Contemporary lighting and modern lighting often come across as the same thing, but they definitely are not. Modern lighting is any style of lighting that evolved with the radical changes in visual art around the post-modern art revolution. You can still find some amazing, modern lighting from the late 50s onwards in beautiful homes all around the world. Some designers describe modern lighting as everything that has been and contemporary lighting as anything that is now. What also makes contemporary lighting different is that it is forward-thinking and elegant.
It is also in the now and clear thinking about the future ahead of us. Contemporary lighting takes more than just the aesthetics into consideration. We look at some beautiful, functional designs and how they can make your home more valuable.
When it comes to eco-friendly lighting, it always starts with an eco-friendly light bulb. We are just happy that sustainable does not mean ugly anymore. More and more designers are designing lighting that incorporates enviro-friendly bulbs that are then used in contemporary designs. Contemporary lighting must be functional or it simply does not serve its purpose.
Functional lighting is so much more than just style. The goal here is to include style and function. The balance of the two is what truly makes a design contemporary. A design that can make life easier and a design that can do some thinking for you is always welcomed. A light that comes on when you approach it is a great example of functional lighting, that saves energy and looks pretty cool too.
Saving energy is one of the most important factors when it comes to contemporary lighting design. Creating something beautiful should assist us in our everyday lives and not just be a static component in our homes.
Contemporary light designs are known to have clean, architectural lines. This type of lighting is minimalist in design. It also enjoys the use of metals and glass and almost always a combination of the two. They tend to work well in open-plan spaces. They also draw attention as a sculpture-like piece for your home. Monochromatic colours are also usually the order of the day.
The designs are created to stand out. Some also have metallic finishes with curvy, bold lines. How the design is fitted will also add to the contemporary look. For example, some designers go for fittings mounted to parallel wires to go with an industrial feel.
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An outdoor entertainment area is ideal in warm climates like South Africa. Before the winter comes, find some HOMEMAKERS inspiration to get your outdoor entertainment area ready for the colder months. A lovely outdoor space is great all year round and can bring months of joy to you and your family.
Outdoor entertainment areas are about functionality and space. When the time comes for you to design, build and decorate your own outdoor space, you will have endless options to choose from. Here are a few tips to get your outdoor entertainment area guest-ready!
Plant a selection of herbs and plants close to or in and around your entertainment area. This makes it easy to grab a few fresh herbs and use their flowers and leaves for seasoning and cocktails. Want to jazz up those lamb sosaties? Grab a few sprigs of rosemary. Need a little extra zing for your dressing? A ripe lemon from your lemon tree will do the trick.
Make it Functional
Having a functional space where you cook food and entertain people is essential. Create a space where people can do more than just stand around a braai. Start with well-crafted, outdoor furniture. Later you can include a games area and if it suits your lifestyle, a TV or an audio-visual system to watch the game too!
Ventilation and Lighting
A great outdoor entertainment area will require an outdoor kitchen or built-in braai. This requires good ventilation and lighting. You will need a good chimney installed to ensure the majority of smoke stays out of the way. An extraction fan to assist in ventilation, especially with an indoor, built-in type of setup is crucial.
Lighting is really important. Invest in eco-friendly, overhead lighting where you can prepare food and drinks for your guests confidently!
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Sustainable elements and organic materials form a large part of 2020’s design trends. We are continuously reminded to leave a smaller carbon footprint and for good reason.Read More
Africa is trending. We are in the spotlight for everything from fashion and film to visual arts and design. Creating a space in your home that is inspired by the African aesthetic is a great idea if you’re keeping up with décor trends. African décor and design elements can give your home a warm, sophisticated feel.
Decorative tribal elements are easy to achieve and never go out of style. Incorporating raw elements and hand-crafted items like woven baskets and mats are a good start. We love bright beadwork, monochromatic prints and well thought out colour schemes to create African ambiance in your home or office. Here are a few elements you can include to get the perfect look.
Raw wood, leather, and stone are three key elements to incorporate into your African inspired space. It gives a sense of earthiness and keep in mind that earthy colours can be found in metals like gold, bronze and even silver.
African skins are not the only way to bring an eclectic look into your space. Although they still work well, consider making use of beautifully designed wall tapestries or carpets. Wall tapestries are great because unlike wall art, you do not have to frame it to make it look stylish.
