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In 2018 create spaces that nurture and restore

Nurture and restoration are set to take centre stage on the residential design front, with architecture, furniture and décor trends all focusing on home as a sanctuary instead of a display. Glamour is definitely in, but hard lines and overly-vivid colours are moving over to make way for a gentler ambience and a more liveable feel.

Debbie Reabow, brand and communications manager at the Rawson Property Group, says South Africans always have a unique way of embracing design trends in their homes. According to Reabow this is what is expected from design trendsetters in 2018.


Pantone colour of the year Ultra Violet

This year’s colours are a softer and more thoughtful version of 2017’s bold tones, inspired by nature and the earthy shades favoured by the still-thriving global nomad trend. Overly bright or artificial hues will make way for vivid, vintage jewel tones like Pantone’s colour of the year, Ultra Violet. These softer hues will be contrasted on a pale, neutral background of bleached bone, wood tones and intense charcoals.

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Modern kitchen with concrete floor

Nature will feature strongly in top finishes as well, with natural stone, raw timber and matte or satin metals taking pride of place. Copper and rose gold makes way for brass and steel’s return to popularity, bringing a subtler and less ostentatious sense of luxury to rooms and furnishings.

“Concrete is also gaining ground as a feature material in 2018, favoured for its raw, textural appeal that contrasts spectacularly with more traditional finishes like marble, metal and hardwood,” adds Reabow.


Couch sanctuary

Furniture is key in 2018’s nurturing home design trend, embracing ‘form follows function’ for a curvier, cosier feel. Square lines give way to rounder, softer shapes with cocoon-like padding and down-filled scatter cushions. Chairs and couches become feel-good sanctuaries for the soul.

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Textile samples


Textile trends are all about creating a sensory experience that goes beyond beautiful colours and prints to embrace the tactile side of home décor. Think jewel tones brought to life in rich, touchable velvets and bold, bohemian florals juxtaposed with organic textures. It’s all about plush comfort presented in fuss-free simplicity, so ditch the frills for a cleaner, softer feel that’s as easy on the body as it is on the eyes.


Ferns haning over dining room

Greenery is here to stay, with indoor plants remaining an important part of interior design trends. Reabow says desert-like succulents and cacti are on the way out, as more tropical greenery takes pride of place.

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Expert tip: Ferns and papyrus, philodendrons and exotic guzmanias have the right kind of tropical feel, and contrast brilliantly with concrete and brass planters for a uniquely modern twist.


jewel toned bedroom embracing simplicity

Wall art is just as susceptible to trends as any other home décor item. Quirky, large-format, surrealist-style prints are definitely becoming ‘a thing’ along with abstracts that tease and tantalise the eye. Portraits are also becoming highly sought-after, particularly in figurative styles, but nature and landscape photography remains a timeless option for those with more classic tastes.

Slowing down and taking care of you has been in vogue for a while now; in 2018 homes will be styled to accomplish this by just being in your home.


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