If you follow me on my social channels you’ll know that I’m currently in South Africa on holiday at the moment. I say ‘holiday’, but it’s just another chance for me to immerse myself into the culture of another country. I grew up in South Africa and have family here so I know the design ethos well and it’s always great to reconnect and get inspired by trends and ideas that are very different to those in Europe. I’ve collected a few images that I’ve taken while out and about shopping and I hope you’ll get some South African interior design inspiration from this article.
I’ve spent a lot of time visiting shops to have a look at what’s happening ‘trend’ wise. The high street stores are full of bright bold colour, yellow being a very dominant colour and people seem to be using a bright yellow accessories to add pops of colour to their current design schemes. The use of bright bold colours works so well in South Africa and other countries where the light is so bright.
However in the higher end/luxury stores, the ‘trend’ is very much the established natural/neutral/highly textured look. The use of dramatic textures and large architectural plants has always been a part of the design DNA in South Africa. The bright light creates dramatic shadows from these textures and shapes adding another dimension to the design schemes.
I love the use of materials that haven’t been too altered from their natural state. It connects you to nature and gives you a very grounded feeling. This look is grand and peaceful but has a subtle strong power to it. Very much like the ‘African’ culture itself.
Nguni cow hide, skulls and horns have been a mainstay feature in South African interior design and styling for a very long time. I think when you are working with such high quality natural materials, it just doesn’t go out of fashion, this is classic South African style – not fashion.
I really liked this lamp, made of coco sticks, it looks like a puffer fish. The texture is fabulous and I’d love to have one of these in my home.
This screen is just fabulous – called ‘Little People’, it has such presence. South Africa being the ‘Rainbow Nation’ where people of all race and colour join together, this screen tells the story of this country so well.
Large floor lamps and oversized shades are everywhere. Generally, homes are very large here, so everything can be jumbo sized.
South Africa is a beautiful country and over the last 10 years or so, I’ve seen a dramatic change in the design industry. At last, they seem to have stopped copying interiors from abroad, and a confident South African design signature has developed.