Live, work and play
In recent times, the way we have re-imagined the use of our homes, has changed to adapt more flexibly to global situations such as the pandemic.
The past two years created a profound shift in behaviour with some or much of our work lives being conducted from home. Many of us began casting eyes over the interior of a home or a renovation project, asking if the current design or layout improves liveability for homeowners and investors alike.
How do we get more livability from our homes now we have spent more time within them? What can be added to your abode to make it a happy hive of productivity or at other times, an oasis of calm and post-work enjoyment? Here is a bit of a Summer 2022 Inspo snapshot of items or trends you can bring into your home or renovation project.
What is trending right now?
Blending various elements from indoor and outdoor spaces has been front of mind in our thinking, as a way to psychologically nurture ourselves and bring nature into everyday life.
Not surprisingly the warmth of timber has grown in popularity! Although synthetic finishes have their place, sustainable timber has become a go-to for texture on walls or linings, especially for contoured designs.
A well proportioned rectangular or round multifunctional wood table, makes either dining or a work/office set up a breeze to accommodate. Smaller coffee tables in dark marble are popular. Plants such as figs, succulents and cactus can easily keep us connected to the outdoors, or rugs made from natural fibres are another tactile alternative to synthetic polypropylene materials.
As we head into Summer, the festive season and time with family and friends, earth tones such as caramel, tan, creams and brown are keeping us grounded. Shades of olive and eucalyptus can combine with hints of bolder colours in yellow, blue or red.
Handmade furniture pieces are now taking pride of place in our homes as a testament to time well spent during lockdown, so don’t be shy about showing off those furniture pieces or handcrafted items! A gentle way to diffuse light is with floor to ceiling sheer curtains in shades of olive.
Don’t be surprised if simple lines and clear symmetry in our furniture designs come to the fore! Order in life does not mean boring or clinical, we can still showcase geometric patterns, especially with tiles.
As we embrace Summer and possibly more time outdoors, an environment that soothes us and restores calm and a sense of relaxation, is vital for our well being. If it gives us comfort, is solid and timeless, maybe a touch retro it is likely to be a stand out in 2022!
This blog was written by the RARE team
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