A timeless approach to interior design

Nothing is more satisfying than a blank canvas on which you are free to express yourself, especially when the canvas is your own home.

Interior design trends are plentiful, from minimalism to meditation rooms, to bringing the outdoors in.

But while a trendy home sells, a timeless approach to interior design is what adds real sophistication.

Chief decorator and project designer at Salt Rock-based interior design firm Bellagio, Gen Daw, believes that to create a lasting impression in a client’s home, three things are necessary – understanding the personality of the customer, their skills and keep abreast of the latest news. tendencies.

She describes the trends as a “universal concept”, ranging from the use of curves on furniture to soften the right angles of architecture to the use of monotonous hues with bright geometries.

Daw said current trends include florals combined with stripes and dots and geometries, whether through a combination of fabric, art or decor.

Textured fabrics of bouclé, velvet and tweed are all the rage, as are copper, black and nickel fittings leaning into matte textures.

“That said, there are lessons to be learned as we demystify perceived decorative traits,” Daw said, pointing out that a small room can be painted black, but mirrors should be used to create the perception of space into an endless void.

The arrays also don’t have to match. One could easily place a dressing table aside, or even use a chair as an alternative. But above all, to tie it all together, use matching lamps.

Tanya Joel, project manager at Umhlanga, interior design and architecture firm HDF Group, said the latest trends have also shown a more focused approach towards eco-friendly interior design.

Project Manager at Umhlanga, Interior Design and Architecture Company, HDF Group, Tanya Joel.

“We are all seeing firsthand the effects of climate change and dwindling resources. People have become more inclined to buy sourced and sustainably produced products,” she said, noting that the trend to incorporate the outdoors has seen furniture makers shift to using invasive alien species as alternatives with the aim of reducing their growth in the country.

“In turn, this also reduces the costs of local furniture manufacturing materials while stimulating local job creation,” she said.

Of course, since the onset of the global pandemic, work-from-home environments have become the norm.

“But the other side of the coin is that people now feel at work all the time. This is where meditation rooms and bringing the outdoors inside can help,” Joel said.

A centerpiece like this potted plant and contrasting textures give the space “visual weight.” Photo: HDF Group.

“Choose a space in your home and personalize it. An entire room dedicated to meditation and relaxation may seem unattainable, but simply starting, and starting small, is often the best step to improving your day-to-day mental health and the way you live your home.

“Ideally, you’d like a freshly painted, decluttered room. Add potted plants in beautiful, simple ceramic containers to create a space where you can take a few moments to relax each day.

“We are also seeing a global comeback of vintage furniture styles and an overall retro bohemian aesthetic. Japanese and Scandinavian design principles are an integral part of this look which is currently a huge trend around the world, rooted in minimalist design principles,” Joel said.


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