When midnight struck on New Year’s Eve, we globally swept 2020 under the rug. But the homes of 2021 will be heavily influenced by the dirt that last year brought.
The onslaught of challenging events was heightened by the lockdown period and changed the way we approach our living spaces.
From the products we feature in the home, to the materials we use to create that home, interior design has shifted to suit our new reality.
As the cogs of the new year start to turn, we delved into the depths of our psychic abilities (market-research) to deliver five interior design predictions for 2021.
A PRIMITIVE FOCUS
After the chaos of 2020, our emotional capabilities have been overloaded, and we’re seeking simpler horizons at home. This year we’re stripping back maximalism and opting for interiors that reflect the natural world.
Think stone, wood, plenty of plants, and a down-to-earth ambience. Well-being is of high importance after THAT entrance into the new decade, so decluttering our rooms to promote harmony and balance will be paramount.
The popularity of working from home has transformed abodes into multi-dimensional spaces, and we need to keep things as primitive as possible.
FEWER ITEMS, MORE STATEMENTS
Say more with less. Riding off the back of primitiveness, the appetite for unique furniture and decor will intensify this year. We will be opting for exclusive, thought-provoking pieces, rather than accumulating high-quantities of decor we’re so-so about.
The attraction of buying from Facebook Marketplace and second-hand stores has become almost hobby-like and has seen the inclusion of vintage, one-off pieces in homes.
Buying locally from artists will also grow, as it establishes the need to express a sense of individualism, whilst feeding the desire to support small businesses.
ORGANIC MATERIALS AND INDIGENOUS TEXTILES
There’s a powerful pull towards ethical and eco-friendly products in the home, as consumers are now purchasing with wider consciousness. Organic and Indigenous brands tend to create items that encompass the sphere of being better for health, environment, and workers.
Buying from First Nations’ brands supports the respectful representation of Indigenous art and benefits their communities more directly.
Organic materials aren’t exposed to toxic chemicals, farmed with low-emissions, and a higher price-point indicates equitable pay for workers.
Paint isn’t enough for our creative hearts anymore; we yearn for textured walls to engage the senses with. Bricks, tiles, stone, stucco, Venetian – you name it, they’re back. And not in the way they once were.
Us humans have appropriated design styles throughout the centuries, and this time we’re reinvigorating textured walls by applying them in contemporary interiors.
Textured walls impact our mood and add dimension, creating an interesting environment to live in every day.
NEUTRAL PALETTES WITH A POP OF COLOUR
The calmness of a muted, earthy palette will serve as an ethereal presence this year, while a touch of colour injects a bit of life.
Neutral colours like white, grey and beige have dominated the interior landscape for a while but will now see the inclusion of soft khakis, deep terracottas and light caramel.
A pop of colour can uplift a calming atmosphere if you need a bit of enthusiasm. Add bright mustard for warmth, or royal blue for sharp elegance.