Contemporary interior design calls for simplicity, abundant space and a natural flow throughout the home. That interconnected feeling and fluidity of motion through your home can be achieved by clever use of glass. Exhibitor, Frameless Glass uses advanced technology, materials and fittings to bring the outside in.
An innovative product, Frameless Stack Away System is a speciality. Fully customizable, the stackable glass panels will enhance your home’s interior and create the illusion of a bigger space, without compromising on security. It’s sleek, beautiful and sophisticated. Imagine your living room with an unobstructed view of your patio and garden, with shafts of sunlight flooding your living room.
Although the pioneering frameless stacking system originated in Europe, it was never able to adapt and deal with the volatile African climate. Frameless Glass developed and manufacture the Frameless Stack Away System in South Africa to cope with the local conditions, and as such is the only frameless system to date that can totally keep the weather out, even gusty coastal winds.
The Frameless Stack Away System needs very little maintenance and is made from 8/10mm of toughened glass. The elegant aesthetic of this moving glass design creates a functional system that is not only easy to use, but safe, secure and highly weather resistant.
To find out more about the Frameless Stack Away System, contact Frameless Glass.
Big room big sofa and small room small sofa? That is what many people believe. Port Elizabeth based interior designer and furniture maker, Kirsten van Bochove helps you choose the trendiest sofa for small spaces.
When carefully planned, a small living room can be both attractive and user-friendly. When you take the time to consider your storage needs and daily lifestyle, you can create a small but smart living room that can increase the enjoyment of your home. Make sure the furniture is the appropriate style and size for your room.
One simple trick is to avoid sofas that have a skirt , rather choose something that is raised and open underneath, a sofa like this when coupled with a tall lamp will pull one’s eyes up and create the illusion of space. In some spaces a full-size sofa just won’t do. Try a slimmed-down sofa or a petite sofa instead.
The use of one large arm chair uncannily does change the scale of the room or one can use a longer sofa with chairs that are quite delicate. That too changes the scale in the room.
A small living room, especially if it doesn’t have many windows, can feel boxed in. By creating a focal point and boosting the light you can add depth by adding wallpaper to one wall and hanging a mirror on the wallpaper. If the mirror can hang across from a window it will reflect the view outside and it will give the impression of an extra window.
A storage ottoman as a coffee table works well. Putting a small chest of drawers against one wall will provide more storage as well as providing a surface on which to place that special ornament or photo frame.
A floor to ceiling storage wall can be a great use of space and a great way to create space, you can incorporate a space for your TV or even a pull out desk.
When there is a wall with a window that requires seating, a backless sofa is often a great idea, it can be used from both sides and if you ever have a larger space to fill it can be used to separate two seating areas.
Kirsten van Bochove is the owner of Tommy Upholsterers and H&T Furniture by Design who upholster and manufacture furniture for businesses and for the public. Her policy is to be open to new ideas and to manufacture or upholster furniture no matter what the design is.Read More
Think neutral colour schemes are drab? Think again. Challenging the myth that beige is boring is Cape HOMEMAKERS Expo exhibitor Mono Shop, here to tell us that a calm, neutral backdrop can make a solid statement. Mono Shop’s Creative Director, Petro Vivier, gives us some tried-and-tested tips on how to get the look:
It may sound boring but trust me, even I never get tired of it. It is like starting on a clean canvas and it just makes life so much easier (no deciding on a colour and having the paint mixed). Also – and this is the main reason why most Scandinavian homes go with the white scheme – it allows more light into the room. A bright, white rooms feel a lot warmer than dark rooms.
Wooden floors (preferably in white or a very light colour, such as washed oak)
I suppose that for a lot of you, it is not possible to replace your floors but if you ever get the chance to do this, wooden floors are a great choice (and the way to go if you want a Scandinavian-style home). Firstly, make sure you go for hardwood or engineered wood. Secondly, choose white or a light shade of wood. When we picked out a floor we went with engineered wood in washed oak. While it is not 100% white (but rather more of a light grey, it is still gorgeous), the result transformed our entire home and again, brought so much more light into the house. It’s amazing!
If you find yourself in a house with old wooden floors hidden beneath the carpets, consider yourself lucky! Getting white wooden floors is a simple matter of stripping away the carpets and giving the planks a few coats of fresh white paint (provided there aren’t any missing planks, of course). This will give you a truly Scandinavian look, since solid white wooden planks are nearly impossible to find which is why we had to go with a slightly darker shade. Not to mention, it will probably cost a lot less than a new set of floors.
Wood (and other natural) elements
In my opinion, one can never have too much wood. And it doesn’t have to be expensive either. We actually used a lot of pallets in our home (I’m counting 13 in total). It’s a great way to build your own furniture at a low cost and I promise, it does not look like a cheap DIY solution. We’ve received many compliments but decide for yourself.
Another great way to incorporate wooden elements is with driftwood – tree branches that got washed up on the beach and get bleached by the sun and wind to a beautiful grey shade that works surprisingly well with our look here. This is especially great if you live near the coast or if you have a beach house. Always make sure that you allow your driftwood to dry out in the sun for at least a couple of months before you use it.
Cork, rope, natural wool and paper are also great for this look and they are trending this year.
