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CONTEMPORARY INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS FOR 2021

We spend so much time in our homes that they can easily begin to feel tedious. Updating your space and giving it a more contemporary feel can transform your home and make it a place you actually want to spend time. People have been seeking out more comfort in their homes while trying to redesign them to meet the demands of a new work from home lifestyle, so this year has been a unique one for interior design trends. 2021 has brought with it lots of creative and contemporary interior design styles which you may feel drawn towards to keep evolving your space.

From soft earthy styles to metropolitan luxe, we’ve compiled a list of all the contemporary trends to look out for this year.

Contemporary country cottage

A design style that has a homely and nostalgic feel of a classic cottage which has been updated to fit into a modern space. A design that will make everything feel fresh and simple, while still containing details that add character. Clean, bright walls combined with exposed beams, vintage fixtures such as a farmhouse sink, woven textiles and arched doorways. The aim of contemporary cottage is comfort, every room should feel welcoming and embrace the quaintness of each feature.

This design style will create a juxtaposition between old and new, often combining vintage pieces with contemporary. You could try a beautiful, vintage dining table with a contemporary vase as a centrepiece. You can use this trend to add your own individual style by incorporating your own eclectic pieces with modern touches.

Bedroom

Contemporary country cottage

A design style that has a homely and nostalgic feel of a classic cottage which has been updated to fit into a modern space. A design that will make everything feel fresh and simple, while still containing details that add character. Clean, bright walls combined with exposed beams, vintage fixtures such as a farmhouse sink, woven textiles and arched doorways. The aim of contemporary cottage is comfort, every room should feel welcoming and embrace the quaintness of each feature.

This design style will create a juxtaposition between old and new, often combining vintage pieces with contemporary. You could try a beautiful, vintage dining table with a contemporary vase as a centrepiece. You can use this trend to add your own individual style by incorporating your own eclectic pieces with modern touches.

Bedroom
cluster of eclectic artwork

Vintage, earthy styles

If you like the idea of combining vintage and contemporary but would like to incorporate a more eccentric style, then try combining vintage with earthy tones. You can find really great signature design pieces from flea markets, vintage shops or charity shops which you can then integrate with beautiful, earthy-tone painted walls such as, beige, sage green or sky blue. Fill the room with plants and vintage artwork to create a cohesive and exciting space that is still welcoming.

Vintage, earthy styles

If you like the idea of combining vintage and contemporary but would like to incorporate a more eccentric style, then try combining vintage with earthy tones. You can find really great signature design pieces from flea markets, vintage shops or charity shops which you can then integrate with beautiful, earthy-tone painted walls such as, beige, sage green or sky blue. Fill the room with plants and vintage artwork to create a cohesive and exciting space that is still welcoming.

cluster of eclectic artwork

Warm colours

Warm shades of yellow, orange or red, often used for upholstery or accents, create a warm and inviting living space and can be used to brighten your home while still keeping it cosy. You can choose to paint the whole room a warm colour or use bright paint for an accent wall. Accent furniture is a great way to increase the warmth of a room. You can use orange wall hangings or throw a few burgundy pillows or a blanket on the sofa. Lighter neutrals with warm undertones work well too, like beige or honey, to add a bit more dimension to the room.

Warm colours

Warm shades of yellow, orange or red, often used for upholstery or accents, create a warm and inviting living space and can be used to brighten your home while still keeping it cosy. You can choose to paint the whole room a warm colour or use bright paint for an accent wall. Accent furniture is a great way to increase the warmth of a room. You can use orange wall hangings or throw a few burgundy pillows or a blanket on the sofa. Lighter neutrals with warm undertones work well too, like beige or honey, to add a bit more dimension to the room.

Eden footstools in yellow, orange and beige

Pairing yellow and grey

Using grey as a contemporary neutral isn’t a new trend for 2021, it provides an ideal backdrop for many styles to redefine a space. You can use a pale grey to form a bright canvas for accent furniture pieces to stand out from. Grey works well with most secondary colours but will make bright colours, such as yellow, seem more vibrant. This year we’ve seen a lot more yellow paired with grey to create modern and engaging spaces. You can use this colour pairing to create a harmonious and relaxed feel that will look great in all rooms.

Pairing yellow and grey

Using grey as a contemporary neutral isn’t a new trend for 2021, it provides an ideal backdrop for many styles to redefine a space. You can use a pale grey to form a bright canvas for accent furniture pieces to stand out from. Grey works well with most secondary colours but will make bright colours, such as yellow, seem more vibrant. This year we’ve seen a lot more yellow paired with grey to create modern and engaging spaces. You can use this colour pairing to create a harmonious and relaxed feel that will look great in all rooms.

Eden footstools in yellow, orange and beige

Eco-friendly design

Over the last few generations, we seem to have swayed away from the make-do-and-mend approach of our grandparents.  Eco-friendly interior design is guided by environmental considerations to make better choices for the planet. Reusing is one of the best ways to be sustainable rather than buying new whenever you need something. But eco-friendly doesn’t have to mean secondhand furniture and accessories. You can choose furniture made from recycled materials or other organic or sustainable materials sourced close by. Decorating with plants provides oxygen and filters harmful chemicals out of the air, offering a bright and peaceful ambience. Sourcing eco-friendly items gives your home a more personalised and unique style by avoiding the cookie-cutter manner of things that are mass-produced.

