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Organise your Home Before Christmas. Here’s How

Christmas is a busy time of the year and also magical. To keep the merry side of chaotic, start on the right foot by organising your home before Christmas.

Have you ever been asked this question: “What do you want for Christmas this year?” Well, it’s a question on many people’s minds and many may be asking it right now but think about a slightly different question. Change the word “for” to the word “from” and see how your viewpoint changes: “What do you want from Christmas this year?”

The one-word replacement makes the question take on a different meaning – and one that is more important and will bring you more happiness.

As you prepare your home for Christmas, think about how you want your friends and family to feel when they come visit your house and what it is you want to get from the celebrations and get-togethers.

Even if you’re not planning to hold any get-togethers this year, think of how it would make you feel if you organise your home for the holidays. Let’s repeat the question: “What do you want from this holiday season?”

Here are some tips to help you organise your home this holiday season.

Lessen the stress

Making lists. One of the things that stress us is keeping too many things in our head. Write things down or use an app to record your list. The common lists are gift lists and party preparation lists, but also consider creating a “connect” list.  Especially this year when some may be feeling the effect of Covid-19 isolation more than yourself.

Who are the people who want to see this time of year (either face to face or via phone)?

Make sure this season doesn’t pass without you seriously considering the meaning of this month to you and who you want to get in contact with.

Holiday decluttering
Look at your home and remove any item that is no longer of use to you. The holidays are the time to give and receive gifts, but it is also the time to host friends and family.

Keep it simple
Go for just the basics. In the same manner, follow the advice “less is more” to avoid filling your home with decorations.  If you’re not planning to compete in a TV show for the best holiday lights, simply put up a few nice decorative items to focus the eye.  A home or space jam packed with Christmas decors can make you feel a little dizzy and even divert your focus away from what Christmas really means. The fewer décor items you use the easier it is to organise your home.

Avoid going overboard
Make sure your parties are manageable. You may be unable to properly interact with your guests if there are too many people in your parties and too many things to take care of.

Think about this when you’re planning your party. It is possible to host dinner for the entire week. Invite six or seven people every night for one week so you can talk to each of your guests.

But how do you do this? Cook the same meal each night. Yes, it sounds like too much work but it’s also practical. You can make some of the dishes in advance and freeze them. Then, you just heat them up for dinner. And don’t work yourself up thinking how the meal will turn out since you’ve got everything planned out.

Make it memorable for your guests
If you have people staying in your home during the holidays, do things that would make them feel content in the room where they’re going to sleep.  Envision your home as one of those luxurious hotels. What would you like to see in that room? Probably put a fluffy robe, water, chocolates, or new toiletries?  Or consider putting up framed photos of you with your guests. Set up the room in the way that would make your guest feel that you thought about them.

Make this holiday season your own
If decorating or hosting parties is too much for you, there is no stopping you from making a getaway to a beautiful beach and not telling anyone where it is exactly.

Get someone else to handle your holiday tasks. If you are leaning towards this path, then do it!

Have a Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year! May you be content, relaxed and a little bit organised this new year.

 

For some simple decorating ideas visit our Pinterest Page.

 

Interior Design Tips for Spring

Spring is here. The sun is up longer, the temp is becoming hotter, temperas are getting brighter – start redesigning your home to complement your renewed outlook on life.

So, what’s popular? And how do you get the vibe you want in a cost-effective way. Here are six design tips for restyling your home and bringing an uplifting feel to match your mood.

  1. Channel your inner “Marie Kondo”

Spring boosts your mind and body. So if something in your home doesn’t spark joy, maybe they should be out for this season.

Check out every room – bedroom to kitchen, kitchen to living area – look in detail at everything from the furniture to rugs, artwork, knick-knacks and towels. It’s time to discard them or store them, especially if they no longer bring you joy.

  1. Don’t be afraid of change

At this stage, you should only see things that give off an invigorating vibe. Now, search for new ways to fall in love once again.

Look at every room in your home from various perspectives. This will allow you to think about how switching up objects or re-pairing items from other rooms can create new energy.

Will putting the sofa to a different location in your living area help you view your home in a new way? Even minor adjustments like moving the rugs to different areas can reinvigorate a space.

