Decorating Ideas

Autumn/Winter Interior Design Trends

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Many of us love sprucing up our homes and redecorating, particularly as we move from Summer into Autumn, and we begin to see new interior design trends that tempt us to change up our living spaces to reflect the weather outside.

As we begin to immerse ourselves in Autumn/Winter 2021, we are beginning to see lots of new interior design ideas such as the incorporation of vivid greens, dark wood details and rustic rattan.

With lots of new arrivals in store and online, we’ve put together our favourite 2021 interior design ideas to give you a little home inspiration.

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Cosy up with layered textures

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One of the major trends of this season is cosy comfort. As we ready ourselves for the cold weather, nothing sounds better than creating a safe and comforting haven to retreat to.

Layers of soft textures and checked patterns are on-trend and will add character to your home. From cushions and rugs, to wallpaper and curtains, having checked accents alongside different fabrics and textures – such as faux fur and neutral colours – will create an organic, homely feel.

Create a reading nook

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Continuing with the snug theme, it’s no surprise that reading corners are becoming an increasingly popular trend for Autumn/Winter 2021.

Relax and unwind in a comfy chair, after selecting a book from your bookcase to read under the delicate light of a floor lamp. Add a few throws, comfy cushions and a side table to hold a warming beverage, and you’ve got the perfect space to switch off from everyday life.

Top tip: If you don’t have space for a whole bookcase, you could store your books on a floating shelf. Learn how to put one up here.

Embrace dark green décor

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Bold, rich shades inspired by a nature-themed colour palette are set to be a hot interior trend this season. Earthy tones aren’t just popular as accent pieces, but for inspiring the design of entire rooms.

While midnight blue enjoyed its moment over the last few years, dark green is the hue we’re looking to for home inspiration in 2021.

If you’re searching for some green interior design ideas, here are some quick ways to style it out:

From chairs and lampshades, to plant pots and paint, green’s close affinity to nature means it’s a great colour to pair with rustic furnishings and real plants, to create a homely and inviting space.

Inspired by nature

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On the rise thanks to platforms like Pinterest and Instagram, nature-inspired homes are amongst one of 2021’s most followed interior design ideas – and it’s likely to stay that way for a while yet.

As well as houseplants, nature-themed artwork and decorative ornaments and vases, this trend also encompasses soft fabrics, neutral colours and timber furnishings. Breathe life into your home with simple, natural materials and nature-inspired colours – or, subtly nod to this trend with something as simple as adding fresh flowers into glass vases.

Top tip: If you’re unsure which indoor plants to choose, take a look at our favourite indoor plants for beginners.                    

Rustic and rattan

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Whichever interior design theme you incorporate it into – Bohemian, Rustic, Scandi, Coastal – rattan is a versatile material that works with almost any interior décor. Having made a huge comeback this year, it’s weaving its way into our homes in many ways.

From chairs and storage baskets, to tables and lampshades, this rustic material creates a fresh and relaxed interior.

Top tip: Create ambience with our rattan string lights.

Cottage core

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Having recently emerged onto the interior décor scene, ‘cottage core’ has continued its popularity in 2021. This homely interior design trend looks to add character with traditional touches, to create a stylish, cosy space that feels welcoming and relaxing.

Solid wood flooring, fireplaces and stoves, textured storage baskets filled with throws and plush seating are all ways to incorporate this modern cottage style into your home. Elegant lighting and organic textures are key to this trend, so opt for some wooden kitchen furniture for a classic feel.

Top tip: If you want to create a more traditional feel in a new build, check out this inspirational guide for a few pointers.

Shades of Autumn

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As the weather turns colder and the leaves start to change outside, it’s only fitting that your home’s interiors reflect that.

For Autumn 2021, rich oranges, yellows and dark red tones stand out as the colours that are taking the stage. Paired well with dark wood furniture, these warming tones will add a luxurious touch to your interior décor. Tie the look together with a few playful patterns, using wallpaper, cushions or throws. Then, add some cosy home furnishings such as candles and rugs.

Japanese minimalism

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Bring a little zen to your living space with this minimalistic interior décor trend.

Visually clean and functional, think of neutral colours, modular furniture, and soft lighting.

This trend is about keeping life simple with good organisation and storage to keep your space uncluttered. Floating shelves are perfect for reducing clutter, and will alleviate space taken up by floor-standing shelving units. Focusing on a love of nature, bamboo is a key material to incorporate – as Japanese design often includes bringing the outside into the home.

Top tip: Think about adding plants such as ferns and orchids.

All the shapes

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A contemporary twist on ‘60s interior design ideas, groovy shapes are set to be a big hit this Autumn/Winter, after seeing a huge interest on Pinterest over the past few months. Incorporate this trend on a small scale with furnishings such as quirky vases, lampshades, and cushions. Or, take a bolder approach with storage stools, chairs, sofas, and mirrors.

And those are our favourite Autumn/Winter interior design trends for 2021.  For more interior ideas, take a look at our home inspiration hub.







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