2021 Design Trends: What’s In And What’s Out For Next Year Lisa December 20, 2020

2021 Design Trends: What’s In And What’s Out For Next Year


What are the design trends to watch for in 2021? To get you organised for the next year, let’s look at what’s hot – and what’s not – in the world of interiors. 

In order to improve the look, feel, efficiency and functionality of an indoor space, well thought out interior design is paramount. It takes a lot of work to obtain your dream home, so it’s important to think about things like the colours, textures and fittings that you opt for. 

2021 Design Trends – What’s In?

Multifunctional Rooms – We’re spending more and more time at home, so the lines are starting to blur in terms of separate living rooms, dining rooms and even spare rooms – even the kitchen bench can easily become an extension of the office. When designing your home, allow your rooms some flexibility in terms of their purpose and how much you will actually use them. 

Navy Has Replaced Grey – Remember when we were all about grey on grey? This trend has somewhat faded in popularity, as without carefully thought out additions this palette can easily leave a room feeling cold. As a result, navy has broken away as the colour to watch in 2021 for a cooler (yet elegant) tone. 

Bringing Nature Indoors – We are spending less time outside than ever, so it only makes sense that we want to bring the outdoors in right? Whether it be an indoor plant jungle or even opting for wood or stone materials for our furniture, natural features and ultimately sustainable homes are rapidly gaining traction. 

Bold Colour Pops – While minimalist Scandinavian style home decor has indeed been popular over the past few years, it would appear that the opposite is on it’s way in for 2021. Vintage, upcycled pieces in bold colours (think an ultra violet velvet chair) are having their moment, and even floral wallpapers are having their turn back in the spotlight. 

2021 Design Trends – What’s Out? 

White Everything – White tiles, walls, kitchens and furnishings are on their way out in 2021. Although clean, it can easily come across as sterile when not paired with the appropriate furnishings and features. This also directly opposites the “organised chaos” look in regards to colours for next year. 

Open Shelving – Although it’s been a common sight in kitchens in recent years, they aren’t the best option in terms of functionality and often have the “all or nothing” approach – not to mention the dust. Instead, try smaller shelving combinations for things like herbs and spices without putting all of your utensils and crockery out in the open.

Matchy Matchy – It’s somewhat ingrained in us that everything has to “match” – the curtains, quilt, cushions all have to conform to the same colour palette. As we move into 2021, this just isn’t the case anymore. Get creative with bold floral prints and geometric patterns, and don’t be afraid to “clash” with the tones used in your home. 

Concrete Industrial – This aesthetic became wildly popular in the early 2000’s, but heavy greys and concrete floors can easily make a space feel cold and unwelcoming. This can also include heavy marbles, copper finishings and dark feature walls. Instead, aim to open up your space with warmer and brighter tones for an energy injection. 

How Do You Get It Right?

There is a distinct difference between a style that offers value and longevity, versus a trend that will quickly date – although every interior designer will have a different perspective on what they love and what they loath when it comes to home decor. 

A safe bet is to always speak to a professional. Lee Bourke and the team at Kibo Constructions have long specialised in commercial and residential refits, and know what’s going to work for your space in the long term. 

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