  1. Up-cycle furniture

What is an enjoyable, sustainable project that lets you save money and more importantly, helps in reducing landfill waste? Yes, it is up-cycling! It generally involves transforming unused, pre-loved furniture and materials into something fresh. Imagine a picnic bench sawed in two and installed on the wall to create a useful workstation, or giving an old wooden ladder a fresh coat of paint and turning it into a carefully curated bookshelf.

Here are some tips if you are new to up-cycling:

  • Begin with wood furniture. Working on wood is pretty simple. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you can move to the next level, like resurfacing iron vintage bathtubs.
  • Give your old furniture a new, contemporary look using Annie Sloan chalkboard. (Don’t hesitate about experimenting with colours.)
  • Use tools that you are comfortable with. Some people prefer traditional tools such as sandpaper and manual hand drills, while others spend on the latest power tools.
  • Enjoy – up-cycling is all about trying out new things.
  • Check out my Pinterest Page for inspiration
  1. Switch to your heart’s content

Seasons change. So when designing your home, consider purchasing two sets of items in varying mood styles that you can change over when it’s summer and the sun is out to bring a brighter atmosphere.

Spring this Year:

  • White or pale pink hand towels
  • Throw blankets made of cotton or linen
  • Natural textures like jute
  • Inspiring artwork that stresses growth and renewal

Winter next Year:

  • Thick, comfortable hand towels
  • Heavy imitation fur throws
  • Cable knit blankets
  • Darker, moody artworks
  1. Green landscape

Colourful blooms come to mind when you think of spring, so there’s no reason not to bring them inside. One of the simplest ways to breathe life into your home’s new season décor is with fresh flowers.

Some of the popular spring flowers include King Protea, Peony, Scabiosa Flower, Brunia, Kangaroo Paws and Geraldton Wax. Organise them in a beautiful dining table centrepiece to create a cheerful explosion of colour in your home.  Here are some more inspiration at my Pinterest Page.

  1. Use colours all around you

More than a season, spring is a feeling. When decorating, use colours that create the vibe you want to feel at home.

Cool tones combined with light neutrals bring a breezy mood. Crisp white is simple and classic, letting light bounce inside your home so you can softly layer hues. To achieve a brighter atmosphere, use tropical colours such as fuchsia pink and tangerine orange.  Check out some other Colour Combinations here!

 

 

 

Add Style to Your Home with These 26 Simple Ways

Balancing functionality, coziness and style seems challenging when it comes to decorating your home. Regardless of the amount of money we spend on good furniture, there seems to be something lacking in the rooms and don’t look like the perfect spaces that appear in magazines.

Sometimes a few small tricks that only need a little of your time and don’t involve spending money are needed to solve the situation.

Here are some tips to make your home look more stylish with little effort.

  1. Give the same treatment to the front door as the indoor

Don’t overlook the first impression you make about your home, even if you reside in an apartment building. A good way to add style to your home is to give the outside of the entrance the same attention as the inside.

Put an object from the interior of your home (not anything precious though), hang a seasonal wreath or decors, refresh your house number sign. It’s also a good idea to use plants, but be sure they get adequate light.

  1. Present items in threes

Like in various fields and disciplines, the rule of three is greatly utilised in styling and decorating. Displaying in threes appear to be more attractive visually and more composed, particularly when heights, sizes and materials offer some diversity.

Start small by experimenting in a tiny nook or table and then employ the idea to various spaces in the entire house. But don’t overdo it, or else the effect won’t come across right.

  1. Layer your rugs and carpets

Professionals employ this trick often to save on costs for client projects or to “cheat” on shoots. Aside from being an inexpensive way to bring a space together, it doesn’t prevent you from having the pattern you like if you can’t find the correct size. It’s also an effective method to determine what you think about a bolder selection and it creates a cosier and more stylish vibe to a room.

You can begin by layering a small vibrant bold rug on top of a larger neutral rug or carpet.

Bathroom renovations can force you to make hard decisions because sometimes the things you want to do are outside of your budget.

  1. Pile your books in different ways

While the typical vertical or a tad tilted pile in bookshelves is usual for a timeless home, other arrangements tell of a bolder style.

