2021 has brought a change in perception when it comes to our living spaces. Homes have, amidst the pandemic, become both more intimate and, in a very short space of time, more utilitarian. Workplaces, classrooms and gyms are no longer institutions that we travel to. Instead, they invade our nests, forcing us to make space for them both physically and in our minds.
As human beings, this has created a need to be ensconced in all things that bring us comfort, a sentiment reflected deeply in the interior design trends for 2021. Here’s our update on the latest design trends with a focus on the outdoors and what’s cool for summer 2021.
What is interior design?
Interior design is the art of creating beautiful, functional, safe, trendy spaces using light, colour, materials, furnishings and every aspect of décor imaginable.
With over three decades of experience and with design being at the heart of all that we do, FCI London brings you an update on the hottest new interior design trends of 2021 and we show you how to apply them in your garden space. For more detailed info, take a look at our interior design services explained.
Colours for 2021
With a yearning for the outdoors brought about by months in lockdown, colours in vogue for this year embrace warm, earthy tones like rusts, reds, and textured browns.
Other trending shades that mirror the calm of outdoor spaces include sage green and pale blue, while the two Pantone colours of the year for 2021: Ultimate (a practical, dependable grey) and Illuminating (an optimistic, sunny yellow).
Monochrome walls lit up by pops of bright primary hues in the form of bold, oversized statement vases and other ornamental pieces are also popular for evoking sentiments of hope, perfectly captured in this bright yellow seating from Valore Collezione.
Aside from colour, textured walls are in. Tactile tiles, three-dimensional wooden panelling, hanging rugs and tapestries entice you to reach out and touch.
Cottagecore is taking the interior design scene by storm. Deliciously eclectic, it incorporates a touch of kitsch with the refinement of classic and an earthy, farmhouse edge. For outdoor areas, think wood and yarn like in these Stipa Dining Chairs by Skyline Design – stables are optional!
Contemporary cottage interiors are relaxed, antique-inspired and seamlessly incorporate a mish-mash of trending design ideas. Think English country vibe with a modern twist. Look for whimsical floral materials, quaint, ornate knick-knacks, pieces that speak of traditional comfort and saturated colours, like this Shell Cushion Flower by Garden Glory.
Whether you’re shopping in antique stores, at FCI London or on eBay, be on the hunt for classic textiles, bespoke end tables and slipcovered furniture. Dig out your heirlooms, play with colour, visualise all things cluttered and cosy… and you’ll be well on your way to creating a Cottagecore masterpiece!
Focussing on a lived-in, vintage vibe, the Shabby Chic look brings purpose and a faded elegance to your rooms. Using light, neutral tones of off white, beige and grey is an absolute must, while mint greens, pale pinks or soft yellows can be introduced through ornamental pieces. For more Shabby Chic bedroom setups, check out B&B Letti who captures the mood perfectly.
Distressed wood is a perfect choice when it comes to tables and side items. Remember that they need to look shabby and weathered rather than polished and poised, so find something with personality.
Indulge in a gallery wall of artwork or photographs, choosing charming, paint-chipped picture frames that look yester-year, or invest in a timeless chandelier as a statement centrepiece. Drape white linen casually over furniture for elegant contrasts, and find elements of lace, leather and vintage velvet for relaxed comfort.
A Shabby Chic home should elicit feelings of romance and an uncultivated sense of luxury.
A beautiful blend of antique, retro and contemporary, Vintage Décor in 2021 is all about reclaiming, repurposing and creating a unifying, uncluttered theme. Pairing simplicity with grace, this interior design style demands a sense of personal harmony and nostalgia. This Compendium Wallpaper by Blendworth is the perfect place to start.
There is a strong emphasis on sourcing and salvaging original antique furnishings, which makes it an ethical style that impacts less heavily on the environment. Nothing of value should be thrown away, so hang on to everything you have from your grandparents!
Layering and placement are key elements in this genre. Every piece must have a purpose. Hang ornate mirrors, find some modern statement lighting, invest in rich fabrics and elaborate wallpapers and use strong colours. Remember to provide plenty of contrast within a common theme.
The Rustic interior design style is casually elegant and has its roots based on capturing the striking beauty and coarse simplicity of being outside. With a distinctive emphasis on earthy textures, natural materials like stone, wood and metal dominate, creating an organic aesthetic that permeates each living area with comfort and warmth. Think wrought iron or metal-legged tables and chairs outdoors, like these Cricket Outdoor Bar Stools by Varaschin.
Capitalise on wooden floors and ceiling beams and hang copper pots and pans in full view. Wrought iron details, metal doorknobs and stone fireplaces are also commonplace, coupled with raw walls and bric-a-brac in shades of white. The Barrymore Light Petrified Wood Coffee Table by Eichholtz is a great example.
When creating a Rustic chic theme, remember to add chairs that you can curl up in, a bounty of cushions, woven blankets and plenty of rugs. This design style aims to lift the spirit, creating a sense of warmth and inclusion.
Book a Virtual Consultation with our Bespoke Interior Designers
At FCI London, we offer remote interior design services so that you don’t have to travel to get your creative journey underway. Our passionate, experienced design team are waiting to share their ideas and expertise with you. We’ll listen to your vision and take you on a virtual walk around our showroom so that you can explore your options. We’d also be delighted to view your renovation space online and give you all the advice you need during a zoom interior design consultation. Get in touch with us today and start your design journey.