Choosing the right furniture for
your home can often be a difficult task, understanding the different styles and
how they can work with your existing style can help you find furnishings that
will meet your needs and enhance the look of your home. The first thing you need
to know is what your current furniture style is, are you traditional or trendy?
Do you prefer the warmth of a country home, or do you like the feel and
function of modern furniture? Let’s look at each of these furniture styles in
greater detail, this will ensure you are prepared to find the right look for
Traditional furniture is one of
the most popular styles of furniture. It is often sold as a group which
includes a matching sofa, chair and loveseat along with coffee and end tables,
this allows you to create a cohesive still that is easy to maintain.
Traditional furniture is most often casual and functional; the mood is one of
comfort and convenience rather than high fashion.
Looking for something a little
more daring? Each season several new furniture trends are introduced, they can
include everything from bold patterns and fabric to international styles such a
French romance, Asian or African styles. Trendy looks can provide a new and
exciting look to your house, but they are best introduced in pieces rather than
groups. As trends change it is much easier to add individual pieces than
redecorate entire rooms.
One trend that has had staying
power is the country look, this style incorporates the comfort and casual
nature of traditional fashion, but also brings the warmth of a cozy country
cabin. Country furniture incorporates a lot of natural Wood, in the form of
tables and accent pieces along with textiles that are neutral in pattern and
Plaids are prevalent in
everything from sofas to draperies, creating a welcome and down home feeling.
Not looking for that warm country feeling? Modern may be just your thing.
Furniture in a modern style is most often sleek and stylish, and includes a
bold mixture of fabric and metal accents. Modern looks are often minimalist and
offer a marriage of form and function. Furniture serves dual purposes with
tables doubling as storage and shelving offering style and function.
Knowing the furniture fashion you
are looking for can make shopping both easy and enjoyable. Whether you are
looking to add a few new pieces or redecorating an entire room, be sure to know
the style you are looking for, and you won’t go wrong.…
I love the African vistas as numerous and varied as they
are. From the Granite Kopies or hills of the interior to the undulating
grasslands of the Savannah with the wind rippling the long tawny grass. These
are two landscapes that remind me of home and are very dear to my heart. But
there are other fabulous landscapes in ‘My Africa’ ranging from the arid hills
and valleys of the Karoo, to the beautiful majestic Drakensberg Mountains.
The Karoo is a semi desert in the heartlands of South
Africa, strewn with Sizzle Aloes (think aloe vera on steroids) and crazy big
birds that don’t fly and spend a lot of their time with their heads in the sand
called Ostriches. Ostriches do this to keep cool in the desert heat.
The Drakensburg Mountain Range has a multitude of Flora
and Fauna. Sub tropical forests cling to the mountain sides and valley floors,
and here the giant trees are entwined in vines climbing to reach the sun.
Exotic brightly colored wild flowers and ferns carpet the ground which is home
to many animals. It is also home to the African Forest Elephants, once known as
the Pygmy Elephants and now considered to be a species of its own. Africa’s
array of colors are an artists dream come true. The palette is almost complete!
In my later life I have come around to embracing the
colors of the Savannah with her richness in golds, reds and browns. The
wonderful coloring of the wild beasts that roam through her grasslands, with
their black and white stripes, spots and dusky greys and tawny yellows are
never far from my thoughts. These I call my Safari Colors, and these are the
colors that are now so very popular with that African Safari Feel in decor, be
it at home or at the office.
This trend started in the decor world a couple of years
ago, but this year it is VERY BIG. The Furniture Fashion Shows of 2011 have
made Safari Decor ‘front and foremost’ in the world of design and elegance,
conjuring up images of By Gone Empires venturing into darkest Africa.
Fortunately for us – and the animals of ‘My Africa’, we
no longer have to kill the animals to cover our cushions. There are some
amazing new fabrics out there that have never seen a leopard of Giraffe, but
certainly carry their markings. These fabulous and hardy new fabrics come
resplendent in texture and design – or sumptuously and teasingly naked.
Plan your home or office space with texture and design in
mind. Google Safari Images first and get a feel for what you want. You could
embrace the colors of the African Savannah in your Safari Decor by starting
with the elegance of Sandy Beige and Tawny Greens and Yellows. Add color with
accent cushions, pottery and wall art. You could add a leopard or giraffe
print. If this is too tame for you, how about going ‘Big and Bold’ with …