TEXT Julia Freemantle PHOTOGRAPHS Supplied
TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF
With the floral and foliage trend having been around for quite some time, designers are finding ways to continually keep it fresh. From over-scaled blooms and leaves to monotone interpretations, they’re a new breed of a beloved favourite.
1. Cara Saven’s Taking Flight wallpaper zooms in on life under our noses. Giant blooms and bees make for a vibrant and impactful wall scene. Pick out accent colours in your decor accessories to keep the scheme consistent. carasaven.com
2,3. Foliage needn’t be green nor flowers feminine. Break the rules here and choose monochrome versions for a more sophisticated and neutral take on these classic textile choices. The black-and-white Fern Believer print from Hertex makes a subtle backdrop to just about any decor style, but will look particularly good with natural materials. The Willie Schlechter Protea pattern from Robin Sprong in ochre is an elegant and warm option. Take inspiration from this combination of panelling and paper. hertex.co.za, robinsprong.com
Inherently fresh and delicate, and often nature-orientated, Oriental-themed patterns are ideal for spring, but also neutral enough that they won’t date across the seasons. These modern takes on iconic motifs make them ideal for contemporary interiors.
4 (pictured at top of article). Bamboo, but not as you know it. Romo’s Japura design reimagines the elegant plant in toned-down blue rather than green – making it feel brand-new. This would look excellent teamed with metallics for a really luxe feel. romosouthafrica.com
5. Very graphic in quality, the Pine pattern in the Nippon wallpaper collection from Sandberg – available at The Silk and Cotton Co – almost doesn’t read as foliage, which makes it a really good neutral and understated print for a high-traffic area. Its scale makes it best suited to a fairly expansive wall, so use it in a large space for best effect. silkco.co.za
6. An updated abstract take on the perennial Japanese cherryblossom emblem, this design by Élitis at St Leger & Viney reduces the flowers to almost just an outline, which gives it a modern feel. It’ll look extra sharp paired with contemporary decor and grounded with black accents. stleger.co.za
7. This Shangri-la design in the Nirvana collection from Hertex offers a fresh way to use fabric to add depth to a space and an alternative vertical application to wallpaper. The jewel tones are Oriental in spirit but less traditional than the norm. hertex.co.za
8. The traditional village scene in Where I Build my House from Cara Saven has been given a 21st-century spin with bright colour. The combination of complementary yellow chairs makes the blue and orange in the pattern pop. carasaven.com
Traditional ethnic textiles and organic patterns have long been celebrated for their inherent craft and textural quality, and are more popular than ever. Often quite rustic by nature, you can use them beautifully in contemporary settings with a slight slant.
“It has a beautiful time-worn feel, yet looks glamorous thanks to a metallic finish”
9. These fabrics from Hertex offer graphic ethnic appeal without being over-the-top. The simplicity of the pattern is key to the look reading as sophisticated. hertex.co.za
10. The Moderna Lua fabric by Mark Alexander, also available at Romo, is homespun authenticity at its best, yet looks super current because it features varying tones of the same hue instead of multiple colours. Pair it with timber, stone and clay tones for an on-point look. romosouthafrica.com
11. Mark Alexander’s Japura Ikat wallcovering, available at Romo, has a beautiful timeworn feel, yet looks glamorous thanks to a metallic finish – a fool-proof finish to make a space look high-end. romosouthafrica.com
12. The jewel-like quality of Tiphaine Alston’s Harvest Blue design from Robin Sprong looks edgy and up to date courtesy of a mirroring effect and smart pairing with feminine colours and luxe fabrics. robinsprong.com
Avian-themed designs offer natureinspired charm. An ever-popular motif that lends itself well to a repeat pattern, it’s a super-versatile theme and comes in all shapes, species and sizes.
13. If drama is what you’re after, opt for quality over quantity with one large visual – mural style. This swan scene from Robin Sprong offers baroque-level impact such that you’d only need to do one accent wall in a space. robinsprong.com
14. Combine two classics with one design. This Cara Saven Leicester motif, inspired by iconic textile designer William Morris, offers period charm without being stuffy or serious – upbeat colours keep it fresh and fun. carasaven.com
15. A painterly effect in pink is the epitome of femininity. Here, watercolour geese take flight in the Xanadu design from Hertex. The movement and flow in the pattern make it a perfect motif for curtaining fabric. hertex.co.za