10 Interior Design Features Set to Dominate in 2021


Interior design trends come and go, and just like we saw shabby chic furniture or the millennial pink that was absolutely everywhere make a departure from our homes in preference of a new suite of styles, there are a few interior features that are quickly gaining traction that we’re sure to see more of in the coming months. 

If you want to know where the world of interior styling is heading in 2021, here are 10 interior design features that are sure to be popping up in homes everywhere:

1. White bathroom tiles

While marble, geometric, terrazzo and encaustic tiles have dominated bathroom design in recent years, plenty of home renovators are opting for the clean lines and simplicity of white bathroom tiles.

Offering a fresh, minimalist aesthetic, white bathroom tiles suit almost any bathroom space and can be easily paired with almost any style of fittings and fixtures.

2. Aztec-Inspired Motifs

Channeling a relaxed bohemian vibe with geometric shapes and patterns and a neutral color palette incorporating plenty of blacks, browns, creams and mustards, Aztec-inspired motifs are quickly gaining popularity and are sure to be found everywhere from textiles and rugs to wallpaper and artwork.

3. Nature-Inspired Colour Palettes

Flowing from the simplicity of Scandinavian design which has dominated for most of the 2010s, plenty of us are still loving the style while drawing some extra inspiration from nature—think tinted whites, muted greys, sage green and burnt orange combined with natural materials including plenty of timber, stone and concrete. 

4. Botanical Wallpapers

Continuing with the nature theme, we’re also seeing our love of nature welcoming florals back into our homes—and specifically, native botanical wallpaper designs that can add a sense of understated elegance to any interior space.

5. Timber Wall Panelling

Our love affair with timber is still going strong, and we’re now seeing a return to mid-century-style timber paneling.

Adding vertical timber paneling to a feature wall or below a breakfast bar countertop adds warmth and interest, while still projecting a contemporary feel.

6. Indoor Plants

Greenery is always a great way to breathe life into a space and our love for indoor plants doesn’t look like it’s going to go anywhere any time soon. 

7. Skylights

Most homeowners want their home to feel ‘light and bright’, and while smart lighting solutions can be a great way to achieve that, nothing can compare to the beauty of natural light.

Unlike windows which only capture light at certain times of the day, skylights are a great way to harness the sunlight throughout the entire course of the day while adding to the sense of space in a room.

8. Curves

Curves are making a comeback. While we’re still very much loving clean, linear design, incorporating some curved elements is a great way to create interest in a space.

If your home has arches that you’re thinking of removing, you might want to think twice!

9. Cane and Rattan

British Colonial-style cane and rattan furniture have made a comeback.

Emphasizing a relaxed, tropical vibe, we’re seeing the natural material being used in everything from armchairs and bed heads, to coffee tables, cabinets and bedside tables.

10. Original Artworks

Say goodbye to mass-produced framed prints and canvases—in 2021, opting for original artwork is the way to go.

While they don’t always come cheap, there’s a certain beauty you can only realize with an artwork that has been carefully crafted by an artist at work.

The decision to commission an artist to create a unique artwork to suit your individual requirements is also something we’re sure to see more of moving forward.

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