Decorating trends for winter
Since we will soon be spending a lot more time indoors, we've rounded up a few of the top home decorating trends for 2018 that are perfectly suited to the chilly season. Here are some trends that will make your home feel cosier this winter…
Hot home décor textures this year include boho chic macramé and wicker, and gorgeous velvet, which lends itself to both traditional homes and contemporary urban chic spaces.
According to Cityline design expert Shai Deluca-tamasi, textured embellishment is a big trend. A great way to bring it into your home is with scatter cushions.
We'll also be seeing a lot more natural, organic wicker lighting fittings, according to UK interiors and renovation expert Sian Astley. Embracing these texture trends could be great DIY projects too - you could add textured embellishments to scatter cushions you already have and turn a wicker basket into a hanging light fitting. When it comes to furniture, velvet is the sumptuous choice for that colourful statement sofa - another big trend for 2018.
If you aren't planning on buying a new sofa, you could add that velvet touch to your living room with scatter cushions.
A wash of warm colours
Astley says that hot colour trends for 2018 include orange and earthy pastels paired with black. Adding orange accents to a room is a wonderful way to add warmth. For a uniquely South African look, draw inspiration from our lovely orange pincushion proteas and flowering aloes. Look for these indigenous flowers on prints and scatter cushions and add paintings
or photos of them to your walls.
Larger-than-life wall art
And while we're talking about Pinterest, they've identified the fastest growing home décor trends according to what people are pinning. When it comes to wall art, big is better in 2018, with Pinterest saves for "big wall art" up by a whopping 637%. This means blown up photography and large-scale art. The benefit of large wall artwork is that it can help make a room feel bigger, particularly if the artwork is a landscape photo or painting. A large landscape artwork helps create a sense of having a window overlooking a view, which helps create a perception of space. To up the cosy factor, enlarge photos or look for artworks with a warm colour palette. For example, a large framed photo of a warm sunset will complement trendy orange accessories while making a big impact.
Metallics have been popular for a while, but, according to Pinterest's trend report, mixing different finishes together is a popular trend this year. They found that saving "mixed metals" pins has increased by 423%. Astley notes an increase in brass and gold accessories, particularly in the kitchen, and because of the mixed metals trend, you don't have to worry if you have chrome hardware finishes.
Boring doors are no more - 2018 is the year to add some colour.
Painting a front door is an easy DIY project that can help add curb appeal to your home.
According to Pinterest's trend report, "colourful doors" saves is up by 121%.
Make a statement with a colourful front door (you could even add a stencil detail and complement it with potted plants and a fun message on the front doormat to warmly welcome you home.