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Spruce Your Space With These 10 Interior Trends for 2021

From loose furniture to relevant colour palettes, we look at 10 interior trends for 2021 to help you channel your personality in your space

Feb 28, 2021 | By Joe Lim

PALACE magazine’s roving eye spots 10 interior trends for 2021 to channel into your precious abode.

Colour Your Way

Pantone and Dulux colour of the year
You can rely on Pantone and Dulux to coordinate your home’s colour theme for 2021. Rather than speculating for what’s to come or to be deemed as “fads”, both brands have taken on the R&D teams to research, curate, and distill their own formula for colours in 2021. Pantone’s prediction is actually two colours – a cool grey (17-5104) and zingy yellow (13-0647) which work coherently.

According to Pantone executive director Leatrice Eiseman, this year’s double-dip gamble, “Different elements come together to express a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting”. Grey is a classic neutral to complement the arresting yellow which projects optimism, life-giving warmth and creativity. Eisman adds, “The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude.”

On the other hand, Dulux’s “Brave Ground” is an earth beige hue reflecting the strength we can draw from nature because its earthy colour makes one feel grounded and in-tune with Mother Nature. While the world deals with the current pandemic, we can look to nature to draw inspiration. This warm hue as a stylistic neutral, as opposed to beige and white, can create a refreshing canvas to display your beloved objects.

Green-coloured kitchens

Kitchens need not appear masculine and drab as with how many homeowners might depict them to be. Green is the hot new hue to inject vim and energy into your kitchen space. From pale cool green to racing green, this accent colour can be executed tastefully especially paired with neutrals such as white or grey.

Green is a fantastic way to inject nature into your kitchen space. Whether it’s mint or sage, or an arresting emerald or deep forest, green also adds depth and warmth to your beloved culinary zone. Green especially ties in well with wood elements from your cabinetry work. And you can look for some amish furniture to add to your living space.


Textured furniture

From doors to surfaces, flat fronts or even loose furniture, the textured furniture trend adds subtle drama to your space. Textures can range from ridges, grooves, flutes, chevrons, or even natural organic twists from wood grains.

These also create “movement” on their own while channelling character on their own. From wood-grain commodes to textured dining chairs created by artisanal tailoring, these accent pieces will definitely create conversations when guests pop by.


Nature-inspired furniture

Designers, decorators and architects are taking inspiration from the sinuous organic forms of Mother Nature. Whether they are flower or foliage prints, or the gnarled-appearance of wood grain on a commode’s door, these eye-catching elements are charming, ethereal and peaceful, conveying an atmosphere of the outside while you’re relaxing at home.


Moroso’s Josh sofa offers bold floral prints. Moroso available at Xtra Singapore.


Biophilic atmospheres

This trend is foremost about eco-responsibility which is part of the green-building trend utilising real plants within an interior context.

The flourish of real foliage whether it is a vertical wall planter or dotting your space with boxed planters or troughs, is a nod to people’s need to be closer to nature. While taking the light and spatial context, biophilic design is also centred on health and wellness with a net-zero carbon footprint in mind.


Cocooning armchairs

There can be no better way to rest and relax in a cocooning armchair. The enveloping form cradles our precious buttocks, locks us in for some “me-time” engagement.

Many cocooning armchairs offer headrest and butt-cradling side bolsters to soothe our weary muscles after a hard day’s work. The cocooning effect lures us to lounge or even woo us to nap in a foetal position.


Home gyms/wellness at home

Put the “wow” factor into your home with your very own personalised homegym. With the coronavirus raging on, working out at home is the new trend to stay safe. Individuals who are proud to showcase their penchant for fitness are no longer treating homegyms as an afterthought.


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Home workouts can also create zones for meditation and yoga, too, helping people unwind from stress. Best of all, everybody has their own workout routine so to step into your own homegym without commuting is a trump card.


Arched doorways

From mirrors to entryways, ceiling and mantleplace, arches are making waves in interior design circles globally. The soft curves add a feminine touch while lending a masculine feel because of its sturdy design. An extended archway can also give an illusion that a room’s height is tall. Even a curved standalone mirror can add character and softness to a linear space.


70s aesthetics

The charm of the 70s is being harked back in interior trends. But the new wave is a mix of boho chic with the disco vibe – think polished metal surfaces, glass globes, luxurious leather… galaxy ball, aka Studio 54.

Minotti channels 70s vogue with its latest 2020 collection, a time when glitzy disco feels put into a context of a posh home. Laidback and luxurious, there are tonnes of materials and textures to indulge in with the glint of brass or polished metal. So use your mojo and channel your 70s vibe into your space!


Japandi style

Fusing Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetic styles, Japandi is a portmanteau of these two words. The rage of this current trend is about pulling the best minimalist ideas from two giant themes. Japanese style is centred around Zen, wood-based furniture, neutral finishes with an ode to nature, or the “wabi-sabi” notion where imperfection is celebrated (i.e. think a rough, misshapen ceramic vase with a chip on the edge).


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However, Scandinavian style draws some similarities with pared-down aesthetics, light woods, handmade ceramics, soft colours/neutrals and artisanal designs. The keyword for this combination of two styles focuses on “sobriety” with a nod to streamlined furniture and a minimal number of objects.

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