Now that we’ve emerged from hibernation season and are making cautious progress towards opening up society again, there are some exciting and eye-catching trends developing. Reflecting our sentiments towards the pandemic, you’ll notice their close association with the natural elements and our innate love of the great outdoors. Whilst our love affair with our homes has at times been turbulent of late, they remain our safe place where comfort and harmony are key. Here are our top picks of what’s hot for 2021 so far.
From tables, chairs and sofas, to mirrors, lamps and vases, curvy, sculptured lines and shapes are currently taking the world by storm. Wavy decor creates a gentle appeal, welcoming you into the space and holding your eye in a natural and non-dramatic manner.
These organic forms take on a natural appeal, so they look effective taking centre stage within a neutral colour palette. A relaxed, comfortable vibe is easily achieved as sculptured features made from natural materials such as clay, bamboo, reclaimed wood and stone. Curvy velvet upholstered sofas and ‘splash’ shaped mirrors are both eye-catching additions to an organic-inspired room. A mix of textures and forms will create an understated, yet stylish look to your space.
Organic, Earthy Tones
It was no coincidence that many of the big paint brands were thinking along the same lines for their Colour of the Year 2021. Dulux chose Brave Ground and Little Greene released their latest paint range built around a natural, earthy colour palette, bursting with cosy rusts and browns, rich reds and warm greens. Farrow and Ball did the same with majestic reds and earthy neutrals, our favourite of which is Sap Green. The colour green is thought to represent fresh energy and new beginnings and after such a challenging 12 months, we could all benefit from a touch of Sap Green!
Applying these natural hues to our walls brings us closer to nature, making us feel calmer and more relaxed. And this sanctuary vibe is just what we need as we rely on our homes to keep us safe and to protect us from the uncertainties of the outside world.
Other warm neutral colours such as putty greys and raw linen colours can help turn your home into a haven. And the joy of these tones is that they will suit a multitude of spaces, working hand in hand to create a cohesive and relaxing home décor scheme.
Your bedroom is the obvious room to makeover as spring arrives, and blue is proving to be a popular colour for 2021. Valspar has announced Blissful Blue as its colour of the year. In feng shui terms, blue is believed to attract calm and peaceful energy and is said to promote relaxation and healing, thus making it the perfect colour choice for bedroom walls.
It’s also a flexible colour and ranges from the lightest pastel blues for a laid-back, beachy feel, to deep, inky blues that create a cosy, cocooning vibe and are particularly popular this year in creating a modern appeal. Blue also works well with other shades, so you can have fun creating your own bespoke scheme. If you wish to add extra warmth and colour, introducing a contrasting bold colour via bedding and accessories will look super stylish. Whilst we’ve only discussed using blue tones in the bedroom, blue is a wonderful colour to include elsewhere in your interiors for creating a truly tranquil home.
Rattan Home Décor
No longer just the preserve of the garden or conservatory, you’ll now see rattan throughout the home, with its versatility and textured look making it highly appealing. Particularly eye-catching as quirky light fittings, and superbly useful for all types of storage from laundry bins and toy boxes to stationery holders and log baskets, rattan is perfect if you’re planning a warm earthy colour scheme, using shades such as copper or terracotta. Rattan fits in nicely with a comfy, relaxed laid-back vibe (think Mediterranean) and it also suits a variety of other contemporary colour palettes, including teal, all shades of grey, and rich, dark schemes.
Alfresco Living Space
With much of our socialising happening outside this year, as well as spending more time in our own homes, it won’t surprise you that Alfresco living spaces are a growing trend. Whether you’re repurposing a compact balcony, adding character to a patio or carving a niche in your garden, an extension of your indoor space into the great outdoors is easy and needn’t be expensive. Create a cosy, casual and welcoming spot from the inspiring range of soft furnishings now available for outdoor spaces, such as bean bags, sofas, oversized floor cushions and throws in soft pinks and greys. Pick a naturally-inspired table and chair set, and with a fire pit for warmth and fairy lights for atmosphere, you’ll have the perfect outdoor retreat ready for morning coffee, a relaxed lunch or a welcome glass of wine of an evening.
At Hartleys we design and craft beautiful fitted furniture, made from sustainable resources and manufactured in our Yorkshire factory. With its naturally streamlined form, our furniture provides the ideal backdrop for a multi-textured living space, whilst offering effective storage for where its needed. You are very welcome to visit our Skipton showroom to see our bedroom, home-study and lounge room-sets, or you can visit our website and contact us online.