Five interior design trends for 2021
With the year drawing to a close and many of us hoping for better times ahead we might be gently starting to think about changes we might make to our homes in 2021.
Some of us may be planning major projects: considering extending or renovating our properties, perhaps.
For others, it might be about making a few changes here or there, and perhaps refurbishing or freshening spaces up.
Some people may be planning a big move next year, to a new apartment or house, and might already be researching current trends in interior design.
While others might just be considering what to add to their Christmas lists, so they have some nice new pieces with which to accessorise and enhance existing spaces.
Here are some of the experts’ predictions for next year’s interior design trends:
There has been an increasing focus on creating gallery walls within the home in recent times and this looks set to grow in popularity even more next year. Using one plain wall in a room to display your favourite pieces can have quite a dramatic effect. Selecting colours and shapes carefully can have an impact – and changing or reorganising the artwork or photography can bring a new dimension to a space. Your artwork choices don’t have to be expensive to be striking – and you could even have a go at making some yourself!
2. Home Offices
Working from home has become commonplace for so many of us this past year. Some will be perched on the kitchen table with their laptops, but others may well have created a home office area within the house. The likelihood is that some of us will be keen to make these areas more permanent as we change our working habits and perhaps aim to operate more from the home. This might even see building and extension work to create additional spaces; conversions carried out within unused parts of the home and possibly the erection of completely new office or garden outbuildings.
3. Health and wellbeing
After living through a pandemic, many of us may be reassessing our lifestyles and choices and opting to focus a little more (where possible) on our overall health and wellbeing. This is likely to take the form of trying to exercise more and eat better, but it could also mean making changes to the home. Again, we may decide to try to set up a dedicated area for working out, perhaps. But it might also be about trying to focus more on the things we enjoy – creating a hobby area within the home; making a quiet reading corner or rearranging our furniture so we can easily find space for our yoga mat or daily stretching.
Wallpaper looks set to remain as popular as ever next year but those choosing to use it are likely to step back from the bold prints we have seen in recent times. Subtle textures and soft or neutral colours are likely to be the order of the day, in keeping with our need to relax, recuperate and ease gently back into some normality from the comfort and safety of our homes.
5. Natural colours and earthy tones
In a similar vein, the colours of 2021 are going to be warm, earth and very natural. Dulux’s Colour of the Year 2021, Brave Ground, is a perfect example of this. This is likely to be teamed up with other woody hues, together with subtle blues and greens that also reflect the world around us.