Six Trends to Look Out For in 2021

March 19 2021

We’ve got a lot to make up for in 2021, as well as some radical new ways of using our spaces. Both of these factors are reflected in the top six trends we’ve identified for your interiors this year. From lots of references to nature and organic materials to an explosion of textures and prints, it’s all here!

The top priority for aspiring interior designers in 2021 is going to be livable luxury. Aim to create interiors that feel as good as they look, and offer practical comfort. Re-thinking those less-used spaces and transforming them into rooms with purpose will maximise the livable space, but it’s going to require some creativity!

Another essential element in 2021 is multi-functional space. Our homes have become our workspaces, gyms, lounges, restaurants, cafes and classrooms, completely transforming the way we use our rooms. Adjusting the space to this ‘new normal’ is another endeavour that entails oodles of creative thinking.

An excellent place to start when looking for inspiration is always Pantone’s Colour of the Year. In 2021, Pantone has given us two! Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow are set to see us through to 2022 in style. Pantone Color Institute‘s Laurie Pressman stated: “The Pantone Colour of the Year reflects what is taking place in our global culture, expressing what people are looking for that colour can hope to answer.” Engaging with these colours brings an extra level of meaning to your decor. 

Of course, we’re all busy bees. So here are some 2021 Interior Design trends that you can achieve with quick and easy make-overs. And, of course, some gorgeous wallpaper prints.

Going Global

2020 was not the year for travel. And who knows what 2021 will bring? So bring the world to you! Embrace the Global trend. In 2021, interiors are going to reflect tropical shorestravel momentsfar-flung placesoriental influences and ethnic magic. With globalisation, we’re all being exposed to design influences from all over the world. It’s not surprising that they’re ending up in our homes! 

Cement the look with a great wallpaper, for example, our stunning Air Balloon print. Accessorise it with your own souvenirs and memorabilia from the trips that brought you joy! This creates an authentic and lived-in feel that makes your interiors unique and comfortable. 

It’s a look that’s best described as eclectic: a little something from here and a little something from there. Don’t worry about clashing prints and colours! Natural textures and features are also a great way to tie the look together. 

Texture, Texture, and More Texture

Texture is quickly becoming our favourite way to design a focal point without necessarily going wild with colours. One standout texture can really draw the eye and engage the senses. On the other hand, layering different textures over each other creates a sense of depth and intrigue.

Blankets, pillows and cushions are some obvious go-to’s. However, textured furniture, glass panes, tactile tiles and textured or 3D illusion wallpapers are becoming increasingly popular. 

Matching textures in your accessories and wallpaper can be a great way to create a cohesive and cosy interior. Plants and plant textures are an easy place to start. However, anything from wood and natural features to stonebricks or concrete can be very effective. 

Dried Flowers

While greenery and houseplants will forever be popular, a new trend is edging its way in. Luckily for all of us serial plant murderers, plants of the faux or dried variety are among the most prominent trends for 2021! 

Their muted hay and straw tones fit in perfectly with 2021’s earthy, natural colour trend. They’re also a great way to bring delicate textures and natural elements to your spaces. 

To create a cohesive scheme around these textures and colours, look no further than our Meadow DanceSummer Floral, or Monochrome Leaves prints! They’ll bring out the best in your flowers. 

The Grandmillennial Generation

Think ‘granny chic,’ but with a healthy dash of contemporary and splash of boldness. The Grandmillennial style combines the modern with the vintage to create comfy and cosy interiors, which are nonetheless contemporary and functional. Spaces feel nostalgic, but not dated, and homely, but not twee. 

Decadent sofas and pouffes, tassels and fringing, floral prints, wicker, cane and rattan textures, and maybe even some needlepoint are welcome here! It’s a great excuse to play with hand-me-downs, inherited pieces, and reclaimed furniture. Pair it all with some sleek, modern lines for a layered, textured and intriguing look. 

A lovely vintage wallpaper, such as this Sophia print, will seal the deal. On the other hand, if you’re lacking the modern touch, play around with the sleek lines and contemporary feel of our White CornersAbstract Geometric or Peaceful Drops wallpapers. 

Going Green

Green is the new grey! It’s a colour representing health, happiness and nature – all things we’re craving for 2021 – and it’s popping up everywhere this year. From kitchens to bedrooms, green is the way to go. It’s also a highly versatile tone! Make it a neutral backdrop to an understated interior, or use it to make a bold style statement. 

Sage green is looking to be a particular favourite, thanks to its soothing yet uplifting character. Add a few highlights here and there, or unleash it across your walls for maximum effect. 

When it comes to your walls, a block of colour can be very sophisticated, creating a neutral backdrop for your decorating. A playful pattern can bring a sense of whimsy and fun to a more lighthearted space, while a textured print is a great way to add depth to your scheme.

Peel-and-Stick is Here to Stay

Luckily for us, it’s looking like peel-and-stick wallpapers are gaining popularity in 2021! People are renting or looking for low-commitment ways to switch it up at home. So self-adhesive and removable wallpaper is clearly the perfect answer. 

It’s the ideal solution for an easy, yet dramatic and impactful transformation in your interiors. And when you want to change again, you can just peel it off! It’s also great for renewing distressed architectural features like chair rails or mouldings, as well as up-cycling tired furniture. Incidentally, up-cycling is another 2021 trend!