Design forecast for 2021

Let's take a little sneak peek at Interior Design 2021, insight into colour and materials, palettes, shapes, and design directions. I am looking forward to sinking our teeth into some great new domestic and commercial projects which are coming up on the horizon for Visual Edge.

1. The rise of a subdued natural minimalism

Decor that promotes balance and wellness, acceptance and calm is becoming more prevalent in all of the various forecasts I have seen recently. Simple, decluttered, undrestated spaces are healthful and psychologically pleasing mentally and physically. Expect this to be seen in the rise of:

  • Metallic elements, including an increased use of copper, which has antimicrobial qualities, as an accent colour in the kitchen and bathroom.

  • Neutral colours and earth tones.

  • Natural materials.

  • Simple chunky shapes.

  • Elemental patterns in art and design.

2. Colour palettes of browns, soft terracottas, and muted-stone colours

In line with embracing a natural aesthetic, colour palettes will begin to reflect more warm earth-fired colours such as metal ores, russet shades, soft terracotta and browns. Dulux colour of the year for 2021 is 'Brave Ground'. This warm, natural, neutral shade of beige is said to bring a boosting and balancing feel to any room..very cozy and warm. It is also a versatile shade that lets other colours shine – and to me it seems like the perfect tone to use if you are tired of all white interiors and want to add some warmth to your home in a subtle way.

Every year, Dulux’s colour specialists plus a team of top international design experts discuss the latest global trends that will affect every area of our lives. They then translate these insights into one key colour that reflects the mood of the moment – a tone that is set to have an impact on homes all over the world. Offering a sense of tranquillity, Brave Ground:

This grounding colour and other similar tones work well with bright, light-filled homes and predominantly white or neutral-hued interior walls.

There is a tactile and visual dryness to these colours, which reflects the wider Australian environment of the bush and desert. Nature in all its glory to create a soft and tranquil interior space.

3. Shapes and forms to reflect primitive simplicity

Expect a rise in rustic minimalism for next year and beyond. To some extent this reflects the collective psychological state of people who, having experienced Covid-19 lockdowns, are seeking products that can tangibly help them endure challenges. A focus on simplicity and calmness is evident as well as emphasis on psychologically pleasing colours.

Aesthetically this means a rejection of disposable culture and instead an embracing of artisan-made products, ethically produced, imperfect-looking pieces that are robust and enduring.

There will be in many cases an exaggeration of scale for some furniture items, chunky, robust forms, seating that is larger scale and often patterned.

4. Indigenous patterns & natural materials

Another important development is the display of materials and textiles that have a vegetal rawness and show the hand of people in their creation. Think wax-resist dyed fabrics, batik and Malian cotton.

Expect to see:

  • More Indigenous patterns and respectful references to Indigenous art.

  • It must be said that intention and authenticity are of prime importance, as is buying directly from, or to benefit, First Nation peoples and businesses. A good example in Australia is' Blak Markets'.