Spring Summer Interior Trends 2021
Yes its that time of year when the new season's trends are being announced, and this year it's a bit different, which is hardly surprising after the year we've had. The trends are more of a move on from last year rather than anything too dramatic, but two things that always kick things off are Dulux Colour of The Year, which this year is 'Brave Ground' a comforting earth tone, which given how long ago it was decided, is right on the money because we all need colours that ground us and make us feel safe. Followed by Pantone Colour of the Year which is actually two colours - grey and yellow. Here I have curated a few of the trends you will be seeing this year - which one will you choose?
There is no doubt about it, we have all spent a lot more time in bed, well I certainly have. Its our sanctuary, so it needs to be as cosy as possible with calming, muted, natural colours, and LOTS of texture. Think knitted cushions and throws - you could even knit one yourself in lockdown, teamed with good quality cotton or linen bedding for softness, and a comfortable headboard to lean against while you check your emails. Have a lamp nearby for subdued lighting and the ultimate luxury - breakfast in bed, so invest in a stylish wooden tray. All from the Retreat collection from Amara.
Japandi is another strong trend that has carried through, a blend of Japanese and Scandi styles, with a pared back look and lots of natural materials. Boucle, a fabric we haven't seen for a while is back to stay, its so cosy and tactile in this updated club chair, a round rug, another trend we are seeing a lot of, and natural baskets to house grasses rather than plants. The Japanese are renowned for their ceramics, simple shapes with handles like this lamp base or a striped vase. A rattan tray is an easy wall decoration. Svea sidetable, Ted lounge chair, grey terracotta table lamp, Deco vase, Nature wool rug all Bloomingville
There is a definite move towards rounded shapes, they are so much more welcoming than hard, straight lines, so perfect for now. Sofas and armchairs have curved seats and arms, no sharp edges, teamed with a round coffee and side tables, even round cushions. Columns are another trend that came in last year, like this side table with its ridged sides, echoed in the lamp and pendant light, and again interesting shapes in ceramics. Lagoon module sofa - corner £1249, chair £775, Lolly Pendant £285
Lolly table lamp £285, Rattan table Wicky £369, Ada Dot Vase £66, Shape bowl £49, Throw Checker £119
Sena Cushion Cover £55, Magazine holder Maggi £75, Table Pam £299, Hyacint vases £37, Magny vase £89
Tealight holder Agate set of 3 £30, Rainbow candles £17 and £22.50 all Broste Copenhagen
Cottagecore has been all over social media recently. It's a move on from Granny Chic and all those other names being bandied about, and basically its a romantic view of the past when life was simpler, and includes colours, patterns and details that wouldn't look out of place in your granny's house. This gorgeous wallpaper is new however, called Bird & Anenome from the Queens Square collection from Morris & Co. There are plenty of traditional washbasins around to replicate this look, Burlington springs to mind, and tongue and groove panelling is easy to do. Scrubbed floorboards and a striped rug add the right note then put up a shelf to display antique plates and vintage-style mugs along the top of the panelling
Colour blocking continues to trend, this time in earth colours to give a grounded feel and adds warmth to a room, these colours are: upper wall: Light bronze green no.123, highlight stripe: Nether Red no. 315 both in Intelligent Matt emulsion £53 for 2.5l, Splashback: Elysian Ground no. 320 in Intelligent Eggshell £68 for 2.5l, Cabinets and woodwork: Book Room Green no 322 all in Intelligent Eggshell £68 for 2.5l all Little Greene.
Pantone Colours of the Year for 2021 are - 'Illuminating' - a bright and cheerful yellow and 'Ultimate Grey'. Showcased here with a fabulous new flooring from Topps Tiles, Regal Cubis Matt Mosaic, and a retro yellow chair that really sings against this geometric pattern. Find a similar chair at Stone Butterfly
Another relaxing bedroom scheme but with more pattern. The colours and patterns are taken from nature, starting with a mid-brown painted floor and sage green wall panelling - green is big this year, especially in kitchens. The patterned bedlinen with fern leaves and grasses has a botanical feel and the jade throw and cushion look vintage and relaxed. The finishing touch is the green contemporary lampshade in a new shape,
Habitat Another Eden Botanical Floral bedding, £26, Enzym washed throw, £28, Matelasse cushion, £15, seat cushion, £10, Chiltern spindle double bed frame, £349, Eden printed hero cushion, £14, window pane mirror, £25, Otton ceiling shade, £95 habitat..co.uk
It looks like we are all going to be working from home for the foreseeable future, so carving out a space to create a home office is essential. Think about little used areas such as under the eaves or under the stairs. This design has bespoke shelving fitted into the wall space which is a great idea and doesn't take up any space in the room, then all you need is a desk. The colour on the right hand wall is 'Brave Ground' which I mentioned before, teamed with Midnight Garden and Restful Slumber, both Dulux. Find a similar industrial chair at Vinterior
One new trend is Global Influence or Tropical Escapism. Jungle prints have been around for a while, and as we can't get away on holiday, they are still really popular, so put up a wall mural and dream you are in the jungle sipping a cocktail in a treehouse. Tropical Birds In the Jungle mural by Andrea Haase, Wallsauce.com
Which brings us neatly to houseplants, which have exploded in interiors - no well dressed home should be without them, and along with the well-being benefits of nurturing plants, they purify the air. So if you've got wonderful plants, it stands to reason you want fabulous planters. These Abuo planters are from £40 and due in store in June, Oliver Bonas