5 Interior Design Trends for 2021

Well, for some of us 2021 hasn’t started with the hope and happiness we hung so much expectation on. However, the end of 2020 and the emergence of a COVID vaccine has given us hope for a slightly brighter year ahead and this is reflected in interior design trend for 2021.

Last year, the way we felt about our homes shifted and changed. Rather than a place to rest your head, watch TV or a place for you to store your things, our homes became our sanctuary’s. We were forced (and some still are) to stay at home, and after a while, we started to appreciate our spaces by updating with paint, colour and plants. Interior design has become therapy for some by brightening rooms and bringing about calm and peace.

This year, we continue to spend more time at home. We have realised that it isn’t that bad a place to be. We have realised that partying every night or burning the candle at both ends with work and socialising maybe isn’t the best way to live.

The shift in our lifestyles is reflected in some popular interior design trends for 2021. We are here to share them with you to spark inspiration and help you update your own personal sanctuaries. To get you thinking if you are moving house and consider how you will decorate your new home.

Plants, plants and more plants

Spending more time inside means that we need to bring the outside in. Scroll through your Instagram feed, Facebook timeline or glance at the background of your colleagues Zoom call and you will be sure to find plenty of the green stuff. Yes, indoor house plants have become incredibly popular and they are a cheap and effective way to update any room and there are also many health benefits to having plants in your home and office.

indoor houseplants instagram trend
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Cottagecore interior design

You may have seen #cottagecore appear on Tik-Tok, Instagram, or in various articles, but what exactly is it and how is it an interior trend for 2021?

Remember when we all went into lockdown? We were all baking sourdough and crafting away as best we could to pass the time. This triggered a resurgence of cottage core, which is a home and living trend focussing on a simplified and idealised rural life. In other words, retreating from the dumpster fire which is the world today and embracing calmer country life. Think retro kitchen utensils, snuggly throws and vintage quilted bedding.

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Yellow and Grey

Yellow and grey are a stunning combination. Maybe that’s why Pantone named both of these colours as colour of the year for 2021!

Yellow will become an interior design trend for 2021 purely because it’s the ‘happy colour’. It brightens a room, brings about feelings of joy, and the combination of grey adds an edgy contemporary look. Keep the yellow palette you use light and bright and accentuated with touches of mustard and darker yellows as large areas of darker tones will suck up any light in the room. This will have the opposite effect and make a room feel oppressive and gloomy.

yellow and grey Pantone colours of 2021

Tropical Vintage

Remember in Mad Men, when Don Draper headed to Hawaii in the ’60s and stayed at the iconic pink Royal Hawaiian Hotel? Well, that’s tropical vintage. Add large leafy palm prints, retro airline adds, tropical bedding and large ferns to create the look. Keep the colours vintage with greens and soft pinks and warm orange. Stores such as Kmart and Target have some amazing tropical vintage interior design items such as plush retro looking chairs, rugs and prints.

You may not be able to hop on a plane right now physically, or for a while, so bring fashionable tropical paradise to your home. Make a margarita, sit in the garden or on some retro bamboo furniture on your balcony, and pretend you’re in Waikiki.

tropical vintage interior
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Shabby Chic – The evergreen interior design look

Shabby chic is a mainstay in interior design and never really goes away. Much like the cottage core trend, shabby chic has climbed in popularity due to people’s need to feel relaxed, calm, and happy at home. What’s also great about shabby chic is that the look never dates! As furniture begins to sag a little and fade, the shabby chic look looks even better. Look for items left kerbside which could be painted, stripped and upcycled to create a shabby chic look at home for little or no cost.

Shabby chic is also a great interior design trend to consider if you are moving to an older brick-built house or apartment block. The interior will complement the high ceilings and features such as sash windows, shutters and cornices.

The key to choosing the right interior design trend for 2021 is to follow your heart and go for a look that brings you calm, happiness and contentment. After all, 2021 will be a year of reflection and recovery for all of us.

shabby chic interior design trend