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‘Watts’ hot: light up your life this winter with our hot picks for home lighting

A home design trend that’s easy to implement in every room, statement lighting is about so much more than pendant choices. Cord length, materials, size and shape all make an impact.

BUSTER+PUNCH AVAILABLE FROM TRENZSEATER
BUSTER+PUNCH AVAILABLE FROM TRENZSEATER

So we’re shining the spotlight on some of the brightest trends in lighting design.

Old school: Our dalliance with décor of the authentic, aged look has gained even more traction, with antique aesthetics and weathered paint effects hitting the nail on the fashionable head.

HANDKRAFTED MORSE PENDANT LIGHT
HANDKRAFTED MORSE PENDANT LIGHT

Au naturale: While timber has long been regarded as an easy and effective way to add natural warmth, eco-friendly plant-derived textiles are evolving into glamorous green alternatives.

FREEDOM TWISTED FLOOR LAMP
FREEDOM TWISTED FLOOR LAMP

Size counts: Big is better when it comes to the current crop of shades and fittings. No need to be shy! Take a walk on the super-sized side.

Industrial edge: The stripped-down, hipster-inspired designs of the urban-industrial décor trend remain an ever-popular inspiration for lighting.

BASTILLE AND SONS RIVIERA PENDANT LIGHT
BASTILLE AND SONS RIVIERA PENDANT LIGHT

Metallic mastery: Metallics have remained on centrestage for the longest of times, with copper and rose gold especially popular, while polished chrome and steel tones make their magical mark.

WEST ELM MINI INDUSTRIAL CAGE LAMP
WEST ELM MINI INDUSTRIAL CAGE LAMP

Generous geometrics: The visual contrast geometry brings to the home has made it an enduring aesthetic, with everything from table lamps to central shades catching the geometry bug.

ADAIRS MERCER + REID CERAMIC LAMP
ADAIRS MERCER + REID CERAMIC LAMP
KAS AUSTRALIA DAYO NAVY CUSHION

A tribal approach: bringing a taste of other cultures into your spaces

In a fast-paced modern world, it’s not hard to see why one might yearn for a more laid-back, relaxing vibe when it comes to the home.

FREEDOM WALLHANGING
FREEDOM WALLHANGING
KAS AUSTRALIA DAYO NAVY CUSHION
KAS AUSTRALIA DAYO NAVY CUSHION
HOMELEA LASS BLISS BLANKET
HOMELEA LASS BLISS BLANKET
LINEN HOUSE TANZANIA BLACK QUILT COVER SET
LINEN HOUSE TANZANIA BLACK QUILT COVER SET
WEST ELM DIAMOND POINT RUG
WEST ELM DIAMOND POINT RUG

In fact, many of the trends that are creeping into these spaces in 2018 are related by virtue of their soft and earthy nature. And, although the modern tribal aesthetic most certainly meets this brief, its decorative elements enable you to create a rustic earthy vibe without losing any of its cool factor.
Art, lighting, rugs, cushions and beaded decorative accessories are some of the key tools in your decorating arsenal, when it comes to achieving a luxurious tribal look.
We’re increasingly striving to create authenticity and a respect for handcrafted elements within our interiors and the components of this tie in well with the modern tribal look, as do natural materials and vintage eclectic themes.
For the commitment phobe, this means you can comfortably dip your toes in the tribal waters, without any kind of long term commitment. Just incorporate some cushions, a rug or some ornamental accessories and you’re on your way, though be warned, it may create some wanderlust for the more travel-inspired types out there!

ADAIRS POM POM ROUND CUSHION

Bringing life to beige: take a second look at the far from boring beige for your home interior

Beige has long been considered the nemesis of fun in the home sphere, with no more ability to bring life to a space than a teaspoon can. But in recent times it has been shaking off its ‘plain Jane’ vibes and introducing an exciting new aesthetic.

JAMES SAID MELANGE NICO COFFEE TABLE
JAMES SAID MELANGE NICO COFFEE TABLE
SHERIDAN SIENNE ROUND CERAMIC VASES
SHERIDAN SIENNE ROUND CERAMIC VASES
ADAIRS POM POM ROUND CUSHION
ADAIRS POM POM ROUND CUSHION
MAISON SARAH LAVOINE LAMP FROM BASTILLE AND SONS
MAISON SARAH LAVOINE LAMP FROM BASTILLE AND SONS
LINEN HOUSE DANICA NATURAL PLANTER
LINEN HOUSE DANICA NATURAL PLANTER

Warm and welcoming, beige is one of those clever colour chameleons that can make the perfect pairing with almost any other colour. And, when it comes to mixing and matching with this shade shifter, the bigger the design risks, the bigger the potential payoff.
Create a clean palette by incorporating white, go dark and moody with deep blues or charcoals, or go cool and classy by incorporating a range of beige tones, from light through to dark.
When it comes to colour psychology, pair beige with soft and relaxing tones of muted green, dove greys and soft pinks to create a calm and restorative environment.
Its earthy tones lend themselves to the use of organic materials, with indoor planting, woven artwork and ceramics making popular pairings. Spaces can be brought to life by adding texture through soft furnishings like wall hangings, sheepskins, wall rugs or furniture featuring organic materials.
This colour trend pairs well with woven artwork and indoor planting helps add a lush element to the neutral palette.

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Mellow yellow: interior designers are bringing the sunshine inside with yellow decor

In the past, yellow has suffered from a bit of an image problem. But it seems interior designers have launched a full-blown PR campaign advocating for its acceptance into the colour hall of fame and public perception of this sunny shade is looking up.

