Mixing patterns like a pro

When more is more – Mixing patterns in a room makes for a statement about the home and its owners. It’s a beautiful way to express one’s individuality. Here are our tips on how to mix patterns like a pro.

  1. Decide on a dominant colour and fabric

Pick a theme or colour – maybe green and botanical for instance – and let the dominant colour in the pattern be the dominant colour in the room (painting walls or cornicing that colour). Use the primary pattern in a bold way – covering an entire sofa, or wallpapering a feature wall.


Fabrics from Tessa Sonik, fashion image from Trendland

2. Build up secondary colours & patterns
Look for patterns that build up the primary colour, and match a few of the colours from the dominant pattern. Spread these out through-out the room, using scatter cushions, rugs, and lamps. How far you take it is up to you.

Fabrics from Tessa Sonik, fashion image from Trendland

3. Stick to a theme
One simple way to match colours is to stick to a theme, for example floral, or animal. Choose other patterns in this theme, in the same or similar hue and you’re good to go.

Fabrics from Tessa Sonik, fashion image from Trendland


Fabrics from Tessa Sonik, fashion image from Fanm Djanm


Fabrics from Tessa Sonik, fashion image from Tumblr

All fabrics featured are from Tessa Sonik Fabrics

Choosing a natural fibre rug

Natural fibre rugs are a go-to favourite, and for good reason.  Jute, sisal, seagrass and coir rugs are easy to care for, affordable and eco-friendly. Their natural, earthy texture makes them amazingly versatile, and a perfect neutral addition to any room.
While they share many similarities, the differences between jute, sisal, seagrass and coir are what sets them apart. You may find that one is more suited to your lifestyle than the other. So if you want to know if jute rugs are soft underfoot, if you should go sisal in your high-traffic entrance hall, or if seagrass can handle spills, read on.

Jute Rugs

Jute is a natural plant stem fibre and is also used to make burlap and twine. Jute fibers are soft and smooth, and are thus the gentlest underfoot.
The rich texture and natural tonal variation of jute rugs also comes in handy for masking minor stains or spills. It’s good to note though that jute rugs are less durable than sisal or seagrass, so they’re a better match for spaces with medium traffic, like dining rooms or bedrooms. Jute rugs can also shed when new, and colour and texture can differ from rug to rug.

Sisal Rugs

Sisal fibers come from the agave plant.  Sisal is the strongest, most durable natural fibre rug, and the perfect choice for high traffic areas. Their hardy weave means they last and can stand up to pet-scratching!
Note that while sisal rugs are very durable, they can fade in direct sunlight and can become stained easily, even by water. They can also feel rough underfoot, and can be slippery (so not a great choice for stairs).

Seagrass Rugs

Seagrass is a fast-growing marine plant. The reedy plant produces a strong, non-porous yarn that’s resistant to stains – once a water spill dries, a seagrass rug will return to its normal color.
The dense weave also makes it a very durable choice for high-traffic areas in the home. Your seagrass rug will last you years. Due to the coarse texture of seagrass, it’s not particularly soft underfoot.

Coir Rugs
Coir rugs are made from coconut husks, and because these are natural fibres, they will break down over time. To extend the life of your coir mat, avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight and try to keep it fairly dry.
Unfortunately shedding is normal for any coir mat, but over time, the shedding will diminish. Simply shake it off or vacuum the mat to remove loose fibers.

All natural fibre rugs and wall-to-wall carpets available from Rebtex.

Perfect rug placement

We just love this handy guide from The Front Door.  When you’re shopping for a rug, it can be hard to know exactly what it’ll look like when it’s in place. The guides below have really helped us when it came to finishing rooms with Rebtex’s array of gorgeous natural rugs.
Another handy tip is to use masking tape to outline the rug area, before going shopping. When you use a measuring tape to figure out the rug size, you lose perspective of how the rug will look in your room. Masking tape is a terrific way to picture the area rug proportions.


Interior Inspiration: Beautiful Restaurant Design

We’re in love with these gorgeous, inspiring restaurant and bar interiors.  From the bright and daring, to the simple and sophisticated, we can’t get enough! Can’t you imagine bringing some of these elements (tiles, statement wallpaper, loads of plants) into your own home?
All tiles from Hadeda.


OPI Sun, Sea, and Sand in My Pants

Anyone else obsessed with nail polish names? Some are hilarious, some are witty and smart, and all makes us wish we had the naming job!
In honour of jobs we don’t have, we decided that a series of collages inspired by some of the best names was in order.  Here’s number one in the series. Doesn’t OPI’s Sun, Sea, and Sand in My Pants just capture all the best things about summer and long holidays?
OPI and the best manis and pedis in the business are available at Toast & Co in Joburg.

Images via Leta Sobierajski, Pretty Stuff, Pinterest, Cult Of Tomorrow, Etsy, Tango & Foxtrot, Muzze, Playbuzz, Style Takes Heart, Pinterest, Institute Mag, PlayBuzz.