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Is­abel Barends of Love Lemon In­te­ri­ors and Liza Louw of Paint Ef­fects

re­ply The first step is to re­move ev­ery­thing that doesn’t con­trib­ute to the pur­pose or at­mos­phere of the space. If con­struc­tion is a pos­si­bil­ity, close up the lapa with stack­ing doors and win­dows. This will al­low suf­fi­cient light into the lapa and help keep dust out, mak­ing the space func­tional in win­ter and sum­mer.

Paint it pretty

• For a mod­ern look, plas­ter the brick walls and paint them: Du­lux Sul­tana Spice 3 (a lovely sandy colour) will give the lapa a neu­tral ap­pear­ance. Use bold colours in the fin­ishes to brighten up the area. If you want to be more dar­ing, con­sider Plas­con Ti­betan Cloak (a trendy dark grey). Use lots of lanterns, can­dles and sand-coloured fur­ni­ture to cre­ate con­trast against the grey back­ground.

• You could also sim­ply paint the bricks: af­ter a good clean, add a layer of Uni­ver­sal Un­der­coat fol­lowed by a coat of Plas­con Wall & All in a neu­tral colour sim­i­lar to the op­tions above. You can paint the ceil­ing beams as well, which will open up the space and look beau­ti­ful against the thatched roof.

• Paint­ing the floor will be more af­ford­able than tiling it; opt for a warm sand colour or a shade of grey.

For the dé­cor…

• Di­vide the lapa into two ar­eas with a din­ing ta­ble and chairs or benches on one side and a cof­fee ta­ble with couches near the fire on the other side. We still love Thys and Co­lette du Plessis’ lapa in Bloem­fontein (above and right), as fea­tured in Home Yard 2015 – they man­aged to di­vide the space into var­i­ous func­tional ar­eas with great suc­cess.

An­chor this space with a large vin­tage-style rug, or con­sider a wash­able out­door rug from Her­tex.

• In­tro­duce pops of colour with vin­tage-style cush­ions on the couches and an eye-catch­ing table­cloth or run­ner. Uphol­ster the din­ing chair cush­ions in a vin­tage-style fab­ric.

• Hang an over­sized cast-iron chan­de­lier in the mid­dle of the room or sus­pend lanterns and fairy lights from the ceil­ing.

• In­tro­duce green­ery with colour­ful pots con­tain­ing suc­cu­lents.



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