For many across the world, home was our true dwelling place this past year. Many spent hours in their home office and the rest of the time trying to find a space to escape. Our homes have become more important than ever so how can you turn your space into a calming and relaxing abode?
Here we take a look at a few of the latest trends that have emerged. Some from a longing to reach new destinations and others born out of a new understanding of the importance to buy earth-friendly.
Think softs sandy colours and calming furnishings. Use blankets and scatter cushions to achieve a welcoming space with a laid-back feel. For example, our Under The Sea print bolster cushion paired with a few complimenting woven cushions will bring the outdoors in using natural cotton and decorative prints reminiscent of the ocean. Throw a plain white lampshade in and our tripod wooden lamp base to compliment the look and give it a contemporary feel.
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Animals, motifs and graphics from far and wide with unusual textures are just some of the features that come under this travel-inspired trend. Nostalgia will influence your personal choice of prints and colours but we're seeing a lot of earthy colours such as burnt red and clay brown.
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(Image: Brent Darbu)
Revamp your home office to create a work-space you want to be in and not just a functional room. Allow yourself to get a bit creative here with patterns and prints, avoid the default black office chair and white desk. Use colours and comfortable features such as our small or medium size lampbases as a decorative desk light, adding a stylish accent.
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More eco-friendly habits are one thing but we are seeing a bigger step towards eco-friendly and sustainable interiors. There's an abundance of choice out there making this an easy change!
Our cotton is grown locally and hand-woven by a local collective living in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. The materials are then used here at Neema Crafts in our weaving, sewing and screen-printing. Not only have the products travelled a small number of miles, reducing our carbon footprint, they have provided employment and empowerment to deaf and disabled artisans working at Neema Crafts. Investing in good, eco-friendly products and loving them for life is something we could all do more of!
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(Image: Benjamin Moore)
Sea greens and delicate blues hint a future of more freedom ahead this Summer, even if it's just a stone's throw away from our homes. Think relaxed poolside holidays, beach retreats and sun-soaked shores.
Benjamin Moore's Colour of the Year 2021, Aegean Teal, demonstrates this move towards a peaceful interior setting. Andrea Magno, brand director at Benjamin Moore, described this years colour palette as having a “sunbaked quality—it’s almost like you left them out in the sun and they ripened.”
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