Prepared by Tracy Greenwood for NewMedia
Each spring and summer in the southern hemisphere the internet is awash with ideas to bring the outside in and the inside out, in our homes. We asked interior designer Andre Moolman, senior sales consultant at Weylandts Kramerville, for his insights in light of current trends.
What is it about the South African lifestyle that makes indoor-outdoor living so appealing?
We are fortunate to have such a wonderful climate in South Africa. No home is complete without an outdoor space for relaxing with friends and family and enjoying nature. A patio essentially links the inside of your home to the outdoors.
What are the colour trends for patio and garden living that you think will be most prevalent this season?
Accent colours range from olive, moss and soft murky greens to navy, azure, turquoise and soft blues. Soft pinks, deep brown reds, bright warm yellows and shades of violet are also on trend. Metallics like gold and brass have made a comeback. These colours can be paired with neutrals like black, charcoal, soft greys, off-whites and natural light wood colours.
How do they tie in with international colour trends?
These colours are indeed the latest international colour trends. If you use them on the inside of your home, I can guarantee you that they will find their way onto your patio, too.
Do the summer colours apply only to painted walls or are there other focus areas where colour will be huge?
With careful selection, these colours can also be introduced in upholstery fabrics for furniture and even in the selection of pots and plants on your patio.
What advice can you give homeowners who want to update their outdoor living spaces this season?
Give attention to detail by layering your space with accessories, scatter cushions, carpets and an ottoman or two. As South Africans, we are often more conservative when it comes to colour. Keep neutral colours as the base colour for your furniture. You can apply accent colours to your walls and accessories.
How best can one bring colour into summer spaces without spending a fortune?
Painting an accent wall, re-upholstering an occasional chair and visiting your favourite Weylandts store to buy some accessories can transform your patio. It shouldn't cost you an arm and a leg.
What are your "go-to" shades for the summer and how do you plan to use them in your own home?
I'm in love with azure at the moment. I'm going to introduce it to my lounge area on an accent wall. The neutral colours in my house are black, charcoal and grey, so the colour will just pop in the space.
Which appeals to you most: A lunchtime braai around the pool or a sophisticated cocktail party on the patio?
Definitely a lunchtime braai around the pool. When I entertain at home it is usually an informal gathering where my guests can relax and be themselves.