I Asked the Experts—These Will Be 2021's Defining Interior Trends

Maxine Eggenberger
·4-min read

There are many things we're looking to leave behind us in 2020, but our obsession with interiors isn't one of them. For most of us, our homes have become our places of work as well as our havens of rest. As such, it's understandable that elevating our spaces has become a priority. Still, that doesn't mean that your quest to achieve interiors nirvana needs to be over. For now, on the cusp of a new year, fresh interiors trends are starting to emerge. With our interests piqued, we decided to ask those in the know what they think 2021's big interior trends will be.

We consulted with Charmaine White, founder and interior designer at The White House Interiors, Matthew Tranter, founder of architectural and interiors visualisation studio Pillar Visuals, and Sophie Elliot and Cloe Bueso, co-founders of The Sette, find out how we should be decorating in 2021. Here's what they said.

GREEN TONES

“Blue has been a default colour in interiors for some time, but recently I’ve noticed a resurge in true green. Think along the lines of grass and olive as opposed to the more muted tones of, say, sage. This is largely an attempt to bring the feeling of the outdoors inside our homes.” — Matthew Tranter, founder, Pillar Visuals

Shop the trend:

Lick Green 07 Interior Paint (£38)

Designer's Guild Corda Cushion in Forest Green (£55)

Rhea Kalo Green and Green Stripe Vase (£66)

FOOD AS DECOR

“In our experience, our best-selling items are proves that are inspired by food-stuffs; highlights in our range include our croissant-shaped butter dish and our vegetable cutlery rests, both of which we’ve had to restock. This trend might seem niche, but we’re starting to see it all over.” — Cloe Bueso, co-founder, The Sette

Shop the trend:

Augarten Wien Croissant Porcelain Box (£180)

La Galine Vegetable Cultery Rests (£75)

Tessitura Toscana Telerie Potager Tablecloth (£110)

OLD-WORLD INFLUENCES

"I believe design should be timeless. An old oil painting that you picked up at an antiques market, mixed with a modern light fixture so as not to place what era a room is from. That is how to achieve timelessness—mix and match your eras.” — Charmaine White, founder and interior designer, The White House Interiors

Shop the trend:

Mood and Hue Vintage Oil Painting (£89)

Anthropologie Figs Wall Art (£138)

Rijksmuseum , Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn The Stone Bridge Framed Print (£65)

CONSCIOUS FINDS

“Something I’m seeing more and more of is homeowners wanting to incorporate sustainability into their design schemes. Because of this, antique, repurposed, and salvaged pieces are all finding their place into modern interiors. There are some new and exciting antiques dealers doing very well on social media as a result.” — Charmaine White, founder and interior designer, The White House Interiors

Shop the trend:

Rubeck Antiques 19th Century Light Mahogany Chest Of Drawers (£270)

Pamono Pair of 1960s Brass Pendant Lamps (£462)

Kernow Furniture Crossbanded Mahogany Pembroke Table (£325)

PORTABLE LIGHTING

“An emerging trend that I really like is portable lighting. It’s practical, as you aren’t hamstrung by where your sockets are. And, with people using their homes more in the pandemic, it’s a nice, effective way to bring light to an area of the home you may have previously ignored before. They’re such a nice alternative to candles, and are considerably less dangerous, too.” — Matthew Tranter, founder, Pillar Visuals

Shop the trend:

Menu Carrie Lamp (£159)

& Tradition Flower Portable Table Lamp (£165)

Flos Bellhop LED USB-C Touch Table Lamp (£175)

NOSTALGIC ITEMS

"People are looking for a product that will stand the test of time but that has an element of nostalgia in its design, and sometimes even function. Whenever we source and buy items, we make sure that they have an element of familiarity and also a slight quirk.” — Sophie Elliot, co-founder, The Sette

Shop the trend:

Emma Bridewater Green Hawthorn Milk Jug (£44)

Lichtenstein Rocking Chair (£194)

Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Round Casserole (£195)

EARTHY HUES

"Warmer tones are now being favoured over cooler greys. Dulux’s Colour of the Year for 2021, Brave Ground, will serve as a beautiful backdrop to the wooden, woven, rattan, and bouclé textures that were popular in 2020. Polished plaster, travertines, camels, and deep neutralised hues like olive green and burnt orange are firmly taking hold of the interiors landscape.” — Charmaine White, founder and interior designer, The White House Interiors

Shop the trend:

H&M Two-Pack Flannels (£7)

Att Pynta Nica Matt Glazed Stoneware Vase (£44)

Made.com Bonnie Accent Chair (£299)

LAYERING RUGS

“Rugs have been on-trend for a few seasons but the look has evolved for 2021 by way of layering. People are using, not just one, but two thinner rugs overlaid to create a more bespoke look. Choose different patterns, textures, or colours to make them even more unique.” — Matthew Tranter, founder, Pillar Visuals

Shop the trend:

French Connection Poppy Field Rug (£125)

H&M Home Jute Rug (£80)

House by John Lewis Berber Style Rug (£150)

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