Liza Watermeyer, Retail Display Manager of Tile Africa, lets us in on the design and renovation trends showcased at the exclusive International Cersaie Exhibition – Cersaie offers industry leaders an insider preview of what to look forward to when it comes to new trends in tiles, bathroom and interior design.
“For us, it ensures we’re always on top of those trends,” explains Watermeyer. “Most exhibitors had beautiful lifestyle settings, transporting you into a space that would inspire anyone to start renovating.”
Now back home in South Africa, Watermeyer shares what’s in store when it comes to tiling and bathroom design.
It’s in the details!
When it comes to beautiful design, it’s all about the details. Well thought out, considered details are being used across décor and design, to truly transform the sensory experience.
“Finer details appeal to the customer, because they allow you to create an individual, bespoke look in your home or workplace.”
In the bathroom
Bathrooms will be beautifully designed with practicality in mind. Look out for baths and basins made from materials that are resistant to stains, retain heat, have sustainable qualities and can be custom built.
“We saw a lot of adaptable bathroom furniture that can fit together, the perfect solution for smaller bathrooms. Mix a vanity with a shelf, for example. Whatever works for your space and lifestyle!”
Bathroom tiles are getting a lot of attention, with interesting combinations of field tiles (larger, usually floor tiles) being mixed with smaller tiles.
If you’re looking for something a little more special, create patterns; the future of tiles will be all about texture. Go for a mosaic or branch out with 3D tiles, prints, patterns or metallic foil details. As for the colour? Go darker than neutral; brown and black featured across all styles.
In the kitchen and living room
When it comes to design, we’re still seeing a lot of blurred lines between the living room and the kitchen. We love to eat, work, cook and live in the same space, and fittings and furnishings need to be agile to cater for different uses. Mixing looks and sizes provides interest when integrating these spaces.
Glazed ceramics like metro and brick-shaped tiles in interesting materials like glass, cement, wood and stone are perfect for your walls. This allows you to play with your kitchen aesthetics, whether it’s futuristic, vintage industrial or naturally beautiful.
Large format, rectangle porcelain tiles, in the 1200 x 600mm size, are the ultimate in trend forward floor applications. Others sizes to keep in mind are 600 x 600mm and 800 x 800mm. These formats are available in matt, gloss and lapatto surfaces. The looks include, marble, cement and stone. Soft wood look planks, mixed with these looks and forming part of the tilling layout, are also a key trend for the floor. Mixing looks and sizes provides interest and solutions when integrating these spaces.
The big trend to look for when renovating your outdoor area is anything linked to nature. Natural stone, stone-look tiles and wood-look tiles would all work outdoors – and are very popular at the moment. But, again, we’re looking to practicality too. Porcelain products can withstand extreme weather conditions and slip-resistant tiles, in stone and cement, are a must – especially around a pool.
“Mix stone and cement for an eclectic style, or use the cement look on its own, to create a no-fuss modern metro style.”
Watermeyer’s greatest takeaway from Cersaie?
Be bold. Do not be afraid to experiment with colour, material and more, eclectic beats uniform. As long as you focus on the details you can proudly make yoru own unique mark on your spaces.
Cotton & Yarn Interiors‘ Spiandi Dickson weighs in
Bathroom design has changed dramatically in recent years. Old is mixed with new, or two different interior styles are used in the same interior space to create an eclectic effect. Sharp geometric shapes and simplistic style combine to create bathrooms spaces that are decidedly more masculine.
Combining the Scandinavian trends (such as the wooden chair) with the high tech modern style achieved through the three-dimensional wall tiles, creates a masculine space. Lots of straight, mostly vertical lines, and curves represented in the shape of the bath, basins, round lights and wooden stool are all elements that combine to create a harmonious space in this bathroom.
The rectangular shaped furniture and fixtures used in the other bathroom create a high tech style. The patterned tiles create visual texture while height is achieved by using the long rectangular shaped mirrors on the walls.
What is interesting is that both bathrooms use the same geometric shape in their design. Whether used on the wall tiles or on the furniture, the design and style coupled with the overarching simplicity of either space provides a feeling of airiness.