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Top five interior design trends for 2021


A new year means it is time to bring new interior trends into your home.

Following 12 months where we’ve had to spend more time at home than ever before, 2021 gives you the opportunity to revamp, refresh and reinvigorate your décor with the hottest trends that will win you big style points for the year ahead.

Check out Avant Life’s top five 2021 interior design trends for you to follow.

Wood panelling

The idea of wood panelling might conjure up visions of libraries and more studious settings, but for 2021, this modern take on a traditional style will bring a whole new vibe to your interior decor. Often coloured using much darker hues, wood panelling is a simple design feature and effortlessly adds chic and sophisticated character to anywhere from your bedroom to your living space.

Wanderlust-inspired touches

Let’s face it, we all need a holiday after the year that has just been. But instead of longing for tropical retreats, a key interior trend for 2021 will be introducing the colours, patterns and textures of afar to our homes.

This global interior inspiration aims to curb out wanderlust desires. Use visions of exotic foliage when introducing this style to your home – think the bold bravura of leafy greens, with bright pops of pinks, yellow and oranges when it comes to the flowers.

These can be introduced in a plethora of ways, whether it’s using tropical-printed soft furnishings and throws, prints to make holiday-enthused gallery walls or actually opting for the real plants themselves. This is certainly one trend you to need to ‘aloha’ to in your home.

Earthy hues to bring a more grounded feel

To bring natural warmth to our homes, expect to see earth-inspired hues as a key trend for 2021. Dulux has announced Brave Ground as its colour of the year for 2021, whilst Pantone has opted for Ultimate Gray – both of which embody the elements of natural earthy hues. These colours bring solidity to our homes, a place where we have become dependent on over the last year and creates a firm foundation as we move into more positive times.

The rebirth of shabby chic

The shabby chic of 2021 has been reborn. This style creates a wholesome, charming style in any home, but without the cliché touches associated with its former guise – there isn’t a vintage-looking sanded-down ‘Live, Laugh, Love’ sign in sight.

The latest carnation of shabby chic embodies the ideas of ‘less is more’. Overly distressed furniture, floral-inspired patterns and super sweet pastels need to be left behind, replaced instead with natural textures and worn wood.  Quirky, bespoke accessories are the perfect addition to any shelving space, whilst soft layers are a must for the shabby chic revival.


Harking back too rustic times, cottagecore is the perfect interior antidote to past 12 months. Mixing touches of glamour with vintage accessories, this interior trend for 2021 creates a luxe traditional style to bring a quirky yet elegant décor.

To achieve cottagecore, use a muted, subtle palette of pastels for your backdrop and accentuate with gingham and checked patterns, vintage motifs and statement gold accessories. It’s about bringing nostalgic style into the 21st century.