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Interior design trends to look out for in 2021

2021 is set to be all about and earthy and raw interiors predicts Justine Wilson, leading property stylist and founder of Vault Interiors who believes interior styling in 2021 will come back to nature.

2020 Houses Awards Cremorne Point Apartment by Studio Plus Three Photography BEN HOSKING

Whether it’s broken stone to natural elements of rattan and cane and the use of recycled materials, next year it’s all about embracing raw-looking designs with crisp white interiors. Justine Wilson says, “There has been a major shift over the past 12 months to getting back to nature, looking for ways to be more sustainable and generally becoming more minimalistic when it comes to styling. For many that feeling of nature combined with neutrals creates a sense of calm and prosperity, at least it does for me! When it comes to interior accents colours, these will remain inspired from natural elements and earthy tones so think olive tones, rust tones, soft blues and beige and sand tones,” adds Justine.

Justine’s top five interior trends for 2021 include:

1. Broken stone/eclectic paving

This will be a big trend, it’s where slabs of stone like terrazzo, terracotta, marble, or slate tiles are broken into random pieces and laid in a haphazard way creating a natural-looking pattern. It’s an earthy look that’s was popular in the 80’s, and that I see it used in modern boho-style homes, hotels, and retail spaces.

The Blue Lagoon Build is the latest home by Kyal and Kara (and a great example of crazy paving). The home features building material from James Hardie to help achieve the Australian-Mediterranean coastal look.

2. Natural elements

Rattan, cane and woven materials will continue to dominate, especially in furniture and lighting design. These raw-looking natural designs will be paired with crisp white interiors.

Bismarck House by Houses Award_Andrew Burges Architects Photography PETER BENNETTS

3. Rendering interior walls

Rustic wall treatments, similar to what you would find in the Greek islands or externally like on a Spanish revival style home will become increasingly popular. Think white or beige as the colour of choice, but this will be applied inside in main living areas and bathrooms.

Photography & styling by Bureaux

4. Curves and arches

These will be very popular, especially in furniture and joinery design. New build homes will have arched doorways and windows as key design features.

Penthouse M by CJH Studio Photography Cathy Schusler Australian Interior Design Awards

5. Recycled timber beams

These will be big, I see these being integrated in ceiling design to create the look of a rustic warehouse or farmhouse style but paired with modern colours and joinery. They will also feature in external architectural elements such as pergolas or outdoor breezeways.

House Tour: The Sustainable Sydney Terrace House That Meets The Sky

Sustainable design and family versatility were the key drivers behind this New South Wales Sky House, designed by Marra + Yeh Architects.

The ‘forever home’ was built for a family of five, bringing together adjoining terraces in Redfern, Sydney to achieve a contemporary and flexible family home.

With sustainability at the forefront of the design brief, the architects sought out sustainably-sourced building materials, along with a water and energy-efficient structure.

Approaching the build with a climate-responsive design, Marra + Yeh’s architects worked closely with timber supplier Big River Group to incorporate Armourply, Armourtread, Armourpanel and Armourform throughout the home.

The locally-sourced, sustainable timbers offer structural and aesthetic attributes, while achieving the kind of versatility and strength the designer’s needed for finishes, joinery and furniture. 

“The family took great care in all materials being used for the creation of their dream home and this is why the use of Big River products was crucial in the process,” says Carol Marra, Director of Marra + Yeh Architects.

Embracing an abundance of natural light, the architects opened up the house with a stunning sky window.

“The way the house is calibrated to climate and environment is not normally found in terrace houses. This is showcased through the internal atrium and sky window, which opens the heart of the house to the outdoors and connects occupants to nature on a daily basis,” notes Marra.

The contemporary aesthetic elements and sustainable craftsmanship transforms the Sydney terrace house into an “experience of the seasons”, creating a unique connection with nature.