Decorex 2021 Round-up

Decorex returned to London Olympia this October and after a year of hosting a virtual show, this design event was back with a bang.  The Craig & Rose team were once again in attendance and here we share our favourite highlights.  

Upon entering the event, attendees were greeted by a fabulously colourful installation by Moritz Waldemeyer featuring dancing butterflies surrounded by a tropical garden created by Wild At Heart.

One of our favourite parts of the show was the Future Heritage exhibit which had been curated by design critic, Corrine Julius and shined a spotlight on 10 emerging artisans.  Find out more about these exceptionally talented artists here, but we have includes a few in our round-up below. 

Rusty Tones

This warm, alluring direction has been growing in popularity for some time and ranges from muted terracotta to more vibrant rusty colours.  From matt surfaces and tactile velvets to painted finishes, this colour story was one of the strongest at the show.  Inspired?  You can already shop this look quite easily from our 1829 Collection - check out Russet and Etruscan Red. 

Tactile fabrics at Wewood.

Wide scape mural created for the event by artists Jan Erika.

Curvaceous velvet from Sedilia.

Terracotta walls at Liang and Eimil


An evolution of the previously mentioned terracotta shades, this on-trend look features more muted options with a pinkened, sun-drench feel.  Working particularly well on natural materials, we loved seeing it combined with neutrals and subdued greens.  If you're drawn to these colours, take a look at Venetian red and Pink Beige.

Handwoven flatweave rug in the colour 'Canyon' from A Rum Fellow

Love Your Home's collaboration with Kate Watson-Smyth debuted at Decorex and centred around the ‘Vita’ sofa featuring new fabrics; Recycled Velvet and Recycled Cotton.

Modern Pastel Combinations

There is a calmness and neutrality about using colours of similar depth together and these modern pastels are taking a new direction. Not delicate or pretty, but strong and confident.  Smooth ceramics, glass surfaces and the use of natural fabrics make these familiar shades feel much more mature.  Highlights of deeper or brighter colours also help to create an updated look.  Combine together Dried Plaster, Study Room Blue and Soft Green for a perfect pastel scheme.

Featured in the Future Heritage exhibit, and inspired by the Roman city, Baalbek.  A collaboration between Adam Nathaniel Furman and Beit Collective.

Ombre effect rug with highlight trim detail from Ferreira De Sa.

Glass sculptural light pieces called the Glowbules - a stand-out from the Future Heritage exhibit. This is a collaboration between Adam Nathaniel Furman and Esther Patterson (founder of Curiousa & Curiousa).

Muted pastels at A Rum Fellow

Hot Pink

Dominant and striking, this punchy shade was used across prints and patterns in highlights as well as eye-catching backdrops on broad walls.  

Another design from Adam Nathaniel Furman in collaboration with FLOOR_STORY.

Bold wall art on the Liang and Eimil stand.

Punchy Pink walls at Pooky.

Vibrant Blue

Another commanding colour trend identified at this event was the use of bright and bold blues.

Ever since 'Classic Blue' was chosen as Pantone’s colour of the year 2020, this universal favourite has become more and more prevalent across furnishings and homewares. Selected by Pantone for its ‘reassuring presence, instilling calm, confidence and connection’ and considering events of late, this is probably more relevant than ever. Ultramarine takes its name from the literal Latin meaning ‘Beyond the sea’. It is a rich deep pigment that was originally made by grinding lapis lazuli into a powder. Today, Ultramarine is still used by designers who are influenced by its historical value as well as its ability to capture attention. 

Our timeless favourite, Smalt has been a key colour for many years. 

This electric tone of blue was used as the backdrop colour behind these modular lights from Empty State.

Opposites attract - textile art by Frances Pinnock and Anna Ray

Rich cobalt used on furniture pieces too!

Timorous Beasties Oceana collection featuring tonal blues.

Detailed Maximalist Pattern

From a pattern point of view, this show was a haven for maximalists.  A variety of detailed prints were presented by furnishing and furniture brands and the trend for mixing designs within a scheme seemed to be a continuing focus.  Detailed florals on dark backgrounds, incorporating various brighter colours seemed popular too.  The inclusion of exotic birds and animals were also spotted by our team.

Plush velvets and detailed prints from GPJ Baker at the Spink & Edgar stand.

A new, bold design presented at Linwood called Mandai Velvet from the Velvet Wonderland collection featuring bamboo and oriental flowers.

Totem Damask from Timorous Beasties - a "kaleidoscopic synthesis of splats and arabesques structured through a geometric stem". 

Various multi-colour prints from Timorous Beasties.

Geometric Weaves

Alongside these detailed patterns, we also noticed a selection of contemporary woven designs - a great way to bring detail and colour into your room if you are more minimalist in your interior design tastes.

On the Design Nation stand, this design by woven textile artist, Majeda Clarke caught our eye.

Definitely one of the most popular stands at the event, A Rum Fellow showed off a variety of new weave designs in a gorgeous selection of muted colours.

Sculptural Forms

Along with the firm-favourite arches, we also picked up on more angular forms and structural details across a range of stands from wall details to home decor.

Gold leaf arches at Pooky lighting.  

To recreate this look at home, try out our Artisan Antique Gold.

Sculptural shapes are a key trend in home decor at the moment and we loved this combination of materials and finishes.

Eye-catching architectural shapes on the Original BTC stand.

Organic Texture

Texture has been a dominant trend in interiors for quite a while now, but at this years' Decorex event we spotted some beautiful examples of surface detail which felt a lot more organic, weathered and time-worn.

Fine texture and metallic combination.

A combination textured surfaces and tonal neutrals from Design Concrete.

Displayed at Riviere Rugs - "Inspired by distressed wood panelling, Como design is woven with subtle contrasting textures of wool and silk to create an abstract painterly effect".

Part of the Future Heritage exhibit, glass artist Amanda Simmons presented a collection of new designs created using gravity forming techniques with Bullseye Glass powders.


The trend for voluminous profiles on upholstery featured heavily across most stands at Decorex this year and started to extend into furniture more heavily too.  Quilted and scalloped edges were also important here and across upholstery, tactile fabrics such as velvet and boucle were evident. 

Sedilia London

Love Your Home.  The two collaborations with both Kate Watson-Smyth and 2LG Studios incorporate soft curves.

CTO Lighting