The world is slowly recovering from the pandemic and we have developed a new sense of connection with our homes. For many, building a sanctuary-like environment has become the core focus when redecorating. 

France-based DIY Retailer Leroy Merlin, has released their summer home décor trends, adapted to the beautiful hot South African climate this October, with the majority of products locally sourced. To keep homes cool this season, there are paint colours and decorative accents for home lovers with varied décor tastes.

North Meets South is a bright and colourful continuation of previous bohemian trends, displaying an optimistic way of living emphasized by a small but intense range of colours. 

“It’s Northern Scandinavian designs from the 50s and 60s combined with an exotic, joyful, sunny jungle vibe, a recall of California, Miami or the Riviera destinations in vogue during that era,” says Jillian Kay, Décor Category Manager for Leroy Merlin South Africa.  

The simplicity and lightness of dull golden or beige bamboo furniture mixes well with oversized tropical leaves and illustrated flower-like patterns on cushions, framed wall art, lampshades and wallpapers. Decorative accents include irregular glossy ceramic tiles, metal irregular shaped mirrors as well as wood, lattice and rattan pieces. 

The Modern Nature trend is all about naturality; a clean, conscious, sustainable and minimalist design throughout your home. Create a sleek mood by incorporating tones of beige and slightly greyish hues with smooth paint textures or a brushed raw effect, ideal for a natural-looking paint finish. 

Complement this trend by adding decorative accents to the clean and calming environment with wood, stone, plaster and natural fibres in throws, rugs, ornaments and lighting. Candles in reusable ceramic vases are always a must for a beautiful scented and calming space. 

The Blush House trend is all glamour, romance and flair, appealing to those who love metallic effects, luxurious textures and geometric shapes. Pale wall paint shades such as bush, nudes, and beiges, and emphasis on surfaces like polished metal, crystal, glass and iridescent or “shimmery” are a few of the main characteristics of this trend. 

Add detail using decorative accents such as ornaments, wall art, lights, lamps and frames in brushed gold, bronze, copper, iridescent surfaces or metallic reflections. A mix of curved geometric ceramic ornaments and ribbed coloured glass vases are key to incorporate something fresh and new to the space.

Inspired by the Wabi-sabi philosophy, the Desert Rose trend, appreciates beauty that is imperfect. “If you are looking for a style that you can truly make your own, this ‘more is more’ bohemian style is for you,” adds Kay. 

“It focuses on timeless designs and fine craftsmanship which creates visual interest and tactility for a carefree, relaxed, unique and unusual space.” Paint colours include beige, white, brown, and terracotta. For signature decorative embellishments, hand-crafted organic shapes and textiles as well as sustainable materials are a perfect fit. 

The mix of materials gives a feeling of a home that is part of its surroundings. Accent colours include warm, earthy neutrals with a discreet pop of colour, creating a unique but cosy environment. Natural woven wall- hangings, framed mirrors, throws and layered rugs are essential pieces in this design.

“Indoor plants remain staple in keeping us connected to nature; and the ongoing importance of setting up home offices and keeping a clean and inviting space, continues to play a substantial role in favoured trends,” concludes Kay. 

With nation-wide shipping, shop Leroy Merlin online or visit their Johannesburg branches in Fourways, Greenstone, Little Falls and Boksburg.