We chat to Kate Shepherd, founder and creative director of decor and design company Something Different about the autumn/winter 2017 trends. From colours to textures, she lets us in on what to expect from interior design in the coming months.
House plants – more is more!
There is something a little too commercial, too stale or too clinical about a home without plants. In today’s world of office blocks, technology and confined spaces, we long for the energy and peace that fresh, healthy, happy surroundings provide. Greenery is now a necessity, not a nicety – from structured modern vases and formal plants, all the way to an overgrown tangle of leaves. Find our five favourite plant-filled spaces here, or add a touch of a green to your home here.
Dark kitchens & bold tiles
Traditionally, kitchens have generally been bright, light and white, but we love these deep, rich, dark kitchens and think they will be a highlight of the trends moving into A/W 2017. The use of navy blue, calming dark green or matte grey, paired with unique or interesting tiling, is an exciting change for kitchens in the colder months ahead.
In much of South Africa and especially in the Western Cape, we’re in the midst of a drought, so maintaining any form of verdance is a struggle. This is forcing some rich, warm earthy tones into our lives this winter – and they’re welcome against the chilly climate, with tan, copper and spicy mustards featuring predominantly in this sphere.
Autumn colours can be used in many ways, including in striking feature walls and furniture, and tan leather couches and exotic mustard velvet sofas are among our favourites. Or you can just add your earthy hues by using natural wooden elements, scatter cushions, or terracotta pots for your house plants.
Subtle grey really allows for stable, chic decor this winter – it’s a colour than will never go out of fashion. A plethora of greys can conjure up images of frosty window panes, smoking wood wisps, silver branches and morning mist; they’re sophisticated without shouting glam, and they’re nordic and cool, yet if chosen wisely can also add warmth to your home.