Our interior spaces serve several functions and purposes. Ideally these areas enable the search for authenticity and personal truth. They’re the vacant volumes within which the evocative accoutrements of our creative, nascent 2019 lives are arranged. And when it comes to surfaces, it’s the vertical ones – inside and out – that dominate, inform and possess the sway to attract the most attention.

Leading interior designers and interior architects aim to ensure that an artfully and sympathetically decorated interior reveals its maximum potential. The colour, texture and finish of the walls will always be a primary consideration.

As conscious beings we have a primal need to surround ourselves with surfaces that gratify our tactile senses. Renowned as an authority on colour, interiors, trends and design, journalist Michelle Ogundehin says: ‘In 2019 think of elaborately embossed wall coverings and a revival of wall cladding and panelling.

Kitty Douglas Jones from mosaic specialists Douglas Jones is excited by a new collection from Italian tile company, Marazzi: ‘The D Segni Scaglie range comprises décor tiles, which are very on trend right now and when we were introduced to this range at the Cersaie Trade Fair in Bologna, we knew we were onto something incredibly special and unique in the sector. The range is inspired by Venetian Seminato and features glossy and matt marble chips that create attractive reflected light effects on the surface. These cement tiles are suitable for floor installations, but look just as stunning on the walls of bathrooms and kitchens, or in a restaurant or retail store. D_Segni Scaglie is available in six solid colour variants combined with seven Tappeto décor tiles.’

Anthony Mederer, Managing Director of Taylor Blinds & Shutters says: ‘2019 could be the year where food and décor collide in an unusually trendy manner. The Pantone Colour Institute (the consultancy behind the Colour of the Year) has picked 72 colours in eight colour palettes that they predict will be everywhere from wardrobes to walls in 2019.

‘Two of the palettes they’ve highlighted for décor are Classico and Cravings. The Cravings palette includes ranges of passionate colours such as: spicy reds, sweet flamingo oranges and rich purples; whilst Classico reveals more of a minimalist feel with swan whites, burgundy reds and caviar black hues. These rich colours not only tempt the eye but virtually the taste buds in being selected by the Pantone Colour Institute for their ability to engage and stimulate beyond the surface.

Yvonne Tobien of Luxaflex® favours window coverings for kitchens in particular: ‘Light-enhancing fixtures such as white wooden Venetian blinds will bounce light around the room and partly obscure any less pleasing views or harsh midday sun. These blinds also work with either a more traditional kitchen in soft creams, or with a wood finish to produce a rustic or modern Scandinavian look. They’re wonderfully versatile for those prone to frequent interior updates, and gloomy corners can become favoured spots with carefully chosen, one-off pieces that add character while performing a function.’

What is the latest in technical innovations for shutters, shades and blinds for 2019?

Aluminium is now the second most utilised metal globally and local designer / manufacturer Plantation Shutters understands why. ‘Aluminium is robust, it doesn’t rust, rot or warp,’ says their Werner Jansen van Rensburg. ‘It’s a material that’s well suited to the South African climate in the way it handles harsh sunlight, rain and damp. It’s also fireproof and virtually maintenance free; all factors that make it excellent for security shutters, not forgetting the aesthetic pleasure.

‘And yet not everyone requires a security shutter, some need just a simpler barrier but still want it to be beautiful and robust; whether it’s to be used to screen a patio, provide privacy for a shower or simply as a divider or windbreak. Shutters are perfect for indoor and outdoor use and the aluminium models win in providing durability, plus versatility.’

Karina Palmer of American Shutters agrees: ‘Security shutters remain much in demand and although white is still the predominant colour choice, we’ve seen a recent trend towards darker colours. The fact that security shutters have the same visual appeal as timber shutters allows designers and homeowners to use aluminium shutters inside for security without compromising the visual appeal of their rooms. It’s difficult to distinguish between painted wooden shutters and aluminium security shutters, which means that the two can easily be used alongside each other in the same interior design scheme.

‘Eco issues are becoming more evident with relevant queries emanating from architects, and as the sole South African FSC® accredited shutter company, we’re very focused on the ecological balance of all our products. Our white teak shutters are made from timber sourced from certified Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) plantations, while Decowood™ is a popular and cost-effective range of shutters manufactured using engineered wood, the timber for this range being sourced from sustainable plantations; the aluminium we use is eco-friendly architectural grade.’

A spokesman for Euroline SA offers his rationale on the latest options for windows and apertures: ‘The Euroline Sh 45 system allows shutters to be manufactured in a variety of intelligent designs, including  single, double, triple and quadruple leaf shutters (of French or German origin). The safety factor herein is of the highest level, due to the multiple intelligent lock points provided by the German mechanism, ROTO. The choice between two different louvres allows for abundant aeration and light, while at the same time providing functionality, high durability and optimum safety.

‘For windows, security is the major concern and ROTO – a leader in accessories with multi-level locking systems – offers a guarantee to the maximum level. The leading US energy glass manufacturer, German Polyamides and special EPDM rubber (the specific design for the collection and drainage of water in all these systems), in conjunction with installation guarantees, ensure a leading European product. And add clean aluminium alloy, stainless steel mechanisms and high-quality finishes that guarantee highly durable aluminium systems.’

For the full article see Habitat #270 March / April 2019


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