Whether you’re getting ready to sell or simply sprucing and updating, some of the home styling trends we saw in 2020 have stuck around, while other new comers have burst onto the scene for 2021. Spring home styling trends for 2021 reflect and embrace recent changes we’ve seen in our lifestyles and provide an opportunity to freshen up our surrounds with styling that exudes optimism. Let’s take a look at what’s changed since 2020 and what’s new in 2021.
MINIMALISM IS HERE TO STAY…WITH A FEW TWEAKS
Minimalism (also known as the ‘Apple’ approach) is nothing new, but 2021 sees the introduction of a little variation to compliment clean lines and sleek furnishings. Checks and stripes have entered the scene, lifting and energising neutral spaces without dominating the aesthetic. Soft furnishings to create an accent like cushions, floor rugs or throws are the perfect way to dip your toes in this trend.
FEATURE WALLS ARE BACK
We’re not talking the metallic sponge paint effect that rippled through the country in the 90s. 2021 feature walls are all about texture. Natural textures take centre stage, with stone, vertical wood panelling and soft plaster finishes all bringing warm, earthy elements to the home. Many of the looks can be created using wallpaper, offering an easy and affordable update to your interior.
OUR LOVE AFFAIR WITH HOUSEPLANTS CONTINUES
After a year of newfound appreciation for the mental health benefits of getting amongst nature – whether it was in our own backyards or the local park – it’s little surprise that the houseplant trend has only grown in popularity. Oxygen-giving houseplants provide us with that essential connection with nature and evoke a sense of calm – both which are still very much needed in 2021. Houseplant trends for the year are leaning more towards cacti and succulents, which is great news for low maintenance-loving plant parents. Check out the 10 most popular houseplants for 2021 here.
DREAMY DRIED FLORALS
If your houseplants don’t fare well, dried florals offer the ultimate low-maintenance solution for bringing an element of the outdoors into your home. While nothing quite compares to a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers, dried floral arrangements offer a budget friendly, equally beautiful accent to your home. Best of all, you can forage for your own – pampas grass, bunny tails, eucalyptus leaves, lavender and hydrangeas are all easy plants to start with. For more tips on DIY dried florals, check out this resource.
THE HOME OFFICE BECOMES A MUST HAVE
Home offices have typically been on buyer ‘nice to have’ lists, but as working from home has moved from occasional to essential, it’s now a must have feature for many. With remote working here to stay, dedicated and private workspaces take precedence over the makeshift dining table set ups of 2020. Whether you have space to incorporate a standalone prefab home office like those from Backyard Pods, or a space saving, hidden away cloffice is more realistic, consider how you can create a designated work from home area.
After a year of hand sanitising, mask wearing and social distancing, it’s no surprise that a greater importance is being put on hygiene in the home. While measures like touchless flushing and infrared sensors in bathrooms have become a fixture in many public toilets, 2021 is seeing the inclusion of these features in residential homes. Things like smart lighting and smart door locks are all surging in popularity.
MOOD BOOSTING HUES
Plenty of studies have shown that colour can affect your mood, and with plenty of us spending more time than ever at home, the trend to inject optimism-inducing shades into the home is a big one for 2021. In fact, this year Pantone (the global colour experts) have named ‘Illuminating’, a zingy, cheerful yellow, colour of the year. While a canary yellow sofa might not be on the cards for you, adding cheer with ochres, mustards, and warm blonde tones through accessories will serve the same purpose.
MAKE A STATEMENT
From bold artworks to whimsical vases, statement wallpaper and vintage mirrors, oversized designs and unique items are featuring heavily in 2021 home styling. If this is a trend you’re not sure you want to financially embrace, hit your local thrift stores (restrictions permitting), and pick up some affordable one-of-a-kind statement pieces.
LIVING ROOM LOVE
When it comes to getting a home ready to sell, it’s commonly thought that kitchens sell houses. However, research has shown that the living room typically takes out the top spot. Living room styling for 2021 has a major focus on comfort – offering a space to truly relax and unwind. Soft edges, plush cushions, earthy neutrals, and comfy curved couches that invite and cocoon you in the space are key to this trend.
DON’T FORGET TO SHOP LOCAL
Supporting our local businesses has been critical over the last 18 months, and shopping locally is a trend that’s here to stay. So, if you’re redecorating or searching for a perfect custom piece, visit your local stores, markets or makers and spend your money where it counts the most, in your local community.