This year has seen the home design sector undergo impressive growth. Due to the national lockdown, a greater number of homeowners have found themselves with the time and motivation to redesign their property. The interiors we surround ourselves with each play an important role in our productivity and wellbeing, which is an understanding that many of us, as we spend more time than ever in our personal spaces, are discovering to be true.
2021 is set to follow on from this trend, as more people find themselves wanting to improve their current home. The housing market has also experienced a bubble, partly due to the UK’s Stamp Duty Holiday, prompting many to purchase a new property, an event that has also prompted the growth of the home design sector with a significant number of new homeowners. So, looking at these current styles as well as forward to those developing, here are the likely design trends of next year.
We’re now seeing the revival of materials such as wicker. What was once confined to the conservatories of elderly relatives is now appearing in the most popular homes of Instagram influencers. Organic and natural materials, such as rattan and cork, are being celebrated for their environmentally conscious design, as some also seek to embrace nostalgia for the past. Not only are these materials more sustainably sourced when compared to plastics and metals, but their natural aesthetic also welcomes a sense of the outdoors into a home, which, for those who have been denied outdoor activities during the lockdown, is very important.
Cinemas rooms hidden in basements, reading nooks in attics, and painting studios in garden log cabins; having a private and secret den is becoming very popular. Such spaces are not only a great way to compartmentalise your home interests but they are also a great way to socialise as more high street businesses struggle to stay in business.
Welcoming your friends and family over for a movie night or entertaining neighbours with a private bar is a great way to safely replicate the social experiences that may still be out of reach in 2021.
Pastels and understated design, what is sometimes referred to as Kinfolk design after the publication that popularised it, are started to be offset or entirely swapped out with bold and strong colours. Statement walls and vibrant items of furniture are striking ways to bring energy into your home.
More risks are being taken with clashing colours too. Whereas once a set of red curtains would dictate the other colours in a room, now they are being challenged with contrasting pieces, telling of design confidence and making for a great photographic background.
Alive or Dried
Since the millennium, our homes have become increasingly full of plants. Homeowners have encouraged nature into their personal space with all types of plants and flowers, repotting and hanging all manner of growth around the home. While these remain popular, they can also be challenging to maintain and, especially within a British climate, things don’t always seem to work out.
As a result, dried flowers are growing in popularity. They complement the growing trends of organic and natural materials while requiring little to no maintenance, aside from sweeping up any fallen leaves. They also come in a variety of sizes, meaning that homes can display small vases of dried pampas grass to huge standing pots of willow tree branches.