Fancy spending a day wandering around Olympia London looking at the latest décor? Let’s explore Decorex 2023, the interior design event held every October.
Every year, team KBB heads off to Decorex, held in Kensington, for a celebration of interior design. The venue includes over 200 exhibitors and attracts over 12,500 visitors, with both experts from the industry and interiors enthusiasts attending.
After taking an initial peek at the stands before the event got crowded, Irina and I decided on a divide-and-conquer approach and off we went…
Brilliant brassware at Decorex 2023
Did someone say cocktails? Oh, wait, sorry – not actual cocktails, but handles inspired by timeless glasses. Armac Martin has launched its new Cocktail collection with hardware based on iconic flutes and coupes.
But what really caught my attention was the sneak preview of the brand’s new bathroom accessories – coming soon in 2024. This is a new area for Armac Martin, and the brand is expanding its solid brass collection to also offer towel rails and toilet roll holders. Next year, there’s a plan to introduce light switches for a completely coordinated look.
Clearwater Interiors has made its first appearance at Decorex in 2023. The stand was decked out in the latest bathroom solutions – from freestanding baths and sleek showers to wood furniture and modern taps – and offered lots of inspiration for everyone who visited.
Colour was a key theme at the Thomas Crapper stand. The cisterns were presented like at an art gallery, showcasing their range of bespoke colours. Think neon yellow, bright green or even a classy gold – they can do it all.
Bespoke kitchens at Decorex
Bespoke furniture manufacturer Hux was showing off its modern British craftsmanship. While the stand looked very impressive, it was the small details that have caught my eye. I really liked the design of the green marble bar area, along with the fluted glass and the intricate doors that smoothly fold away.
I also made sure to swing by Neptune, where the main standout piece was their Henley kitchen with a pretty and practical island and a stylish bar, available in the new shade of Walnut.
While the dark colour could have felt quite moody, the designers have created a cosy and homely scheme that felt incredibly welcoming.
Paint it bold
It was hard to miss the paint brands at Decorex. Yescolours had a striking section at the exhibition hall and the Colour Café was one of the hot spots at the event. The beautiful rainbow tunnel was an impressive photo-op area , where Irina and I were keen to take lots of pics.
Eco-paint brand Coat leaned into its minimalistic branding while showcasing its four new shades for autumn: Out of Office and Buon Fresco, both light white hues, and Miles from Monday is a mustard yellow that complements Medina Quarter, a burnt red shade.
Benjamin Moore collaborated with Samantha Todhunter Design to create a warm, cosy living room setting. The room felt impressive, with a yellow faux window frame around the stand. And the circus tent-style ceiling was a true statement feature.
We spotted so many cool launches at Decorex and to see Irina’s top picks, make sure to grab the December issue of Kitchens Bedrooms & Bathrooms magazine – out on 2 November 2023.