What Are the Biggest Interior Design Trends for 2021?

When it comes to interior design trends for 2021, there's something for everyone. From the Grandmillennial trend, to all aspects of bringing the outdoors in - there are plenty of ways to refresh your home décor this year. So whether you're looking to completely update your interior, or just add a few on-trend pieces - these are some of the biggest interior design trends for 2021 that are sure to inspire you.

Grandmillennial

The grandmillennial trend, or Granny chic, is set to be a huge trend for 2021, but what exactly is it?

Grandmillennial style channels all of the features you might notice at your Grandma's house. From embroidered linen to floral patterns - grandmillennial style is a fresh take on the traditional, without appearing outdated or twee.

It's thought that the trend took off with millennials who were desperate to switch off, stop competing to stay on top of the latest home interior trends on Instagram and recreate that cosy, homely feeling they got from their Grandma's house.

One of the most popular ways to bring this trend into your home is to create a feature wall from patterned plates - think a set of Blue Italian on your dining room wall. But if you don't trust yourself to hang china on your walls without an accident or two, then there are plenty of other ways to incorporate this trend into your home, including:

  • Skirted furniture
  • Embroidered linen
  • Floral wallpaper
  • Chintz curtains
  • Framed needlepoint

So whether you go all-out with the grandmillennial trend, or just nod to it with a few statement pieces - granny chic interiors will have you hailed as the ultimate fashionista this year.

Indoor Plants and Dried Flowers

In a time when many of us are spending so much time indoors, it comes as no surprise that people are looking for ways to bring the outdoors in.

Biophilic design is an architectural concept which focusses on bringing elements of the outdoors inside, helping people to reconnect with nature, boost productivity and improve physical health. After all, there's no denying that there's nothing better than gazing at a fresh bouquet of flowers on your kitchen island.

But it's not just fresh bouquets that can help you reap the benefits of indoor plants - dried flowers are a huge trend too. From pampas grass to bunny tails - dried flower bouquets are the ultimate low-maintenance way to introduce an element of the outdoors into your home. In fact - you'd be hard-pressed to find a home interiors influencer without a dried flower arrangement or two featured in their home.

However, if you trust yourself to be able to keep a plant alive, then indoor plants are another fantastic way to harness the biophilic design trend in your home. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, indoor plants have been shown to reduce stress and purify the air. So if you want to introduce some greenery into your home, some of the best indoor plants include:

  • Snake plant
  • Dracaena
  • Spider plant
  • Peace lily
  • Aloe vera
  • Philodendron
  • ZZ plant


Once you've chosen the best indoor plant according to your green-fingered abilities, all that's left is to find the perfect plant pot to make a real statement.

Cottagecore

One of the biggest interior design trends for 2021 is cottagecore - and we can guarantee will have already seen elements of it all over your Instagram feed.

A trend inspired by the countryside lifestyle, cottagecore interior design embraces the nature, simplicity and home comforts that you might find in a quaint countryside cottage. From chunky knitted blankets and hand-picked posies to patchwork quilts and teapots - cottagecore is a far cry from the sleek, modern interiors you might be used to seeing on your Instagram feed.

The trend seemed to explode onto the scene in 2020, when city dwellers moved in with their parents or rented an Airbnb in order to escape the city during lockdown. However, the cottagecore trend doesn't solely focus on interiors - people are embracing it as a whole lifestyle change. From spending more time outdoors, less time on screens and embracing new, wholesome hobbies such as baking - this escape back to nature is helping people to thrive.

So whether you fully embrace the cottagecore lifestyle and make your own sourdough starter, or just add a couple of kitsch countryside-inspired pieces to your home - the cottagecore trend is certainly one to get on board with this year.

Balcony Gardens

For those who were confined to apartments during lockdown, balcony gardens became a must-have. While some people chose to create a cosy haven on their balcony with outdoor cushions, fairy lights and an all-important table for outdoor working, others filled theirs with colourful potted plants, vegetables and herbs.

When creating a balcony garden, it's important to do your research into which plants will thrive in your outdoor space. For example, some plants will flourish on a south-facing balcony, whilst others, such as snowdrops and bellflowers, are better suited shady conditions.

So whether you choose to grow a selection of fragrant herbs to add an extra-special touch to your cooking, or truly test your green-fingered abilities with a selection of plants, succulents and vegetables - they'll give your balcony the real wow-factor whilst creating an outdoor haven for you to relax and unwind.

Making a Statement

It's time to wave goodbye to grey. From statement furniture to bold home décor - making a statement in your home is set to be a huge interior design trend this year.

For those renting properties and unable to make permanent changes to their home décor, bold decorative home accessories are the perfect way to interject some personality. From statement chairs to removable vinyl splashbacks - there are plenty of ways to achieve this trend in a rented property, such as:

  • Quirky lamps
  • Statement bedding
  • Bold lampshades
  • Bright rugs
  • Decorative vases
  • Wall art


However, for those who are able to make more permanent changes to their property, it's all about loud, fashionable interiors. From statement wallpaper and textured walls, to colourful kitchen cabinets - there's no such thing as too much when it comes to this trend.

So whether you add a bold splash of colour to one room in your house, or simply invest in some statement tableware pieces - you're sure to impress all of your guests with this trend.


From Blue Italian feature walls to Cottagecore-inspired tablescapes - we're obsessed with all of the interior trends for 2021, so tag us in your creations on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our feed!