Over the past year, we’ve got very well acquainted with the four walls of our homes. Which means interiors and decorating have gone from something to eventually get round to on a rainy day to a key component in maintaining our inner zen.
And with another lockdown in place, we know a lot of you are turning your attention to making over your homes. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your rental (without losing your deposit) or bid adieu to the magnolia walls the previous owners left behind, 2021’s biggest interiors trends will ensure a state of domestic bliss.
1. (Even more) Cottagecore
The antithesis of the minimalist Scandi interiors trends that dominated Pinterest feeds for many years, Cottagecore transitioned from the fashion world to our homes – and it’s making itself comfortable. Popularised by Gen Z (and your great aunt Mildred), the trend harks back to simpler times, with an emphasis on handmade and nature-inspired pieces.
Sometimes referred to as ‘vintage maximalism’ or ‘grandmillennial’ (that’s grandma + millennial FYI), Cottagecore makes use of colour, warmth, antiques and a whole load of scalloped edges. If you would rather dip your toe before going full-on doily, seek your frills with a cottage-inspired accent cushion from In Casa By Paboy.
2. The Green Room
After spending more time than ever stuck at home, it only makes sense that we’re all looking to bring more of the outside in. Luscious greens are high on the colour agenda for 2021’s interiors trends, with shades of deep and brooding forest tones, electric splashes of verdigris, and soothing pistachios.
This naturalistic hue is simultaneously grounding and energising – making it the perfect palette for a new beginning or simply freshening up a stale room. We’re green with envy for Living With Lotte’s living room, painted in the aptly named Arsenic by Farrow and Ball.
Delightfully surreal and playful, kooky candles are modern art without the Picasso price tag. Pastel twists reminiscent of pick’n’mix sweets look good enough to eat, while Greco-Roman columns stand like miniature sculptures wherever you place them.
Though we’re not suggesting you ditch your Diptiques entirely, put them on the backburner for now. Instead, think outside the box with your accessories. We adore Nata Concept Store for their handmade, natural, and environmentally-conscious creations.
4. Panel Discussion
Whether it’s dainty Victorian, à la The House That Black Built, or statement Jacobean, as seen in The Hoxton hotel, panelling is back in a big way.
Creating texture and depth, panelling adds heaps of character to a new-build and brings out period features in an older house. With tons of YouTube tutorials available for DIY-ing your own, this high impact finish doesn’t need to cost a lot to do… but if you want to get the carpenters in, we won’t tell a soul.
5. The Painted Arch
Set to be the new statement wall essential, the painted arch adds a whimsical ‘70s sunset wherever it goes. These other-wordly portals have been popping up across the ‘Gram, adding a subtle artistic flair in warm neutrals or leaving a bold impression with punchy brights.
For those short on space, this is a good low-cost option for creating different ‘zones’ within a room. If you don’t consider yourself a dab hand with the paintbrush, or you’re conscious of your end of tenancy check-out, experiment without commitment by using decals and wall stickers.