The new decor trend for living rooms is a contemporary mix of bold colours, rich fabrics, indoor plants and classic furniture. Here's how to get the look. 

Get The Look: 2019's Contemporary Mix Decor Trend


We always keep our eye out for those looks that emerge that have the ability to blend brilliantly within modern structures; a Mid-Century modern abode or an old Victorian cottage. Today we're shining the spotlight on the current trend of a contemporary mix of furniture to develop an interior style.

For living spaces, the contemporary mix is all about combining classic items – such as a deep-buttoned sofa upholstered in leather – with modern pieces like industrial-style open shelving, as seen in the pic below.

An element of textured luxe is introduced via tactile fabrics – velvet perhaps? While curvaceous lines further soften and add femininity to the overall scheme. Final touches include soft gleaming metallic accents and – of course – a plethora of indoor plants to add life. 

The end result of this great contemporary mix is a living room that is elegantly calm and quiet, with discreet splashes of opulence and colour.

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How to construct your Contemporary Mix: 

First, take stock of the existing features of the room you're working with: the floors, the walls, the lighting, the windows.

Do they suggest particular styles, colours or eras when it comes to key furniture pieces?

Take your cue from these when choosing the hero pieces as well as extras, then proceed as follows.

(And remember that whenever you shop this look online @home, House and Leisure readers get an exclusive 10% discount: simply using the voucher code HL10 at the online checkout)

1. Choose a hero item

We think @home's William three-seater sofa in full-grain ebony leather (R27999; pictured above) makes the ideal basis for a contemporary mix setup – this piece combines an old-school, masculine feel with elegant modern lines. The sofa is classic in style and material, but contemporary in shape.

As seen below, the William style holds its own as a one-seater armchair, and if black isn't suited to your overall scheme, one of the other leather sofas pictured here could also work well.


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SHOP IT | William single seater sofa, R17999 | @home

SHOP IT | Francis three-seater sofa R29999 | @home 

SHOP IT | Hogarth three-seater sofa R35999|@home


2. Add texture with velvet-clad extras 

As a luxurious counterpoint to the classic sofa, deploy the soft and opulent feel of velvet fabrics in bold jewel tones. These can take the form of upholstered ottomans or cushions – and of course, also consider velvet for curtaining if your budget allows. 

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SHOP IT | Velvet stool in Deep Purple, R2299 | @home 

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SHOP IT | Velvet sheen scatter cushion in Moss Green (60 x 60cm), R249 | @home 

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SHOP IT | Velvet Ottoman in Mocha, R3999 | @home


3. Create personality using shelving 

Shelving is a vital element in any space as it creates a brilliant 'frame' for adding your own unique touch - those items that make your space your own. A beautifully styled mix of special books with ceramics and sentimental keepsakes, or travel souvenirs will make your room feel uniquely your own.

This Indu book shelf (R11999; pictured below) - with its wooden shelves and metalwork supports - is a great addition to a contemporary mix. 

It has a bit of an industrial feel and is a great contrast to the feminine lines and textures of the ottomans and side tables shown here. It also features plenty of space, so you can curate your very own mix of vases and mementos, indoor plants, a selection of books and more.

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SHOP IT | Indu iron book shelf, R11999 | @home 

4. The final touches 

The understated glamour provided by a brass or gold accent piece is also an essential element of this look. Whether you choose a brass drum side table, a planter or a vase, its subtle gleam will complement all the other pieces in the mix perfectly.

Then just add some broad-leafed or trailing plants, and the update to your living room will be complete.

House and Leisure readers will receive 10% off* any furniture purchase till 31 October 2019. 
Simply use the code HL10 at checkout to get your discount. 

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