Cape Town - Dècor accessories offer one of the easiest ways to modernise a room and this year we see a number of trendy patterns and styles to energise your home with very little effort.
Blue and gold (especially rose gold) are big this year. Pantone’s colour palette for 2016 blends naturally sourced hues like clay and rose to create a muted collection of delicate shades. There are also bold versions of much loved colours such as cobalt blue. Dulux’s “Monarch Gold” captures the imagination and “Rose Gold” is emerging as a popular choice for techno-gadgets.
Kirsten di Clemente of Di Clemente Interiors agrees. “I believe a pink rose quartz will still be trending. It is a soft subtle colour.”
Get the look: Uplift any room with copper-based table lamps or invest in scatters with a metallic thread in the print.
Arts and Craft
The Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries is having a revival. The look blends macramé, tie-dye and similar folk styles of aesthetic art. Scatters, throws or fabric lampshades can benefit from an update using this.
Get the look: For a more permanent arts and craft look in a living area or a patio, use a patchwork floor tile (Italtile’s Pavimento Antiqua range).
More companies are designing exciting home gadgets that are décor friendly. Bluetooth speakers are no longer just audio transmitters but are accessories that are a talking point and create a focus of interest.
Get the look: Interior designers like lighting experts Diva Luce have also developed various techniques that integrate home electronics in one central area, with smart functionality that manages mood with dimming functions.
Sustainable, self-conscious living
Hannah Lord of Heid Interior says an outstanding trend is toward sustainable, self-conscious living. “The past few years we’ve seen a movement towards simple, health-conscious, natural and contemporary living with 2016 bringing more emphasis on natural sustainable living. Preservation is key.
“Consumers are reacting positively to sustainable living ideas. The movement is going back to basics where time and value is of importance.”
Get the look: Small changes such as LED light-fittings can make a difference.
This emerged as a growing trend last year as it tied in with the industrial style so popular in 2015. They are a great way to update the living area with a simple adjustment of a functional item. Tying in with contemporary trends, these lamps were originally designed for industrial use.
Get the look: Weyland’s home store has an interesting caged light range. Use in surprising ways by adding to ultra feminine rooms.
According to bathroom specialists Bathroom Bizarre, the bijou look is trending. The word, which means jewellery in French, refers to swish new styling that showcases a touch of bling. “We’re seeing more and more people replacing their cheaper plastic bathroom accessories with ones that have a more luxurious finish, complementing the space rather than detracting from it. Think chrome toilet brush holders, hand-woven baskets for laundry, and embellished mirrors,” says Jasmin Kraneveldt of Bathroom Bizarre.
Get the look: Use ottomans with storage spaces – elegant yet practical.
Another major bathroom trend for 2016 is the incorporation of rustic elements to warm up slick modern designs. Kraneveldt says: Get the look:”It’s all about interesting patterns, humble natural materials, and rich contrasting textures. When combined, these elements work together to add welcome personality to the calming earthy tones that are synonymous with the modern rustic look.”
Incorporate old stylish pieces
“I think that a trend you can look out for in 2016 is incorporating vintage and antique pieces in your home. I think we will be looking towards nostalgia,” says Di Clemente. The family lounge is becoming known as the “glamily” room as it combines traditional practical elements with nostalgic items like chandeliers and rugs.
Get the look: Add antique pieces from grandma in your ultra modern lounge.
This is becoming a must for anyone looking to put their home on the market. The idea is to look at a house with the eyes of a buyer to give it fresh appeal, with calming undertones and clean lines. Dedicated home styling experts can be employed to assist in creating an appealing, sellable home.
Charles Vining, MD of property real estate agents Seeff, says sellers realise the importance of presenting the property in an enticing manner. “We always appeal to our sellers to de-clutter, tidy up and make an effort to improve the property’s aesthetics before a show day.”
Get the look: Flowers, lightly scented candles, bake bread...all tricks to make a house feel like a home.
Bring the freedom of outdoors inside. Get the look with forest and jungle-themed wallpaper prints or use simple, natural items found on your travels.
Get the look: Driftwood and seashells clustered together are a reminder of happy holidays.
Just as the smiley face emoji called “Face with tears of joy” was the Oxford dictionary’s “word of the year”, typographical print and décor that promote mood and sentiment will remain popular. The graphic fruit for 2015 was the pineapple, and this year it is the banana.
Get the look: Give your room an emoji with clever text flags or sentimental word closet hooks.
The most exciting room in 2016 is set to be the kitchen. Di Clemente says: “With people possibly not going out to eat as much this year (thanks to the economy), I think we will be focusing more on home cooking and entertaining. The kitchen will be a big focus as it encapsulates the sense of comfort and stability of home traditions.”
Lord sees the kitchen evolving into a meeting zone. “Kitchens are going back to the future with ‘workhouse island counters’ as the central feature. The island counter is where you can cook, chop, store and socialise. The ‘barely there’ kitchen is also increasing in popularity. Basically everything – appliances, crockery and cutlery, is kept out of sight in cupboards and nothing is seen. Embrace the openness.”
Get the look: Pull up some chairs, and a table, and make it a proper South African “kuier” (visiting) room.
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