16 Home trends to live by in 2016

16 Home trends to live by in 2016

  1. Hoarding is over. Get to grips with what is being used, and useful in and around your house.  Plan a clean-up party and get rid of clutter that is stored and suffocating inside the cupboards and rooms. Think about distributing your excess stuff through online sales, yard sales, car-boot sales or simply donate it to charities. Sorting your stuff is liberating – do it!
  2. Decide on a statement colour with paint. Only sticking to creams, beige and grey are a bit passé. Bring in a happy tone to perk your place, paint a wall in your living room, the front door or even your whole bedroom in a fresh new shade.
  3. If colour is absent, texture is your game. Layer different weaves, designs and tones of the same colour to enhance a rich monotone combination, and make your décor accessories come to life with wow impact.
  4. Pattern is the new black, be it geometric, large scale florals or romantic toiles – bring in this touch with scatter cushions on the sofa, a quilt on the bed, wallpaper behind your desk or a beautiful cloth on the table.
  5. Green is in! Houseplants are adding life to dreary corners and tabletops again, so find your perfect flora match for that empty spot.
  6. Vintage tiles, inspired by bygone eras are adorning our walls, and this is the ideal way to create interest in a kitchen or bathroom. Think eye-catching splash backs with trendy looking tiles.
  7. Floors are featuring big time and being dressed in layers. If you are building or renovating, think about this from the first planning phase and consider the finish of your floors and make a worthwhile investment. Besides the walls, floors take up the most in a home, and sadly almost always the last finish considered when designing.
  8. Your floors in any finish - vinyl, tiles or screed marry beautifully with rugs, and two different rugs layer interestingly for an edgy look.
  9. Make the most of your walls. Wallpaper is the perfect add on to create a unique look, and consider paintable wallpaper that adds texture and colour that is customized to suit your look.
  10. Personalise your space with pictures. A home printer, a frame and hallway walls can create the perfect album. Photos shouldn’t be stored on your computer’s hard drive; they should be visible on your walls.
  11. Windows should be wow. Invest in sturdy, strong support brackets and rods for beautifully made curtains. Finials should finish rods with a design that complements the look, be it romantic, contemporary or classic designs. Layering blinds behind curtains is a clever way of creating privacy and even preserving your home’s energy in warmer and cool months.
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  1. Lighting is one of the most important design elements in a home. It hides imperfections and highlights show off elements, creates mood and is most important for work areas. Invest in well-designed electrics and finish with beautifully made fittings.
  2. Glass, wood and metallics are trendy in lighting design, but old lampshades and bases can be painted and recovered to also be unique reclaimed items.
  3. The hunt for unique furniture is ON in 2016. With upcycling being a major trend, someone else’s cast away becomes your treasure. Find a frame and make it new with your choice of fabric or paint.
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  1. Creativity is soaring and craftsmanship and design is being reinvented with old skills being shared with young creatives. Support local furniture manufacturing and keep the precious skills that are handed down alive.
  2. Bring inspiration from travel destinations local and abroad into your home and make it a happy memory haven. Your home should be your place of rejuvenation and, if you can’t go away that often, bring the escape to your home.