Interior trends have much more longevity than their fashion equivalents. Trends usually start on a slow burn, building up on social media for some time before they spill over into the mainstream. They then tend to stick around for a while – rattan furniture and arch silhouettes don’t seem to be going anywhere fast.
For 2021, we’re seeing huge trends for cosy homes, multifunctional living spaces and blurred boundaries between outside and inside spaces – all due to the pandemic and spending more time indoors, working from home and utilising our gardens. If you’re planning a home update and are curious about the more niche trends that you’ll be hearing about this year, here are five of our favourites. Will you be adapting any of these in your own home?
The word ‘Japandi’ has been floating around for some time now, but 2021 is set to be the year that it is on everyone’s lips. This fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian design is focused around well designed, high quality items with a clean, functional aesthetic. Think neutral, natural colours mixed in with black accents – black furniture in particular is making a comeback. Other trends feed into this, with cane and rattan furniture, arch silhouettes, Wabi Sabi ceramics and line drawing prints all complimenting the trend. To introduce the Japandi trend into your home look to Instagram feeds such as @lukearthurwells. A rattan lounge chair, black cabinet or geometric vase can all hint to the trend in your home.
Cottagecore became a hugely popular tag on Instagram last year (over 1million hashtags), welcoming an entire aesthetic based around countryside living. For interiors in 2021, the trend offers a more contemporary take on the country cottage aesthetic, mixing ditsy prints, gingham checks and apron sinks with more polished elements. Think Matilda Goad lampshades, William Morris prints and deVOL kitchens. For inspiration, look to influencers Laura Jackson and Lucy Williams, who decorate their homes with shell-shaped bowls, colourful glassware and printed wallpaper. To get the look in your own home, invest in a velvet or linen sofa, statement wooden cabinets, brass finishings and printed cushions.
Pinterest has declared shelfies to be the new gallery walls, with a huge surge in people sharing photos of their styled shelves online. You don’t need built-in shelves to get onboard this trend – anyone can get in on the shelfie game. Add a small shelf to one of your walls, get creative with a display cabinet or style a vignette on top of a sideboard to join in the trend. We love to see shelves styled with various objects, mixing up books with vases and other objects. You can also play around with open kitchen shelves, styling wooden chopping boards, cook books and glass storage jars with your favourite ceramics. There’s tons of inspiration online – just check out #shelfie on Instagram.
Mirrors are the perfect way to add interest to your walls, at the same time as bouncing around light to make a room seem larger. We think every room in your home should have a mirror! This year sees an increase in antique or vintage-looking mirrors (although statement mirrors and mirrors with shelves both remain popular). Antique-inspired mirrors tie in perfectly with the Cottagecore trend, combine with more contemporary furnishings for an eclectic look. Keep your eyes peeled for mirrors that will add character to your home – mirrors on chains, vintage-inspired silhouettes, tarnished glass and antique-finish frames tick all the right boxes.
Dried flowers & grasses
Dried flowers and grasses have been popular for some time now, but are set to be huge in 2021. Last year’s trend for brightly coloured dried flowers has faded to a preference for natural hues – fitting in perfectly with the aforementioned Japandi and Cottagecore trends. Add texture and interest by placing pampas grass in a sculptural vase, drying bunches of flowers hung from a beamed ceiling, styling dried wreathes on your walls or by using a vase of dried blooms as a table centrepiece.