Top Interior Trends for 2021: We reveal what's hot for the year ahead

By Faye Greenslade | 10th Feb 2021 | Blog | Interior Inspo

No one could have predicted what was in store for us back at the start of 2020 and we're seeing impact of the last year hit heavily when it comes to the interior trends for 2021. Our homes have been forced to meet the demands of our new lifestyles, with more of us than ever craving comfort and solace from our interiors. Functional living has been combined with elevating teh everyday – creating spaces that uplift and inspire and that we enjoy living in.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the most popular trends for you to peruse – everything from heritage charm to calming colours and furniture innovations. Read on and do let us know which of these looks takes your fancy.

By Faye Greenslade

1. Period Revival Charm

Inspired by the simply jaw-dropping grandiose interiors in the popular Bridgerton series, this home decor trend for 2021 is all about the comeback of luxury heritage. Think sheer opulence, with dripping chandeliers, antique furniture, gold gilt panelling and ornate detailing.

The Roxburgh freestanding roll-top bath oozes old-world traditional charm, boasting a subtle twist with its more conventional clawfoot base. Priced from £3,000, available at Victoria + Albert Baths.

Image credit: Annabelle Desfontaines + Greg Fox Photography

2. Natural Scandinavian Decor

We’ve seen Scandi style take the UK by storm in recent years, but 2021 is set to see it filter through with a more forward-thinking and design-conscious look. This trend is all about comfort and laidback living, with low-slung chairs, textured rugs, soft linens and sculptural lighting. A harmonious colour palette sees warm neutrals mix with pale woods and bold linear lines for an understated look that brings us closer to nature.

Here, the Rise Sofa in Saga Grey, £599 (set to launch next month), works beautifully when paired with an Aztec rug, £150 and striking Hiko ceiling light, £175, available at John Lewis.

3. Home Working Essentials

It may not surprise you to know that working-from-home spaces had a big demand last year and very much a necessity for the majority of us, it’s become clear that a laptop on the sofa or a less-than-ergonomic dining chair simply won’t cut it. With this in mind, we’ve seen a whole host of multifunctional furniture pieces flood the market, from pull-out wall desks for compact spaces to more bespoke options for those that have space.

Spare bedrooms and unused entertaining spaces are quickly being turned into functional home offices, with storage now just as important as style when it comes to furniture. If you’re after something a little more sophisticated, opt for a beautiful bespoke design that can make the most of every inch of space and create a seamless look.

Fitted furniture starts from £3,000 +VAT, available at Neville Johnson

4. Desert Shades of Warmth

Neutral lovers will be happy to embrace this year’s trend for light, earthy colours, with their pared-back, uncomplicated feel. From soft sandy shades to delicious scorching sun ambers, terracotta and blush tints, this tonal palette is reminiscent of the desert, with a warm, soothing feel to it. Bring the colours through in your décor and layer with textured furniture and pieces in natural materials, such as rattan and natural linen.

Leading paint company Little Greene has embraced the draw for neutrals by introducing its new paint collection entitled Stone. Other brands are following suit with furniture, accessories and décor in beautifully soft colours. Successful schemes are a testament to the fact that neutrals can be far from plain.

Beautiful sandy colours punctuated with hints of dark brown and a rust-red in this warming scheme from Ferm Living. The Desert lounge chair with Poppy Red legs is priced around £239.

5. Shapely Curves are Calming

In the last year, we’ve seen all manner of curves break into the furniture market, and it’s a home interior trend that is set to evolve for 2021. Rounded sofas, curvy island units, circular coffee tables and, in particular, cocooning seating, with its shapely figure, deep cushions and deep curves providing the ultimate in comfort. There’s no frills or fuss with this look – simple, sculpted lines and rounded shapes create a calm yet refined haven.

These Margaux chairs in deep turquoise cotton matt velvet, £540, launching early February from, offer Art Deco style and a comfortable dining experience.

6. 3D Walls are Eye Catchy

It’s true to say that panelling has had a massive resurgence over the last six months, and this trend for statement walls is now being taken to another level. Evolving on, expect to see creative, organic shapes and abstract panels being used on walls to provide a textured, 3D appeal – and the beauty is that you can paint them in neutral shades while still ensuring an eye-catching look.

Here, symmetrical rectangles in various sizes ensure a striking feature – the perfect backdrop for the elegant Somerset sofa, £3,349 (launching in March) and Anais coffee table, £919, both from Heal’s.

7. Ocean Blues are Big News

With the current climate putting an end to many of our travel plans, there’s been a growing need to bring those elements of nature that we’re missing into our homes. We’ve seen green hues take 2020 by storm, but for interior trends 2021 it’s predicted that sea blues will also be big news. Whether your preference is for deep aquamarine shades, sparkling turquoise or velvety inky blues, you can be sure this colour will offer an uplifting ambience to any interior scheme.

An impressive wall mural is complemented with a vivid blue rocking chair and furniture in natural materials. Venus Bilbao Vinyl, from £19.79 per sq m, and Mirage Abstract Blue rug, from £51.19, both Carpetright.

8. Bespoke Statement headboards

Say goodbye to the simple four-poster and hello to the new statement beds set to pack a punch. Taking their cue from the curves of 2020, headboards are truly having their moment, with upholstered, scalloped styles and daring bespoke options allowing us to be braver in our choices.

Sweetpea & Willow’s curvaceous Ariel bed, from £2,095, combines natural Art-Nouveau-inspired forms with the clean lines typical of mid-century design. The segmented seashell-like headboard adds a dramatic flair to any bedroom.

If you’d like to talk to our team at Hudsons about finding a property that’s perfect for you in 2021, why not get in touch now?

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