Trends in decor: say it whimsically

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Copy of Nm wetherlys (8) . The idea of back to basics and eco-aesthetics is also in there.

It’s not a vanilla world, says industry insider Dickie King, and it’s not one-dimensional enough to pin down either. Omeshnie Naidoo learns more...

Trends come at you from every direction and through all forms of media, and they are constantly evolving.

There is no narrative, says King, just many themes, motifs and strong cultural influences.

He illustrates – French-style furniture, a perennial in decor, same silhouette but a modern interpretation. In this case scripting, typography and graphics.

Text is big in decor at the moment, and you can even find slipcover couches with words all over them.

It’s a bit of whimsy, a bit of nostalgia and a bit of vintage, he says.

Vintage references abound. A rabbit, dogs, birds and butterflies – on prints, accessories, cushions and in design.

But that’s also a bit of travel. Maps are in, so are old luggage and leather suitcases, and buckles have made their way on to lamp shades.

The northern styles are often presented with African sensibilities.

Linens for example – in taupe, beige, white and stone – have a more arty-crafty look to them these days. The look is also with reference to traditional linen.

The idea of back to basics and eco-aesthetics is also in there.

For example military furniture, which was big for a long time, can now be seen in light wood, as raw, exposed wood with knots – and all are popular.

Nature inspires curves and soft lines – you will see this as well.

However, remember that for every moment there is an opposite movement. So geometry – such as the honeycomb in nature – has inspired prints with hexagons and octagons.

The trend towards recycling is strong and it’s given a lift to the idea that our homes must be our own and reflect our values and who we are.

Nothing is purist any more, so you may see a refectory style table with modern chairs. The idea is to put your personal stamp on your interiors.

Variety has also driven the notion of decorating pattern on pattern.

Fabrics can be mixed and matched and a room should now never just be accented in one colour. - The Mercury

* Dickie King is a senior buyer for Wetherlys.

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