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The 2021 home trends you need to know

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The 2021 home trends you need to know

A New Year marks a fresh start, and in 2021 that concept feels more important than ever. Our homes have become the epicentre of our lives and we’re all looking for new ways to make them feel inspiring yet soothing, grounding yet invigorating. Here, Nadia McCowan Hill, Wayfair Resident Style Advisor, reveals the emerging trends that reflect this.

Colour me calm

Pastel tones are one of the trends that will be bringing some much-needed calm to our homes after the strains and stresses of the past year. Muted mint, baby blue and dusky pink unite harmoniously to create a space that’s easy on the eye. Choose curved furniture and mix-and-match décor in a muted rainbow of ice cream hues to channel this sugary-sweet style. Don’t forget some plush soft furnishings to create that soothing feeling.

Nadia’s style tip: Pair soothing sorbet shades with sumptuous textiles for a finish that’s as soft as candy floss. Lilac finds are a sweet pick with a 50% lift in year-over-year searches at Wayfair.

Image of a living room showing Wayfair trends 2021
Image: Yellow Cushion VVSE1952, £48.99, Round Cushion, £28.99, Velvet Cushion, £26.99, Lilac Throw QXK1727, £28.99, all Wayfair.
Timeworn treasures

Artfully undone furnishings meet cobalt blue accents in this Mediterranean-inspired trend. Stonework décor harks back to ancient cultures, while prints and sculptures celebrate beautifully simplistic body forms. Looking to create the perfect vignette? To bring the best of this intriguing look to your home, try styling a worn and weathered console with a timeless bust, a range of vessels in staggered heights, finished off with a little greenery to create a truly magical display.

Nadia’s style tip: This look is all about layering your space with unique finds and paying homage to an ancient aesthetic. A Mediterranean-fresh colour palette will act as the perfect backdrop to your collection of treasures and artwork that speak of a long-gone era.

Image of a living room showing Wayfair trends 2021
Image: Corner Sofa, £1780, Wayfair.
Desert dawn

Sizzling desert style is the pick of the trends for offering a passport to a sun-kissed interior. Earth tones are grounding our spaces, while soft furnishings in sunset shades add a splash of colour. Tribal prints and natural woven textures pair beautifully with unique wall hangings, and cacti add a little far-flung charm. Looking for the star pick? Choose a ’70s-inspired wicker chair styled with bold cushions in pink, ochre and terracotta.

Nadia’s style tip: Searches for earth toned finds on Wayfair have increased by 20% so these trends are clearly resonating. Set your table in style with wicker furniture and natural stoneware crockery for a natural influence.

Image of a dining room from Wayfair
Image: Rattan Chair BGVL3038, £389.99, Dining Bench, £325, all Wayfair.
Joyful living

Ready to up the fun factor? It’s time to embrace bold, bright design and quirky statement furniture. From vibrant upholstery to exuberant statement art, interiors lovers are banishing the beige and welcoming in joyful maximalism. For a statement piece that will bring unique style to your space, go for a decorative screen with bright and beautiful rainbow detailing. The perfect feel-good pick for any home!

Nadia’s style tip: This bold look can easily feel chaotic, so opt for just a few core colours to keep your scheme cohesive and then play them out with happy abandon!

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Image: Sofa, £862, Wayfair.
Country garden

Fall down the rabbit hole for 2021’s most lavish look which pairs quintessential English manor house finds with blousy blossoms and dashes of British quirk. From rabbits and birds to bugs and botanicals, all the garden’s glory is popping up in this playful look, making this trend simply sing of spring. A statement chandelier festooned with vines and florals is the perfect find to help you channel this unapologetically eccentric aesthetic ready for the new season.

Nadia’s style tip: We’re seeing a blossoming demand for this botanical look with online searches for heritage floral wallpapers increasing by 40% over the last year. Pair with a Regency sofa and you’ll feel like the Lord or Lady of the manor.

Image of a console table showing Wayfair trends 2021
Image: Teja Console Table, £395.99, Wayfair.
Retro reboot

Craving stability? Mid-century design is having a real renaissance, giving us grown-up style at a time when we’re hankering for some reassuring classics. Dark wood furniture meets ochre and petrol upholstery, and starburst motifs pair with striking geometric prints in this nostalgic look. The star of this show has got to be a retro mustard sofa, the must-have seating style for 2021.

Nadia’s styling tip: For a fresh take on retro trends, choose a mid-century inspired sofa, table and pendant, then bring the look bang up to date with a contemporary colour-pop rug.

Image of a living room showing Wayfair trends 2021
Image: Sofa, £319, Coffee Table, £269.99, Wayfair.

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Featured image: This scheme from Wayfair shows just one way to embrace the trend for Joyful Living.

Want more? We’ve recently put together a selection of other blogs highlighting future trends. Read them here.