Interior Design Trends 2021 - 12 Must-Have Looks

With every new year, there comes fresh new takes and trends in the interior design world. We expect that many people will want to refresh various areas of their homes in 2021 to ring in the new year and say goodbye to 2020 for good!

Here, we explore twelve interior design trends you need to be keeping an eye out for in 2021. 

 

Cottagecore

The cottagecore trend has taken the online interior design community by storm in 2020. We expect the trend to continue in the new year as more people delve into the design aesthetic and cottagecore ethos.

Cottagecore is all about creating cosy, welcoming interiors that bring nature indoors. It stems from romanticising a simple, country life so expect to see lots of florals and old farmhouse-inspired designs.

Here, we love the antique plates against the pink wall that create a cute cottagey feel despite being in a modern kitchen. The industrial style lights wrapped with plants also help to create a more rustic, farmhouse vibe – something we’ll be seeing a lot more of in 2021!
A pink kitchen with decorative plates on the wall and hanging plants

Brooklyn 5 Wire Pendant – Brass, £159, by Industville (Image supplied by @allagateswest) 

 

Dark Colours

Another emerging trend is that of dark colours being incorporated more into interior designs. Whether this means walls or unique furniture pieces, darker tones can help give a new level of sophistication and an elevated feel.

Many people will want to tap into the desire for liveable luxury as homes have had to become more of a sanctuary than ever. Darker colours can give this sense of crisp, luxury interiors fairly easily; it’s an accessible trend that can be achieved by many.

A bedroom with black walls, white bedding and a hanging light

Sleek Edison Pendant – 1 Wire – Brass, £29, by Industville (Image supplied by @thelittleouthouse)  

 

Natural Textures

Adding a variety of textures to your space can be a great way to instil life and interest. As we all become more environmentally conscious, many are beginning to turn to more natural textures in their homes to reflect that appreciation of nature. Whether this means rattan or rope details, we expect that natural textures in earthen palettes are going to be big!

Within this wider trend is also the rise of macramé – a method of knotting rope to create design pieces that give a rustic feel. Using rope or twine to make unique pieces for your home is also a great way to harness the DIY energy that everyone was feeling during lockdown!

A dining room with leaf-patterned wallpaper, woven placemats and macramé baskets

Sleek Dome Pendant – 13 Inch – Light Pewter, £69, by Industville (Image supplied by @nat-and-chris-home)

 

Biophilic Design

This trend is all about bringing the outdoors in, along with the desire to embrace a deeper connection to nature and incorporate emotional wellbeing into interior design.

One of the easiest ways to bring the natural world into your home is through houseplants. Houseplants have never been more on-trend, and their popularity will only grow with increasing interest in biophilic design. From hanging greenery to beautifully potted plants, there are plenty of opportunities to find the perfect plants to suit different spaces and help build your connection with nature.

An appreciation of nature can also be harnessed in your home’s lighting. Fixtures made from raw materials like metal that project layered lighting with a more natural-feel help contribute to our connectedness with the outside world.

A restaurant with hanging plants and a feature wall

Long Arm Dome Wall Light – 8 inch – Pewter & Brass, 169, by Industville (Image supplied by The Red Deer, The White Brasserie Company) 

 

Multifunctional Spaces

Making the most of our living spaces has perhaps become one of the biggest trends in 2020, and we expect to see this continuing into 2021. This year, many have had to adapt to working from home which has seen the need for more multifunctional spaces.

Many are finding ways to reimagine their homes and understand how to best design areas with multipurpose functionality in mind. The room below sets out this idea beautifully as the kitchen and living space are combined, but different light fixtures help set the two functional spaces apart.

An open plan kitchen and living space with different style lighting

Brooklyn Flat Pendant – 15 Inch – Brass, £89 and The Globe Collection Pendant – Brass, £69, by Industville (Image supplied by @monkeyandpickle_interiordesign)

 

Dark Blue Kitchens

As we’ve already mentioned, dark colours are a top trend to look out for, but there’s a particular colour in kitchens we’re expecting to see more of; kitchens with cabinets and fittings in dark blue are on the rise.

