3 Interior Design Trends in 2021

January 21, 2021
Written by Vee Prizzi
Designer / Marketing Assistant

We can separate all the rising 2021 interior design trends into a few distinct categories: colour, sustainability, and texture. Let us jump right into it and peek at what is coming this year that will make our homes feel comforting and stylish at the same time. 


There are two ends of the spectrum when reviewing the rising interior design colour trends in 2021. On one end, Pantone, Dulux, and Sherwin Williams each named their colour of the year, and without exception, each consist of homely, warm, earthy tones. On the other end of the trend spectrum, there’s strongly saturated, rich colours that are able add life and personality to any room. But the former has been able to flow into our homes (seemingly right from the outdoors), pulling us back to nature. 2020 bound us to our living rooms for most of the year, and we began to see our homes on a more intimate level. We’ve become bored of the flawless, manufactured white-grey-black combination on untouchable, uncomfortable showfurniture that saturated our Pinterest timelines for so long. 

Pantone chose to pick two colours this year to share the spotlight, a soft and energetic yellow named ‘Illuminating’ and a fortifying, strong grey, named ‘Ultimate Gray’. Dulux’s warm and earthy tone ‘Brave Ground’ offers a solid foundation, and Sherwin Williams chose a comforting, rooted colour ‘Urbane Bronze’ that supplies a natural backdrop for light and warmth.

Representing the Pantone colours of the year, we can see the gentle, illuminating yellow adds a vivacity to the practicality and strength the grey palette has to offer. If your home has already adopted the clean, grey aesthetic, adding pops of colour like this can bring much-needed zest, while not breaking the budget trying to completely redecorate. 

This room’s warmth is evident in the range of brown tones. This is a great example of the use of multiple shades and tones deriving from one main base colour, similar to that of Dulux’s ‘Brave Ground’. Using multiple shades, and incorporating multiple textures gives the room depth and life.  

This dressing room was actually painted with Sherwin Williams’ colour of the year ‘Urbane Bronze’.  The dark contrast between the wall, and the light and warmth from the open windows opposite the mirror allow for an inviting, comforting feeling and tone. With a dark wall, light-coloured fixtures and furniture, and greenery, this room perfectly encapsulates a natural mood. Perhaps all you’ll need to update your home is to rid-yourself of your all-white wall, and embrace a darker backdrop. 


The 21st century has us flying through design and manufacturing eras faster than ever, and after our age of producing as many goods as possible to please our consumeristic desires, we are now transitioning into a more sustainable, eco-friendly age. After creating so much waste, we must find a way to develop sustainable design solutions, and one of these solutions is repurposing plastic waste into furniture. The goal here is to create beautiful, stylish products from what we already have. 

Ikea makes giant steps in the eco-friendly department. Their creation of flatwoven rugs out of leftover fabric from their bed linen production, their ambition to make solar energy accessible to everyone, and their rugs made from recycled bottles are getting praise and notice from interior designers all over the world. 

The low-pile rug above is from the TYVELSE range. According to their websiteThis rug is made from about 780 recycled 0.5 l PET bottles. Using waste as a resource brings us one step closer to a more sustainable future. 

If you must add contemporary furniture and products to your home, choosing environmentally friendly, sustainable products is recommended, as not only does it lower your impact on the environment, but it also usually means the products in your home are different and unique compared to the particleboard and melamine products that were trendy last year. Although cheap, its mass production not only hurts the environment, but it will also end up hurting your budget down the track. Sustainable products are timeless and usually have a long lifespan, so you will not need to (or want to) throw them out and replace them in the next three years like you would have to with particleboard and melamine. 

Koala is another fitting example of beautiful, timeless design that doubles as ecologically friendly. Based in New South Wales, Koala is a housewares, home furnishings and accessories company that specialise in creating long-lasting products, while giving back to the environment. As a certified B Corporation, Koala ensure they meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, while balancing purpose and profit. 

The above modern sofa is their modular, chaise lounge in the colour Hawky. From their website, “Our modular sofa is designed to look amazing in any room, no matter the combination. With classic silhouettes, warming tones and the versatility to mix and match, you can style it to your liking, and it’ll feel right at home, in yours. 


A subtle way to add sophisticated style to your home is by adding thoughtful texture and layers to each roomTextures and layers can come in the form of fabrics, home accessories, lightingfoliage, patterns, wall art, curtains, baskets – the list goes on! Below I have created two mood-boards to be an example of some basic textures and layers.

Find things that spark joy for you, do not just add things to your home just because you are trying to add dimension. For example, do not add ten plants to your living space if you think it will be too stressful looking after, watering and watching over ten plants 


To conclude, this year’s trends target our ability to reclaim our homes, invite the comfort and warmth of the outdoors, to create stylish statement pieces in our homes without the cost of hurting the environment and rid ourselves of the plain white walls we felt trapped in all year.