6 interior design trends for 2021 you need to know about

We've rounded up our fave 2021 interior design trends that you can bring into your home right now...

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It's that time of year where everyone starts looking into their interior design crystal balls and begins to predict the biggest interior design trends 2021. We are already starting to see some clear trends come through and so many of them are about making your house cozier, warmer and more inviting. There's lots of nature going on, and soft textures, it definitely reflects the fact we have all been spending a lot more time at home this year and literally want to feel cocooned by our spaces. 

We've picked out six of our fave 2021 trends that are really easy to bring into your home right now. Nothing crazy, no remodels required, just little things you can change in your home to bring it up to date with the latest interior design ideas

1. Embrace the cottagecore trend

wooden chair by the fireplace

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So what exactly is cottagecore? In short, it would seem cottagecore is an aesthetic that started life on social media. It's all very wholesome, pastoral and based around rural life. Type in #cottagecore on Instagram and your page will be filled with soft pastel colors, floaty dresses, quaint cottage interiors and a bit of Animal Crossing thrown in there too. 

A  really cheap way to bring this 2021 trend into your home is to scour eBay and Etsy for some really unique bargain buys. The quirky the better when it comes to cottagecore. Just think cluttered (in a good way), super cozy and just a little bit kitsch... 

2. Add in plenty of cane furniture 

John Lewis bedroom

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The trend for rattan and cane furniture is still going strong into 2021 – sideboards, chairs and beds are all really easy ways to bring this stylish material into your home. We have also seen (and tested out for ourselves) loads of upcycling projects using rattan webbing if you are after a cheap way to add some of this trendy texture into your home. 

3. Become a Grandmillennial

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This is basically a new 2020/21 name for granny chic. It's all about floral prints, lace table cloths, embroidered curtains, but it's not twee, oh no, it's timeless and we love it. There is a way to do it though to prevent your home from actually looking like your nan's bedsit. You'll see that these Grandmillennials do go big on the old fashioned prints and designs, but give spaces a modern twist by adding in some more contemporary pieces, say a Mid-century style velvet sofa. Sure, the spaces are nostalgic but they don't feel dated or stuffy. 

4. Create a space filled with natural textures

Ikea wooden walled bedroom

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We are seeing texture increasingly being used to add interest to rooms rather than color. We love the look of plenty of textures layered up but all in the same, or very similar color. In living rooms and bedrooms, cushions and blankets are an obvious way of doing this but in other rooms, try bringing in textures with plants prints and well-curated knick knacks. 

5. Bring the outside in with dried flowers

Maison du Monde dried flowers

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Dried flowers are all over Instagram at moment, and they are a great way to bring some natural, delicate textures into your home. You can dry flowers yourself just by tying them together and hanging them up for a couple of weeks but we have our eye on all the gorgeous affordable buys over on Maisons du Monde.

6. Bring back bouclé

Heal's dining room

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Bouclé – yes, that slightly slubby to the touch, tactile fabric – that is also a yarn (just to confuse us all). Back in the late 1940s, Florence Knoll asked for a chair she could curl up in, the result was the Saarinen’s Womb Chair in Knoll’s Classic Bouclé. It’s now back and you’re going to see it everywhere, in both interiors and fashion, so get ahead of the crowd and bag your bouclé buys early.

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