Bedroom trends Birgitta Wolfgang_Sisters Agency
Bedroom trends: combine comfort with individual flair | Image © Birgitta Wolfgang/Sisters Agency

Taking a look at our new Style Directory – on shelf today – will help you stay abreast of this year’s hottest home looks and here at, we’re exploring a few extra décor tricks that you won’t find in print, starting with bedroom trends.

While the bedroom might be the one room where trends tend to give way to personal style, you should aim to take inspiration from fashionable aesthetics and then give it your own personal twist. With winter drawing in, you’ll spend more time than ever in your private sanctuary and new bedroom trends are worth exploring to revitalise your slumber space. From a modern take on the traditional planter to wonderous wallpaper, we identify three key ideas to transform your bedroom.



A Beautiful Mess bedroom planters
Suspended planters are the new pot plant – a contemporary solution for small rooms where surface space is at a premium | Image © Janae Hardy/Laura Gummerman/A Beautiful Mess

Swap out your tired-looking, high-maintenance cut flowers on the bedside table for upcycled planters hanging from the ceiling – especially magical when suspended from the slanting beams of a loft conversion. Whether you opt for lush, tropical trailing pot plants or low-maintenance little succulents, bring this green living trend into your personal space. Glass spheres are clean and contemporary, but for a full eco-solution, check out GROWbag’s range.



Home Fabrics Kramerville - Marc Shotland ELLE Decoration3
Wallpaper trends this season are graphic, bold and full of confidence| Image © Home Fabrics

Mix-and-match prints, botanical patterns and confident colours are a strong trend in contemporary wallpaper. When we caught up with Home Fabrics’ Marc Shotland recently, he shared his top choices for this season’s swatches and backed the on-trend favourites as ‘a mix of teal and purple, black and navy and warm, earthy, neutral tones’.



Wooden wall bedroom Jeron gallery
A wooden-panelled feature wall can add instant softened warmth to a small, angular space | Image ©

Sharp perpendicular lines of contemporary architecture – often found in urban apartment blocks and small-scale studios – should be softened to create a cosy bedroom you want to spend time in. From raw, unfinished timber headboards and walnut plank feature walls to smaller accessories like white-washed wood or metallic picture frames and faux-fur throws, natural textures offer a welcome relief from the clinical minimalism of standard, built-in fixtures.

Additional research and image sourcing from guest writer, Janine Saal.


Our favourite bedroom décor experts who should be on your speed dial:

Weylandts wardrobeWEYLANDTS
+27 (0)21 914 1433 |

Originating in Namibia, Weylandts is now firmly established as the leading furniture and décor retailer in southern Africa, offering clients a range of contemporary, quality designs sourced from around the world.

Hastens gownHÄSTENS | @HastensSA

Using only the finest natural materials in its designs, Hästens has a passion for sleep. Sweden’s oldest manufacturer of beds. Hästens makes sure that every bed is skilfully made by hand, with pride and care.


Dokter & Misses Sweat LampDOKTER & MISSES | @dokterandmisses

Strong modernist lines, graphic patterns and clever combinations of function and humour characterises the signature style of Dokter and Misses. Their distinctive range includes furniture, lighting, storage solutions and mirrors.

For 200 more contacts your decorator wouldn’t share, pick up our new Style Directory.

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