As you know, we always try to keep our finger on the pulse of interior design trends. This year has been particularly challenging, with no luxury furniture shows or grand gatherings. With everyone working in their individual bubbles, we are now finding that there is a greater and more eclectic range of styles developing. This, surely, is a good thing. We always say you should never slavishly follow interior design trends. You should choose things because you love them. This abundance of styles means you can let your own personality run wild and still be on trend. What follows is a quick run through just some of our favourites. Maybe we’ll go into more detail on a couple in the coming months. For now, we hope you enjoy our brief overview.
Working From Home
We cannot ignore the biggest game changer of the year. Even though many of you already have a study or home office, you have probably spent a lot more time in there these last few months than you ever envisaged. Even though we are beginning to return to offices, schools and workplaces, the fact is, our ways of working have changed. The whole family probably now needs a workspace at home. Larger offices may now be shared, while bedrooms, landings and little nooks are being re-designed to incorporate proper, efficient working space. See our posts on Working from Home and the Best Small Desks for tips on what to think about and how to work effectively from home.
Interior Design Trends : Flexible Rooms
As we are spending more time at home, we need our spaces to be more flexible and multi-generational. As well as tucking in extra working spaces, we are also seeing more in the way of home gyms, yoga studios, cinema rooms and hobby spaces. If you are lucky enough to have separate rooms for each person and activity, that’s great. If not, clever design, separation and storage are key so that one activity does not encroach on another.
Interior Design Trends : Garden Rooms
You could argue that this is an exterior rather than an interior design trend but we prefer to think of it as an extension of your home. Garden rooms have been on the rise for a while but this year, they are really set to come into their own. No matter how many rooms you have in your home, there is nothing like the escapism of a garden room. Whether you use it simply as a place to get away from it all, as a gym, an office, or a teenage den, a garden room is like having a holiday home right on your doorstep. It brings you that bit closer to nature. Garden rooms are peaceful, serene places, allowing you to breathe deeply, take in your surroundings and relax.
Interior Design Trends : Transition Style
This interior design trend is about mixing old and new. Classic and contemporary. Done well, it can be stunning. Done badly, it can be disastrous. If in doubt, always ask an interior designer for advice. You don’t want something that looks like a junk shop. We do love to combine antique or traditional pieces with ultra-modern lighting, contrasting chairs, contemporary coffee tables or individual statement pieces. Or take a traditional room just oozing with character and mix it up with ultra-modern luxury furniture. It is a brave way of expressing personality and individuality. It gives a softer feel than having an uber-contemporary showhome, or an edgier look than an all-round classic design. It is a great way of achieving a very individual look as the combinations are almost endless.
Interior Design Trends : Eclectic Glamour
This can mean almost anything you want it to. The only rule is that it must be glamorous. This can mean flamboyant and extravagant, sleek and opulent or understated yet luxurious. The idea is to pick individual, mis-matched pieces, chosen for their luxurious materials and high end look. Like transition style, it needs to be handled carefully. Gold is very much a feature of this interior design trend, along with sumptous velvets and rich colours – not necessarily bright but opulent and comforting.
Bar Carts and Drinks Trolleys
Another interior design trend that has been on the rise. No well-dressed dining or living room is complete without a gorgeous drinks or gin trolley these days. It can be very simple, delightfully kitsch or a complete bar on wheels. We love them in all shapes and sizes. And don’t forget the cocktail cabinet. While entertaining at home is more challenging than it used to be, bar carts, drinks trolleys and cocktail cabinets are perfect for smaller, more intimate gatherings. And there are so many to choose from.
Recent years have seen a move towards natural materials such as wood and stone. The one that has seen the biggest surge seems to be marble. Always glamorous, always opulent, we’re seeing it on coffee tables, side tables, and dining tables. Now, though, it’s coming through in lighting, sideboards and buffets, walls, almost anywhere you can think of. With its beautiful range of natural colours – from purest white to rustic browns and greens, right through to deep veined black – marble can fit in anywhere. It seems no room is complete without at least a hint of marble.