Try rotating between vertical and horizontal book stacks in bookshelves. Horizontal piles will interrupt the pattern of the vertical lines and bring more visual attention, so that it is much simpler to design the shelves with other items. Just make the pattern random and not similar throughout, so as not to look heavy on the eye.

  1. Showcase conversation pieces

This trick is more complicated than it seems because you want to avoid displaying your beloved items throughout your home only to find out that nobody is interested.

To grab people’s interest, conversation pieces should stick out from the surroundings and instantly attract attention. You don’t need to travel far to find an object worth talking about. What’s important is that there is a cherished memory attached to them, distant or recent, any object can spark a conversation (even a random photo or a thrifted item.

  1. Create decorative liquid soap bottles

Save your fancy bottle of hand wash after you’ve used up the soap and refill with an inexpensive one. For a simple fix, soak the plastic bottles in warm soapy water until the labels are easy to remove. A clear bottle looks less cheap and much upscale than a labeled one, even if it is inexpensive and is still plastic. Put these fancy bottles in the kitchen sink and bathroom sinks.

You can also add a bottle of random lotion by each sink, to apply on your hand after you finish washing the dishes. This will keep your hands soft and feel more luxurious yourself.

  1. Don’t let dust accumulate

Dust is a style killer. You might think it was only yesterday when you cleaned your house from top to bottom, but dust just collects regardless of how much you clean.

Try to find which surfaces are more noticeable in normal light at home and make sure to wipe them down more frequently in between general cleaning. This will let you enjoy your home and keep stress-free and not get worried when guests come by. So as not to forget, keep an easy cleaning tool, like wet wipes, placed somewhere close to the problematic areas.

  1. Display fresh flowers at random

Put fresh flowers in a vase somewhere in the corner of a room, nothing too central. Much better if the flowers are of different varieties. With the casual look and random placement, you are conveying that it’s something you do normally and for your own enjoyment, without trying hard in impressing others.

  1. Move items between different spaces

We typically employ the logic of moving stuff around in the same room and don’t think about moving things from room to room. The latter is a new way of repositioning furniture and layouts. Plus, many items might look better in a new room or might provide a better use. When you have no time or budget to go shopping, this is the quickest way to update every space in your home.

  1. Have white towels in the bathroom

This is a personal preference, but white-coloured towels create a sense of freshness and cleanliness (make sure they are really clean though). In addition, it’s good to keep more than one towel in the bathroom, as it brings a sense of effortless hospitality and curated details.

  1. Put books on the coffee table

You can instantly add style to a room and provide great entertainment for your guests with books. To ensure everyone enjoys, include books that you love and a couple of different genres. You can have only books piled low, various magazines, table books and photo books. This is also a situation where you can use the rule of three and combine books with decorative objects and small items.

  1. Use a pitcher to serve water

Using a pitcher whether you drink water from the tap, refrigerated or bottled allows for easy access and also looks fancier. It looks cool to take out a pitcher during meals with family or with guests. For a quick, very fancy touch, add slices of cucumber or lemon to the water.

  1. Use the same paint colour and finish on mismatch pieces

If you have plenty of mismatched pieces of furniture that don’t go well together because of their different finish, colour or style, consider painting a few in a similar colour and finish to create unity in the room. Pick a couple of items that are strewn across the room and not too near each other. Don’t go overboard, as even a tiny dose can create unity.

  1. Have placemats on the table even when it’s not meal time

Though it might seem counter-intuitive, this tip actually creates the sense of tidiness at home and order in the family, especially those with children. Another great way to add colour and pattern in minimal doses is by using placemats (only if you like them). The placemats can be plastic, rubber or paper that you buy in stores at low prices. You can also do your own by repurposing old sheets or cutting fabric.

  1. Display a group of identical element

Pick one type of produce in large quantities. Fruit is great and the more intense the colour the better. Vegetables or simple elements found in nature, like stones or wood pieces, also work.

Put several of them in a large vase or bowl and display in a visible location (like a shelf or kitchen counterpart), but not too central, except if you are using it as a table centerpiece. The objective is to create a large visual effect by having an identical element in bulk, so it’s a good idea to use uncomplicated shapes and materials, such as for a glass vase or porcelain bowl.

  1. Light candles in clusters

Collect all your candles and set them in small clusters throughout the house. Examples of good places to apply this trick are the living room and entrance.

