New home dé­cor trends re­vealed

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Nur­ture and restora­tion are set to take cen­tre stage on the res­i­den­tial de­sign front, with ar­chi­tec­ture, fur­ni­ture and dé­cor trends all fo­cus­ing on home as a sanc­tu­ary in­stead of a dis­play. Glam­our is def­i­nitely in, but hard lines and overly-vivid colours are mov­ing over to make way for a gen­tler am­bi­ence and more live­able feel. At the Raw­son Prop­erty Group, they love see­ing how South Africans em­brace th­ese de­sign trends in their homes.

Deb­bie Re­abow, Brand and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager of the Raw­son Prop­erty Group, gives some point­ers about what they ex­pect from trend­set­ters through­out this year.


“This year’s colours are a softer and more thought­ful ver­sion of 2017’s bold tones, in­spired by na­ture and the earthy shades favoured by the still-thriv­ing global no­mad trend,” says Re­abow. “Say good­bye to overly bright or ar­ti­fi­cial hues in favour of vivid, vin­tage jewel tones like Pan­tone’s colour of the year, Ul­tra Vi­o­let, and con­trast them on a pale, neu­tral back­ground of bleached bone, wood tones and in­tense char­coals.”


Re­abow says na­ture will fea­ture strongly in top fin­ishes as well, with nat­u­ral stone, raw tim­ber and matte or satin met­als tak­ing pride of place. Cop­per and rose gold makes way for brass and steel’s re­turn to pop­u­lar­ity, bring­ing a sub­tler and less os­ten­ta­tious sense of lux­ury to rooms and fur­nish­ings.

“Con­crete is also gain­ing ground as a fea­ture ma­te­rial in 2018,” she says, “favoured for its raw, tex­tu­ral ap­peal that con­trasts spec­tac­u­larly with more tra­di­tional fin­ishes like mar­ble, metal and hard­wood.”


“Fur­ni­ture is key in 2018’s nur­tur­ing home de­sign trend, em­brac­ing ‘form fol­lows func­tion’ for a curvier, cosier feel,” Re­abow says. “Square lines give way to rounder, softer shapes with co­coon-like pad­ding and down­filled scat­ter cush­ions. Chairs and couches be­come feel-good sanc­tu­ar­ies for the soul.”


Tex­tile trends are all about cre­at­ing a sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence that goes be­yond beau­ti­ful colours and prints to em­brace the tac­tile side of home dé­cor.

“Think jewel tones brought to life in rich, touch­able vel­vets and bold, bo­hemian flo­rals jux­ta­posed with or­ganic tex­tures,” says Re­abow. “It’s all about plush com­fort pre­sented in fuss-free sim­plic­ity, so ditch the frills for a cleaner, softer feel that’s as easy on the body as it is on the eyes.”


Green­ery is here to stay, with in­door plants re­main­ing an im­por­tant part of in­te­rior de­sign trends. Re­abow says desert-like suc­cu­lents and cacti are on the way out as more trop­i­cal green­ery takes pride of place.

“Ferns and pa­pyrus, philo­den­drons and ex­otic Guz­ma­nias have the right kind of trop­i­cal feel, and con­trast bril­liantly with con­crete and brass planters for a uniquely mod­ern twist,” she says.


Wall art is just as sus­cep­ti­ble to trends as any other home dé­cor item. “Quirky, large-for­mat, sur­re­al­ist­style prints are def­i­nitely be­com­ing ‘a thing’,” she says, “along with ab­stracts that tease and tan­ta­lise the eye. Por­traits are also be­com­ing highly sought-af­ter, par­tic­u­larly in fig­u­ra­tive styles, but na­ture and land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy re­mains a time­less op­tion for those with more clas­sic tastes.”

Square lines give way to rounder, softer shapes

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