- Carrara Marble Coffee Table Nest£1,855.00
- Designer Italian Leather And Burl Veneer Sideboard£15,562.00
- Modern Designer Emperador Marble Swivel Table Lamp£1,682.00 – £2,001.00
- Contemporary Designer Brass And White Marble Floor Lamp£7,875.00
It is probably wrong to describe this as an interior design trend as velvet has never gone out of fashion as a luxury furnishing fabric. It’s always up there. This year, however, it is as if nothing else exists. It’s all about velvet. Soft pinks, rich jewel colours, warm neutrals, whatever your heart desires. With a nod to the Eclectic Glamour trend, we love to mix a large, imposing velvet sofa with textured armchairs and cool marble coffee tables for an effortless, luxury feel.
We’ve been saying this for ages. Every room needs a focal point. Sometimes, this is something obvious like a bed or a sofa. However, think outside the box a little and consider using unusual pieces to make a statement. A grand chandelier, a glamorous cabinet, a single chair. It can be something quirky and original, one splash of a contrasting colour, one very different texture. It just needs to be something that will draw the eye. Use these bold pieces carefully and sparingly, otherwise you end up with a jumble rather than a statement.
This is one of our favourite interior design trends for the coming season. It isn’t brand new and we have mentioned it before. This year, though, people are becoming bolder and more creative. As well as shaped, padded walls and luxurious, textured wall panels in nubuck, linen, silk and suede, we are now seeing marble (or panels designed to look like marble), geometric installations and luscious, hand painted walls. The texture may be real and touchable or a fabulous, trompe l’oeuil effect. However it’s achieved, our walls are no longer just painted or papered. They are taking on a life of their own.
A Craving for Colour
Interior Design Trends in colour really needs a whole feature all of its own. Suffice to say, the experts in predicting these colour trends often contradict each other anyway. Also, along with the Eclectic Glamour and Transition Style trends, almost anything goes this season. Some colours do seem to be more prominent but if these aren’t your favourites, just choose the colours you want to live with.
While some say that pink has had its day, we’re seeing a lot of blush, rose, powder and dusty pinks coming through.
There has been a move towards a more natural, forest green but neo mint is still popular out there. WGSN predict that this will evolve towards a stronger, aqua colour, adding a burst of positivity. We are seeing the natural greens combined with pinks, creating a really fresh, outdoors feel.
- Luxury Designer Marabou Feather Green Scatter Cushion£204.00
- Hypnos Caroline Upholstered Extra-Wide Headboard£1,377.00 – £1,474.00
Deep navy, mid blue and dusty blue, all very popular in every room, including kitchens and bathrooms. Pantone’s Colour of the Year last year was classic blue and it’s still a very strong influence. Again, deep blues mixed with soft pinks create a secure, welcoming feel.
- Italian Button Upholstered Designer Velvet Tub ChairProduct on sale
Grey has never really gone away but the trend for a while now has been for warmer greys. Greige, as the name implies, is simply a mix of grey and beige. Whether it’s a feature, deep toned grey with a hint of beige, or a lighter hue, greige works well with the warm neutrals that have been a staple of interior design trends for some time. Tones of mink, taupe and warm grey give a warmer, more welcoming feel than the cool greys of yesteryear.
- High End Designer Italian Velvet Modern Chair£3,781.00
- Italian Art Deco Inspired Designer Lacquered Bedside£3,560.00 – £5,129.00
This has recently been announced as the Dulux Colour of the Year 2021. We would argue that it is, in fact, distinctly greige. A warm, earthy tone, it works beautifully with a range of brighter, accent colours as well as warm blues, greens and neutrals. Explore their suggested palettes for inspiration. We will have to wait a while to find out Pantone’s new Colour of the Year – will it be aqua or a quieter, more natural colour? We’ll let you know as soon as it’s released.