Rather than display them individually, it is better to light candles in groups because they will bring a bigger glow, which looks beautiful during the evenings and when you have guests. Additionally, having a cluster of candles burning creates a sense that you do this at random times and don’t do them just for special occasions.

When purchasing candles, avoid the fancy smells and pick the plain white ones, which look timeless and elegant and great for grouping.

  1. Use indoor plants

Take any space to the next level effectively with plants. Aside from offering freshness and colour to a space, plants help add style points to a space when you treat them as decorative pieces when picking their placements.

Experiment with various scale plants and various leaf designs, if possible. Place large plants close to large pieces of furniture or put them in empty nooks. With undersized plants, mix them with furniture parts or use them to complement larger ones (when the rule of three is used). Make sure they receive sufficient light to make them thrive.

  1. Eliminate a few accessories

If you like the “more is more” look, you have a more eclectic style or you’re just trying to identify your style. This is a quick tip for you. Remove a few objects that are on display. Rugs, pillows, decorative items, wall art can be removed one by one until what’s left is a clean slate. You can change things up until you’re satisfied with what you see.

  1. Place throw pillows and blankets over the sofa  

Aside from making a home look cosier and lived-in, light blankets and throws offer a natural way to add texture or colour/pattern to a relatively flat or neutral space. If you prefer only one throw, ensure that it’s carefully folded, but thrown a little freely. If you’re going for two or more, play with the arrangement until the space looks balanced.

  1. Place baskets around the house

Use baskets to fill with stuff before visitors turn up or cart from room to room to collect objects and take items back to their original placements. They look much more luxurious and interesting than they actually are. Placing them strategically around the house makes them feel part of the design.

You can use different sizes and shapes, but make sure they are of the same material or have a common tone to keep noise at a minimum in a quite hectic looking home. In contrast, baskets can be utterly flamboyant in a neutral room.

  1. Take out all packaging and keep products in containers

This simple tip has a lot to do with stylish homes that are defined by a not many details. For all food-related items that you purchase and place on display, take them out of their packaging and put them in neat looking containers. Glass containers are nice, but they can be costly if you need a lot. An inexpensive option is repurposed jam or sauce jars or buying plain porcelain ones. The objective is to avoid a whole matching set, but to use similar materials or colours in order to create a coherent and clean vibe in a pantry or kitchen.

  1. Hang items on the walls

If you’re avoiding dressing your walls because you think art and frames are expensive, then don’t. Frames and even art aren’t needed because any object can be art as long as it impacts you in any way and draws out emotions.

  1. Showcase your hobbies

Don’t hold back on displaying your hobby creations or even equipment. It will, for sure, spark interesting conversations, likely lead to more quality time if you successfully get another person to join and plenty of character added to your home effortlessly. Hang items on the walls, put arbitrarily on shelves or just set it down on the floor.  

  1. Use something surprising to fill a non-functional fireplace

The typical area to experiment with its purpose is a fireplace. Place any item other than firewood inside it and you immediately add style to the space. You can also use the same trick in small nooks, architectural elements, windows with partial or zero view, outdated appliances, and even sections of large furniture.

  1. Layer, layer and layer some more

Layering is the answer if you want a full magazine styled home. Start modestly and add more layers as you feel more at ease with the dynamics of your home. Begin experimenting on your sofa or coffee table. Try the rule of three and various textures, materials, colours until the it you get the vibe right.

  1. Let your home show your personality

The most elegant properties I have seen are either decorated for a photo shoot or are actual homes of fascinating people, that appear a bit dissimilar to what we commonly see, but show plenty of character and style.

The simplest and most effective way to add more style to your home is to integrate more of your personality and your tastes. Create a beautiful space that you’re keen to spend time in and treasure as much as you can. When you wholeheartedly “embrace” your home’s peculiarities, it is easy to impress others.

Wallpaper Bedroom

Make Your Room Look Expensive with These 6 Ideas

When it comes to elevating the interiors of your home, the simplest approach for this is to use rich finishes and textures that will immediately bring a little wow-factor to any space.

From a touch of brass or copper, or tactile textures like velvets and linen, you don’t need to buy big-ticket items to bring a bit of beauty and appeal to your home.

