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I think we can all agree that 2020 was not the year we anticipated! However, for many of us, it has meant that the home has become a multi-purpose hub. We now sleep, exercise, commute, work, eat and relax within our home and naturally, this has changed how many of us are living. As a result, our interior tastes have changed. Some of us may be stripping back and editing down. The other camp may be bringing colour and pattern into their space.
No matter what direction you’re leaning towards in the New Year, here are three 2021 interior trends
to suit you…
Back to basics
Expect to see refreshed, light and airy homes this year. Thanks to the rise of personalities such as Marie Kondo and Mrs Hinch, decluttered and minimalist schemes have grown in popularity. But why not take it to the next level. Japandi (a mix of Japanese and Scandi influence) is set to be the hot topic for 2021. This trend brings with it earthy tones of white, beige and terracotta, along with plenty of cane, rattan and textural boucle. The Cedak rattan cane headboard and Cedak end-of-bed bench would be a great way to introduce a zen vibe into the bedroom. And the Ancelie folding rattan deck chair would look great in a reading nook.
There’s a touch of global influence here, so take inspiration from past holidays. You could even adorn a wall with a statement piece such as the Sensu fan. Finish off the look by adding pops of colour and a natural vibe by grouping plenty of houseplants. Namaste!
Go bold, or go stay home
We’ve spotted the Maximalist trend during 2020 and as many of us continue to get craftier and more ambitious in the home, we’re certain this will continue into 2021. If you’re a maximalist then why not push the boundaries with bold, clashing colours and unusual patterns. We’ve spotted painted curved arch shapes on walls and scalloped ceiling borders. Or if you’re not quite ready to get the paint and roller out then clash your scatter cushions to your sofa colour. The Panama fringed cushion, Ankara multicoloured flat weave Kilim rug and a collection of vases like the Plana 70s style vase and Wele frosted glass vase are easy updates to introduce some colourful touches into the home.
Settle in with Cottagecore
You may have heard whispers about Cottagecore already and, as we all look to hunker down and enjoy our homes more, it’s no surprise that it’s a trend which is bound to get bigger and better in 2021.
Take inspiration from the British countryside and introduce floral designs, warming colours and plenty of texture into your home. If you’re new to the trend then start with a deep, dark wall (green is a great choice) and layer throws, chintz patterns and floral accessories. The Majari cotton floral printed quilt is a great starting point. Or why not start in the dining area? The Perrine dining table and country-style chairs are a great farmhouse-feeling choice. Top it off with the Marthe tablecloth, a bouquet of dried flowers and a mug of tea, and you’ve nailed the trend.
Which trend will you be adopting for 2021?