East Coast Radio House and Garden show celebrates 40 years of trends

East Coast Radio House and Garden show celebrates 40 years of trends

The East Coast Radio House and Garden Show celebrates their 40th anniversary as the longest running, biggest consumer home events in the country this year.

From daring accent colours, minimalist interiors, the wallpaper craze to environmentally conscious interiors – the last four decades have revolutionised our homes and gardens to a point where we have seen it all!

This year, the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show is celebrating their 40th anniversary as the longest running, biggest consumer home events in the country.

“For the past forty years we have always strived to provide a platform for the home, outdoor and décor industry to present the latest offerings and trends to the public and this year will be no different with approximately 400 exhibitors due to be participating and an expected average attendance of 80 000. It’s always exciting to be at the cutting-edge of what the latest in design and trends are in the home and garden space but it’s also been fun to reflect on the past four decades to remember what has come before – the good, the bad and ‘different’,” shares Clive Shedlock, owner of H&G Expo.

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Like in fashion, home trends come and go but according to the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show Director, Cairey Baxter-Bruce, there are always a few key elements that they have noticed returning.

“Stainless steel and rose gold are being replaced with the 1980’s favourite brass in hardware, taps and kitchen fittings Trinkets are coming out of the cupboards and being displayed instead of being hidden away,” shares Baxter-Bruce.

  • Ware thrown back into the 1980’s, where bold colours and excessive decor were all the rage for homemakers around the world.
  • Deep sofa pieces and brass fixtures were some of the key elements within this decade.
  • The 1990’s saw the movement of minimalism.
  • Many homes swopped out their colourful linen for white and neutral colours to craft a snug home.
  • Enter the new millennium, we saw modern, new-age living emerging in the 2000s with green, flat-pack, and replica design. Concrete flooring, floating staircases and home office sheds were introduced on a more prominent level.
  • Our homes now boast large entertainment centres to watch the latest shows and subway-tile backsplash in our bathrooms.
  • Mason jar décor has arrived and we’re also using faux fur in most living areas. This decade focused on innovation like open-plan spaces that we have come to know and love.
  • 2010 focused on a bespoke modern outlook more than anything. With climate change in mind, the millennial generation was focused on a clean look that included all white kitchens, accent walls and bold patterns including chevron and florals. Matte black surged in popularity and rose gold found its place in the world amongst décor on coffee tables, desks and even faucets.


The start of the 2020s saw a major shift in how we lived with the pandemic inspiring a change in many home spaces. As one of the key exhibitors for this year’s East Coast Radio House + Garden Show, POP Interior Design Studio will be showcasing their design visions for 2022.

The trend for home layouts and design that enhances well-being is also high on the agenda.

“The need for flexibility and in turn flexible living has become highlighted during the lockdowns we have faced. We have been forced to look at the spaces we exist in, how these spaces promote healing, how they encourage us to let go of, connect to, move through and hold close. We have gone back to basics – to shelter, to nourish, to gather” shares Giselle Ferreira, co-Founder at POP Interior Design Studio (PDS).

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