Long, lazy lunches and braais, cool evenings with friends and red wine on deep verandas – that’s what autumn is all about.
If you’re thinking about spending more time outdoors as the last of the summer weather continues and you want to update your out-of-doors decor, read on!
Fall for 2018’s Autumn Colours
Elize van den Berg of Beetroot Inc. recommends taking inspiration from Pantone’s Autumn/Winter 2018 report.
According to the world-renowned authority on colour, “the continued transition away from cyclical trends, combined with a strong focus on self-expression and more exuberant colour mixes makes for some surprisingly delightful colour surprises in the autumn/winter palette. Exploring nuances within colour families and experimenting with the mixing of materials and textures freshens and reinvents the seasonal colour story.”
“What I love about this palette,” says Elize, “is that it perfectly reflects the colours we see in our Autumn/Winter range of soft furnishings – you don’t have to go to vast expense! Choose a new table cloth for your outdoor table, scatter some new cushions around in one or a few of these colours, and you have an interesting new look that’s perfectly on trend.”
“Many of these unique shades easily stand on their own,” say Pantone, “however mixing and combining unexpected colours can help create a signature style or look. Adding an unexpected element allows for the artistry and originality that optimizes individuality.” Pantone is talking about fashion, but this great advice works just as well for décor – whether inside or out!
“Of course, not all of us are fixated with trends,” says Elize, “and I love Pantone’s classic palette – if you’re looking for a big piece, say a sofa or a wingback chair for your veranda, then I’d stick to this range of hues and accessorise with brights from the other palette.”
The World Embraces an SA Tradition for 2018
In terms of international outdoor trends for 2018, the firepit is huge. And it seems the rest of the world has caught on to something we South Africans, with our indoor-outdoor lifestyle, take almost for granted: the outdoor room.
We asked Beetroot Inc.’s Creative Director, Jeanne Badenhorst, for her advice on how to create an enticing outdoor room.
“Outdoor furniture is no longer just functional furniture. Focus is placed on comfort and design as it becomes an extension of your homes interior,” says Jeanne. “Add pieces like side tables and coffee tables to your patio set to create an outdoor room with comfort and style. Make use of jumbo floor cushions and carpets to add more dimension to the room and to soften the floor. Ottomans the same height as the outdoor couch, are great additions to the patio as it can double up as extra seating or as a coffee table.”
Dining tables and chairs comes in different shapes and sizes – Jeanne advises us to find a table that family and friends can gather around to share a meal. “Use both chairs and benches around the table – it creates interest and you can fit more friends in by using a bench. Make use of cushions on the seats to ensure that guests linger longer.”
Scatter cushions will soften hard surfaces like wood and metal while adding some luxury and colour – they also make it easy and affordable to change your décor with the seasons, says Jeanne.
“Create a space where you want to linger to enjoy the last warm evenings of summer and the bright, cooler autumn or winter days. Layer with textiles in the form of throws or quilts that you can snuggle up with when the evenings get chilly.”
On Fabrics, Colours and Textures
Choose fabrics that are suitable for outdoors. If furniture gets full exposure to sun, make use of exterior fabrics that are light fast. There is more freedom to use fabrics of different fibres when the outdoor furniture is not exposed to direct sun.
Make use of bold colours when using textiles and play with textures – it creates a focus of interest and brings colour to the outdoor room.
About Beetroot Inc
Beetroot Inc. markets a home-grown range of furniture, homeware, novelties and personal attire that articulates the lighter and brighter side of beautiful living. It was launched in Pretoria in 2013 with job creation as its main objective. The company now employs more than 50 people and collaborates with numerous small entrepreneurs – ranging from artists and housewives to small manufacturers – who supply products to the company.
Beetroot Inc.’s retail footprint has steadily grown to seven stores over the last two years. There are four stores in Gauteng (at Menlyn Maine Central Square and Waterkloof Corner in Pretoria – and Springs- and Fourways Mall) one in KZN (Ballito Junction) and two in Cape Town (Tyger Valley Centre and Table Bay Mall).
All products are locally made and can be customized to suit individual taste. The Eco range of furniture (that includes bookcases, storage solutions, patio furniture, servers and utility trolleys in different shapes and sizes) is made from eco-friendly reclaimed wood.