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Must-have design trends for 2021

5 February 2021 - 5 min read

Our home trend forecast 2021

2021 is finally here! And with it comes a multitude of exciting new design trends. From neutral tones to feature tapware, World of Style interior designer Charlotte has summarised our must-have looks for this year.

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Colour Trends


Unprecedented times have really shown us the importance of the home being a place of sanctuary. Warm comforting hues of white, beige and cream as well as neutral furniture pieces are being used more and more to create welcoming environments. Stemming from a need to feel cosy and warm within our own homes during lockdown, warm lighting, soft textures and organic shapes are key features within this design style. M inimal design aesthetic is becoming increasingly popular, and a ‘less is more’ approach means less clutter and less to clean! A win-win if you ask us.
Front lounge, Classic Hamptons World of Style, Waldorf Grange 49 at Altona
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Dulux colour of the year

Tones from Nature

The Dulux Colour Forecast for 2021 includes ‘nourish’; a palette of warm neutrals that offers to revitalise your home with accents of yellow and green. This palette draws on the need for comfort, complimented by rounded form and soft objects. Tranquil and nourishing, this colour palette draws a strong connection between nature, with a focus on bringing the outdoors in.
Dining area with Lake Como World of Style, Stanhope 41 at Olivine
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Emerging Style Trend

California Cool

With an emphasis on sustainable and pre-loved pieces this particular look showcases white base colours with accents of black, complemented by warm oak and tan hues. Greys also come into play as well as occasional pops of deep blues and muddy greens.  This style is all about blending old with new, with a sense of crisp and cleanness throughout while still having an emphasis on homely comfort. It welcomes the revival of DIY and used furniture, as well as soft furnishings such as recycled fashion textiles. Antique, eclectic ‘one off’ pieces are a key in creating this style, with a focus on preserving the old rather than buying new.
Kitchen area, Hollywood Hills World of Style, Savoy 40 Q at Newport
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Bathroom Trends

Earthy schemes with feature tapware

Warm earthy colour schemes are not only making their way into living spaces, but into our bathrooms as well. Inspired by the need for comfort, modern bathroom design is now embracing warmer tones like terracotta and rust. Warm metals such as rose gold, copper and brass bring a touch of luxury and chic into a bathroom, particularly into ensuites. To avoid tiles looking too sterile, handmade tactile finishes in rich warm colours such as peach, mustard and beige are making their way to the spotlight. Delivering an ‘at home spa treatment’ vibe!
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