My 10 personal favourite design trends for 2021
I was going to write a blog about some of my biggest design loves (and hates) for the year ahead, but then I realised I seriously love all of them!
2020 might not have been the best year for many reasons, but with more of us spending time at home, we’ve definitely been seeing a lot of fun interior design trends come through. It’s great to see so many people really embracing and making the most of their home space. We have to see our home everyday, so I say, make it a space you want to spend time in!
On that note, today I wanted to guide you through 10 of my personal favourite interior design trends I’m expecting to be big in 2021. Hopefully some of these spark some inspiration if you’re still working towards your dream interior.
I’d love to know what you think of these too. Send me a message on Instagram @styledbydanit to let me know your thoughts or get my advice on an idea!
1. Blending indoors and outdoors
I have always been obsessed with fresh blooms and real plants, so of course this has to make my list.
Lately we’ve been seeing more vertical gardens, plant walls, internal courtyards and blending of the indoors and outdoors. This trend is perfect for us here in Australia as we tend to have such beautiful weather – so why not bring the outdoors in?
If you live in an apartment, you can still have fun with this trend. You could create a removable mini vertical garden filled with succulents, or invest in some statement potted indoor plants; indoor palms and trees are perfect for this! I know many apartments don’t have outdoor taps available, so these options can all be easily hand-watered.
2. Tiny homes
In other news, we’re also getting more creative with maximising small spaces. Have you seen the tiny home trend? Yep, this is a real thing!
I’m certainly no minimalist, so I don’t think I’ll be personally relocating to a tiny home anytime soon, but making the most of small spaces is always a huge part of our job as Interior Designers.
I have a lot of experience with this working in Sydney. We have so many beautiful terrace homes going up for sale all the time, so I’ve gotten used to working with narrow rooms, and really opening up the space. It’s a great reminder that the right furniture and styling choices can make any space amazing, even if you think you don’t have much to work with!
P.S. If you want my expert hacks on making a small space feel luxe, you can find those here.
3. Line art illustrations
If you’re a fan of abstract art (like me) then you’ll love this one. Line art is everywhere right now! The best part is, this art style looks fabulous in almost any home, so it really is foolproof.
Given how popular this art has become, it’s not all created equal. My tip is to go directly to an artist who creates their own original works, rather than a cheap mass-produced print that you will see copies of everywhere.
Because the style is so simple, I also like to go for a big print size, so these art pieces really make an impact in the space.
Prints from Elso Collective.
4. Emerald green
Emerald green is everywhere right now and I’m loving it! It’s no secret I’ve always been a fan of colour, so no complaints here.
If you’re loving this colour right now, but worried you might get tired of it later, you don’t need to over-commit. Just add some beautiful velvet cushions or a quilt cover to test the waters. Hint: I love pairing this colour with tan or gold – try it!
Personally, I’m a big fan, so I’ve been using emerald couches and even bar stools in my projects lately. Why not?
5. Wall & ceiling panelling
Plain walls, ceilings and cornices might look clean, but they are a little boring, don’t you think?
Okay, if you love the modern and minimal look, then avoid this trend, but I’ve been really pleased to see these traditional elements make a resurgence.
I can’t even describe how much more luxe a property can feel with these simple details added. Of course, they’re more common in original terraces or older buildings, but anyone can actually add this trend to their home – even if the original panelling has been removed, or you’re living in a new house!
6. Arched architecture
This Erskineville Terrace I styled had the most amazing and interesting curved ceilings, and we’ve been seeing this trend quite a lot in 2020, especially in doorways and halls.
At first, I was a little surprised to see arched doors coming back in du jour. These were massive in Australian homes during the ‘80s – but that’s the thing about trends, I guess, everything old is new again!
I think these look best when kept minimal (painted a clean white) and surrounded by an otherwise-contemporary interior. Mixing an arched doorway with exposed brick could feel too dated.
See more of this project here.
7. Sustainability & natural materials
There was a time when shopping sustainable meant settling for not-so-stylish options, but those days are long gone. There are so many options now if you want to fill your home with ethically-produced pieces, or those made from sustainable materials.
I recently discovered Pampa, a brand that works with skilled artisans in Argentina to create the most stunning textiles. See what I mean? Everything they sell is beautiful and ethical. No compromises here.
Speaking of stunning handmade pieces, another handmade and natural element I always come back to is macrame. Similar to the art I mentioned earlier, there are a lot of low quality versions out there, and some can look cheap if they’re not well-made. My favourite go-to for macrame is Elafi – not only does this beautiful brand happen to be owned by amazing friend, Dimitra, but she custom makes every single piece!
See more of this project here.
And don’t feel like macrame has to be relegated to wall hangings either; I have everything from bed runners to swimwear cover-ups from Elafi. Every time I come up with a suggestion for a commissioned piece, she always over-delivers and exceeds my expectations. And yes – you can embrace macrame without going for a completely boho-look. We need to break the taboo! It really depends on how it is done, what colours are used and where it is used. The Rosebery penthouse I did had the most Hollywood glamour master bedroom with a gorgeous black macrame bed runner to add a touch of texture, it is stunning!
9. Modern industrial
There are warehouse homes, and then there are warehouse homes… Some embrace the full industrial feel more than others. I nicknamed this project pictured below as a “truly warehouse” apartment; you can instantly see its industrial origins when you step inside, which I just love.
This trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, but I always like to put a modern and luxe feel on it. It’s important for an industrial-style home to still feel comfortable and lush. If you’re calling an industrial-style space home, you can warm it up with beautiful soft furnishings and lots of greenery or fresh flowers. Don’t underestimate the power of a beautiful scent in your home either – a favourite candle or diffuser scent can take it from ex-factory to home-sweet-home in 30 seconds flat.
I also love to play with colours, materials and texture to really give these special homes the warmth they deserve. They are rare to find and I can tell you by being involved in a real estate world, they get lots of attraction, get snatched very quickly and often go for big bucks.
See more of this project here.
10. Exposed brickwork
Now, what was I saying about exposed brickwork having ‘80s vibes? As with arched doorways, I think exposed bricks can actually look amazing and add so much interest and texture to a space – you just need to balance them out!
If you have the opportunity to embrace exposed brick in your home (lucky you!); think about the colour of the brickwork, does it work with the room? If not, you could always paint over it in a neutral colour. I’ve seen this executed really well in a lot of Sydney terrace homes.