With social restrictions limiting self-expression in recent months, we have noticed people turning to their homes as the place for creativity and personalisation. As a continually evolving industry we expect the interior designed landscape to include fresh ideas, bold colors, textures and unexpected materials. Our top picks for 2021 and beyond are below.
Bring on a brighter 2021!
1 - Wood and Concrete in its purest form
The trend of exposed wood and concrete as raw materials on walls, ceilings and floors is something that architects and designers have been using in increasing frequency over the past few years. The momentum continues to grow and we are big fans, regularly designing these materials into projects.
Exposed wood achieves a natural warmth and elegance in interior spaces without being excessively expensive and in some cases can save on costs, particularly with the growing popularity of OSB particle board as a raw finish.
Exposed concrete, which is usually polished to form a protective top layer, can also provide an elegant finish. When combining concrete also as a surface finish, you have the potential to engage all senses beyond the visual, coupled with attractive qualities such as durability and low maintenance. In our own kitchen we have recently achieved just this with both concrete and natural wood worktops that look stunning.
2 - Biophilic Design
Biophilic design principles have been discussed for several years but only recently filtered into the mainstream. Indoor plants have become a completely new layer in interior design projects and it's a growing trend. In order to maintain a certain level of connection with nature, Biophilic Design aims to integrate nature into building architecture to make a stronger connection between man and nature. This translates in interior design trends that continues the above philosophy of more natural, organic shapes and materials like wood, stone, lots of daylight and plants.
With the rapidly increasing focus on sustainable and responsible living, this will surely shape interior design for decades to come.
3. Integrated study nooks
Moving away from the more holistic trends and getting specific, flexibility at home is more important now than it ever has been, with working from home a new norm. In this context, working areas have become a necessity for most people, yet also less formal and coexist with other living spaces. This has led to the arrival of 'study nooks' that are either integrated into unused spaces in the house like under stairs, or into larger furniture pieces such as closets or bookshelves.
4. Architectural Arches
Archways that were once a typical architectural feature are having a revival, largely thanks to designers opting for curved doorways and rounded or arched windows to projects. Aligned with Biophilic Design trends, arches appear as more organic shapes within the home, and this is also achieved through the use of arched mirrors and patterned wall papers.
From mirrors and ceilings to entryways and fireplaces, the arch design trend is in full swing. There is definitely a right and wrong way when it comes to arch design, but done right it can be an Arc de triomphe!
here is a right and wrong way when it comes to arches
5. Black kitchens
Kitchens appear to be shifting away from the long popular and safe haven of neutral white and designers are welcoming the new color trend: black. Dark kitchen colour schemes offer a sleek and elegant design that complement modern contemporary spaces.
Houzz notes that black kitchens have significantly gained in popularity. Searches for 'dark' and 'black' kitchens appear in its most popular list for the first time last year, while searches for 'black kitchen' has increased 46%. The strong color choice helps to create a distinction between a kitchen and living area in an open-plan space without needing to put up any walls, and the black helps to create visual interest in a space that may not have previously stood out.
6. Stairs with integrated furniture
There are many creative ways of utilising the space left underneath stairs and this isn't a new idea, but as the shift in work trends is moving people to the home, maximising available floor space is increasingly important.
7. Colorful bathrooms
In parallel to the more frequent use of bright and bold colors in walls and furniture, bathrooms have also begun to embrace color in a daring but elegant way. Bathrooms don’t need to be bright white anymore! Architects and designers are lifting the energy inside these fundamental spaces through colors such as light pink, golden yellow, navy blue and olive green.