Interior Design Trends 2021
There’s nothing I like more than predicting the interior design trends for 2021 that will dominate this year.
Whilst I’m not a follower of trends, more a follower of my heart, it’s always lovely to understand how the interiors world is changing and discover the new products you can expect to see in your favourite homeware stores over the next year.
With last year being a very ‘special’ one, we’re all looking for so much tranquility, optimism, and a sense of renewal in our lives. It’s clear from the interior design trends for 2021 that I've spotted, this is set to dominate in our homes too.
So bring your yoga mat and your matcha latte and join me for a walk on the tranquil side. Let's take a look at the interior design trends for 2021.
Interior Design Trends 2021
Trend #One: CottageCore
It’s really no surprise after the year we’ve been through, the pandemic has birthed a new generation of people wanting to embrace a more simple rural life.
Whilst Cottagecore on the surface appears to be simply a whimsical wanderlust Laura Ashley esque style, it’s more a way of life. In part it’s a reaction to our screen obsessed generation. A style that started to bud a few years ago….. Enter a global pandemic, and well it blossomed. At a time when we’ve all turned to find purpose and value in nature and connection.
Cottagecore is inspired by the romantic interpretation of rural life. If you’re in love with baking, crafting, wildflower wanderlust, or your forever dreaming of an idyllic country life in cosy country cottages, then cottagecore interior design trends 2021 is the style for you.
The quirkier the better when it comes to Cottagecore. Think cluttered (in a good way), super cosy and a little bit kitsch.
Trend Takeaway // Cottagecore: Floral Kitsch Everything. Cosy Cluttering. Muted Colour Palettes. Quilting. Embroidery. Plants.
Trend #Two: Mindfulness
With an emphasis on creating a tranquil oasis in our homes with more mindful and serene decorating, this is a trend set to dominate this year, not only in our homes, but in our lives as well.
You only have to take a little look around instagram to see this shift to simple and serene styling. We want our home to provide us with security and comfort, and the Mindfulness movement does just that with calming, soothing, soft and airy decorating
Calming colours are of course a must in the mindful home, creating cohesion and flow with similar tones, fabrics and materials. To avoid your home looking too flat or plain, carefully think about texture and adding in sensory interest too.
Soft sheers are the perfect light and airy window treatment but don’t forget the blackout blind (lack of sleep is against all that is mindful.)
Trend Takeaway // Mindfulness: Harmonious, Calming Colour Palette. Wellbeing Meditation Space. Remove Visual Stress. Items Serve A Purpose. Tranquil Trademark Scent. Candles. Natural Elements. Sensory Interest With Texture. MUST Feature Dried Flowers.
Trend #Three: Japandi
Japandi (or Japanordic or Scandenese) is a trend that continues to grow in 2021. A harmonious blend of two minimal design styles Japanese and Scandinavian.
A marriage of two minimal design styles is going to mean a few things; clean simple lines, neutral colour palettes, simple, honest and #ohsosoothing!
As with many minimal styles, contrast is the key to creating interest and stop it from appearing a little flat. Layer in heavy textures such as boucle (yes, it’s back) and jute. Elements are natural and harmonious.
Artwork is simple natural and motif drawings and accessories are a little ‘wabi sabi’, finding beauty in imperfection with a handcrafted look.
And don’t forget the pampas grass (trust us on this, dried flowers are a major trend on their own) like these from little deer, totally divine.
Trend Takeaway // Japandi: Clean Simple Lines. Texture. Harmonious. Dried flowers. Wabi Sabi. Texture
Trend #Four: Chic Shabby
Forget dodgy paint jobs and distressed everything, Shabby Chic got an upgrade with Chic Shabby (AKA Rustic Chic, Rustic Vogue).
A relaxed aged and lived in look, a balance of old and new, all about creating a rustic country vibe that's all very wholesome and charming.
We adore this style. It’s easy to live with and will be loved by many. Ideally, to make this trend really work, you’ll need some architectural interest to begin with as a backdrop. Think exposed beams, panelled walls, original floorboards and quirky features.
The key to success with this style is to introduce aged reclaimed wood finishes that show character and life, with wear, grain and texture. If you’re a little more maximal than minimal type, then maybe chic shabby is for you as ‘less isn’t best’ in this style.
Trend Takeaway // Chic Shabby: Muted Colours. Reclaimed Wood Finishes. Rustic Vibe. Chic Clutter.
Trend #Five: Grounded Earthy Shades
If the trendsetters in the paint world are those you set your standards by, then we’re all going to be painting our homes in natural, comforting and inviting shades of earthy brown.
Up first was Dulux with Brave Ground. Then Sherwin Williams announced that the colour of the year for 2021 was Urbane Bronze SW 7048, a rich, warming shade that’s totally divine. And January 25th sees the launch of Little Greene’s latest capsule collection, 'Stone' - a versatile new palette of natural colours offering warmth, tranquillity, timelessness and harmony (grab yourself a colour chart at the link). If you'd like a helping hand with your picking your paint colours, click here.
Interior Design Trend 2021 Trend Takeaway // Grounded Earthy Shades: Surround yourself in natural, earthy paint shades that offer instant comfort.
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2021 has the easiest job in history, just be better than 2020, it's not complicated or difficult though is it! Here's to a better 2021 and I can't wait to help you in your home.