One of the (very few) positives to come out of 2020 was the opportunity to reconnect with and evaluate our homes and living situations. With getaways shifting to staying in, the past year showed us the importance of cultivating a living space that sparks joy and embraces feelings of comfort. With our homes inextricably linked to our quality of life, we’re looking towards the key interior design trends we can expect to see in 2021.
Last year marked the rise of the boucle armchair, and it looks like the cosy fabric is here to stay. In the world of interior design, we can expect to see a departure from the clean lines and streamlined nature of the midcentury modern look that’s dominated the industry for the past few years, with a shift towards a more relaxed look that exudes warmth and comfort. Think plush sofas and comfy armchairs in textured fabrics like boucle, velvet, mohair, and faux alpaca.
2. Wavy shapes
Organic, nature-inspired shapes have taken over, with everything from mirrors and sculptures to cups and cutlery taking on curved, undulating forms. Think egg-shaped chairs, organically shaped sculptural vases, earthen cutlery and dinnerware, chubby sofas, and curved coffee tables.
3. Under the radar artwork
With many galleries and interior designers transitioning to online services, it’s never been easier to discover new, unknown artists and select the right artwork for your home. Regardless of your budget and style, there is a slew of options out there.
4. Biophilia in the home
In addition to wavy, organic shapes, we predict biophilic interior design will continue to reign supreme in 2021. Expect to see the intersection of nature and design through houseplants, as well as the use of natural materials like rustic wood, cane, and bamboo.
5. Harmony of neutrals and colours
No longer will people be forced to box themselves in by selecting either a neutral or more eclectic colour palette. This year will see harmony between neutrals and bold colours, with colours and patterns playing nicely with more muted tones. Think greens with creams and darker neutrals, deep red with walnut or cherry wood, mustard and beige, and bright, colourful art and furniture set in white rooms.