Creating a neutral bedroom that allows you to easily change some elements without changing the whole look, starts with creating a clean canvas that you can work with. Choosing white bedding allows you to accessorize with blankets, throws or even scatter cushions – items that you can collect and change up when you get tired of your look. I have to mention here that when choosing a white duvet set, it is important to choose high quality bedding. Choose something with a high thread count. The higher the thread count (number of threads per square inch), the finer the cotton and therefore the more comfortable and durable it is. A set with a high thread count is more expensive, but you will notice the difference, and you don’t have to go for the highest thread count you can find; anything above 200 is acceptable.
I am talking about beige, shades of brown, different shades of white… We have a lot of neutral products in our shop. Add something like a beige throw or neutral scatter cushions to your bed. Use the neutral elements as an accent – white should still be the predominant ‘colour’ in this look. Adding small black accents to your room also helps – it actually prevents the entire space from looking a little ‘washed out’.
Add your own personal touch
This ‘how-to’ guide was only for your inspiration. It is important, especially when decorating your own bedroom, to add a little bit of yourself – it is your personal space after all! I have a mood board with some of my favourite magazine snippets and pictures above the desk in my room. I also love decorating the back of my bedroom door with washi tape! That is what I love about this look – it is so flexible and you can add almost anything to it.
The last few years has been anything but boring for the flooring industry and it seems that this momentum will continue with a flurry of new products being released across all the various applications. Throw back to a little past three years ago and most floor coverings comprised of different shades of beiges, creams and off whites, playing it safe with neutrals was the oder of the day and although a variety of textures were present, these too were discreet and relatively subtle. When it came to laminate flooring the beech tones dominated with Cherry being considered to be quite bold.
Roll on 2017 and shades of grey are dominating the flooring landscape leaving the older more subtle variations of beige in their tracks with sales declining in many of those once popular tones. Grey has certainly been making its mark over the years within other areas of design, interiors and architecture and is still a popular choice for upholstery. The beauty of using grey within an interior is that it compliments most colours and especially brighter and bolder accent colours. It also works exceptionally well with the harsh South African light and is very good choice for smaller spaces and rooms. Tones and shades of grey are being seen across all flooring from carpets through to engineered flooring and vinyl and LVT’s.
When it comes to vinyl and LVT’s, two of the biggest trends to emerge texture wise, is a replication of aged timbers as well as stone and concrete. Concrete hit the design industry with force over recent years as the “industrial” trend became so popular in both commercial and domestic spaces. The biggest drawback for concrete flooring is that it is cold and whilst it can still work in restaurants and public spaces it is not the best option for corporate or domestic purposes. The vinyl and LVT market have been very quick in identifying this gap and producing flooring that is functional, even in areas with excessive moisture such as bathrooms, but also that looks like the real thing. Expect this trend to continue with some adventurous metallics hitting the market, which could also be popular based on the continuation of the “industrial” styling we continue to see.
Although carpeting has taken a knock over recent years, nothing beats the luxury and comfort of good a quality underfoot carpet. Expect to see many developments in this area especially when it comes to customization that is certainly the buzzword in the industry. The corporate market, as well as the hospitality industry, is continually looking for unique applications. A current development is carpet tiles in varying shapes and sizes that can be laid in different configurations creating a host of different and exciting effects. These carpet tiles even take inspiration from the LVT market with tiles being done in the form of long narrower planks which can be laid in a hounds tooth pattern.
One of the bolder flooring trends is the move towards very dark colours on the floor. From charcoal to dark browns, we are seeing unlikely areas take on this dark approach. The two areas specifically are kitchens and bathrooms, which have been traditionally very light in colour due to the space of these areas. This impactful turnaround comes as a move on from the industrial styling trend, as well as a direct reaction to the neutral palettes normally associated with these kinds of areas. Vinyl and LVT are currently leading the race with these dark tones and are certainly eating into the tile market, who started this trend with dark “wood look” tiles.
When it comes to laminates and engineered flooring there is still a big following towards the the reclaimed look as the genuine article tends to be very expensive and in many cases reclaimed wood is not practical for flooring applications. The replicated products bring durability and longevity whilst maintaining an authentic look and texture. A return to parquet is also gaining momentum in both these applications and seems to be a continuation of the retro trend that has been strengthening over the years especially in furniture and decor design.
There is certainly a newfound focus on pushing the boundaries with regards to flooring and it will be interesting to see exactly where things develop over the next couple of years. If I had to predict where things were headed, I would say that the combination of flooring and materials would be key. Expect to see a lot of experimentation as the flooring industry gets even more competitive and margins continually squeezed. Combining LVT’s, carpeting and even tiles and concrete will allow for endless possibilities and give both designers and architects new avenues of creativity. Expect to see this experimentation in the hospitality industry as well as in corporate spaces, especially in reception areas and general use areas. This could eventually lead to the domestic markets, with further developments in areas such as outdoor carpeting allowing for creative combinations occurring both internally and externally.
Whichever way it ends up going, the certainty is that exciting R&D (research and development) will continue and products will be anything but boring and mundane.
This article is courtesy of our exhibitor, Top Carpets and Floors. Visit their website for all the latest news and trends in carpets and flooring: www.topcarpetsandfloors.co.zaRead More