The biggest interior design trends of 2021

By MiNDFOOD

Interior design trends for 2021 take us back to raw and rustic nature.

2021 is all about earthy and raw interiors says Justine Wilson, leading property stylist and founder of Vault Interiors. She says interior styling has come back to nature this year.

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, this 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 is 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 80s, and 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 continue to dominate, especially in furniture and lighting design. These raw-looking natural designs are 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 are becoming increasingly popular. Think white or beige as the colour of choice, but this is applied inside in main living areas and bathrooms.

Photography & styling by Bureaux

4. Curves and arches

These are 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

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 also feature in external architectural elements such as pergolas or outdoor breezeways.

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