It’s all very well to turn your home into a cosy den for winter, but now that summer is truly here, it’s time to freshen up. Here are the key seasonal trends you need to know about.
• It might not be the first colour you associate with summer, but Anna Weylandts of Weylandts says that black has made a bold move from inside to outdoors. Chad Enslin of Design & Décor Lab agrees but, he adds, while moody colours like dark teal and charcoal are undeniably eye-catching, you can’t go wrong with rich jewel tones: canary yellow, sea green and watermelon, for example.
• For Sumari La Grange of La Grange Interiors, the look is about easy living. “Summer in South Africa always means balmy evenings, with lots of outdoor lounging and entertaining. Materials such as natural, worn timbers are combined with woven textured rattan and layered with contrasting, soft textiles. Lines are cleaner and simplified,” she says.
• Add some texture or patterning that brings to mind African design, and you’re bang on-trend.
• Don’t throw away your botanical prints just yet. Tropical leaves and green tones are still a favourite. One of the best ways to incorporate this look? Indoor plants (preferably with winding, twisty leaves) – they not only look fantastic; they have health benefits too, says Enslin.
• Metallics are still big, according to Enslin, but this time around, it’s gold that’s in favour. Use it as an accent, especially for door handles, frames and lamp bases.
• Another throwback to last season: prints. While the big florals that captured our imaginations are still welcome in living rooms and patios, you could also opt for summer-themed prints: Enslin suggests beach scenes, for example, or waves.
• Ombre isn’t brand new to the scene either, but it’s coming into its own: wallpaper that fades from dark to light is especially bold and arresting, but you can also use the fade effect on scatters, bedding and rugs.