What’s big: 2021 interior design trends
New year, new lockdown = renewed plans for sprucing up our homes. But before you grab the paint brush, check out this year's biggest design trends thanks to Surrey interior designer Helen McClure from At Home by Design.
Interiors trends can often be predicted months, and sometimes years in advance, as companies prepare product lines, and consumers start to pick up on what they like, making it more and more popular until it becomes a trend.
However, the Covid pandemic has changed all that. New trends are emerging, reflecting our changing lives in lockdown, and our changing priorities.
Balancing mood with colour
Calm, neutral palettes can look beautiful, but they can also flatten our moods, especially if we’re spending more time at home. So don’t be afraid to include colour in your interiors.
There is a growing interest in colour, especially colourful interiors which can impact on our mood at home. More and more people want to be expressive and authentic, and for their homes to reflect their personalities, rather than looking like they’ve been be pulled from the pages of an interiors’ magazine.
Much of our lockdown time during the past 12 months has been spent outside, often going for walks in the countryside with friends, and this growing affection for the countryside is cropping up in our interiors. Thinks mellow neutral tones, warm greens and natural textures combined with pretty country prints.
The move to home-working and remote learning means many of us are now forced to make the most of multi-functional spaces that can cope with different family members working or studying at home. Crisp clean lean lines will create a fuss-free working space, but don’t forget to inject your personality via artwork or statement wallpaper. A cool desk lamp will add style and is also practical, while bookshelves offer great storage, as well as an impressive video conferencing background.
High on the list of popular trends is eco chic – the desire to reduce waste, buy local and recycle what we can. It links in nicely to a growing interest in all things sustainable – natural fibres, cotton, silk, wool and bamboo.
Shop secondhand stores and vintage markets and fairs keeping your eyes peeled for quality statement pieces. Don’t be afraid to upcycle with modern embellishments and a lick of paint.
Less travel means more time spent in our communities, making us more aware of who is in them. And this has magnified the importance of shopping local. Seek out local craftsmen and skilled artisans who are right on our doorsteps – from artists and ceramicists to creative timber specialists and upholsterers.
The top colour trends coming through for 2021 reflect nature – from Dulux’s Brave Ground, a warm earthy tone, to Benjamin Moore’s Aegean teal, a warm blue-green.
House plants are an important extension of this. Not only do they add interest, shape, colour and texture to a room, they also help to purify the air.
Foreign travel and exotic holidays may be off the agenda for the moment, but we’re still getting our escapism fix thanks to our interiors.
Wallpaper and fabric designs are increasingly incorporating ethnic street scenes, panoramas, even jungle scenes. And a striking light fitting can help transform a space.
We’re also adding style to room schemes thanks to souvenirs we’ve picked up on our travels – think exotic fans, masks and carvings grouped to create a focal point.
The garden as an extension of the home
Look out for bold wallpapers with greenery, or whimsical floral designs, as well as designs including birds, butterflies and feathers. We’re bringing the outside into our interiors.
But don’t forget to make the most of your garden as well – plan your furniture layout to make the most of the views out of windows and patio doors. And position patio pots and planting to draw the eye from inside to your outside space.
At Home by Design is a boutique interior design studio based in Godalming run by designer Helen McClure. Helen offers a tailored service and a unique approach to design – with something for everyone and every budget.