Décor & Gardening
Hot new trends
Continuing from last year, mixed materials are still hugely popular. Combinations of wood and metal, wood and glass, and metal and glass can be seen in furniture pieces all over the home – from the dining room to the lounge and even the bedroom. Pick one or two items so as to not overpower the rooms and use them as statement pieces.
Ashanti chair with a natural rope detail, R6 995. Details: www.weylandts.co.za.
Cooper coffee table in natural wood, R5 495. Details: www.coricraft.co.za.
NATURAL AND WARM
Continuing on the trends from 2017, bringing bits of nature indoors is still a must in any home. “Natural fabrics are the perfect backdrop to accent colours and have the ability to bring your room together without trying too hard,” says Megan Morgen, furniture buyer at Coricraft. Accessories in warm and deep colours add interest and depth to your home without you having to change too much or redo entire areas. “They are the items that add soul and character to your home,” she adds.
Keep your everyday items together with this braided seagrass storage basket from H&M, R229.
Geometric print ceramic vase, R629. Details: www.zarahome.com.
A traditional floral print may not be the first thing that comes to mind when picturing a chic, well-designed home, but don’t be fooled by the old-fashioned reputation of these classic
patterns. “There is a real revival and floral prints are everywhere. It’s easy to pair them with unusual elements for a modern look,” Estel Grobler, linen specialist for Volpes, advises. One of the easiest ways to include florals in your home décor is in the bedroom. Simply opting for a printed floral duvet or adding a few floral cushions will transform your room in a peaceful retreat in no time. “The trick to create a modern floral-inspired room is the colour palette. For a more modern style, keep the balance of the rooms and linens in one matching colour – you can’t go wrong with white. For a more boho or shabby chic feel, introduce more colours picked from your main print or, if you are really bold, you can mix some floral designs together, “ Estel says.
TO DIE FOR:
Adonia blue duvet cover set, R849. Details: www.volpes.co.za.
Artificial plant in cloche, from Woolworths, R199.
METALLICS AND MONOCROME
Another trend that is ongoing is metallic accessories. Add a bit of excitement to your home with a few cleverly placed accessories, textures or furniture pieces. “Metallic pieces act as neutral pieces that complement any colour palette, adding a touch of drama and elegance,” Megan says. Monochrome colouring is another must and a beautiful and timeless way to decorate a room. It’s the hottest trend at the moment when accompanied with pops of vibrant green and natural coloured case goods with metallic accessories.
The wooden beads give this monochromatic wooden bead pendant lamp a natural look that works well in almost any room. Available as a ceiling pendant, R500. Details: www.monoshop.co.za.
Add a bit of subtle sparkle to your home with this metallic embroidered cushion cover from Zara, R629.
When trying to add that little extra something to a room, you definitely want to look for something with texture … and velvet. “Velvets are still very current and are a good durable fabric for accessories and accent pieces. They add glamorous texture to your décor scheme, unlike other texture fabrics,” Megan explains. Another easy way to add texture or subtle patterns to a room is with quilted fabrics. “It’s the perfect detail for a dining chair and can transform your dining area from simple to chic,” Megan adds.
GET YOUR HANDS ON:
Quilted velvet cushion cover from H&M, R229.
Velvet butterfly chair, R5 200.Details: www.klootique.com.