While designer homes and gardens are underscored by a certain aesthetic narrative, the spaces we live in are there to be enjoyed. It’s where we relax, reboot and live. But style and comfort are by no means mutually exclusive. Here’s how to fuse the two to create the ultimate chill zones.

Seating arrangements

The right seating is synonymous with ultimate comfort. “When choosing seating for your lounge, consider the layout so that it does double duty as a hub for socialising and enjoying a moment of calm,” suggests Alon Sachs, co-founder of Mobelli Furniture + Living.

L-shaped and U-shaped sofas are ideal for large families and entertaining, says Sachs, while two- or three-seaters are good options for tight spaces.

For top-notch comfort, add an extra armchair, ottoman and floor lamp to create a ready-made reading nook. The best spot is by a window overlooking a spot of greenery.

Colour on cue: Invite a sense of calm into your living space by weaving in blue-green hues like turquoise, teal and aquamarine.

Berkley sofa, Delta coffee table and Darya occasional chair, available from Mobelli Furniture + Living

Guilty pleasures

Dying for some pillow talk? Introduce lavish fabrics and opulent accents into your boudoir. There’s no better option than tactile velvet, one of this year’s star fabrics. For a feminine touch, the fluid curves of a chaise lounge covered in velvet is the epitome of luxe.

Colour on cue: Powder pink and berry hues are a sultry combo that soothe the senses.

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Earth child

“A zen-inspired design is all about natural colours, in soft tones like white, grey, shades of beige or pink-beige. All these hues have the power to induce a sense of relaxation and calm,” says Sachs.

Colour on cue: For the epitome of tranquillity, opt for natural wood and terracotta finishes.


Outdoor interest

“If you have a large garden, take a look around and you’re sure to find a space with an overwhelmingly ‘zen’ feel. All that’s required is a simple hanging chair where you can sit and relax,” suggests Sachs.


All fired up

“Fire pits are ideal for spending time in the garden on a hot summer’s evening,” says Craig de Necker, managing director of The Friendly Plant. For ultimate comfort, opt for a gas installation. That way, you have instant ambience with minimum fuss.

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Liquid assets

Dreaming of a spa vacation? Look no further than your own pool. According to De Necker, small pools are easy to heat. Or up the ante by opting for a hybrid pool/spa with massage jets.

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Lazy lunches

Alfresco living is a South African tradition. What could be more energising for the soul than enjoying a long lunch with friends or family? “Investing in a quality outdoor dining set could be well worth it, especially if you’re someone who likes to entertain,” says Sachs.