Woman carrying a bunch of dried flowers

Eco-friendly design

Over the last few generations, we seem to have swayed away from the make-do-and-mend approach of our grandparents.  Eco-friendly interior design is guided by environmental considerations to make better choices for the planet. Reusing is one of the best ways to be sustainable rather than buying new whenever you need something. But eco-friendly doesn’t have to mean secondhand furniture and accessories. You can choose furniture made from recycled materials or other organic or sustainable materials sourced close by. Decorating with plants provides oxygen and filters harmful chemicals out of the air, offering a bright and peaceful ambience. Sourcing eco-friendly items gives your home a more personalised and unique style by avoiding the cookie-cutter manner of things that are mass-produced.

Woman carrying a bunch of dried flowers
Bordeaux shelving unit

Industrial

Industrial design style has been around for a while but increased in popularity in 2021. It’s a timeless style that can be easily combined with other design styles and holds individuality, beauty and simplicity in every feature. Favouring metal furniture, metallic shades, exposed brickwork and upcycled accessories. You don’t have to style your entire house in this one style, but incorporating small features of industrial-themed accessories and accents will add a contemporary feel to your home.

Industrial

Industrial design style has been around for a while but increased in popularity in 2021. It’s a timeless style that can be easily combined with other design styles and holds individuality, beauty and simplicity in every feature. Favouring metal furniture, metallic shades, exposed brickwork and upcycled accessories. You don’t have to style your entire house in this one style, but incorporating small features of industrial-themed accessories and accents will add a contemporary feel to your home.

Bordeaux shelving unit

Minimalist

The aim is to make the most of your space and use impactful and practical features to create a simple and uncluttered environment. The minimalist approach is characterized by simplicity, clean lines and a monochromatic palette but you can interpret this style to work for you. Using the bare essentials and prioritising simplistic and beautiful materials within an open plan layout to create a sense of freedom and relaxation. Bold statements using flat, smooth surfaces and strong lines emphasises the nature of each item and colour schemes consisting of whites, beiges and greys. Eliminating clutter is your first step to a minimalist space that can help keep your mind feeling stress-free and calm. Incorporating textiles and combining different shades and textures will help prevent the space from feeling cold and make it more welcoming.

Carmo sofa and Lugo coffee table

Minimalist

The aim is to make the most of your space and use impactful and practical features to create a simple and uncluttered environment. The minimalist approach is characterized by simplicity, clean lines and a monochromatic palette but you can interpret this style to work for you. Using the bare essentials and prioritising simplistic and beautiful materials within an open plan layout to create a sense of freedom and relaxation. Bold statements using flat, smooth surfaces and strong lines emphasises the nature of each item and colour schemes consisting of whites, beiges and greys. Eliminating clutter is your first step to a minimalist space that can help keep your mind feeling stress-free and calm. Incorporating textiles and combining different shades and textures will help prevent the space from feeling cold and make it more welcoming.

Carmo sofa and Lugo coffee table
Cupertino wall office in matt white with an Adelaide chair. Como wall system shown in background.

Creating work and living spaces

Since 2020, people have been commuting less and working directly from home and have had to create spaces that are multifunctional. This has led to more innovative ways to make doing so just that little bit easier. To formulate the ideal workspace for you includes finding the right area within your house. If you need quiet and privacy then picking an area that is secluded, maybe even disconnected from the house would be best. If you need to be close to the kids then you may consider setting up a space in the kitchen and find practical pieces of furniture that are made to fit well into small spaces. However, you may not want to fill valuable living spaces with desks, chairs and paperwork. Functional pieces of furniture that are minimal and contain storage make the best use of the space while using bright colours and plants makes the environment much more motivating and helps you get things done easier.

Creating work and living spaces

Since 2020, people have been commuting less and working directly from home and have had to create spaces that are multifunctional. This has led to more innovative ways to make doing so just that little bit easier. To formulate the ideal workspace for you includes finding the right area within your house. If you need quiet and privacy then picking an area that is secluded, maybe even disconnected from the house would be best. If you need to be close to the kids then you may consider setting up a space in the kitchen and find practical pieces of furniture that are made to fit well into small spaces. However, you may not want to fill valuable living spaces with desks, chairs and paperwork. Functional pieces of furniture that are minimal and contain storage make the best use of the space while using bright colours and plants makes the environment much more motivating and helps you get things done easier.

Cupertino wall office in matt white with an Adelaide chair. Como wall system shown in background.

Comfort

We’ve all been desperate for a bit more comfort this year, spending more time than ever before at home. Our homes have had to become an oasis from the outside world and provide a bit of serenity. Designs are moving away from style slightly to allow for more comfortable and enjoyable spaces to spend your time, seeking out a balance between the two. Many people support the concept of healing environments and scientific research on the psychological effects of interior design suggests that you can create an environment that benefits you mentally.

Comfort

We’ve all been desperate for a bit more comfort this year, spending more time than ever before at home. Our homes have had to become an oasis from the outside world and provide a bit of serenity. Designs are moving away from style slightly to allow for more comfortable and enjoyable spaces to spend your time, seeking out a balance between the two. Many people support the concept of healing environments and scientific research on the psychological effects of interior design suggests that you can create an environment that benefits you mentally.

Osaka sofa and throw

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