Getting linear

Just add stripes, lines + curves for a trend update at home


Words + styling: Sanri Pienaar | Images: Inge Prins

I have a serious love affair with linear design, whether it’s classic stripes, minimal lines, barely there structural details or bold, printed colour-blocking. When combined, the result can be a very directional and interesting space. In our latest August edit, we explore linear details with a retro colour palette. By mixing different materials such as natural fibre, bamboo and jute with luxurious velvet textures and gold accents, you can create a room that feels warm, personal and inviting. Start with a clear idea of your base colour theme and build from there. We used green, grey and natural tones ranging from off white to tan – and combined those with pops of stark white, rust and black. Because lines are versatile and classic, they can be applied to a variety of decor schemes. Not sure what would work for you? We share some tips to create your own minimal, bold or modern classic space, depending what suits your mood, personality or home decor style.


The minimalist approach to stripe and line is to incorporate it into the design rather than use it as a print per se. The contemporary feel means it works best in muted hues, crisp white and strong black.


Thicker stripes, colour blocking and colour, colour, colour define this look. Bring additional eclectic pieces into the mix to really bring any room to life.


These choices are often safer and usually have the most longevity. Designed to match almost everything, you can’t go wrong with pinstripes mixed in natural tones, classic blues, taupe, grey and soft greens.


1. Furniture as functional decor. When designing a room, the magic starts to happen when every piece not only enhances the overall look and feel, but adds to the room’s practicality and flow. The best example is shelving – perfectly placed in a comfortable reading nook.

2. Scatters and throws. This is where you can have fun with your palette. Add pops of colour or keep it neutral. If this is a bit daunting, choose a base colour that allows you to explore with textures and materials.

3. Home decor is the perfect way to play with trends. You can go as vivid or subtle as you want without breaking the bank. I love vases, especially when introducing new elements into my space. They are functional and it’s such a treat to have fresh blooms in your home.


4. Storage as decoration is a simple luxury. Having your throws and blankets easily accessible is a must for those colder evenings.

5. Layering rugs is the best way to bring warmth and comfort to a space, especially in the lounge or bedroom. When playing around with a trend or combining with an existing one, the most important thing to consider is the colours you choose. To make sure the space is calm and sleek, play with texture and materials in hues that complement each other. For the added wow factor, finish off the look with one statement piece. I really love the faux zebra skin – it’s fun and its organic shape breaks the monotony of the standard rug.

6. Glassware is that last touch of glamour that really pulls the look together. The design grooves subtly incorporate lines and emulate stripes, giving an otherwise simple shape much needed reinvention.