Draw attention to statement pieces and artwork by making thoughtful vignettes on your display surfaces, and purchase sculptural relics that can start conversations.

Here are six budget-friendly ideas to elevate your home interior.

  1. Make a feature wall using wallpaper

A charming design can play a big role in elevating a neutral palette and add soul to a room. On an entire or small section of a wall, place a design that appeals to you factoring in the vibe that you want to communicate. For example, for an airy, open-plan space the perfection choice is a monochromatic ‘New Contemporary Two Woods” wallpaper from Cole & Son.

  1. Hang a Large Framed Artwork

A bland space can easily turn stunning with a beautiful print or painting. For example, an Ubabub Sundae framed print not only revitalises a space it also serves as a main focus at the base of the dining table.

  1. Roll out a rug

A rug can help bring a room together, resulting in a well thought-out space. You don’t need to go bold or colourful to create an impact, just lay out a simple rug to bring instant elegance.

  1. Bunch a group of pendant lights

Whether they are installed in a row or a cluster placed at different heights, pendant lights on top of the dining table, kitchen bench or in the bedroom bring drama and an elegant vibe to a room.

  1. Adorn your windows

Not having quality window dressings can harm what would otherwise be a beautiful space. Dressing your windows is essential if you want your room to look perfectly elegant.

  1. Add a bit of charm

A space can instantly look more luxurious with a side table or lamp in copper brass. An understated example for this concept is accessories like a tray or candle holder to add a metallic touch.

For more inspirational and value adding ideas, ask Annette to visit your home!

Interior Decorating Ideas for Winter

Though the grey skies and wet mornings of winter have arrived, that shouldn’t be a reason for you to give up on style. With the change of season, you can restyle your interior.

Here are winter interior decorating ideas that you can use to help you feel snug as a bug even in the dead of winter.

  1. Colour and texture

If you are thinking of buying new homewares for the winter, reassess your interior colour scheme. Rich, saturated colours like dark green, jewel tones, reds or oranges fit this season. In the same manner, fabric choices reaffirm the richness of winter, with velvet, wool, cashmere and faux fur are the material of choice to direct warmth and texture to a space.

  1. Add greenery

Australian winter suppresses the people’s cultural desire for outdoor living, no thanks to strong winds, frost-bitten lawns and icy evenings. Bring a little of the outdoors inside your home using hardy indoor plants, or bring a sunny atmosphere to the gloomiest of corners with a bouquet of flowers that you can buy at the farmers market each week.

  1. Rearrange and reconsider

You don’t need to go on holiday in an exotic place to escape winter. Some change in your home is all you need. Look at your living room, dining and bedrooms to see if there is a way the space could be laid out. Could the seating arrangement be changed to promote conversation, or to congregate around an open fireplace? Fashion new snippets of vessels and trinkets on the sideboard in the dining room. You can also consider adding a textured bedhead to cosy up your bedroom. Sometimes breathing new life into an old arrangement can be as simple as rearranging a space or the accessories filling it.

  1. Layer

Introducing layers is one of the simplest ways to create a cosy atmosphere in your space. Use elements such as throw rugs, cushions, faux sheepskins, floor rugs and heavy curtains to create a cosy vibe in a space as well as give you easy access to all creature comforts.

  1. Lighting

The days are shorter during winter compared to summer, but don’t feel disheartened. Take advantage of the absence of natural light to create a mood with various kinds of lighting. To create a warmer overall cast to a space, use lamps, candles and bulbs with warmer tones for overhead lighting. If your lamps have visible bulbs, mix in classic decorative ones.

 

Tips for Cleaning and Sanitising your Home Amid COVID

Cleaning companies are enjoying a surge in requests for sanitising services, with homeowners and businesses making efforts to keep their surroundings free of germs.

However, bringing a professional cleaner into your home may not be an option for everyone, so here are some tips from Safe Work Australia on how to DIY clean and disinfect your home thoroughly.

How to clean and disinfect

Cleaning means to physically remove germs (bacteria and viruses), dirt and grime from surfaces using a detergent and water solution. A detergent is a surfactant that is designed to break up oil and grease with the use of water. Anything labelled as a detergent will work.

