Structured beauty

Adding life to your home can be as easy as adding a few trendy decor techniques from using textured wallpaper to installing interesting ceiling moulds.

Here is some of the hot trends at the moment:

Putting your best foot forward

At the moment hardwood floors, ceramic tiles and various laminates are dominating the residential flooring options.

Hardwood floors lends the old-world elegance which so many home owners are looking for, and lately property owners are going for hardwood floors with a twist. They do this by uisng distressed wood or even exotic woods. Bamboo floors are also becoming quite popular as it is just as durable but not as expensive as hardwood floors.

Laminates will remain a popular choice as the offer the look of a wooden floor but is less expensive. This however does not mean that they lack in quality. They are just as durable and it is easier to maintain these kinds of floors.

Ceramic tiles will also have a place in homes as they are easily maintained, durable and with all the different styles, colours and textures they can easily be incorporated into a space without breaking the bank.

With the push towards sustainable design we have come across some interesting floor finishes such as floors with salvaged wood.

Another new technology is the rise of luxury vinyl planks. They are manufactured from virgin PVC, have a tough wear layer and a more robust backing system than standard vinyl sheets. They are also soft and comfortable underfoot and offer the look of natural surfaces, such as stone, ceramic tiles and hardwood.

An extension of these are floating vinyl floor planks, which have become very popular, as they employ new technology that doesn't require an adhesive for installation, thus allowing for a wider area to be fitted in less time. These planks can be easily removed and reinstalled, not to mention that they are 100% recyclable, are environmentally friendly, have no VOCs and are antibacterial.'

Head Space

Home owners are looking towards mixing the old with the new when it comes to ceilings. The plain finish has become dated and they are considering the form, texture and shapes.

A trend on the rise is having a smooth ceiling with LED lights or star lights scattered about the ceiling, giving a space the look of a tiny galaxy captured in your house.

For those more inclined to the classic there are still finish which gives the pressed ceiling look which home owners then pair with a modern chandelier. This brings out the beauty of the ceiling and the chandelier while adding an eclectic feel to the space.

Decorative ceiling tiles are not only trendy, but also their application is becoming more and more fuss free. You can create a three-dimensional effect in both texture and form with decorative tiles bringing the ceiling alive – it's the best way to modernise dated ceilings. The technology employed in these tiles makes them lightweight, unbreakable and an insulant, with the added benefit of no fuss or mess in their installation. Styrene mouldings have become the norm in the building industry today, replacing the plaster and gypsum-based products.

Budding walls

There is a growing need to retreat and connect with nature. We see this reflected in the blurring of boundaries between interior and exterior. For instance, lounges are increasingly being designed to open out onto large patios. So, nature – earth, wood, water, stone, fauna and flora – is the inspiration for walls.

The juxtaposition of natural materials and textures is very trendy, from the rougher, more unfinished stone-clad walls to combinations of smooth, refined wood and metal. These surfaces are honed to reveal the intrinsic beauty of the material. Cool, elegant neutrals remain the popular choice for broad walls in the home. Combined with either luxurious, warm camels and blushing coral are nuances of forged steel, polished concrete and anodised aluminium, wood, copper and oiled leathers.

We are also seeing neutrals being offset by bolder colours inspired by an industrial look or bright colours inspired by florals and birds. Aside from paint, interesting plaster techniques created from combinations of steel, wood and stone inlays make for unusual coverings.

Trendy wallpapers range from florals to monotone backgrounds with boldly coloured geometric shapes and patterns and wallcoverings that create fun optical illusions. When it comes to technical applications and features, there is definitely a move towards easier applications with less mess, and low-odour solutions. Eco-friendly products are on the rise. There is also a big focus on paint products' being designed for rooms with specific requirements, such as the kitchen and bathroom, where the products need to be steam resistant, grease proof, anti-mould and anti-fungal for high-moisture areas.

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