What is Decorex? The design show that’s all about décor

Every year, there are lots of exciting exhibitions and shows in the interiors industry packed with inspiration and the latest releases, from the KBB Show in Birmingham to Eurocucina in Milan and Top Drawer at Olympia London.

One of the perks of writing for KBB magazine and These Three Rooms is that I get to go out, see what’s new and report back all you need to know about these shows. So, today we are delving into Decorex 2022, held at Olympia London from the 9th until the 12th of October.

But first, what is Decorex?

Established in 1978 as a place for high-end interior designers to meet and discuss, Decorex has evolved into a large-scale exhibition where brands put on boutique displays that are bound to get you inspired. It is held every year at Olympia London in Kensington.

So, with a hot coffee in one hand and my press badge at the ready, I went inside the venue to discover the latest trends and innovations. Here’s what I spotted…

Decorex trends

Firstly: interesting lighting

Uniquely shaped, bold and oversized, highly patterned or simply stunning – one key, upcoming trend is interesting lighting. Stands from the likes of Curiousa, Hyde House, and more have outdone themselves with some seriously stylish designs. Think multi-levelled, multi-coloured, and impressively grand chandeliers and pendants for your kitchen-diner, bedroom or seating area.

So, if you are looking to make a statement and upgrade your home, take a look below to get inspired. I promise you won’t be able to pick a favourite.

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Hyde House.
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Tamasine Osher.
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Marc Wood Studio.
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United Alabaster.

Secondly: large patterns at Decorex

One way to take your space up a notch is through statement wallcoverings. However, here comes the twist. Are you a maximalist or simply want to add a touch of drama and dimension to your home? Enter: large patterns on wallpaper and murals.

I spotted so many amazing wallcoverings at Decorex this year and they truly elevate any scheme, from tropical sceneries and nature-inspired landscapes to abstract shapes. Thus, why not go for for big-scale motifs on your walls for a trendy look?

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Anna Glover at Decorex.
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Graham & Green.
large patterns
Imogen Heath.

Thirdly: tactile materials

Materials such as concrete and plaster have been a huge focus this year, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. When I popped by the Samuel Heath stand, the concrete bath and basin pictured below caught my eye immediately. They instantly add a cool, industrial feel and work really well with gunmetal brassware.

Looking to enhance the tactile experience in your space? Then, you can also choose products made from recycled stone materials and manufacturing leftovers such as the new Reformed tiles from Artisans of Devizes.

Another innovation I spotted at Decorex is the Design Concrete plaster. It looks and feels just like concrete but without the upkeep. The solution is water-proof and can be applied to walls, floors, and even furniture. Plus, it looks so pretty.

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Samuel Heath at Decorex.
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Samuel Heath.
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Artisans of Devizes.
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Design Concrete.

Lastly: bouclé

Moving on to the last trend I spotted at Decorex this year: bouclé. Yes, it does feel like this tactile material has been popular for a while now, but it’s still gaining popularity. The latest from interiors brands include soft and sumptuous seating solutions, from reeded sofas to accent armchairs.

Ideal for adding warmth and interest to your scheme, you can pair this comfy texture with faux fur or wool throws and cushions. So, are you ready to get cosy? I know I am.

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Liang & Eimil.
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In conclusion, Decorex is the place to be if you love all things interiors. From interesting lighting and bouclé fabrics to tactile materials and large patterns, there are lots of upcoming trends set to emerge now and beyond, in 2023. Now, I’m off to relax on one of these stylish sofas.

Aaand relax.

You might also enjoy: Top Drawer trends: What I spotted at the design-led show.

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