During the last year when we couldn’t spend money on holidays and restaurants, we invested in our interiors. Paint companies couldn’t keep up with demand and desks and garden furniture sold out in record time. We became a nation of DIYers, heading in our droves to the stores that were open in lockdown.
Written by Lisa Proffitt | 28th May 2021
Top interior design trends for Summer 2021
With Monsoon May almost behind us and the forecast for the country looking brighter all round, these post pandemic trends look set to stay:
Paint and homeware colours
2021s hottest colour trends are glorious greens and sunshine shades. Yellow walls will add a splash of joy and optimism to your life whatever the weather, which may explain why Pantone chose it as one of their colours for 2021. No colour connects us to nature more than green and from retro teals to moss green you’ll notice this shade in the most stylish of reception rooms this season. Rockett St George, Made and Swoon all have some of the most covetable sofa options upholstered in sumptuous velvet.
We’re known as a nation of animal lovers and 3.2 million people bought a pet during the pandemic. Handcrafted luxury kitchen designers Martin Moore and Humphrey Munson have both recognised the phenomenon of the pandemic puppy. Their new kitchen designs have stylish integrated spaces for a dog bed that allow your pooch to be part of the family, without adding clutter or creating safety hazards for paws and tails.
Home buyers flocking from the town to the country in our frenzied housing market are reflecting the feeling that green spaces and nature are vital for our health and wellbeing. Sustainability is a lifestyle choice with a definite shift away from ripping out perfectly usable kitchens. ‘Eco tweakments’ are the future with savvy home owners opting to retain the bones of their old kitchen and achieve a new look by changing cabinet doors, drawer fronts and paint colours. Ikea is offering to take back and recycle unwanted furniture in return for vouchers and a new generation of eco flat-packers including Swyft and Fuzl are selling easy-build kits, packaged in recycled cardboard using no glues or plastic. Love your home love your planet.
When quarantine cocktail hour became a national institution, online orders of fancy drinking glasses went through the roof. Sets of old-fashioned tumblers, martini glasses and coloured glassware became the order of the day. Good and inexpensive ranges are available from the big supermarket chains including brightly coloured acrylic options for outdoor parties and picnics.
365-day garden furniture
We used to be a nation of fair weather barbecuers, but no more. We’ve made peace with the fact that our outside entertaining will go ahead whatever the weather and our gardens need robust outdoor furniture in a colour to bring out the sunshine. Wayfair and Habitat have some great new lines that are hardy enough to leave out all year round.
Get the gloss
Our kitchens have had to work harder than any other room in the house for the past year, multi-tasking as a home office, a school, a playroom and the pub. All that as well as being a 24/7 café. Wipeable and scrubbable gloss is the perfect paint choice for high traffic areas and sales have soared as we’ve splashed it on walls everywhere to revamp tired interiors.
A new trend that emerged as a result of more time spent in our kitchens was the need for more comfortable kitchen seating. Breakfast bar high chairs were found to be lacking in both the style and comfort stakes and padded bar stools upholstered in jewel coloured velvet have taken their place at the table. Picture the sort of seating you might find in a fancy hotel cocktail bar, reinvented for the domestic kitchen.
Pantries, boot rooms and utility rooms
Confined to our homes last year, many of us re-discovered the old-fashioned habits of baking bread, making jam and pickling. Walk-in pantries soared to the top of kitchen wish lists when the weekly shop became an exercise in stockpiling and storage. Open-plan living is still popular but we have a new found appreciation for separate spaces. Larders, pantries, utility rooms and boot rooms are huge selling points in today’s market.
Working from home
In an ideal world every property offered for sale would have a dedicated room as a home office. Failing that, a ‘multipurpose desk space’ as part of a fitted kitchen is now a standard option from off-the-shelf kitchen suppliers like Wickes or Magnet. Whether it’s for working from home or as a place for children to do homework away from the kitchen table, something as simple as a fold down desk top can be a perfect solution.
If you’re still weighing up the pros and cons of selling your home this year and would like some help and advice, our Michael Graham team would love to hear from you. Call us now and if you’re looking for a home to buy or to rent, all of our properties can be viewed here.
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