04.04.2018

At home in nature

7 simple ways to improve your home and life with colour

naturalist trend

Words: Cayleigh Bright | Photgraphy: Frances Marais | Styling: Charl Edwards

The Naturalist trend has emerged as a means of bringing warmth and energy into your home and living space. As the mercury falls the willingness to stay in rises. However, through Naturalism, you can bring the outdoors inside through colour, texture, fabric and design. We've provided several sure-fire steps that'll subtly spin your space into a soft-on-the-eye sanctuary.

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Ochre: Mind your tone

Ochre: Mind your tone

Playing with tones is an easy way to achieve a considered look with colour. If your furniture is a natural or neutral tone, start there, then choose the pieces you’ll be keeping for a while in a slightly different shade – think clay, ochre or tan on light wood or wicker. Next, add a touch of metallic to keep the look modern and add a very temporary touch of colour with fruit – as the seasons change, you’ll be able to update easily and inexpensively.

Appleblossom: Stay in touch

Appleblossom: Stay in touch

If you’d like your space to feel personalised – so that it’s clear that you compiled it, rather than just buying up whatever was at the front of the store on the day you moved out of home or res – you’re going to need touchable texture. Choose pieces with a handcrafted look and take time to shop around for items that really speak to you. Pale hues are best here to keep the feel cool and collected, rather than cluttered.

Blue sapphire: Make a soft statement

Blue sapphire: Make a soft statement

If you’re not ready to dive right into splashes of colour, dip your toes in the water with pieces that aren’t on the table all the time. Your neutral decor scheme will easily incorporate tinted drinking glasses and serving platters or bowls.

Lavender Lustre: Don’t avoid conflict

Lavender Lustre: Don’t avoid conflict

Once you’re ready to commit to a little more colour, invest in crockery in a hue that almost matches your collected serving platters and glassware, but not quite. Pieces that clash a little look like you’ve taken your time to choose just what you love, and give your space a little more depth.

Nimbus cloud: Live a little

Nimbus cloud: Live a little

Let old and new furniture finds meet for a layered look that’ll make your space feel lived-in, comfortable and cosy. Used and second-hand pieces that have already lived a long and full life may need a little updating, so consider painting them in a colour that pulls the area together.

Raw Sienna: Get that glow up

Raw Sienna: Get that glow up

Use colour to create a focus area in your home by choosing a few pieces in metal and glass and grouping them together. Browns, coppers and oranges (the colours as well as the fruit) work especially well here.

Pavement: Have more of a good thing

Pavement: Have more of a good thing

Monochrome needn’t be monotonous. If you’d like to go black on black on black with your accessories, do just that – simply choose pieces in different materials to keep everything interesting. Once you’ve lined up decor accessories like bowls, vases, candle holders and picture frames, all that’s left to do is to accentuate the bold look with a gentle touch of greenery.

*Location: Kalmoesfontein

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