Interior Design Trends 2021

With many people’s attitudes on life-changing during 2020 and many wishing they could get away this year, we take a look ahead at the interior design trends for 2021.

1.The Home Office As Focal Point

Beautiful wallpaper can create the perfect working home office that not only inspires creativity but also helps you reach peak productivity when you’re working from your home. When you’re thinking about layout ideas, get creative with the space you already have. 

Donna Solovei’s range of artworks is perfect for creating a calm work environment.


2. Rustic Vogue – A Sophisticated Take On Cottagecore

This is appealing to anyone who loves their modern home comforts but wants to inject some character details into their living spaces, too. It works ideally in homes that already have some interesting features, such as exposed beams, original floorboards or panelled walls, but can equally be re-created with a considered balance of old and new pieces that work together in harmony. 

Featured here is Louise Hunt’s Rafaro in Black. 

LOUISE HUNT Rufaro – Black Stripe 

3. Yellow And Grey

This year, Pantone took the unusual step of naming two colours as their shades of the year: Illuminating, a zingy yellow, and Ultimate Grey, a pale grey. The selection of two independent colours highlight how different elements come together to express a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting as seen here in Caro Allum’s Exotica Yellow.

CARO ALLUM Exotica – Yellow 

4. Cottagecore

Due to the events of 2020, we think that cottagecore, nostalgia and the need for comfort are all here to stay. Cottagecore is something that starts off as very simplistic but can also be mixed with touches of glamour to create a luxe traditional style. 

Featured here is Andrea Haase’s – Chinoiserie Peacocks in Midnight colourway.

ANDREA HAASE Chinoiserie Peacocks – Midnight 

5. Contemporary Country

A wander through warm amber tones, mellow meadow prints and beautiful embroidery. Mix and match natural textures for a cosy and inviting look that lift both home and spirit. Mix muted colours with folksy and characterful prints for a more modern country kind-of-vibe.

Shown here is Jessica Warrick’s Succulence in Gold.

JESSICA WARRICK Succulence – Gold 

6. Distant Shores

Adding a contemporary edge to a classic design, this range of wallpaper by Envy&Co is a celebration of the African continent. The distinct aesthetic is an ongoing exploration of creating a supremely luxurious African mood that finds motifs in the ancient royal, animal, mineral & plant kingdoms. Interiors inspired by distant shores offer calm and relaxing living space to make a home a safe and inviting place to recharge.

ENVY&CO Mesopotamia Coral on Black 

7. Earthy, Grounded Shades

First Dulux announces its Color of the Year as Brave Ground, then Urbane Bronze is hailed as Sherwin Williams’ Color of the Year – It’s all built around a natural, earthy colour palette. Packed with rusts, deep reds and slubby browns, it’s comforting and welcoming – just what we need for 2021. And we love it! 

Featured here is Tharien Smiths’ Terreno Rust Cement.


8. Warm Colors

These colours provide the perfect excuse to get cosy, and a great way of doing this is by incorporating warm colours to a space. Warm colours can feel really welcoming in sunnier months too, and we will see a lot of burnt oranges and peacock blues incorporated into people’s décor going forward. These are great colours that work well with darker colours like grey and navy, but also add depth to a space. 

We’ve chosen Jessica Warwick’s Succulence in Orange colourway.

JESSICA WARRICK Succulence – Orange 

9. Global Influence 

We usually travel around the world to gain insight into the must-have trends for the season ahead, but this year we have had to think outside the box and gain inspiration from elsewhere. Taking influence from nature, nostalgia and the desire to get away, living spaces will reflect the current situation we are faced with, embracing colour palettes and familiar patterns that create a sanctuary in any home.

Featured here is Envy&Co’s Lowveld Lake.

ENVY&CO Lowveld Lake  

10. Ocean Hues 

Capturing relaxing rock pools and beach getaways, aqua and inky blues offer a calm, contemporary look. Aqua by Este Macloed reflects this shift towards tranquil, yet modern interiors with colour that is known for its association with peace, calm and comfort. Ocean blues are a key colour trend for the year. Varying from deep inky tones through to soft aquas, blues and greens are the perfect colour for creating a tranquil home.


11. Classic Traditionalism 

A timeless trend taking inspiration from the 18th and 19th centuries, incorporating classic art, antiques and pieces with history. Classic traditionalism brings a sense of harmony and order to any living space, with a décor scheme that works together perfectly.

Featured here is Franco Moz’s Redout Lead.

FRANCO MOZ Redout Lead

12. Shabby Chic

This timeless trend epitomizes faded elegance and an unrefined sense of luxury as seen here in Pappenpop Golden Age Reflective Vase Multi. To create the feel of timeworn opulence from scratch, try mixing new buys with vintage market finds.

PAPPENPOP GOLDEN AGE Reflective Vase Multi

13. Maximalism

Curate your own interior identity by adding personal touches to your room. Maximalism is having a major moment as we seek to curate our homes. After a decade of minimalism, we love the inventive return of highly decorative and personal interiors. We are evolving our homes as spaces to be fulfilling, memorable and cabinets of curiosities. 

Seen here is Sarah Arnette’s Savanah Parrots.

SARAH ARNETT Savanah Parrots
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