2021 trends

Most of us were glad to put 2020 behind us and even though 2021 looks like much of the same, at least we know what we are in for. Some of the 2021 trends that are emerging have been ‘inspired’ by our time in lockdown. Bright colours, homely ambience and décor inspired by holidays are all some of the themes that will carry us into the new year.

Whilst most of us cannot redecorate our entire house, identifying a few elements that can be updated, renovated or given a facelift will help alleviate the boredom we may be feeling after spending so much time at home during the various stages of lockdown.

Changing a few things can bring much needed energy into a familiar space.

Homes & Gardens identified 20 top trends for 2021. Here we look at a few of them:

Yellow and Grey

This year’s Pantone named not one but two colours of the year: Illuminating, a zingy yellow and Ultimate Gray, a pale grey.  According to Pantone: ‘The selection of two independent colours highlight how different elements come together to express a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting, conveying the idea that it’s not about one colour or one person, it’s about more than one.’ This is no doubt inspired by the unity that was created to support one another as the world battled the Coronavirus.


Rustic Vogue

A sophisticated take on cottage core. This appeals to anyone who loves their modern home comforts but wants to inject some character details into their living spaces, too. It works ideally in homes that already have some interesting features, such as exposed beams, original floorboards, or paneled walls, but can equally be re-created with a considered balance of old and new pieces that work together in harmony.

Reclaimed wood is the core material that holds this look together – look for unique pieces that show plenty of grain and texture, rather than items that are perfectly finished.

Distant Shores

Who is not craving a bit travel to somewhere exotic. This trend encompasses a calm and relaxing living space that offers a bit of escapism. It is mostly about tropical themes with colour and designs picking up on this, but actually it can be inspired by any holiday type décor.


The home office

With so many of us now working from home at least some of the time, a dedicated home office or at least space with a desk and suitable lighting is a must. Get creative as this area may be in an existing living area – a stylish desk lamp and one or two ornaments can make this area blend in with the room. You can also look at upholstering your desk chair in fabric that compliments the rest of the room. Screens are also a great way to hide a messy desk.

Bold headboards and canopies

Boutique hotels are characterised by beautiful, if somewhat dramatic décor. This design element is finding its way into many homes and especially bedrooms where headboards are quite literally taking centre stage. Be adventurous with colour, pattern and design. Canopies are also popular, and these can be co-ordinated with other features in the room like wallpaper, throws and cushions.

Mary Interior Decorators manufacture custom made furniture and headboards.  We also design and manufacture curtains, blinds and shutters and can assist with all your décor and design needs.  For more information and advice call 011 268 0329 or email

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