Oversized lighting, abstract art and bold-patterned rugs are just a few ways to create fabulous focal points in your home. Discover a range of interesting styling tricks to bring your interiors to life.

Colour

“Don’t be afraid to use colour, even in the most neutral interiors. Whether it be via art works, scatter cushions or accessories, every space deserves a little excitement.” – Garreth van Niekerk, co-founder of Always Welcome

Hinge Unit by Dokter and Misses, available at Always Welcome

Fabrics

“Play with interesting textures, embroidery and patterns to bring immediate interest that can be changed in and out of your space as trends and seasons change.” – Garreth van Niekerk, co-founder of Always Welcome

Something Good Studio blanket, available at Always Welcome

Rugs

“A well-chosen rug can change the look and feel of a room. But always remember to select the right type of rug for the room. For example, a long piled rug is extremely well suited for a bedroom, because it is soft and adds immediate texture. Modern Berber rugs are good examples of this. These thick piled wool rugs have delightfully quirky designs.” – Coenraad Kotze, showroom manager at Mae Artisan Rugs

Mae Artisan Rugs

Accessories

“Accessories will bring life to any interior. You can accessorise with throws, vases, bowls, scatter cushions and add a few plants in the mix too. An interior will feel flat if there are no accessories. Colours, textures and the size of the accessories are important, as long as they do not clash!” – Donna-Lee Smith, marketing manager at Créma Design

Créma Design

Lighting

“Lighting also plays an extremely important role in bringing life and adds another dimension to an interior. Backlighting, for starters, will bring depth to your space and it’ll create an atmosphere. Suspension lamps bring life to the interior because they create a focal point, which is always needed in a space.” – Donna-Lee Smith, marketing manager at Créma Design

Créma Design

Unusual combos

“Create a focal point by combining unexpected items – a rug with a bright abstract pattern in an otherwise neutral room; glam up contemporary wood furniture with a fabulous chandelier; a bold couch or armchair in a contrasting colour to your furniture and quirky deco items to liven up a formal space.” – Karin Cawthorne, owner of KARE Johannesburg

KARE Johannesburg

Mirrors 

“Large, opulent mirrors create the illusion of space and light while reflecting your favourite items. Bold light fixtures can make as much of a statement as a colourful painting, and have the magical ability to change the ambience of a space in an instant. Try an organic-shaped light in a rustic hallway for an added cool and contemporary vibe. Paint a wall in a rich jewel colour to add depth and life.” – Karin Cawthorne, owner of KARE Johannesburg

KARE Johannesburg