What’s Hot Right Now: Design Trends For 2021
Planning some cosmetic work on your home or a full reno this year?
Find a little inspo in our annual design trends post, which predicts what will be trending in 2021.
In the past year, it’s fair to say most of us have been staring at the four walls of our homes much more than we’re used to, thanks to Covid-19. So it’s no surprise that there’s been a spike in Aussies keen to renovate – in fact, research shows the average cost of a “pandemic renovation” has been over $63,000. So if you’re in that camp and have some home improvements planned, or just fancy a bit of restyling, here’s what’ll be trending in 2021.
What’s new in colour?
Dulux’s annual colour forecast has been released and it focuses on three major colour schemes. Each is inspired by nature and named Retreat, Nourish and Reset – pretty apt, when you consider the recent experiences we’ve all had to navigate.
Retreat is all about earth-based hues: soft greys, deep or stormy blues and warm whites. The Nourish palette brings in warm neutrals with fresh accents of yellow and green, while Reset is all about a bold sense of renewal: uplifting colours, a playful retro influence and vibrant, happy pops of colour.
Pantone has also hedged their bets by choosing two colours for 2021: PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, which is a yellow.
What’s new in home design?
Lockdown has changed how many of us view our homes – in fact, it’s probably fair to say that we have much higher expectations about how we want our home spaces to function. And that’s going to spill over into architecture and home design.
Creating multi-purpose spaces or transforming awkward spaces with clever joinery in order to make our homes more liveable is going to be a huge trend for the future. And that might mean turning dead spaces into smart storage, or oddly shaped areas into functional study nooks. Sliding walls or multi-purpose rooms with easy-to-change layouts will also be popular.
The home office is certainly here to stay, with many renovators looking to add one, either inside or as a separate building in the garden. We’ll also be looking to create more cosy inviting spaces with comfy furniture choices that make it more appealing to stay at home more.
What’s new in sustainability?
Whether it’s installing tech that creates sustainable environments in the home, adding solar panels or rainwater tanks, or bringing eco-technology in (such as a Tesla charging station in the garage) sustainable design isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, some architects specialise entirely in passive design – where you design homes around the climate and local site conditions to reduce the need for artificial cooling and heating. Goodbye, energy bills!
Similarly, the trend continues to bring the outdoors in. “Biophilic design” – where nature is integrated into architecture – is going to be big in the coming years: think green walls, green roofs, green installations and internal courtyards with an abundance of plant life – perfect for Paddington terraces. It improves our health, can insulate and protect buildings, create cooler micro-climates and clean the air.
What’s new in materials?
The trend towards using more natural fibres will become even more popular – think rattan, cane, jute, wicker, ceramics and organic materials. And expect to see more biodesign products becoming available in the coming years – this is where furniture (or buildings or even clothing) is made using waste, bacteria or fungi!
Obviously, after the year we’ve had, hygiene and materials which help us stay healthy will also feature widely in the homes of 2021. According to Houzz, there seems to be a greater demand for ‘bacteriostatic’ surface coatings – these are materials such as copper, brass and bronze that are capable of inhibiting the growth or reproduction of bacteria. So you may start to see these materials trending for sinks, splashbacks and tapware in kitchens and bathrooms.
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