Décor & Gardening

The Psychotropic Decor Trend

The Psychotropic Decor Trend

The psychotropic trend, a blend of the digital space and botanical prints, is the latest craze in décor, having made its first appearance on international fashion catwalks last year. Thanks to the trend’s broad base of interpretation, those wanting to show off their personalities through subtle or bold inclusions of these prints in their living spaces, can easily do so. We asked a few local home experts to define this eccentric new trend and how best to incorporate it into a home.

Originating from the psychedelic era of the 60’s, the psychotropic trend has been given a new age twist by reflecting on digital quality prints of the modern age. Saturated colours, different perceptions of awareness and reflections of nature are key to defining it, allowing a sense of virtual reality within the home.

Cairey Baxter-Bruce, Show Director of the ECR House & Garden Show, says that the creativity involved in choosing or creating the print that best suits a living space, has enabled homeowners to be unique in their décor while still on trend.

“While the trend has been dominated by leafy prints, the psychotropic trend extends to include to just about any element of nature that you feel reflects the mood you want in your living spaces – whether it be plant or animal,” says Carey.

Zainub Dawood, Textile Coordinator at U&G Fabrics agrees adding that the psychotropic theme contains the essential elements that every home should have.

“The psychotropic trend’s lush botanical themes and vibrant colours emulate the perfect balance in a home – a blend of soothing and vibrant elements,” says Zainub.

Grant Siebert from Home Flair is a furniture specialist and has seen the psychotropic trend reflect more and more in his orders.

“We’ve noticed that the international trend of incorporating psychotropic prints into the upholstery of furniture is catching on locally –  vibrant colour palettes and large bold botanical themes are being used in whole living room sets, individual couches and chaises and dining room chair covers. In addition, we’ve noticed that there is a move away from the lighter ‘Scandinavian’ timbers back towards the darker tones of walnut, teak and mahogany in clean cut modern furniture pieces, complementing the bright botanical colours,” says Grant.

When decorating a room, a botanical feel can add life into a home – even when the weather outside is far from tropical. The trick is to ensure that there is a balance of colour, prints and neutral elements.

“Prints that include cool, calm colours like greenery, ocean blues, and salmon pinks are making their way into homes by highlighting a statement piece in a room. Don’t be scared to use these lovely prints on window treatments or wallpapers – a feature wall with lush delicious monster leaves paired with wooden furniture, white accents and wicker textures can take on a pleasing British colonial look,” says Zainub.

Aside from statement pieces, Cairey says there are a number of ways to subtly include the trend into smaller elements of the home. She shares a few of her favourite psychotropic décor tips:

Artwork. Framing your favourite prints and mounting them on walls helps fill empty spaces with a modern, personal flair and is much cheaper than gallery artwork.

Set the tone. Use blue and green leafy prints to bring calmness and serenity to a space, or saturated, bold colours to show off your creativity and add a happy touch.

Dining with a difference. Incorporate a floral table runner, some botanical placemats or some brightly coloured serviettes into your table settings. Accompany this with a centrepiece vase of some elements from your garden that complement your table décor.

Scatter cushions and throws. The textiles industry has really embraced the prints and colours characterising this trend. Spruce up your current furnishings inexpensively with printed or brightly coloured scatter cushions, throws and décor items.

Curtains and blinds. Printed curtains are making their way back into the modern home, however, gone are the days of those gaudy, unrealistic prints. Digital realism is changing the effect of this classic look by enabling one-dimensional prints to be simplistic, realistic with that touch of creativity in pattern.


Don’t miss the ECR House & Garden Show

Get psychotropic decor inspiration and learn about the latest home and décor trends at the ECR House & Garden Show from 29 June to 8 July. Tickets are available online from iTickets. For more information, visit www.housegardenshow.co.za.


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