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5 Interior design trends you need to try this year

by Carlene Duffy
Posted: June 02, 2021

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Are you a budding Interior Designer or Interior Decorator who wants to find out about the latest design trends? What about discovering the latest on the next big interior design trend? 

Carlene Duffy, Interior Designer and TV personality, lets us in on a few up-and-coming design trends you need to get around. 
She's here to tell you which interior design trends are in and out. 

Im that person that bores easily, which means I love change. 
Even when I’m on holidays, being away from my familiar routine gives me the opportunity to find inspiration in things that are new and different. This inspiration I find is always translated to my home, which acts as my creative laboratory to trial the new season developments in interiors.

 Here is a snapshot of what you can expect to see in the latest and best home interior design trends. 

1. Natural, earthy shades create a calming interior design effect

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Darker, warmer tones are making a comeback: think warm browns, inviting greens and rusty reds. This earthy colour palette is one that feels warm and inviting.
This is a step back from the popular Scandinavian-inspired style, which features a lot of blonde timbers and lighter colours. It’s not that I’m opposed to this style of design, it’s just that I’m a bit tired of homes that are made up of all blonde timber furniture and the strong connection it has with Scandinavian-style homes, which has become hugely mass-produced of late. 
Instead, why not mix things up with darker coloured shades? These natural, earthy tones will begin to make their way into homes by means of furniture, flooring and wall coverings.

2. More people are looking to decorate their homes mindfully and sustainably

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With the rise of conscious consumerism, more and more people are looking for ways they can make their house feel like a home while also supporting local businesses and buying eco-friendly products. 
The use of natural materials in the home such as marble, timber and rattan, will remain strong for their timelessness, quality and sense of warmth. These are some classic materials that will remain enduring favourites; so if you invest in these materials you know it’s for the long-haul and you won’t need to replace them any time soon, lessening your environmental impact. 
Another way you can decorate your home and still be mindful of the environment is to hit your local second-hand store and search for recycled items. There are also plenty of businesses that will breathe new life into old pieces by upcycling them. This is also one way to find something truly unique.

3.  The country look gets a revamp with cottagecore

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Cottagecore is as much a fashion style as it is a design trend. It’s a romanticised ideal of country life – so think rustic furnishings, plenty of greenery, warm textiles and antique pieces with a bit of character. 
Cottagecore has been an aesthetic style for a little while now, but it seemed to really gain traction in 2020. People wanted comfort in an uncertain world – and looking back to a past time when things were less complex and unpredictable helped with that. 
Cottagecore is also a lifestyle, and things like learning to bake your own bread, knit, cross-stitch, press flowers, grow your own veggies and upcycle old furniture are all hallmarks of cottagecore, and these hobbies were taken up by quite a few of us during the pandemic. This can help explain cottagecore’s recent explosion.

In general, you’ll also be seeing greater use of wall mouldings, door detail and a greater effort to restore original features of classical homes, including ornate ceilings and ceiling roses.

Related: How to establish your interior design style

4.  Maximalism is the new minimalism in interior design

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It feels like everyone is talking about maximalism now .

The complete opposite of minimalism, maximalism is all about going bigger, bolder and brighter. Where utilitarian, industrial interiors were synonymous with the Global Finance Crisis we have since moved into a time where ‘more is more.’ 
Now, we’re increasingly open to flaunting luxury.

Maximalism interior design is all about layering, repetitive patterns, blending different styles, rich, jewel tones and glam lighting. In contradiction to minimalism, maximalism is all about having lots of things that spark joy – whether that’s books, plants, wall art or whatever you like! Some people mistakenly think that maximalism is about hoarding, but the opposite is actually true. Instead of collecting things for the sake of it, instead, the focus here is on having the things you love on display and sharing that spark of joy with everyone else.

One of the key features of maximalism is showing off your unique statement pieces – whether that’s a particularly eye-catching armchair, a fabulously over-the-top lamp or a stylish piece of art. It’s loud, it’s opulent, it’s excessive and it’s one way you can show off your individual style.

5.  Bold colours make a statement in any room of the house

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We’re seeing a trend towards strong, confident interiors that make a statement. 
Part and parcel of the maximalism style is bold colours. So if going all out with maximalism isn’t quite for you, you can still make a statement by incorporating elements of bold, bright, strong colours that push boundaries and leave an impression. 

Are you looking for a career as an Interior Decorator or Interior Designer?

If you live and breathe trending styles and have a true passion for design, then a career in interior design or decorating could be for you. 
If you’re thinking of a career in this area, studying an interior design course online with Open Colleges could help you make your dreams a reality. 
OC offers two nationally recognised VET qualifications you could consider studying: the MSF40118 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration and the MSF50218 Diploma of Interior Design.
These online design courses have both been developed in consultation with industry experts to help teach you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in the design industry. 
What are you waiting for? Enrol today with OC and see where your career could take you.


Carlene Duffy

Carlene is best known as one half of Michael and Carlene Duffy; the down to earth Gold Coast couple who shared their highs and lows with Australia on 9’s series The Block ‘Glasshouse’. The dynamic duo also featured in Renovation Rumble, and have together established their business ‘Cedar & Suede’.

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