It’s no secret that we’ve spent more time inside our own homes than ever before this year, which has left many of looking around our humble abodes and coming to the conclusion that things are in need of a bit of a refresh. Interior trends are constantly evolving to reflect the times we live in, not just from a decorative point of view but from a functional stance, too.
Our ‘new normal’ has called for an entirely new way of living that will very likely seep into our future forever. Working from home, working out at home and entertaining in the home and garden have all skyrocketed this year – and this is affecting the predicted home interior trends of 2021.
Houzz, the leading platform for home renovation and design, has identified 10 home design trends that they predict will be the top trends of next year. Don’t pick up a hammer or paintbrush until you’ve seen these home interior trends for 2021…
Top 10 home interior trends of 2021
1. Outdoor entertainment spaces
Given the restrictions on outdoor socialising this year (and perhaps a renewed interest in gardening), outdoor entertainment spaces have received a huge spike in interest. According a survey conducted by Houzz, the garden is the area of the home most people want to improve, and searches for ‘summerhouses’, ‘firepits’, ‘hot tubs’ and ‘outdoor kitchens’ are all on the up, as well as outdoor dining options and pizza ovens.
2. All-white kitchens
Maybe we’re being influenced by a pandemic-induced need for cleanliness, but searches for ‘white kitchen’ have risen significantly on Houzz this year compared to 2019. The neutral, light-enhancing hue is certainly great for making a space feel brighter and airier (great for small, dimly-lit spaces), and its connotations to cleanliness can’t be missed. White worktops in particular are on the rise – great for all those Instagram shots of your smoothie bowl, perhaps?
3. Nature-inspired palettes
Our love of bringing the outdoors in shows no signs of waning just yet – warm earth tones, such as burnt umber, terracotta and clay, along with contrasting forest-like hues, such as sage, pine and turquoise, are all predicted to be strong choices for 2021. This nature-inspired colour palette works perfectly with natural materials like rattan, jute, wood and concrete, which have also all featured heavily in the most-saved photos on Houzz lately.
4. Home gyms
Gyms have had to close for long periods of time this year, forcing us to get savvy with home workouts which in turn has caused many of us to ditch the gym altogether. Houzz has seen a dramatic rise in searches for ‘home gym’ and ‘garden gym’ ideas this year, and in 2021 they expect to see more ‘exercise equipment that fits seamlessly into interiors or furniture that doubles up’ as gym equipment.
5. Colourful bathrooms
White might be dominating kitchens, but bathroom trends are going in the opposite direction and are being filled with colour. Designs featuring pink cabinetry, gold grouting, pastel sanitaryware and rich zellige tiles are all prominent trends, while ‘pink bathroom’, ‘navy bathroom’ and ‘gold bathroom’ have all become new additions to the most popular search terms on Houzz in the latter half of 2020.
6. Luxury vintage
Fuelled by a growing interest in sustainability, there is a growing interest in high-end, secondhand furniture. It’s no surprise that, as our concern for how our own shopping habits and throwaway culture affects climate change grows, so has our interest in buying quality pieces of furniture from the past.
7. Multi-functional spaces
Of course, one of the biggest changes we’ve seen this year is the rise in working from home and, therefore, a need for multifunctional spaces. The need to live, work and play in the same space has caused an increase in desire for hybrid designs, detachable units and convertible pieces that create a home more suited to our ‘new normal’. One example of this is the increase in people searching for ‘murphy bed’, a pull-down bed, which suggests ‘a need for homeowners to hide away large pieces of furniture in bedrooms or spare rooms during the day, so they can double as offices’.
8. Interesting bathroom fixtures
Getting back to those bathrooms, there are some key specific trends rising in this oft-forgotten part of the house – until now, anyway. Homeowners are straying away from standard chrome tapware and leaning more towards brass, matte black and rose gold instead, with matte white predicted to gain popularity in the coming year. Meanwhile, antimicrobial tap materials are also gaining traction, as people look to increase hygiene amidst the pandemic – professionals have reported a rise in requests for copper-based fixtures, which benefit from these properties.
9. Smart homes
Alexa, make my home ‘smarter’. The search term ‘smart home’ has seen a dramatic rise in popularity on Houzz this year and has been steadily growing as a priority for homeowners for several years, according to Houzz research. As technology improves, voice recognition tech is predicted to become more and more commonplace in the home (which conveniently removes the need to touch switches, household appliances and remote controls, all common germ hotspots – another pandemic-induced trend, perhaps?). In particular, bathrooms are most likely to see a rise in no-touch technology options, with sensor-controlled taps and lights both seeing a rise in popularity.
10. Vegetable gardens
Lockdown saw many of us turn green-fingered for the first time this year, thus creating another new addition to the most-searched terms on Houzz: ‘vegetable garden’. This trend is expected to continue into next year, with even the smallest outdoor spaces being put to use – window sills, balconies and planters can all enjoy the benefits of home-grown produce.