I was going to write about interior trends for 2021, but then I stopped before I even finished the title. If there’s one thing we learned in 2020 it was a new appreciation of our homes and the things in them. Sure, we saw all of the shortcomings of our humble abodes and were constantly reminded of the things we need to improve. But we also saw the good things too. Some of us put the extra time to good use updating rooms and freshening up our decor. And we didn’t need trends reports to help us. We did what we instinctly knew would work for us and those around us. Hygge, which has been touted as a ‘trend’, has become a way of life. As it always has been for the Danes. That feeling of cosy contentment and well-being is the important thing. Not how up-to-date and stylish we are. So instead of a report on trends for the coming year, I’m going to concentrate on ‘trends’ that will never go out of style.
Image: Bloomingville Minoli Vase from Sweetpea and Willow.
Scandinavian interior design may be characterised by minimalism, simplicity, and functionality but it’s not without it’s comforts too. Think in terms of an abundance of natural light, unfussy furniture, muted colours, smooth surfaces and straightforward accessorising. And then add natural materials, such as leather, wood, linen and fur. Windows will often be unadorned but there will always be candles burning.
Cottagecore might be a recent term, but it’s a look that has been around since your Grandmother’s time. And before that. It’s a look that celebrates an idealised rural life. If you love floral wallpaper, knitted blankets, lace curtains and anything handmade, this is the style for you. Mix and match your patterns, layer up the rugs and pile on the cushions. It’s a wholesome look that embraces simplicity and the joy of being at home. And no wonder it’s so popular now.
Image: Task Wall Light from Original BTC.
Industrial style takes elements from old factories and industrial spaces and converts them into design features. Lucky you if you live in an old loft or barn, as you will have such character in abundance. But if you live in a more modern space and like this style, you’ll have to think about bare bricks, metals, and wood, as well as salvaged and recycled materials to recreate it. Furniture is usually hardwearing and robust, and tiles utilitarian in style. The quickest way to achieve this style is to install Crittal style windows and industrial style lighting and it contrasts wonderfully with more glamorous elements such as gilt mirrors, furs and crystal chandeliers.
Modern Country Style
Image: The Modern Country Collection from Habitat.
Modern Country style is less twee than Cottagecore. It takes the elements of country living and streamlines it. Imagine flagstone floors with painted wooden furniture, comfy wingback armchairs with log baskets and elegant lamps. It’s comfortable and easy. It combines the best elements of rustic and vintage interior styles, with warmth, personality, character, and minimalism. The trick is to combine a balance between old and new. It should be traditional without becoming kitsch, and contemporary without looking too modern and sleek.
Image: Tegola Weathered Oak Rigid Luxury Vinyl from Carpetright.
Biophilic style is all about bringing nature into our interiors. It’s about more than just adding a potted plant or two. But it’s also about adding natural light, vegetation, living walls, natural textures and materials, and views of nature views that will provide a positive impact to our lives. Living in lockdown has really brought home to us how important nature is to our wellbeing. But you can also ‘fake’ the natural views with a scenic wall mural, botanical wallpaper or the judicious use of the colour green.
Image: Hit the North Real Cork Wallpaper by The Monkey Puzzle Tree.
Vintage style can mean different things to different people. In fact it can take it’s inspiration from anywhere between the 20’s and 60’s. But what it will include is anything old fashioned and elegant. It’s the perfect style for anyone who loves to hunt for antiques and collect beautiful objects to display and to use. The resulting look doesn’t necessarily end up looking fussy. Just one or two antique pieces in a more modern room will have more impact than a room filled with objects. And adding contemporary patterns into the mix will result in vintage style room for today.
Image: The Equatorial Collection at Dunelm.
Bohemian style is colourful, eclectic and whimsical. It’s for the unconventional home owner who isn’t afraid to bend the ‘rules’ of interior design. As such, it’s full of life, culture, and interesting items from around the world. Colours are rich and so are the textures. Boho embraces a “more is more” philosophy. Fringe, crochet, and macramé are essential, as are pillows, curtains, and layered rugs, which all combine to make a cosy, globally-inspired hangout.