Disinfecting means using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. It’s important to clean before disinfecting because dirt and grime can reduce the ability of disinfectants to kill germs. Disinfectants containing greater than equal to 70% alcohol, quaternary ammonium compounds, chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach are suitable for use on hard surfaces (that is, surfaces where any spilt liquid pools, and does not soak in). These will be labelled as ‘disinfectant’ on the packaging.

Cleaning should start with the cleanest surface first, progressively moving towards the dirtiest surface. When surfaces are cleaned, they should be left as dry as possible to reduce the risk of slips and falls, as well as spreading of viruses and bacteria through droplets.

Before a surface is disinfected, it is important it is cleaned first because dirt and grime can reduce the ability of disinfectants to kill germs. Disinfectant may not kill the virus if the surface has not been cleaned with a detergent first.

The packaging or manufacturer’s instructions will outline the correct way to use disinfectant. Disinfectants require time to be effective at killing viruses. If no time is specified, the disinfectant should be left for ten minutes before removing.

In addition, remember to disinfect your computer keyboards and devises, doorknobs and any remote controls, or gaming system controls, etc.

 

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Put your Home on Centre Stage Through Home Styling

Styling

A selling method that vendors use to achieve a faster sale, lessen price cuts and drive up values is property styling, or home styling.

Developers, agents and retail stores like Ikea and Freedom use it. “Home Staging” is tantamount to merchandising. It involves styling a space to emotionally attract a target audience to eventually realise top consumer dollar. And it works.

When it is a sellers’ market a competitive advantage is needed to attain the best possible price, and a makeover is not the sole option.

Increasing the sales price

The reason for home staging is to style a house to copy those that are found on the pages of fashionable home magazines. This is a means to boost the price and buyer interest.  Home staging can really make a major difference. In terms of price, it can add $20,000 to $25,000 to a normal sales price compared to a similar home on the market that is not furnished.  Another benefit is it mitigates price cuts. It is all based on emotions for owner-occupier buyers, resulting from what they see and feel in the first 27 seconds.

Neutralise, de-personalise and the wow factor

Sellers should make the effort to neutralise and de-personalise everything in their home. Store away old trophies, get rid of everything off the fridge, put bills and other personal contact information out of sight, remove photos of family members because that can make people feel awkward and just store it away to make them feel they are purchasing something new.  It is also important to declutter. Think about the direction buyers would take to inspect the house and eliminate any obstacle from their path.  Home staging is taking the methods of depersonalising and decluttering to the next level by putting display furniture and furnishings to evoke a certain feeling.

Additional tips for sellers include economical cosmetic changes that deliver a little bit of wow factor like: changing the knobs or handles of the kitchen cabinets, installing a new mailbox, putting up new blinds or curtains, putting new kitchen appliances if they are very old or on the verge of breaking down, polishing the deck, adding mulch in the garden, pruning hedges or shrubs to make the yard look bigger, putting potted plants around the exterior of the house, or removing the  feature wall and either replacing it with a fashion piece or adding a bookshelf or a wall storage in its place.

To get the best possible price, implement a holistic approach as you prepare your property for the market. Home staging should be combined with inexpensive makeover techniques to increase the sales price. If the property has no furniture and furnishings, small things like peeling wallpaper or crackers become obvious. It is important to repair these because any noticeable maintenance issue can significantly impact a buyer’s decision.

It is important to remember that people are purchasing a lifestyle, not just a home. If there is nothing for them to determine whether their king size bed will fit in the bedroom, then it makes it more difficult to envision themselves living in there.

 

4 Important Lighting Tips to Use During Covid-19

 

Looking for some lighting inspiration while working from home during Covid-19 isolation? Use these tips as a guide when redesigning your home’s lighting.

  1. Use layers

Three layers of light is essential in all rooms.  Minimise wattage and size to maximise space and don’t overlook the accent layer, which helps to draw attention to the added details you’ve used to complete your spaces.

  1. Scale is essential

Lighting should not overwhelm a space and it also should not get lost in a space. Consider both the length and the width of the space.

  1. Focal point matters, too

Not all fixtures – lamps, sconces, chandeliers – should be of similar size because the eyes look for optical clarity. What lighting can be used as a focal point? It could be a chandelier in a big space, or a unique floor lamp or  vintage-looking sconces flanking a wall art for smaller spaces.

