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The Interiors Trends to Know

FEATURE: LONG READ
By Letitia Fitzgibbon

We've learnt the hard way: it's almost impossible to predict what 2021 has in store for us. One certainty in uncertain times, however, is that we'll continue to want more from our homes – more comfort, more intrigue, more beauty, and improved 24/7 livability across all rooms. Much of this will play out in how we decorate our interiors. On that note, I introduce the home décor trends on my hotlist for 2021.

Regencycore

With staycations on the rise and shows like Bridgerton on our screens, we can hardly be blamed for indulging in our more decadent impulses. Enter: Regencycore, the trend of the moment, and a glorious celebration of fuss and frill. We at Harrods Interior Design have designed a fair few Georgian wonders, reveling in ceiling roses, Doric columns and hand-carved friezes. But for those of us not living in an 18th-century manor house, you can live out your Bridgerton dreams with opulent tea sets, sultry boudoirs and ornate furnishings fit for a duke and duchess.

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The Statement Office

It’s safe to say our home offices have become permanent fixtures. So, as well as making them, well, work, we’re starting to see them as opportunities for interior expression. Cue statement furniture like the Eames office chair by Vitra and cleverly designed pieces that effortlessly take you from day to night – such as Ligne Roset’s wall-folding Nubo desk.

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The Statement Office

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Comfort Zone

Comfort is firmly on the agenda for 2021. Think sink-into furniture, warm lighting, knits, throws and cushions, and organic forms that make us feel cosy and warm. Calming neutral colours seem the obvious choice, but this year vibrant reds, yellows and blues will enter the foray as people look to create spaces that are both comfortable and mood-enhancing.

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Active Rest

Office, restaurant, school – the role of the home has changed dramatically in the past year, and it’s made it increasingly difficult to separate work and play. The result? We’re more tired than ever. Screen fatigue and work burnout are on the rise, so it’s high time we perfect the elusive art of resting. ‘Active rest’ – actively putting your mind at rest – can be achieved in myriad ways: meditating, board games, exercise, gardening, for example. But we need to create space for these hobbies, which is why we’re seeing more and more activity corners, tech-free zones, indoor gardens and games rooms.

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Interior Treasures

Oh, to travel the world and discover new culture, music and art. I’m certain I’m not the only one missing globe-trotting, which could explain the recent interest in special statement pieces: sculptural pottery, travel-inspired prints, intricate marquetry andbespoke rugs. Beautifully hand-crafted pieces that offer mental escapism and fill our homes with stories – something we all need.

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