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Living room trends that your home will love you for | Image © Toward Sofa by Anne Boysen

Inside our new Style Directory – on shelf this week – you’ll find a guided home-improvement tour of every room in the house, from kitchens and bathrooms to living room trends. Here online, we’re bringing you bonus content you won’t find in print.

The lounge is, without a doubt, the focal point of every home which is why learning the hottest new living room trends can pay dividends next time you’re looking to revamp your interiors.

Hosting family time, entertaining guests, keeping the kids busy and providing the comfort to relax in after a long day at work, the living room is a jack of all trades – needing to be at once tough enough to withstand the rough and tumble of daily life and at the same time a beautiful show-piece representing the style of your home.

Our top tips for living room trends you should consider embracing this season include:



Floor to ceiling bookshelves add warmth to an industrial loft living room | Image ©
Floor to ceiling bookshelves add warmth to an industrial loft living room | Image ©

For book worms, this is the ultimate indulgence. Free-standing bookcases have been up-scaled and built-in to create wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling book walls; for a more contemporary twist, install one as a room divider to break up an open plan living space or large bedroom.

If your book collection is still in its infancy or to mix in a little décor interest, add small, carefully chosen accessories into alternate shelving compartments. A metallic picture frame, a marble clock-face or a potted succulent make ideal companions to rows of well-read spines. Add a recliner to sink into, remember to light the space well for reading and get lost there for hours.



A curated gallery wall takes planning and a little patience but the results can be beautiful and highly personal | Image ©

Collecting your favourite images, an eclectic array of small frames in contrasting styles and creating your own mini-gallery is a cost-effective and highly personal way to brighten up an expanse of blank wall. DECO recommends consistency either with your frames or the tonal quality of your images – if all your shots are varied, pick similarly coloured frames; if you’d rather contrasting frame styles and materials, select images from the same overall palette or print them all in black and white.

We’d also recommend a few precautions before starting your project such as testing that your chosen wall can sustain numerous picture hooks (old Victorian cottages for example are renowned for weak plaster) and taking some advice from a gallerist on hanging a balanced composition. Before banging in your first nail, it’s a really good idea to sketch out your arrangement first, calculating the exact measurements and spacing, and to lay out the collection on the floor to check it has the desired effect you’re after.



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Colour-clashing, large scale graphic prints adds bold personality to a large open space | Image ©

Not a look for the faint-hearted, those confident with styling choices will love the print clash trend – extending from this season’s catwalk (Burberry Prorsum, Peter Pilotto, Jonathan Saunders) to couches. Strong geometric shapes with a single colour on white backing can clash beautifully in a variety of colours without competing.

Start off with small accessories like scatters if you’re not feeling too confident, and build to soft furnishings like ottomans or rugs, before going all-out on an expansive feature wall or couch. If you’re looking to clash without causing offence, the bigger the print repeat the better – avoid fiddly little ditsy prints unless it’s a one-off feature amongst solid colours.


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


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

Spilhaus basket bowl 306mmSPILHAUS
+27 (0)21 461 7000 |

Spilhaus has provided generations of South Africans with fine cutlery, crystal stemware and giftware for more than 70 years. Stockist of world-renowned brands such as Swarovski, Alessi, Kosta Boda and Waterford.

Top Carpets Luxury Wool Berber II sqTOP CARPETS
@topcarpets |

From inspiration to installation, with more than 130 branches nationwide, Top Carpets supplies a wide variety of flooring products – from carpets, laminates, vinyls and rugs to blinds, shutters and wall coverings.

FIFTY8onV Blok livingBLOK
+27 (0)87 752 6677 |

Blok focuses on urban living, developing premium-quality apartments that have a thoughtful design and a modern aesthetic. Their fresh interiors and luxury finishes offer multi-functional space solutions for homeowners.

Leon at CCXIX Bonita SofaLEON AT CCXIX
+27 (0)21 447 1304 |

The Leon at CCXIX team are specialists in artisinal furniture crafting and work with some of South Africa’s leading designers to produce bespoke upholstery for everything from sofa and dining chairs to chaises.

Quartz Carpet South AfricaQUARTZ CARPET
+27 (0)86 178 2789 |

Masters of designing for the barefoot lifestyle, which in our country is paramount, this Seamless Flooring Systems brand are our go-to for both indoor and outdoor flooring. Smooth, non-slip and available in 36 colours.


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ELLE Decoration Style DirectoryRevealing over 200 of our most-coveted contacts, décor suppliers and design experts, the new ELLE Decoration Style Directory is a must-have for every décor amateur and professional alike. Packed with hints, tips and tricks to transform every room in your home, as well as all the experts you should know, it’s the ultimate buyers’ guide. Buy yours across South Africa wherever magazines are sold and as a digital download right here.