We are now officially through winter and out the other side into spring 2021, bringing with it the first indicators of what the latest trends for interiors might shape up to be this year. Every year, we see a resurgence of classic interior design accents alongside new takes on older styles, plus some completely new design trends we've never seen before.
2021 is no exception to this, as we've already spotted some popular interior décors steal the spotlight and gather some strong followings. If you're considering redecorating your home or simply looking for a little inspiration to kickstart your creativity, then take a look below and see which trending interior designs are set to give 2021 a fresh new look.
One of the most talked-about interior trends of this year is cottagecore - the culmination of 'escape to the country' energy that has been born from a need to escape the current global situation. With its nostalgic, comforting centre surrounded by the desire to be close to nature and everything homely, this style revolves around pretty much anything and everything associated with secluded cottage life. Picture baking in a small, intimate kitchen while an abundance of wildlife flits and frolics outside the sash windows, with floral porcelain cups resting next to a tea cosy-clad teapot.
As intense as that may sound, the practicality of this design trend is a tad more subtle. You don't need to entirely transform your home to get the essence of cottagecore within your interiors, as some tasteful touches will go a long way to lending this quaint charm to each room. Adding some rustic ceramics to your backsplash or kitchen tiling can have a sizeable impact with their intricate patterns, while parquet flooring subtly enhances the homely atmosphere, and popping some vintage pottery around the kitchen to hold utensils can provide cohesive, Instagram-ready elements.
Part of this popularity can be explained by the rise of another term - 'grandmillenial' - which describes millennials who've utilised 'granny chic' to create wholesome interiors reminiscent of those you'd find in a loving grandparent's home. Cottagecore is very much adjacent to this, with whimsical decorative odds and ends dotted around the home complemented by knitted textures and floral prints across walls and bedspreads. Matching these with soft furnishings that sport complementary colour palettes and muted patterns that keep within the overall aesthetic make for great additions without clashing and overwhelming the eye.
This should come as very little surprise after the last year, which saw a huge rise in the amount of people working from home, mainly out of necessity. Many individuals were left looking for a nook or cranny within their house which could fit some form of desk or pseudo-desk, so they weren't left working on the sofa all the time. Areas of living rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms were suddenly cordoned off as improvised office spaces, while those lucky enough to have guest bedrooms found themselves thinking less about visitors and more about reorganising to maximise the available space for a desk.
As we look to the future where lockdown will come to an end and restrictions will gradually lift, it seems inevitable that for many of us, home working will continue to feature in our lives in some capacity - whether that's a few days a week or as and when we need it. There are plenty of inventive ways you can add a small study space to your home to ensure you've got a dedicated workstation when you need it. It doesn't need to be a whole room if you'd get better use out of that space in other ways, but landing areas and alcoves can be perfect spaces to seclude desks without them feeling like they're getting in the way.
That being said, there are ways to create a better home office space that will help you to focus and have an area of the home that is conducive to productivity. Ensuring the space gets ample natural light can help to boost your mood while creating a brighter workspace, while your choice of desk and chair will assist you in creating the right atmosphere for both your home and work. Most importantly, this is your office space, allowing you to put emphasis on the things that will help you personally get into the zone - artworks, prints, plants, books, etc. The aesthetic of your home office needs to have minimal clutter but that doesn't mean that you can't add flair and design accents that make you feel content.
Both minimalist and 'scandi' design trends have featured over the years due to their somewhat universal appeal. This is owed to their paired back aesthetic which focuses on practicality, drawing out the beauty which can be found within the everyday, similar to the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, whilst also embracing the mindfulness found in Scandinavian hygge.
Pieces that fit into this trend don't need to shout and boast about how great they look, as it's the subtly and humble elegance of each simple furnishing which comes together to create an oasis of calm and tranquility. Furniture will prioritise function over an elaborate form, as its structure is there to facilitate its purpose rather than making any bold statements. However, that doesn't mean that spaces need to feel cold and clinical. Japandi-inspired spaces make use of neutral tones and warm woods, complemented by choice soft furnishings with simple block colours and inviting textures.
