THE HOME STYLING TRENDS SPROUTING UP THIS YEAR

IT SEEMS THE ENTIRE PLANET TOOK NEW SHAPE LAST YEAR, LETTING NATURE TAKE ITS COURSE INSPIRING NATURAL TRENDS ACROSS HOME AND DECOR STYLING

By Greer Krige, Lifestyle Consultant

Coming from a publishing background in home-decor, this is one area in particular that I’ve noticed some profound shifts taking place in the past year. 

I think it all comes down to the fact that the earth is in a bit of a sorry state, some may find the term  ‘hot mess’ more accurate. As a result, trends that centre around sustainability are emerging, making opportunities to reuse and upcycle very appealing.

The latest trend is basically a combination of modern design with vintage style décor. Reusing older, more traditionally styled pieces such as a classic wingback armchair or crochet bed throw, it’s kinder to the environment and, according to the experts, kinder to the aesthetically trained eye. 

Fashion trends inevitably trickle down into décor trends and there seems to be no exception. Have you noticed the ruffles, florals and brown colours showing face on the runways? I suspect that these elements create a sense of nostalgia that we find soothing,  and after 2020 we could all do with some of that.

Since being allowed out, I have started a new weekend hobby, visiting thrift stores, antique shops and flea markets in search of one-of-a-kind treasures. On the off chance I’m feeling lazy there is also a whole world of online sites selling amazing antique pieces where you can definitely pick up a bargain.

Another noticeable shift is that of a craving for a connection with nature. Perhaps it’s from being cooped up indoors for months on end or just wanting to feel more in balance. Natural materials like wood, particularly lighter oak, beech and ash as well as cane, wicker, jute and linen are taking over the décor scene. A note of caution though, this look can begin to look a bit boring if over done, so the trick is to layer colours and textures in between your natural materials to create interest and contrast.

The absolute must-have item lately, and for the upcoming season is houseplants. Everyone I know has at least three and I personally live in an indoor jungle. They can be inexpensive and are known to help purify the air. For those who don’t have green thumbs, there is an alternative! Simply add a botanical print cushion, artwork or wallpaper, there are some incredible designs out there.

The desire for wholesome earthiness is also translating into key colour trends. Dulux recently announced Brave Ground as its colour of the year for 2021 and Sherwin Williams unveiled Urbane Bronze as theirs. Both are rich, warm colours and set the tone for a palette of autumn shades of rusty orange, winey red, sage green and ochre golds.

So 2021 is shaping up to be an earth friendly, comfort-centric year in terms of home and décor trends- fantastic! 

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