This trend gives a sleek and stylish look, especially when complemented with gold hardware and light fixtures, which help to provide a regal and inviting feel.

A modern rustic kitchen with dark blue fittings

Brooklyn Cone Pendant – 12 Inch – Brass, £69, by Industville (Image supplied by @thenewfrontwall) 

 

Lighter Woods

Thanks to the Scandi influences that always seem to reign supreme in the interior design world, lighter woods remain popular. Continuing the trajectory towards airy but comfortable interiors, lighter-toned woods are easy to style and complement a variety of aesthetics.

Light wood can help rooms feel more open and spacious, creating the illusion of vast, luxurious spaces while still remaining warm and cosy.
marble effect bathroom with light wood furniture

Sleek Edison Wall Light – Brass, £29, by Industville (Image supplied by @no_9_the_bungalow) 

 

Antique or Statement Mirrors

With the rise of cottagecore and slightly more traditional design aesthetics, there is an increased gravitation towards more vintage or antique pieces. As part of this trend, antique, statement mirrors are expected to become bigger.

This grandmillennail move to combine modern designs with antique statement pieces is especially exemplified in the trend towards bold, heavy-framed mirrors that exude character.
A pink and blue bathroom with antique-style mirror

Bulkhead Outdoor & Bathroom Oval Light – 6 Inch – Black, £89, by Industville (Image supplied by @thesmallsicilian)

 

Herringbone Floors

For this upcoming trend, we look down to the floor – somewhere that can often get neglected. Herringbone flooring can bring visual texture to any space, whether you decide your living room or kitchen needs a design boost.

The zig-zag planks can help give a structured look that’s not too obtrusive, meaning it won’t feel out of style when newer trends become more popular in later years.

Tying herringbone flooring in with more unique tiling like in the image below can be a great way to complement the classic pattern.

A modern industrial style kitchen with herringbone flooring

 

Statement Lighting in Bedrooms

With the trend towards creating relaxing spaces that also show off personality and style, bedroom lighting is garnering more interest. Unique statement pieces or light configurations that cultivate a relaxing atmosphere are more sought after than ever.

People want to create a sanctuary in their bedrooms, and they want to do so in style, with stunning pendant lights, chandeliers, elaborate floor lamps or combinations of different designs.
A bedroom with a pink wall and hanging lights

Brooklyn Glass Cone Pendant – 7 inch, £69, by Industville (Image supplied by @keys_to_number3)

 

Spending More Consciously

Many people are becoming more thoughtful about the kind of design pieces they choose to buy for their homes. Rather than spending money on low-quality pieces because of their wide availability and low cost, there is a growing trend towards investing in quality items that are going to last for as long as possible.

This trend goes hand-in-hand with environmentally-friendly and sustainability-focused styles of recent years. With people keen to reduce waste and become more conscious of where and how products are made, spending money more wisely is a firm trend for the future.
A dining table by a gallery wall

Brooklyn Umbrella Wall Light – 8 Inch – Brass, £79, by Industville (Image supplied by @cassiezac)

 

Personalisation and Custom Design

One of the many joys of interior design is the way it can reflect personality and character. An increasing number of people are reaching for custom designs that are totally unique to them, whether this means lighting or wallpaper.

2021 will see more people becoming involved in the design process themselves as they cultivate exclusive pieces that are the best fit for their home. Personal expression and creativity will become the ruling philosophies for many when it comes to interior design.

Here at Industville, we offer a range of bespoke services, allowing you to design the perfect lighting fixtures for your home or business.
A stylish kitchen with a board of cinnamon rolls

Brooklyn Dome Pendant – 8 Inch – Pewter, £69, by Industville (Image supplied by @thehivebarn)


With all the upcoming trends, 2021 is bound to be a stylish year full of beautiful and unique interiors! Which design trend will you be channelling in the new year?

For more interior and lighting inspiration, head over to our Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook pages where we post daily!


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