This trend has resonated with those who've desired to make their home as relaxing and clutter-free as possible, leaving only those elements which serve a purpose. When thinking about how to introduce the Japandi trend into your home, it might be about removing elements as well as adding in the new. Stripping a room down to a blank canvas and considering what is essential will help you to furnish it with what's necessary, building a foundation from which you can add a scattering of key design accents and textiles which enhance the purpose of the space rather than adding in new uses.
Introducing greenery into your living spaces can be a low-cost method of sparking new feelings of life and vibrance in the home, as well as being aesthetically pleasing plants to look at. Not only can nurturing houseplants be an affirming experience but there's the additional element of change that they bring as they grow into their own unique, sculpture-like statures, which can bring a fresh feel to the room they call home.
While indoor plants can be a fantastic addition to many styles of interior décor, the verdant colours they possess work best against neutral colour schemes in order for the various shades of green to pop and draw the eye. Lighter shades matched with warm wood tones will complement the natural colourings of your houseplants, allowing them to become the focal point along with any art prints or decorative accents you think will pair well with the overall aesthetic of the space.
Two big elements to consider are the types of houseplant you want to introduce to your interior and the plant pots which they will reside in. There are plenty of houseplant varieties out there which range from beginner friendly to those for experienced hands only, so choosing the ones that suit your style and skills will be important. You can also find a vast array of plant pot designs to complement your aesthetic, whether that's bold statement pieces for maximum impact or recessive minimal containers which let the houseplant take centre stage.
Reclaimed, repurposed, salvaged - however you want to bill these pieces, the overall theme is the same. Vintage furniture has always had its appealing qualities, emphasising classic designs and solid wood structure, working a handful of vintage furnishings into a room is a simple way to add character and charm. This trend certainly isn't new but the way the pieces interact with other style elements will be, as the rest of our modern home décor will have changed to give our vintage furniture a new backdrop to work with.
The key here is that less is more. You don't want to oversaturate a space with retro furnishings and make a room feel dated. The better option is to match staple pieces, such as bookcases or cabinets, with modern furnishing which have a colour scheme that creates a cohesive aesthetic. This helps to create a subtle contrast between the old and new elements, enhancing the appeal of both without the vintage pieces pulling the whole room back to the 1960s.
Having a sentimental or personal connection with your chosen vintage pieces will help you to ground your design, as well as limiting the overall number of salvaged furnishings within the space. Blend everything together by spacing out the old and modern pieces, with a few splashes of rich textiles and bolder patterns to round everything out.
On the other side of the interior design spectrum, there has been more interest in enhancing home interiors with a modern, luxurious overhaul in the vein of boutique hotels and art deco stylings. With the heavy emphasis on the home in the last 12 months, people have turned to glamourising their interiors as a way of bringing some refined comfort and opulence into their everyday lives. By adding dramatic metallic finishes and charismatic colourful prints to a backdrop of monochrome and geometric shapes, these luxury touches pop and grab your attention as you walk into the room.
The baseline for this type of interior is the monochromatic palette from which the walls, carpets, furniture and curtains typically pull, using chic shades of grey which border on silver alongside dark woods and lighter accents to create an elegant canvas for the main attractions to leap out from and captivate visitors. Industrial stylings can also have a similar effect, with exposed stonework and brushed metal giving spaces more of a practical, functional feel which contrasts well with the more glamourous elements.
Extravagant light fittings, marble tables, and plush velvet upholstery for seating compounds the feeling of modern, luxury living, while the colourful aspects and metallic finishes introduced by soft furnishings, fixtures, and fittings deftly grab your attention. Part of the appeal of this trend is the tactile nature that comes with the mix of textures, from sleek metal and stonework to soft velvets and woven fabrics. Each one introduces something new and exciting to the room, adding intrigue and elegance in an entirely different dimension to the interplay of the colour scheme of the space.
While these are the interior design trends which have emerged at the start of 2021, there are many more which are bound to form and flourish as we move through the year. Every person will put their own unique spin on existing design trends to make them personal to them, and some might even blend elements of different trends to create the next trending interior design. The most important thing is to have a home you feel offers the versatility and flexibility which allows you to express your personality through the décor. Berkeley Group has an extensive range of new build properties crafted with contemporary living in mind, whilst also giving residents an interior blueprint they can tweak to their tastes and create their dream living space. Find out more about our available properties.