Clair Strong Interior Designer

Clair Strong Interior Design, image courtesy of Nick Smith Photography

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Clair Strong 

This month Clair Strong talks us through her key interior design trend predictions for 2021

We’ve all been spending a lot of time at home this year. Lockdowns have given us fresh impetus to focus on making our homes look beautiful and work better. Many of us have rearranged our spaces so we can work from home or made our outside spaces work as extra rooms – now it is the time to look ahead to 2021 and how we can make our homes work for a brighter future. Next year it’s all about earthy colour palettes,

bringing nature inside, multipurpose rooms and sustainability.

Clair Strong Interior Design, image courtesy of Nick Smith Photography

Here are some of my top home décor trends for 2021.

Earthy natural colour palettes

We'll see lots of earthy palettes in 2021. Rich browns, soft camel, deep olive greens and burnt oranges are the tones we’ll be seeing everywhere. These warm and engaging earthy colours are rooted in nature and help create a sense of calm in these uncertain times.

Dulux announced Brave Ground as their colour of the Year 2021. It’s a warm earthy clay colour designed to visually soothe us. Described as the Mother Earth of colours, Brave Ground is a quiet warm, neutral, which works well with natural materials that are such a huge interior design trend at the moment.

Green is the true colour of nature and I love the dark, earthy greens that are popping up everywhere. Olive green is a real statement colour that works surprising well with many other colours.

Green is the new grey! From dark olive green through bright jewel tones like emerald to light soft sage tones, greens work well in every room in the home but especially in living rooms.

Natural materials 

The trend for natural and organic materials like rattan and cane is still going strong into 2021 – investing in a cool chair or a pretty headboard is an easy way to introduce these materials into your home. 


Macramé is also having a moment. This quirky knotted design, which can be made using cord, twine, or rope, will give your home a 1970s bohemian vibe. A hanging planter is a nod to the trend.  

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Dark navy kitchens

In 2021, the dark blue kitchen will be everywhere. It’s a moody hue that looks both elegant and contemporary. This sophisticated and dramatic colour choice saw a 45% increase in Pinterest searches in 2020. Navy looks great against pale worktops and when paired with brass handles and taps. 


If you don’t want to go the whole hog, keep the navy cabinets low level and leave wall cabinets in a soft neutral like grey or taupe.  Alternatively, just choose one focal piece like the kitchen island or a larder cabinet and paint it a dark navy. This is a classic look, which adds impact without being too daring. 

If really want a navy kitchen colour scheme but are worried about the colour dating or you are anxious about committing to the whole look – just paint a feature wall or add tiles or accessories in navy. You’ll be embracing the look without too much commitment if you change your mind! 


Dried flowers

Dried flowers and grasses are a huge interior trend for 2021. They are all over Instagram, and are a great way to bring natural textures into your home. You can dry them yourself by hanging them up for a couple of weeks in a warm dry space, but there are lots of gorgeous affordable dried flowers for sale on the high street.


Dried flowers in soft natural colours add texture and interest to any room. Think wheat, hessian, broom and pampas. Alternatively, dyed grasses and flowers in vibrant shades look fresh and surprisingly modern. Dried flowers and grasses are perfect for creating your own everlasting bouquets or crafting DIY wreathes. 

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Along with dark green walls and dried flowers, 'Cottagecore' is one of the home décor trends predicted to be huge in 2021. But what is it?  A trend that started on Instagram, cottagecore is all about creating a romantic interpretation of a simple country life. People who enjoy cottagecore yearn for a life that is more rural and idyllic - it taps into a desire to be at one with nature and to live in a simpler world.

Think pretty floral prints, mismatched furniture and muted colours. Pale greens, yellows, warm whites, and vintage style check prints are key. If something looks like it could be from your grandmother’s house, you’ve got the look. Its very romantic, nostalgic and a bit kitsch. Scour eBay or Etsy for some old furniture to upcycle, recover some cushions in faded florals, mix vintage kitchenware with homegrown herbs and look for patchwork, gingham and crochet accessories.


If you're a homebody who loved spending lockdown at home cooking and sewing, this is the trend for you. 


Sustainable materials

More and more of my clients want to change the way they consume products and look for sustainability in their choices. Lockdown gave us the opportunity to look at look at reusing and repurposing our furniture rather than buying new and it’s going to be a key trend for 2021. 


The environment is at the forefront of all of our minds and we want to invest in ethical and sustainable products for our homes. I am often being asked to source worktops made from recycled glass, plates made from bamboo and natural untreated fabrics.  

One of my favourite sustainable products are rugs made from recycled plastics. These wonderful rugs are soft, machine washable, stain-resistant, environmentally friendly and suitable for indoor and outdoor use, so perfect for those outside spaces.

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Bringing the outside in

In 2021 we’ll also see people wanting to bring the outdoors in. During lockdown we wanted to escape to places full of fresh air, greenery and beauty and this will continue. We’ll be filling our homes with large leafy plants and easy-to-look-after succulents to freshen our indoor air and bring the calm of nature indoors. 


In 2020 many of us invested in garden furniture, hot tubs and state of the art BBQs to make our outside spaces into extra rooms and this trend for using our outside spaces 365 days a year will continue next year.


This winter we’ll all be socialising outside a lot more so creating winter balconies, patios and gardens are all important – just think outdoor sofas, lots of cushions and throws, festoon lights and a firepit to update your outside space. 


Multipurpose spaces

It looks like we will still be spending a lot of time at home in 2021. Many of us will be looking at having more permanent  ‘office areas’ in our homes instead of makeshift spaces in the kitchen or working slouched over a laptop on the sofa. Home offices need to be spaces we feel comfortable and productive in and in 2021 we will continue to invest in home office equipment that works with our existing furniture.  


This year, we’ve added classrooms into our kitchens, gyms to our bedrooms and offices in our living rooms and next year this trend for multifunctional spaces will continue. We will be looking for versatile pieces of furniture and flexible storage units that work anywhere in the home. 

From cosy winter balconies, to colourful dried flowers and stylish navy kitchens – next year’s interior trends are all about home comfort and reimagining our spaces. 


As a small, friendly, creative business based in Bath we pride ourselves on offering client-led interior design solutions for all the rooms in your house, from redecoration to complete redesign and refurbishments. We recently launched a virtual interior design service to help clients design or update their homes without the need for a face-to-face meeting. We can also design off-plan for those of you with moves ahead.


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