Bright colours may be a given when creating an African inspired room, but balance is key. Consider using monochromatic items in your furniture and artworks and add bright accents with artisanal crafts, scatter cushions and lampshades or vice versa.
Surrounding yourself with typically African greenery is a sure way to create the illusion of being outdoors. Africa is all about spending time outdoors and taking in the fresh air and warm sun. Recreate this feeling inside by incorporating indigenous house plants.
Handmade is usually local and local is lekker. We have so many creative artisans in South Africa that it’s a must to support local artists. Include handmade art or crafts to bring subtle flair to your space. Sometimes it’s the small things that put the big picture into perspective.
African inspired décor is not just for upmarket guest houses and game lodges anymore. Balancing modernity and authentic African design is easier than ever because there’s so much to choose from right here on our doorstep. The trend has taken over the world, but unlike other continents, we do not have to search far and wide to find exclusive African pieces. Enjoy Africa in Africa.Read More
Aquariums come in all shapes and sizes. They look delightful during the day and even better at night. With intricate lighting, lush plant life and frolicking fish you can recreate the whole look of a space in your home with the right aquarium.Read More
Mirrors may have been around since for ever, but somewhere along the way they went from a tool to check your appearance to a design element. Today we have mirrors not only for function, but for form as well. Some of the newest mirror designs are meant to be a focal point in home decor.
There are many ways that you can use a mirror to solve design headaches in your home.
Have you ever had the need to create a window, but did not want to make a structural change? Perhaps you have an oddly placed window and you need another window to balance the room. You can achieve the look you need by hanging a large mirror where the window needs to be.
Or are you tired of the old-fashioned family oil painting over their fireplace? Replace it with a mirror for a sleek, modern look. Since the fireplace is the focal point of the room, a mirror complements a fireplace perfectly.
A mirror in your bathroom can completely transform the room. If your mirror is plain, consider framing it.
In the bedroom, add a mirror above your headboard for a dramatic look. It will make a plain bed pop. Also, instead of attaching the matching mirror to your dresser, use a decorative free-standing mirror in a beautiful frame. You can also hang a mirror over a simple small accent table along with a decorative chair to create make-up station.
Typically hall ways are narrow. A mirror can be used to make the hallway appear wider. Also, instead of putting pictures or art work in the hall, a mirror is a nice transitional decor piece between areas of the home.
Having a mirror close to your front door is also functional. It’s great for a last-minute look at yourself before you leave the house.
A simple design hack for a small space is to use a mirror to make a small room appear bigger. When deciding where t hang a mirror, don’t forget to notice what the mirror will reflect.
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Coming to the fore as a top design trend this year, concrete is a versatile and sophisticated product
to use in your home decor. The joy of concrete’s versatility lies in the fact that it is no longer only
welcome in industrial spaces. It creates beautiful texture and acts as a neutral grounding for any
This trend is set to be sticking around for years to come. Be brave and give it a try with these simple
Vases and planters
Whether you get crafty and make them yourself or buy them, vases and planters are a subtle way to
incorporate concrete in your home. Add a pop of colour or metallic with paint or highlight your style
with different geometric shapes. Concrete planters that incorporate wood in framework or fine
detail also provide a beautiful contrast. The natural strength and durability of concrete makes it ideal
for indoor and outdoor use.
A single Edison bulb set in a square or geometric concrete base is a perfect combination of industrial
and vintage. This style of lamp is also easy to make yourself. There is a range of concrete
incorporating styles to choose from. Go for a concrete base, concrete detailing or concrete lamp
shades, it’s up to you. Lamps that combine concrete, metal and wood add an eclectic, sophisticated
and modern touch to any room.
Concrete shelves may seem a bit out of the ordinary but they look beautiful and are sturdy enough to hold you favourite trinkets. Whether you opt for floating shelves, detailed metal brackets or use the concrete for brackets to compliment your wooden shelf, concrete’s neutral colour and sturdy nature makes for an eye-catching shelving alternative to wood.
The variety of concrete side tables is endless. Solid cubes, cylinders or box shapes that provide extra storage are popular options for concrete side tables in the bedroom, lounge or outdoors. You may also want to consider going for a mixture of materials such as concrete tops and wooden or steel legs. Side tables are a great way to introduce concrete furniture into your home.Read More