Interior designer Sikha Juneja, says, “The pandemic certainly impacted decor and architectural trends, thus, you’ll observe a lot of changes in the way people did their homes. There is more room for a more relaxed, comfy, minimalistic, sustainable, rustic and old school, nostalgia tinted designs, furnishings, and home decor items.”
Trend spotters are predicting the return of European and Victorian era-inspired interiors, focusing on 19th-century statement decor pieces for an elegant eclectic vibe. “While minimalism will be the trend, there will be a rise of ornate wood handcrafted furniture. Warm lightings, sash windows, brickwork, intricate work, carpets, furniture, brass lamps, fabrics with detailings and patterns, etc will see their presence at homes,” says interior designer Ravish Verma from Delhi.
Take a look at the top decor trends of 2021:
WFH decor to be the focal point at homes
In the past few months, every house has a workstation. When the sudden WFH made us make do with whatever furniture one had at home or order in haste, now more and more people are investing in creating dedicated spaces to work, to a point that they are the focal point in homes. “Beautifully done walls, bright desk and chair, indoor plants and fancy lamps etc will define at-home workstations in 2021. People are get rid of excess furniture and instead focus on making their WFH decor more elegant and attractive,” adds Ravish
Illuminating grey and ultimate yellow
“With dual-tone walls making a comeback this year, it is a great way to incorporate the Pantone Colours of 2021 (illuminating grey and ultimate yellow) to do your walls, to instantly enhance the look of your house. Given the two shades are contrasting to each other, they make for a perfect combination as sofa sets and cushions, two-colored curtains and even modular kitchen cabinets if you are looking to renovate your house,” says Sapna Ganguly, inter designer from Pune
Recycling and upcycling furniture
With DIY and recycling gaining popularity in the lockdown, 2021 will have more households upcycling their decor and furniture instead of buying a new old. “Decoupage is making a huge comeback this year wherein people will be infusing a new life to old furniture. In fact, changing the fabrics of old sofa sets, dining tables, etc to give it a new look, is already being done at home. Family members coming together and painting old wooden tables, drawers, bookshelves in bright hues of blues, yellows, pinks, and violet will see prominence,” quips Shikha, adding, “remodeling old dining table by simply reupholstering the chair cushions with new fabrics, will be a regular thing this year”
Spirituality to be a big part of the interior
2020 being a year of chaos, uncertainty, fear and unrest, and people yearning for mental peace has turned them to spirituality, which will be evident in their home decor, too. “Budha statues placed at entrances, mandala paintings on walls, handle statues sitting in your living room, wind chimes and neutral, earthly tones and everything associated with spirituality will be a part home decor this year as people want to create an abode that has a calming effect on their minds,” adds Sapna.
Handloom is the new cool
While home-decor inspired by Indian handicrafts and weaves is nothing new, 2021 will see more households decked up with Indian handlooms and artifacts. “Everyone is talking about ‘vocal for local’ and the lockdown motivated people to shop for locally produced items, thus one can notice a lot of Indian handmade toys, carpets, handmade and hand-spun fabrics, terracotta, embroideries, etc adding a touch of ‘desiness’ to homes,” informs Shikha.
Travel inspired home decor
“People have been confined to their homes and travel is still restricted, so how do you revisit the memories of your last globe-trotting venture or cherish your last trip to the beaches? Add these memories to your interior design!” says Ravish, adding, “Travel-inspired interiors will dominate the world of designs and architecture this year. Huge globes, posters with the world map in them, decorative suitcases, etc will find a place in homes. Besides, people will be digging out the souvenirs from their trips, from the trunks and proudly display them as decorative items.”