Here’s what tastemakers and style setters say are set to be the big trends of 2021 if you’re looking to renovate, revamp or just add some noteworthy new highlights to your home.

Hot and cool colour picks

The PANTONE Color of the Year for 2020 was Classic Blue 19-4052 and timeless, elegant shades of blue are likely to remain in vogue for future design schemes.

As for 2021 Colour of the Year picks, PANTONE has chosen two colours, for only the second time ever: a yellow called “Illuminating”, and a grey called “Ultimate Grey” which they describe as “a message of happiness supported by fortitude” after a rather challenging 2020.

Dulux has chosen Brave Ground, a calming, neutral beige that makes a great backdrop for its 2021 Colour Forecast palette. Benjamin Moore’s top 2021 pick is Aegean Teal 2136-40, while Sherwin Williams’ went for arresting Urbane Bronze. Navy blues, earthy colour palettes and calming greys are all tipped to feature large in the year ahead.

Minimalist art

The upheaval of 2020 has left us craving calm and tranquility in our homes, so it’s no wonder that clean, functional, streamlined Scandinavian style remains hugely popular. We’re also seeing a move toward reduced clutter and a ‘less is more’ approach to art, such as minimalist sculptures, black and white photography, and Japanese ink art wall murals.

Exotic appeal

Presumably it’s our lack of access to international travel that has boosted interiors trends that bring overseas style closer to home. Home and Gardens names ‘Distant Shores’ and ‘Global Safari’ among its 10 must-have style and looks for 2021. The first takes inspiration from Hawaii with tropical patterns incorporated into living spaces. ‘Global Safari’ is a look inspired by African wildlife, which pairs perfectly with the earthy wood and rattan accessories that are also currently in fashion.

The rise of the home office

With many of us working at home for the foreseeable future, naturally many are turning their eyes toward better home office design. Eco-style tops the list with preferences for light, airy spaces, the use of natural materials, and outdoor elements such as houseplants, aquariums or nature-inspired art. All this will create a Zoom background you’ll be happy to share. Calm colours are ideal, be they sage greens, blue-greys or light or dark beige shades.

Home greening and gardening trends

Indoor plants have been big for some time now with House Beautiful’s top houseplant  picks for 2021 including cactuses, ferns and snake plants. However, the next big thing might be dried plants and grasses, with the Instagrammable Pampas Grass trend having a moment. The pandemic has also seen us spending more time tending to our gardens with home veggie gardens seeing a surge in popularity.

Major renos to heat up with HomeBuilder

The government’s HomeBuilder grant, which will give eligible owner-occupiers $25,000 towards building a new home or undertaking a substantial renovation, aims to stimulate the construction industry by encouraging homeowners to finally do that kitchen or bathroom renovation. Find out if you are eligible.

If you’re looking to update your home and add value in 2021 contact the Chadwick team for advice on where you can best add value.

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