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Home trends for the ‘new normal’

Every aspect of our lives has been impacted due to Covid-19. How we work, learn, socialise … even how we prioritise our day. Home décor is no different, and has also seen a big change over the last few months and going forward. Here are some tips from the experts.

Volpes and Biggie Best buying manager, Elbe Truter, takes us through some of the post-lockdown home décor trends and what we can expect to see in the upcoming summer season – and shares some top tips on how to incorporate these trends.

Covid-19’s impact on home décor trends?
“Home has become so much more than simply a place to rest your head. Homes have become classrooms, gyms, offices and more. De-cluttering is huge and families have had to adapt to functional living. More thought is now given to people’s spaces and their immediate environment. Besides a need for larger home offices, there is also a yearning for private spaces and retreats – reading nooks, quiet corners and pretty spaces.”

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• Buy baskets for storage in varying shapes and sizes to keep a room multi-functional and organised. Buy a basket for each member of the family or for items such as work, school, exercise, hobbies and more.
• A big dining room table is a must. Even if you have a home office, with multiple people trying to work at home, this allows you to work in peace.
• Use every nook and cranny in your house to create different zones – for reading, relaxing or simply retreating. A comfortable chair is a non-negotiable, plus adding a lamp will help to define the space

People have learned to slow down and the trend of mindfulness and wellness is huge. How can we incorporate this into our homes and décor palettes?
“Create quiet places and peaceful sanctuaries throughout your home. A beautiful spa-at-home bathroom is the ultimate space to unwind after a long day of multitasking and wearing different hats. Colour is key and can be very therapeutic; lifting your mood when you are feeling low. White signifies cleanliness, peacefulness and purity, so is the first choice to create a calm space.”

• Crisp white towels give you a blank canvas to work from in terms of décor for the rest of the bathroom.
• Every spa-at-home bathroom needs luxurious towels. These should tick the boxes for a soft, luxurious feel, plus be highly absorbent and have good durability.
• Light candles and use fragrances to make the space more inviting.

Entertaining at home is the new eating out. What is the best way to get it right, social-distancing style?
“Summer time is all about outdoor entertaining and get-togethers with friends and family. You need to make your home inviting when guests come over, plus be conscious of people who want to see others, but might still want to social-distance at an event or get-together.”

• Invest in a beautiful coffee table. This way, you can keep eating casual, with help-yourself platters of nibbles for people to tuck into.
• Move side tables from inside to outside to create more casual eating spaces. Place beautiful cutlery casually for people to help themselves, before they choose a place to sit.
• Place throws and blankets in a basket and a candle on every side table for entertaining that carries on long into the evening.

Bringing the beauty of nature indoors is still a big trend
“All things related to gardening will see a huge comeback, together with new ways to incorporate greeneries inside homes. In addition, vertical gardens and indoor gardening will boom. Incorporating florals into your home décor is also an easy way to celebrate nature.”

• Beautiful faux botanicals such as faux orchids, hydrangeas and proteas are the perfect solution for busy households, as they require little upkeep and are waterwise.
• Choose a potted topiary or olive tree that will add an accent to a desk or console table or alternatively, hang a wreath on a wall or interior door for a new dimension.
• An easy way to incorporate florals into your décor is to update your linen with stunning floral duvet cover sets, scatters and quilts.

Bedrooms have become both spaces to recover and
“Instant updates are not just about sprucing up a space, they are about investing in functional items that will make a difference to your day-to-day life. Whether you are gearing up for a big week ahead or recovering after a long day, it is your bedroom where these subtle changes (and conscious choices) will make all the difference.”

• Blockout curtains eliminate most light, help to reduce noise and keep rooms cool in summer. If you want to add detail to a room, sheer curtains and voile are the way forward.
• Egyptian cotton is smooth and soft to the touch – a welcoming reward after a long day.
• A cotton duvet inner is an investment for your health. It’s breathable, naturally insulates to keep you cool in summer and warm in winter, plus it’s anti-allergenic.

Even our way of shopping has changed…
“With all of us spending more time at home, people are realising the importance of investing in quality furniture and linen. Shopping online is the new norm and continues to boom.”

• Invest in quality furniture that will last you for decades. A must for any household is a beautiful chest of drawers or console table, which works in a bedroom, lounge or home office.
• Don’t be scared to buy upholstery and beautiful linen online. You can browse for hours, working out the best combination of fabrics and styles that work for you.

‘Love local’ is the new catch phrase…
“Supporting local design and brands is a growing trend resulting in a revival of local homeware and a recommitment to SA. In addition, there has been a stronger sense of community and sensitivity towards the environment.”

• Seek out local brands that are proudly South African and have a nod to heritage in everything they do.
• An easy way to incorporate ‘local’ into your home décor is to choose fabrics, upholstery and scatter cushions that showcase iconic African prints, illustrations or symbols, and dot these throughout your home.

Details: www.volpes.co.za

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