The Desert Modern trend brought the cactus motif into vogue in a big way. In addition to bringing complex patterns and a splash of bright color to homes, actual cacti are inexpensive to keep and maintain – whether you have green fingers or not.
- Scatter cushions
Add a cactus motif cushion to a neutral couch or table and you’ve literally changed the face of your whole room. You can pick up yours from Mr Price Home for R139,99 or grab chair pads for your dining room/patio for R119,99. Cactus motif napkin sets will add fun and flavour to your next dinner party (Superbalist, R149,95 for two).
- The Real Deal
Cacti and succulents are easy to keep and quite inexpensive. They take a long time to grow, so it’s best to buy them when they are at the size you want for your space. The upshot is that cacti are low maintenance – and it’s easy to grow new ones from cut-offs. Available from R10 on Gumtree.
- Cute knickknacks
There is no shortage of adorable knickknacks to give your home or desk a prickly twist. We love ceramic dispensers from Takealot (R261), wall hooks from Superbalist (R219), flannel mat from George and Mason (R399), Desk tidy from Fruugo (R199), cactus novelty lights from Gumtree. Checkers also has an awesome cactus range that include tiny planters, prints and poufs for your lounge.
If you aren’t ready to commit to an actual plant, you can always invest a cute utility tote (R59,99 from Mr Price), perfect for storing magazines or living room odds and ends.
- Pantone of the Year
If you love the desert theme, you’re in luck. This year’s Pantone Color of the Year is Coral – which pairs perfectly with the motif. Match your colourful cushions with throws and prints for a quick upgrade. And don’t forget to pick up a waterwise accessory.