With the rise of remote work, now is as good a time as any to put some thought and attention into making your home as comfortable and aesthetically pleasing as possible, says electronics giant LG.
Home improvements seems to be on everyone’s mind, and South Africans have most certainly latched on to the trend. At the start of 2021, monthly requests on local home-service marketplace kandua.com had increased by 750%, and home renovation requests had more than doubled.
What are some home design trends to look out for this year? LG highlights some elements that would make for a comfortable and contemporary living space:
With an ever-growing focus on sustainability and environmentally friendly construction, 2022 will see more people explore themes of longevity and responsibility. Look for materials like natural woods, stonework, and bamboo to create a natural ambience while maintaining a modern and warm look. According to Studio RODA founder, Rodrigo Albir, a responsible approach to design will let living spaces “live longer”.
Make marble your friend
The use of marble dates back thousands of years to early Egyptian and Mesopotamian cultures. This year, marble usage is set to be bold, heavy, and rugged, with large slabs added to interiors in a big way. It makes for beautiful flooring options in gathering areas, and gives surfaces a texture that’s smooth and soft to the touch, all the while giving the space an added sense of grandeur.
Art is a smart and low-effort solution to showing off your personal style – think your children’s school drawings or historical masterpieces from yesteryear.
A welcome addition to any home and a beautiful blend of art and technology, is the OLED G1 Series Gallery Design TV from LG. Available in 65” and 77” displays, the next-generation OLED TV offers a brighter and sharper viewing experience, achieving perfect black, infinite contrast, and 100% colour volume for more lifelike images. The innovative tech enables an ultra-slim design, with the TV measuring just 19.9mm deep. This means it hangs flush against your wall, just like a piece of art would.
Activate Gallery Mode with a voice command and turn your TV into an art exhibition, showing works of art and famous scenery from LG’s image library, or maybe your own photos. Its groundbreaking design has garnered multiple awards, such as the CES 2021 Innovation Award, making it an eye-catching and entertaining décor choice.
Becoming a plant parent
A recent Gumtree poll on Twitter showed over 60% of respondents considered themselves a plant parent. It’s safe to say that the popularity of house plants is booming, whether they are sitting in pots on the floor or hanging from the ceiling. Popular house plants such as philodendrons, succulents, and polka dot plants make for attractive additions that are easy to maintain.
Capitalising on your home’s natural light, not only ensures heat generation during the winter months, but also lowers one’s electricity usage due to a lesser need for artificial lighting. Design solutions like skylights and glass doors can help make this possible, but so can simple fixes like removing window coverings and moving furniture away from light sources.