VINYL DESIGN MUSHROOMS TEA TOWEL
VINYL DESIGN MUSHROOMS TEA TOWEL
KAS AUSTRALIA FLUTTER CUSHION
KAS AUSTRALIA FLUTTER CUSHION
WEST ELM DAPER ANIMAL SALAD PLATE
WEST ELM DAPER ANIMAL SALAD PLATE
OH MABEL ORGANIC BEDSHEETS
OH MABEL ORGANIC BEDSHEETS

Once treated as somewhat of an enigma, it’s now embraced as energetic but equally relaxing; an ally to homes that want to generate an authentic aura of warmth. The more dulcet tones perfectly offset a dependable grey or if you want to turn up the volume on yellow, even a spritely purple will make an impact when paired with this hue. Of course green, cream, white and black also make the cut as faithful companions to the colour.
Capable of lifting the spirits, the challenge with yellow lies in striking the right balance. If it is too heavily concentrated in one area, it can dominate and overwhelm the space. If you want to take a conservative approach to introducing this aesthetic, start with the accents in your space – curtains, lighting, cushions, throws and even rugs. A colour block feature wall is also an option but more of a commitment.
Trawl Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration and take advantage of online tools that let you digitally experiment with your space so you can try yellow on for size before you make any final decisions.

Metallic Homewares

A metallic moment: make your home shine with the trend that keeps on giving

Metallics have been having their ‘moment’ in the homewares spotlight for the longest time now, with their prevailing popularity suggesting they won’t be leaving any time soon.

Metallic Homewares
Meir Round Champagne Kitchen Mixer

Which is rather an exciting prospect, when it comes to our inner-magpies. Long gone are the days when the fixtures in our houses – taps, handles, pipes, shower heads – lacked personality. And the creatively clever are using metallics in unique new ways – with accessories, cabinetry, furniture and even flooring getting the metallic makeover.
Not only are we seeing a renaissance of copper, but also bold golds, striking silvers and charming brass hues are creating clean, modern and vibrant environments within our homes – even in the less ‘sexy’ spaces like our bathrooms. With accessories like the Round Champagne Kitchen Mixer pictured, Meir demonstrates how metallic finishes can add glamour and sophistication to a room through some of the smallest items.
The ultimate aesthetic pick-me-up for your abode, the magic of metallics will no doubt continue to endure.

Sheridan

Green with envy: make this classic colour a part of your home and you won’t regret it

It’s not surprising that this nature-inspired colour is the one most closely associated with envy, because that’s exactly what you’ll be inducing in visitors to your humble abode if you style with this sophisticated shade.

Sheridan
SHERIDAN
James Said
JAMES SAID
BASTILLE AND SONS
BASTILLE AND SONS
Linen House
LINEN HOUSE

With some traditional textures such as velvet and timber following this hue into the homewares realm, why not weave this nature-inspired hue into your interior palette. After all, it’s quite the gem.
When it comes to sprucing up your interiors, this heavenly hue in all its green glory, has never looked so good.
And, when it comes to colour psychology, it adds visual credence to the ‘green movement’, with its reported ability to improve self-esteem, reduce anxiety and heighten awareness of one’s surroundings.
As they say, the grass is always greener on the other side and in this instance, it really is, in the very best of ways.

Soho Bedhead

Popular new pairing: black and blue is trending it’s way into our homes (and hearts)

Not so long ago, black and blue were considered a sartorial sin. Now, not only has this match-made in heaven pairing marched its way down the catwalk, but it’s equally marched its way into our homes and hearts.

HEATHERLY DESIGN SOHO BEDHEAD
HEATHERLY DESIGN SOHO BEDHEAD

Taking their cues from the fashion world, design darlings of the décor world have been taking this trend into the home, where it’s found its way into almost every room.
Dark and moody in all the right ways, black and blue are a crowd favourite and for very good reason. But if you want to lighten the mood, consider marrying black with vivid tones of cobalt, teal and sapphire and lighter blues like robin’s egg and sky blue.
So stay ahead of the style game with some creative combinations.

WEST END DINNERWARE

Into the wild: home decor goes exotic

With a hiss and a roar, wildlife has burst onto the style scene and our love for this beautiful decor cannot be tamed. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

WEST END DINNERWARE
WEST END DINNERWARE

The output of this preoccupation with some of our greatest outdoor species is, thank goodness, a big step away from anything taxidermy related – and rather focuses on beautiful sketches, Scandinavian styled stag antlers, black and white photography, and quirky decals. Pillows, bookends, crockery, and busts have also made the cut.
The wild at heart will be pleased to know that this concept has shredded its ‘kitsch’ reputation and has been given a glowing green light endorsement from the powers that be.

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Lovely lavender: colour of the moment

It’s been touted as ‘the new millennial pink’. We’re not sure if it’s going to be able to knock this ruling hue right off its perch, but lavender is certainly not shy about what it has to offer our abodes this season.

LINEN HOUSE DELUX VELVET LAVENDER
LINEN HOUSE DELUX VELVET LAVENDER

It may not have been in the running to steal the Pantone Colour of the Year crown of glory, but a quick meander around the digital atmosphere tells us that lavender is having more than just a moment – it’s winning affections for its serene and versatile nature.
Every variation looks crisp and compelling with white, and brighter lavender is a match made in heaven when paired with lime green and orange. If you opt for a softer shade, then beige, magenta and yellows will make a striking partner.