Modern life has changed the way we live in many ways. One such way is the development of smaller, simpler living spaces. The furniture we buy is now having to transform to fit these spaces properly. Multipurpose or transforming furniture is a lifesaver when it comes to keeping small spaces uncluttered and functional.
According to a study done in 2017, over the passed four decades, stand sizes and building sizes have decreased severely, with the average South African house now being between 104m2 and 182m2 with two-bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms. This does not include smaller, one bedroom city apartments which can go down to 45m2 or less.
Whether it’s a chair that can double up as a table, folding chairs that hang on the wall to create an artwork, a foldaway bed that turns into a couch or a table that can expand when you need more space, multi-functionality is key. Having clever transforming pieces means you can save space while not losing out on functionality.
The Roof is The Limit
Renovated, warehouse apartments are extremely trendy, especially in major cities. The bonus of such spaces is that more often than not, they come with high ceilings. If allowed, this is ideal space for a small, open loft that you can use as a spare bedroom, lounge or office.
Transforming furniture has to work extra hard, investing in quality pieces that you can keep for years to come is very important. Buy pieces that are not only sturdy but that are in neutral colours to suit any style changes or change of purpose in the future.
Wood, laminate and tiles have been dominating the flooring trends for most of the 21st century. After wall-to-wall carpets were torn out of most homes in the early 2000’s, it has now been reinvented to suit the modern home.
With a focus on comfort and custom style, here are three ideas on how you can add carpets to your home.
Give Ouma’s carpet new life by cleaning it up and pairing it with modern furniture. Distressed vintage styles are ideal for living rooms, entrance halls or bedrooms.
Vintage style runners will also work in minimalist style kitchens to add a pop of colour and comfort while cooking.
Whether it’s bright colours, patterns, textures or multi-colour prints, carpets lets you play around a bit more than you might dare to with other decor pieces.
Going for large, custom sized carpets that end about two metres before the walls of a room adds a bit of luxurious style while still showing off the floor underneath.
Animal prints and hides are also in. Bringing a warm, natural element into an otherwise subtly styled room.
Piles of Carpets
Whether you go for a low pile or a luxurious high pile carpet, it’s about undeniable comfort underfoot. Low pile offers durability and easy maintenance. High pile options like frieze add warmth and comfort.
Another trend is layering carpets for extra warmth. Pairing bold patterns and different textures adds interest to your room and lets you make use of smaller carpets to cover a larger area. Combining large flat weaves with smaller textured rugs gives you the chance to enjoy carpet comfort with a bit of personality.
Hard surface flooring has gained popularity since everyone pulled out their 70’s-style shag carpets but they are definitely making a creative comeback. In the years to come, it looks like flooring styles will finally strike a balance as we look for that extra bit of warmth and comfort to compliment our modern homes.
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Chalk paint has been changing the DIY decor industry since its invention in 1990. Chalk paint is exceptionally easy to use, doesn’t require any prep, goes on almost any surface and dries quickly. If you’ve ever used it, you’ll know that the creative possibilities are endless.
Whether you’re a chalk painting pro or still need to try it out, here are 3 ways your home can be given new life with a coat of chalk paint.
Your garden can be an upcycling treasure trove of things that need a little love. Spruce up an old garden bench by giving it a few coats of chalk paint. Choose a simple single colour or mix and match with different colour slats, arm rests and legs. A light blue and white work particularly well for a rustic, country garden look.
A plain chalkboard wall works well in children’s rooms and the kitchen where you can use it to write notes, reminders and a running shopping list.
Want a perfect rustic style brick wall? Add water to your chalk paint and give it a light wash of paint to make it stand out.
Own or recently inherited some antique furniture? Chalk paint is your answer to give it a modern twist. From chairs to headboards, chest of drawers and side tables, chalk paint works beautifully on antique wood.
Depending on your style, you can use Vaseline and sandpaper to get that perfect distressed look. For a more trendy mid-century modern look, paint some geometric patterns on your chest of drawers or the backrest of your chairs.
For the adventurous creative, you can even get a very realistic weathered leather look by painting the fabric of your old chairs.
Whether you are a beginner or a DIY enthusiast it offers so many possibilities. The only difficulty is resisting the urge to start painting everything in sight. It can be used on almost any clean surface and offers a range of techniques to suit different styles. Chalk paint may have started as a decorative paint but it has grown to be used across the home from furniture and decor to walls and floors. Chalk paint is a decorative dream.Read More
You may have noticed these visually striking, organic light fixtures featured in our marketing material this year. The gorgeous pendant light belongs to a design house making waves in sustainable home goods. Exhibit-Art are passionate about preserving our planet and promoting natural home and garden décor products that are not only environmentally friendly but beautiful too.
Their sisal line offers dramatic lighting and functional home décor products that will transform your home into a vivid, natural and earthy space.
Harvested from the Karoo, sisal trees are brought to their workshop in Wilderness where the Exhibit-Art team prepare the products in an open workshop at Timberlake Organic Village, halfway between Wilderness and Sedgefield on the N2. If you are ever in this beautiful part of South Africa, we encourage you to pop by and view their products in the making.
Once harvested and having gone through a rigorous process of stripping, cleaning and polishing, this amazing plant showcases a wood so warm and inviting that it can literally be used in any styled environment, both home and office. Using only natural materials, and no molds during the creation of their products, they are all truly one-of-a-kind!
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