Home Interior Decor Trends to watch out for in 2021

--By AkashKohli, Founder & CEO – Elante Group

With 2020 passing as the most unpredictable year in our lifetime, we need to look forward to what trends in interior design will be in 2021.

In the time, money and care spent on people's homes in 2020, we have seen a massive revival (not much else to spend it on to be fair) and this has seen a continuous drive into the trend of sustainable design as well as numerous new spin-offs on 'older trends'.

Here are the main themes that will dictate home décor trends in 2021: 

A Fresh Minimalism: a simple yet comfortable and welcoming home

I'm not talking about the absolute minimalism of the early 2000's white and clean lines, but I'm referring to a modern style that is more relevant to the need to simplify. We need a home in these times of turmoil and great changes in our habits, where we can find peace and serenity, where for a moment we can relax and forget about the issues. Therefore, we feel the need to free ourselves from the unnecessary and simplify our home, concentrating on the things that are really important or that have a sense or a memory for us. But we need a spot at the same time that feels comfortable and friendly.

A range of warm neutral colours, varying from off-white to sand, from beige to brown, including the use of natural materials such as wood, natural leather, ceramics, marble and natural fabrics with less furnishings and few accessories, are replaced by some key characteristics of the Modern Minimalism, which refers to absolute white. Every object, like timeless design, handmade parts and fine pieces of art, is carefully chosen to be "forever". They substitute polished surfaces with textures and raw materials. A major part of this theme are also sculptural forms and references to primitive and ancestral shapes.

B Perfect Match for Home & Lifestyles

A mutual passion for the home has been created by the pandemic. We're not only going to see more creativity, allowing our homes to better sustain our lifestyle, but we're also going to see a pandemic palette of sorts. Optimistic hues that may not traditionally have been combined in the past-rich reds, terracotta and saffron shades with teals and turquoise-will work in harmony to represent warmth and coolness, anchored by timeless classics such as navy blue and grey. To instantly elevate any room, use this palette for accents and accessories.

Trending high is an organic, relaxed vibe. Whether through a woven type of furniture and accessories or through a piece of furniture covering textiles. Without taking any energy away from the visual image which plays in our mind through our eyes, the texture of the material adds interest.

C Well-being is now synonymous to home

My theory of going to 2021 is that interiors need to have well-being at their core now more than ever. We want to see designs with uplifting influences that foster a healthy environment. We love home decorations that bring happiness and the days when animal decor is seen as tacky are gone. A fabulous Monkey Table Lamp blends a welcome infusion of fun with cool lashings! We look forward to seeing textures and fabrics layered to create a welcoming and cocooning atmosphere that is decadent as well as ultimately inspiring.

2020 was surely a year to remember-the year in which the whole planet sat at home. We have always been more or less conscious of our climate, but it seems to have been at the forefront of our minds and lives this year. The house was already a refuge, but in 2020, the room in which we lived, played, socialized, worked, and discovered new hobbies seemed to become so much more overnight. This transition is so significant as it made people conscious not just of their surroundings, but also of what they want from home.

2020 was surely a year to remember-the year in which the whole planet sat at home. We have always been more or less conscious of our climate, but it seems to have been at the forefront of our minds and lives this year. The house was already a refuge, but in 2020, the room in which we lived, played, socialized, worked, and discovered new hobbies seemed to become so much more overnight. This transition is so significant as it made people conscious not just of their surroundings, but also of what they want from home. It will therefore be a big trend to put the outdoors indoors, a must, if you will, either by colour, fabrics, textures or simply through plants. I also think this year the Japanese style will be very much in vogue, as it blends all of the above into a single style of design. And I, for one, just love it.

Any 2021 architecture trends are going to be connected to creating a feeling of rootedness in one's home. With social distances in full swing and likely to be around for a while, more than ever, individuals may want their homes to be more of a reflection of themselves. I believe we're also going to see decor, finishes and textures that help people concentrate on being present in their house.

D Garden as a living room

With the lock-downs in mind, each room will be viewed as part of the home in and around the home. The significance of the garden as a 'space' will be increased and customers will search for items that help make gardens more functional, such as their 'covered' rooms.

Interior design will continue to shift outdoors as our outdoor spaces have become more relevant as well. It is easy to transform your patio into an extra space with so many outdoor fabrics and rugs available now. Only think of your outdoor space as you would your indoor space and begin with a floorplan at all times.

E Luxury Minimal Sanctuaries

The latest global pandemic will definitely greatly impact trends in interior design in 2021. Internal rooms will be designed to be multi-purpose with a focus on mixed-use of open-plan spaces. Exposed components, both indoors and outdoors, will be normal. The emphasis will be on curated spaces with touchy architecture and visual elements that evoke a sense of nostalgia and personalization. The use of natural elements such as greenery, wicker, rattan, linen, cotton and cane will still be extremely important in interior styling and decoration.

Curved walls and arches will make a return architecturally, providing a sense of cocoon-like comfort in interior design. We will see colours of paint that have a pattern of soothing, refreshing, almost nurturing impact in 2021. Design as a whole will concentrate on building minimal sanctuaries of luxury that help invite, relax and unwind.

F eDesign will thrive

2020 has brought many changes, especially with regard to how much time individuals spend in their homes. This provides an improved intentionality, which will continue into 2021, with how we relate to and communicate with our spaces. I believe that people want spaces that in their day-to-day lives can inspire joy and imagination, which can be done through bold interiors, including pattern blending, deep rich colours, and unexpected pairings.

Furthermore, I think the trend of eDesign (online interior design) will begin to burst in 2021. On so many levels, the opportunity to obtain personalized design advice online is enticing... affordability, the ability to select a designer based on aesthetics rather than venue, and, of course, aspects of health and safety. Ever improving technology means that, as seen in this 3D rendering I did for a Manhattan apartment, you can literally see your room completely built before buying even a single piece.

The trends in interior design for 2021 have obviously been strongly influenced by the tumultuous year we had in 2020. With a continued drive to design that is sustainable and influenced by nature.

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