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2020 has been a defining year for so many things. Most of us appreciate things more, from social contact to creature comforts, particularly our homes. Our safe havens that, for some, also had to transform into a home office and school, leading many to rethink room-layouts, interior design, potential expansion and even their property’s location.

As we head into a new year and continue to spend more time at home than ever before, new interior design trends inspired by the events of 2020 are leading the way.

If you are ready to jump on the renovation bandwagon, let our collection of top design trends for 2021 provide you with some inspiration…

1. Roof windows

Also known as skylights, roof windows are a great way to flood light into your home and open up a space. Alongside roof lanterns we expect these to be a big trend in 2021 as more people look for clever ways to introduce natural light.

2021 Interior Trends

2. Cane Furniture

According to Real Homes, the trend for rattan and cane furniture is still going strong into 2021, with sideboards, chairs and beds being easy ways to bring this stylish material into your home.

Rattan Furniture Trend

3. Light Woods

Light colour woods will be a popular material for interiors according to Trend Book. From Scandinavian inspirations, this material can be used not only for flooring but also for covering walls and ceilings.

2021 Design Trends 

4. All-year-round outdoor space

Even though we are well into winter, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be thinking of clever ways to utilise outdoor space. Winter balconies, patios and garden snugs are all over Pinterest and Instagram right now. Recreate the look at home with outdoor furniture, a firepit, cushions and throws and trendy lights. 

Outdoor space

5. Japandi

According to the Stylist ‘a big trend about to hit our homes is a fusion between two much-loved styles – the sleek lines and clean minimalism of Japanese interior design with the warmth and cosiness typical of Scandinavian styles.’ Together these designs bring simplicity and calm into the home – exactly what we need after a rollercoaster of a year.

Read more about this trend here.

Combining sleek Japanese minimalism with the warm and cosy feel of Scandinavian design, this is the biggest interiors trend for 2021.

2021 Trends

6. Dark Surfaces

Kitchens are taking surfaces to the dark side. Shades such as black and dark grey, when used on surfaces such as worktops, floors and splashbacks can be used to make a room feel very inviting according to Simon Boocock, managing director at CRL Stone. ‘’Particularly when combined with textured woods to add a rustic, homely charm.’’

2021 Interior Trends

7. Statement Rugs

Due to its functionality and sleek look, hard flooring will continue to remain popular in homes in 2021. Therefore, to add pops of colour and comfort underfoot, rugs will be essential. ‘’Think big bold prints with large scale patterns and bright colours to create a focal point in the room’’, says David Snazel, Buyer at Carpetright.

2021 Design Trends

8. Blue sky colour palette

There has been a recent surge in the popularity of rose pink and sky blue, overtaking the neutral tones most commonly used in living rooms. ‘’Not only does the shade bring a sense of calm, but it is also vibrant, injecting more life and energy into a space. – Helen Shaw, director of Benjamin Moore UK.

9. Cottagecore

Think pastel colours, floral prints, gingham, elegant style barware and statement gold accessories. The Cottagecore trend is set to take off in 2021 as people seek comfort with a touch of class. Find out how to get the look in your home in this article from Homes and Gardens.

‘Due to the events of 2020, I think that Cottagecore, nostalgia and the need for comfort are all here to stay,’ says Instagram influencer and blogger Paula Sutton of Hill House Vintage. 

Cottagecore Trend

10. Global Influence

Inspired by natural textures and dark earthy colour palettes, the Global Influence trend helps the home to feel warm yet striking. Matched perfectly with rattan home accessories this trend is ideal for those who enjoy travel, wildlife and nature.

‘Taking influence from nature, nostalgia and the desire for a tropical getaway, living spaces will reflect the current situation we are faced with, embracing calming colour palettes and familiar patterns that create a sanctuary in any home.’ –  Andrew Martin Interior Design Review: Volume 24.

Overall, in 2021 it’s all about creating warm and inviting, nature-inspired rooms that allow us to relax, escape the out-side world and enjoy time with family.

Interior Design trends 2021

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Image Credit: The Private House Company/Andrew Martin Interior Designer Review Vol.24, Pinterest, Instagram, Twill & Texture, Hall of Homes, Homes and Gardens


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