By Claire Wedderburn
It is wonderful to see how décor and design evolves each year with some trends staying around for a couple of years, and others more short-lived. Just like fashion, interior décor changes with the seasons.
Many of us are tempted to make our homes over every year but this is too expensive, so instead we make smaller changes with soft furnishings like throws, loose rugs, and scatter cushions. Curtains are pricey to change annually, although some people do have a set of Summer and Winter curtains. Grey has been a hit and the nuance de préférence for the last couple of years but now we see a palate of warmer natural colours with lots of texture coming through again. There is a move towards a more minimalistic, subtle, “less is more” approach.
To add a pop of colour, do a feature wall in grey or blue, or add a lovely Smith chair in yellow, keeping the rest of the room neutral. Another idea is to re-cover a large comfortable couch in a taupe-coloured fabric and scatter some bright cushions on it. Rugs also make an impact on one’s living space and bring pieces of furniture together in a particular room giving an impression of complementary design and colour.
Matching furniture is outdated so try and mix things up with non-matching pieces. Think vintage with a modern twist, an old piece of dark wood furniture transformed with chalk paint and new handles. This is an inexpensive way of bringing a new look and appeal to one’s home. Wallpaper has made a come-back with lots of choice from textured wallpaper, to tropical, damask, and toile prints. Have some fun making a feature wall and add character and personality to a room.
Curtains play a huge role in the aesthetics and overall look and feel of a home. There is no point in spending a fortune on the finishes in one’s home and leaving the dregs of the decorating budget for the curtains and blinds. This will really do your home an injustice. As the saying goes, if you have a beautiful head of hair, it is your crowning glory and that is what beautiful curtains and blinds do to a home. They frame the windows and bring everything together in a room, providing an easy way to achieve a functional, comfortable, and stylish living space. Choose curtains with natural tones to refresh the interior of a room. Wave curtains in soft, sheer fabrics with block-out lining on backtrack is in fashion this year. The classic pinch is still an elegant favourite, as are pencil pleat curtains in a lovely linen or cotton fabric.
Blinds have also evolved into a more simplistic look with roller blinds being the most popular. Curtains and blinds work hand-in-hand to complement the finished look. Sheer weave or blockout rollers now replace the voile curtain. Panel blinds are also a favourite on large slider or stacker doors. They can work as a room divider and come in bold bright designs or neutral shades. Wood Venetian or aluminium blinds are still popular although now have a more textured/technique-type look. Vision or zebra roller are very modern-looking and provide a degree of privacy at a certain angle.
Shutters have been “on-trend” for the last two years. Although expensive they are extremely durable and very elegant and offer security and style to a home.
Looking forward to a fun, creative journey in the décor world, with hopefully lots of new innovative ideas unfolding, as we work through 2021.
Claire Wedderburn – Curtain Library
Phone 011 791 1667
Homeworld Decor Centre