Top interior trends for 2021
In 2021, colour will play a key role in uplifting mood, adding a sense of restored balance and harmony, and in delineating spaces.
“Comfort and connection are the most important factors in making a house feel like your home,” says Andrea Lucena-Orr, colour and communications manager at Dulux. “Colour is such a wonderful, cost-efficient tool for helping to differentiate space.”
Your home office is the star
Functional office spaces continue to star in 2021. “You absolutely need to be able to switch off from work and go into relaxation mode. That’s the challenge with our new remote working situation,” says Lisa.
If you don’t have a separate room for a study or office, she recommends investing in a built-in desk and shelves with a concertina door so you can close it all up at the end of the day. Or try a textural sheer curtain to screen work from living areas.
A comfortable work chair that harmonises with your decor is essential for a considered working-from-home space. “A lot of our clients also like adjustable desks so they have the option of working standing up, allowing for better comfort and flexibility,” says Lisa.
We couldn’t go out much in 2020, so we brought the outdoors in (more indoor plants anyone?), and we’re not about to stop. “The extension of our living space to the outdoors isn’t new, but it’s now more important than ever,” says Lisa.
She suggests investing in pieces that allow you to use your outdoor space more comfortably, such as modular sofas and a dining table big enough to fit the whole family. It’s also worth creating an area for outdoor remote working, so you can mix up where you work, weather permitting.
Inspired by objets d’art
This year we’ll be on the lookout for beautiful art and objects that “inspire us and motivate us”, says Lisa. “They help finish a space and inject more colour into the home.”
But she says a back-to basics vibe prevails. Look for artisan-made, ethically produced and perfect-imperfect products. Simple, elemental patterns with a natural aesthetic are an antidote to a challenging year.
Customisation will be also be popular. “We are getting requests for bespoke joinery to add adequate storage and make it feel like a properly designed extension of the home,” says Lisa.