Looking Ahead to 2021 for Interior Design Trends
As we know interior design is like clothes fashion it is always changing. The Block’s Neale Whitaker takes the approach that there are 2 types of interior design. They are micro and macro. Neale said …”I approach trends as macro and micro. Macro trends are those around for extended periods of time, with no view of going anywhere anytime soon, like sustainability. Alternatively, micro trends are more like shapes and styles – the things that come and go more quickly”.
Continuing on Mr Whitaker said that “Bricolage – the mixing of styles and eras, shapes and textures for truly unique interiors – would fall under a micro trend, as would other current themes like artisan-made, natural fibres including rattan, jute and wicker, and global-nomad with influences of the Middle East and Asia.”
This all makes sense as people have had more time on their hands and inevitably their creative juices take over. So, how has the current pandemic shifted peoples thoughts on interior design?
The COVID-19 pandemic lockdown has been the perfect storm for home “do it yourselfers”. It has unlocked the creative side of people and from this, we have seen a shift in peoples taste and how they go about shopping. The colours people want to work and live with have become brighter and more cheerful. Textures have become natural and softer. Handicrafts are booming as people want to use their hands more and create items for their home.
Old fashioned skills such as macrame, knitting and quilting are back on the to-do list. You can also add ceramics and tie-dying as trends that have found life again.
Grandmillennials Interior Design
So you thought the tech-savvy millennial generation were only interested in social media and the latest gadgets. There is a trend that has evolved called Grandmillennial or Granny Chic. Put simply it is a modern version of traditional English country style. This style is not for minimalists. The millennials have become bored with the same white on white spaces. This trend is the complete opposite of Scandinavian minimalist interiors. Our posh granny stylists are into clutter, wallpaper, prints and colours.
The Lipstick Effect
As social distancing and isolation has encroached on our lifestyle women have found there is no need for lipstick and other such luxuries. The “Lipstick Effect” has seen that money being spent on home items such as candles, linen, soaps and crafts. These small purchases have made the home brighter and uplifted the environment.
People are looking to shop locally and avoid delays in shipping for items they may have otherwise purchased overseas. There has been an upsurge in locally made and crafted pieces.