As we move into the second half of 2020, most of our travel plans are still on hold. For the interiors world, this means cancelled trade shows like Milan’s Salone del mobile and Maison et Objet in Paris. These highly anticipated annual fairs are usually the perfect arena to spot emerging trends in the work of upcoming and long-standing designers alike.
So in their absence, I’ve had to take my trend research online. Though social media platforms and design publications, I’ve been inundated with a flurry of the latest interior projects. From innovative colour combinations to new sustainable materials, designs are taking on new shapes in the run up to 2021. Check out my round up of trends for 2021 to stay in the know.
Arguably a product of lockdown comfort, we’re moving away from perfect schemes within home towards something a little more electric and honest. Sneak-peeks into the personal lives of celebrities, influencers and even our colleagues has made way for an effortless, thrown-together style to take over from symmetrical room layouts and polished finishes.
To achieve this look, I’ve seen designers mixing old and new, creating eclectic mixes of antique furniture in different styles sitting side by side. Cue - the 70s.
2. 70s retro
The curved sofas of 2017 started the craze, and there’s now more interest than ever for round and voluptuous shapes. From the Camaleonda sofa to the Panton Cloverleaf - the 70s vibe is back.
Large oversized patterns are increasingly popular too, from wall murals and wallpaper. With updated geometric designs & bold graphics, wallpaper is more striking than ever and shoots well for the ‘gram too. With more and more easy-to-peel wallpapers, I can see this product trending in both renters and home-owners alike.
Layering different patterns is a great way to add some interest into a space and I’m seeing more designers get creative in this medium. The key to this trend is keeping it tonal, so that the patterns don’t clash with one another.
3. Local vintage
A great way to capture the eclectic vintage look is to shop locally. Many of us during lockdown have been forced to do that anyway, supporting local small businesses by sourcing our furniture and clothes close to home. This trend is set to continue with new businesses and crafters selling their wares in local markets, letting handmade creators finally prevail over mass producers.
As we move into 2021, embrace personality in your space and shop at your local charity store or secondhand flea markets, all easily done online here too. This will help breathe life back into your community and get the economy pumping again.
With the closure of most local services, lockdown has forced us to take many matters into our own hands. I have seen a great movement in home DIY projects, from people knitting their own throws to painting their own walls (or wall art as I've done). I’ve always been a big advocate for all things homemade and have loved seeing people take on new found skills.
5. Sustainable choices
As local shopping increases awareness of a product’s green footprint, the move away from fast furniture is happening faster than ever. As we look to the future, brands are taking this a step further and sourcing new sustainable materials in their designs. From recycled plastic furniture to new plant-based fabrics, this trend isn’t going anywhere.
Want to be more sustainable at home but stay equally stylish? Check out these tips on how to make a sustainable home look good.
6. Natural materials
In a similar vein, we’re moving towards natural materials that are both more sustainable and capture a more honest reflection of our lives and the real world we live in.
Stones, metals, woods and fibres are everywhere. An industry favourite has to be marble, but in varying tones of greens and pinks. Dark and light woods from walnut to oak are still popular from solid wood flooring to wooden cabinetry, while natural linens and cotton in upholstery and bed linens are on the up, including bamboo fibres too.
I also foresee older materials like chalk, lime-wash and plaster all coming back in popularity too. They capture the same matte textures and dusty honesty that we get from woods and stones and these will flourish on plastered bathroom walls, lime-washed ceramics and tableware too.
7. Warm tones replace neutrals
With a move towards natural materials, I’ve also noticed frequent uses of deeper hues. I’ve seen a real interest in corals, terracottas and earthy green hues, replacing the lighter neutral tones we have seen in the past. Don’t be afraid to add a touch of golden yellow in great fabrics like velvets, or caramel browns in buttery soft leather to compliment a warm backdrop.