Indoor Trends Step Back in Time

It’s not only fashion that’s gone all hipster, flare-loving, boho on us, indoor trends have also got their groove on with ‘80s-inspired terracotta and ’70s-inspired jewelled-toned velvet both making a come-back. Not sure how to make these interior trends of the past work in your home? We’ve teamed up with SA Style’s interior expert Emily O’Brien to show you five easy ways you can add some groovy, psychedelic vibes to your home.

Our expert

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Emily is SA Style’s interior guru; she’s an image-maker (primarily styling for the camera), and has worked with some of Australia’s top stylists and photographers. She’s also had her work published in some of this country’s most renowned magazines (including SA Style, of course)!

Jewel tones

Jewel tones

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Think emerald green, ruby, sapphire and amethyst – these jewel tones are big news in interiors right now and are an easy and effective way to update your look and add a hit of colour. “They have a sophisticated vibe to them and add colour without screaming for attention,” says Emily. Choose two or three of your favourites and mix and match in your space, or for a cleaner finish use one jewel tone as a feature and pare back with white.

Terracotta

Terracotta

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The earthy, rustic tones of terracotta add warmth to any room – but you don’t have to rip up your kitchen tiles to get on board this trend, a touch of terracotta can be easily added with a few plant pots, serving dishes or even a pendant light fitting. Emily suggests grouping random sized terracotta pots, or if you’re feeling adventurous you could even experiment with textured terracotta-coloured paint.

Velvet

Velvet

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“Nothing screams ‘luxe’ like velvet, especially when matched with jewel tones,” says Emily “but it can be overdone”. The answer? Choose one or two statement velvet pieces, such as an on-trend velvet lounge, and then use other fabrics and textures to break it up. Not in the market for a new lounge? Why not try upholstering an old armchair or, even easier, invest in a selection of velvet throw cushions.

Macrame

Macrame

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In a nod to the free-loving ‘70’s, macramé has made a welcomed return. Woven macramé wall hangings add warmth and texture, while knotted plant hangers creatively suspended from the ceiling or outdoor underneath a pergola or veranda are a fun addition to any space. You don’t have to stick with neutral coloured macramé either, there’s a whole heap of brightly coloured varieties to choose from, making this trend an easy way to inject an instant hit of colour. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Why not DIY? “Handmade is back in a major way,” says Emily, “and macramé is leading the fight.”

Abstract patterns and clashes of colour

Colour clash

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Being bold with colour is bang on-trend – but let’s face it, this is a tricky trend to nail. “If you’re confident and can expertly place patterns this colourful trend can be extremely effective, but if you’re uncertain and don’t want to commit perhaps play it safe with one stand-out feature piece in a bold pattern or colour, rather than a whole room,” suggests Emily.

 

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