ‘IID Trend Report’, Jones has also played with textures, layered colours and added “quirky” features such as the copper bedside light and original art, to create her idea of calmness within the home.

For some real-life Pinterest inspiration and practical ideas of creating your dream home, don’t miss the final weekend of the East Coast Radio House and Garden Show, on now until the 7 July at the Durban Exhibition Centre.

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