5 Design Trends To Look Out For In 2021

The global pandemic has completely reshaped home design as we know it. With many people spending a majority of 2021 locked down indoors, there has been an increased importance placed on creating calming and inviting spaces in the home. We’re also seeing clients waving goodbye to sleek minimalist design, instead favouring a more homely look, with a focus on country styles, earthy tones and natural materials. 

In this blog, we’re taking a look at 5 major home design trends to keep an eye on in 2021.

1. The rustic look 

Instead of looking to the future, home design in 2021 will be inspired by country homes of yesteryear. We predict a rise in rustic design, where a sense of warmth and cosiness is key. This will manifest in exposed timber beams, antique cabinetry, decorative tapware, ornate architraves, vintage trinkets, floral or patterned furnishings and classic fireplaces. 

2. Green 

In 2021, interior spaces will attempt to capture the outdoors with different shades of green (especially mint and forest green) featuring prominently in living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. 

We expect green will be a common selection in kitchen cabinetry, feature walls and bathroom tiling. Green is a great choice if you want to create a soothing and optimistic atmosphere, as the colour can help inspire feelings of calm and hope. 

3. Eclectic coastal 

2021 will see interiors take cues from the ocean, with coastal themes and colours featuring prominently in interior design. While coastal design has always been classic and popular (think Hamptons-style homes), this will come with a slight modern twist. 

Instead of typical light blues, we expect to see more bold teals and stormy blues used throughout homes. These colours are striking when paired with brass gold fittings and grey furnishings. 

4. The home office 

Obviously, one of the major trends we expect to see in new home builds and renovations is the rise of the home office. 2020 completely disrupted office life, with many of us working from home throughout the year. This is likely to continue in 2021, with flexible hours and remote working now seen as the new norm. The home office then, is an essential. 

We’re expecting these spaces to be bright, airy and simple, outfitted with smart storage solutions and ergonomic furniture, so homeowners can create distraction-free and productive zones for working at home. 

5. Timber textures 

We saw this trend take off in 2020 but we think it will continue to be a major trend in 2021 as homeowners try to replicate nature in their own homes. When we say timber, we don’t just mean on the floor!

Taking cues from luxury cabins and 70s interiors, we expect to see plenty of timber feature walls and exposed beams. Beyond actual timber, a timber-look colour palette will likely be big, with plenty of earthy tones and soft browns featuring throughout the home – especially in the bathroom and bedroom. 


Looking to build a new home or renovation that takes cues from 2021 design trends? Get in touch with the team at Brownhill Homes today

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