Year after year, our lives dramatically change, and consequently, so do interior design trends. So, naturally, many elements from the past year have gone out of fashion to be replaced by new, remarkable concepts.
So, what’s gone with the wind and what’s here to stay this year? Without further ado, let’s take a look at 8 of the most popular interior design trends of 2021.
1. Comfort Over Style
For the past few years, interior design has shifted towards providing maximum comfort as we spend almost all of our time at home – Netflixing, working remotely, studying and attending classes virtually, sleeping in, eating, and more. Therefore, your house needs to be a place that sets your body, mind, and soul at ease.
So, elaborate furniture pieces are out when it comes to design trends for living rooms, and big, comfy sofas and chairs are now in, preferably in cosy, resilient fabrics like velvet, linen, or boucle. And since warm, earthy colours add to the feeling of comfort, we greatly recommend adding them to your home, whether that’s through paintings, comforters, or even whole walls. Top it off with a unique coffee table and you have the perfect relationship of style and practicality.
2. Granny-Chic Designs
The granny-chic/grand-millennium style is quite the big thing this year. It’s basically what your grandparents’ house looked like but with a modern feel.
With many people incapable of seeing their family and loved ones, they started to miss home and feel nostalgic for the good old days. Accordingly, this style was brought forth to bring you back to those moments in your life where you felt happy, warm, and safe.
Soft, natural palettes are usually used for this style, although some prefer brighter, more vibrant colours to add some flair.
Furthermore, floral wallpapers are the focal point of granny-chic, and some antique furniture, decor and paintings will complete the look. Throw in some dainty china and crocheted throws, and you’ve reached the epitome of granny-chic.
3. The Industrial Look
On the other side of the spectrum to the granny chic style is the industrial look. It serves to transform the living space from just a place of sleep to a place of work and entertainment.
Think big, open spaces with exposed bricks, high ceilings, neutral colours, and simple furniture. Also, using a mix of wooden and metallic pieces is very dominant in this style and adds a contemporary, modern look to the place.
4. Plaster Walls
Make way for plaster walls this year. Textured walls, in general, have been coming back into trend this year due to their authentic, rugged look.
If you’re unfamiliar with this concept, think of plaster walls as the predecessor of drywalls. They were essentially made by putting a plaster on top of wooden strips and waiting for it to dry.
While they may be more challenging to install, they have a certain depth and charm that dry walls lack. So, if you want to try this trend without removing your existing drywalls, you can place a thin layer of plaster on top of them, and you’ll have yourself some brand-new, stylish plaster walls.
5. Vacation Vibes
Since many people were unable to travel for quite a while, a vacation, even an at-home one, is in high demand this year. So, elements of escapism that remind you of your global holidays are very prevalent.
That includes tropical murals, wallpapers, curtains and upholstery, as well as unpretentious, wooden furniture. Finally, colourful statement pieces round up the look and add vivacity and vitality to your living quarters.
6. The Colour Green
It’s a soothing colour that brings joy to people, and it’s also very subtle and versatile, going with both the warm and cool tones in your home. And it’s not just one shade of green that’s in style. All shades from dark forest green to more of a muted olive green are in and will be just the thing to add some life and spirit into your home.
7. Be One With Nature
We’ve always taken being outside in nature for granted, but we’ve really started to appreciate and miss the great outdoors for the last couple of years.
That’s why this year, we’re planning on bringing nature to our homes. Accordingly, decorating your home with lush plants has never been more in fashion, and the more, the better. So whether you lay around a few flower pots, or place some hanging plants here and there, just make sure to add some greenery to your home.
And if you’re lucky to have a balcony or a garden, try to make use of that space. Make sure it’s filled with beautiful flowers and plants, and also add some wicker or rattan furniture for a natural, warm vibe. Eventually, you’ll feel more connected to nature than ever before.
8. Sustainable Materials
In 2021, not only are we going green by adding plants and green furniture, but we’re also going green by becoming eco-aware and choosing materials that are sustainable and safe for the earth. Not to mention the fact that flowers can actually help sell your home!
Organic and recycled fabrics are at the forefront of all the design trends this year. Both leading and local brands are starting to become eco-friendly by presenting sustainable, multi-functional, and long-lasting options.
So, when furnishing your home this year, choose fabrics like organic cotton, linen, recycled polyester, and wool. Also, opt for natural fibre carpets instead of synthetic ones and stay away from nylon, polyester, and rayon for the environment’s sake.
Interior design trends for 2021 have a lot to offer, presenting quite the spectrum to choose from. Whether you decide to go back to the nostalgic designs of the past or become conscious of the planet around you, the trends are generally geared towards either making your home more healing and comfortable or more efficient and multi-purpose.
Nevertheless, whatever you choose for your home, we hope it becomes a place you enjoy being at and spending your time in.