  1. Dimmers

Install in all rooms and with as many fixtures as you can add.  Dimmers change the mood and offset artificial light with natural light.

 

 

 

The Hottest Indoor Plant Trends in 2020

A new year accompanies a whole wave of new trends. Together with design and fashion, the growing popularity of plants means green thumbs have gained themselves a trend guide for 2020.

To come up with the first of such report in Australia, nine experts, 20 nursery owners and 1500 Australians were consulted by Plant Life Balance.

The report, which integrated 50 years of research about plants and human well-being from the University of Melbourne and RMIT, identifies six forecasted trends that offer awareness on the plant decisions of tomorrow for plant lovers throughout Australia.

One of those trends is longing for nature, attributed to combining the natural world into homes.

According to the report, interior designers are noticing plants making their way into the home in the form of colours like minty green and soft sage. Stylists are seeing plants as well as natural colours are a key feature of their work. Homeowners want plants everywhere – in the living room, kids’ bedrooms, etc.  Want some inspiration?  Have a look at this Indoor Plant Decor Pinterest board.

Another trend the report found is horticulture for health. It found that one in four people were driven to purchase plants for mindfulness – and in 2020, the use of gardening for mindfulness will become increasingly popular.

Furthermore, the report says that both active and passive types of gardening can play a big role in mental and physical health. The act of witnessing something grow can inspire optimism and creativity, and the tangible act of gardening can be very relaxing.  I know for myself this is very much the fact and I place high importance in making time to get into my own garden after working long hours.

In addition to interior design and well-being, here are the other four plant predictions for 2020:

  1. Low maintenance statements

Over the last 12 months, two in five Australians purchased a low-maintenance plant. The report says that 80% of nursery retailers enjoyed a rise in inquiries about easy maintenance plants, but disappointingly, Australians have succeeded in killing at least 70 million plants in the last year.  Perhaps a bromeliad is for you!

  1. An abode among the gum trees

One in four Australians are preferring native plants, evidence that the 1970s is making a return in the plant world. Retail nurseries have reported two times the number of enquiries in the last 12 months, while enquiries on hardy plants rose 70%.

  1. Truth and trust

In the last 12 months, the largest growth in spending seen by nursery retailers surveyed has been from 18 to 35 year olds, and this is believed to be mostly caused by social media. The popularity of the “plantfluencer” is very noticeable.  Check out my Pinterest ‘The Garden’ board  as well as Succulents.

  1. The hybrid store

Experts believe we will be hearing more of this sentence in 2020: “Would you like a plant with that?” 

Pantone’s 2020 Colour of the Year is…?

For all the interior lovers out there, the Pantone Colour Institute has announced its 2020 colour of the year. And it is: Classic Blue!

According to Pantone, the leading forecaster of worldwide colour trends, the classic blue colour will be everywhere in 2020. This is what the global authority for colour and communication and inspiration has to say ahead of the beginning of a new decade:

“Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.”

On the company’s website, it also posted a short video to describe the feel of the colour, showing a night sky, faint mountain ranges, and a soothing soundtrack.

The Classic Blue colour underscores “dependability, trustworthiness, credibility, and constancy, all characteristics that are important in today’s fast-paced, high-stress world.

In addition, deep blue goes with the shade of the sky at dusk, which is a perfect example that shows why this colour resonate with a lot of people.

For over two decades, Pantone’s colour of the year has strongly influenced many aspects of life, including home design.

So how did Pantone come up with Classic Blue as the colour of the year?

Pantone says, experts from various fields, including in the entertainment industry and films in production, travelling art collections and new artists, fashion, interior design and lifestyles, “comb the world looking for new colour influences.”

By using Classic Blue, Pantone wish to promote a feeling of peace and tranquility, and foster interaction.

Technology is developing at a pace that humans have difficulty processing at the same speed, so it’s not difficult to understand why people are drawn towards colours that are authentic and give the promise of security. The trusted PANTONE 19-4052, non-aggressive and easily relatable, inspires a relaxed interaction. Linked to the return of another day, this beloved shade is easily adopted.

If you are planning a new home, a makeover or interior design project in 2020, don’t just ignore the colour of the year. You’ll see a barrage of mood boards and Pinterest sites in no time.