I Asked the Experts—These Will Be 2021's Defining Interior Trends

There are many things we're looking to leave behind us in 2020, but our obsession with interiors isn't one of them. For most of us, our homes have become our places of work as well as our havens of rest. As such, it's understandable that elevating our spaces has become a priority. Still, that doesn't mean that your quest to achieve interiors nirvana needs to be over. For now, on the cusp of a new year, fresh interiors trends are starting to emerge. With our interests piqued, we decided to ask those in the know what they think 2021's big interior trends will be. 

We consulted with Charmaine White, founder and interior designer at The White House Interiors, Matthew Tranter, founder of architectural and interiors visualisation studio Pillar Visuals, and Sophie Elliot and Cloe Bueso, co-founders of The Sette, find out how we should be decorating in 2021. Here's what they said.  


“Blue has been a default colour in interiors for some time, but recently I’ve noticed a resurge in true green. Think along the lines of grass and olive as opposed to the more muted tones of, say, sage. This is largely an attempt to bring the feeling of the outdoors inside our homes.” — Matthew Tranter, founder, Pillar Visuals


“In our experience, our best-selling items are proves that are inspired by food-stuffs; highlights in our range include our croissant-shaped butter dish and our vegetable cutlery rests, both of which we’ve had to restock. This trend might seem niche, but we’re starting to see it all over.” — Cloe Bueso, co-founder, The Sette 

"I believe design should be timeless. An old oil painting that you picked up at an antiques market, mixed with a modern light fixture so as not to place what era a room is from. That is how to achieve timelessness—mix and match your eras.” — Charmaine White, founder and interior designer, The White House Interiors


Interior Trends 2021: Conscious finds



“Something I’m seeing more and more of is homeowners wanting to incorporate sustainability into their design schemes. Because of this, antique, repurposed, and salvaged pieces are all finding their place into modern interiors. There are some new and exciting antiques dealers doing very well on social media as a result.” — Charmaine White, founder and interior designer, The White House Interiors


“An emerging trend that I really like is portable lighting. It’s practical, as you aren’t hamstrung by where your sockets are. And, with people using their homes more in the pandemic, it’s a nice, effective way to bring light to an area of the home you may have previously ignored before. They’re such a nice alternative to candles, and are considerably less dangerous, too.” — Matthew Tranter, founder, Pillar Visuals

Interior Trends 2021: Nostalgic items



"People are looking for a product that will stand the test of time but that has an element of nostalgia in its design, and sometimes even function. Whenever we source and buy items, we make sure that they have an element of familiarity and also a slight quirk.” — Sophie Elliot, co-founder, The Sette 


"Warmer tones are now being favoured over cooler greys. Dulux’s Colour of the Year for 2021, Brave Ground, will serve as a beautiful backdrop to the wooden, woven, rattan, and bouclé textures that were popular in 2020. Polished plaster, travertines, camels, and deep neutralised hues like olive green and burnt orange are firmly taking hold of the interiors landscape.” — Charmaine White, founder and interior designer, The White House Interiors


“Rugs have been on-trend for a few seasons but the look has evolved for 2021 by way of layering. People are using, not just one, but two thinner rugs overlaid to create a more bespoke look. Choose different patterns, textures, or colours to make them even more unique.” — Matthew Tranter, founder, Pillar Visuals

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