The new year is a great time to make positive changes – and there’s no better place to start than in your own home design.

Whether you just want to make a few tweaks or are feeling excited at the prospect of a big renovation project, we’ve rounded up the 2021 home design trends you won’t want to miss out on.

Natural colour palettes

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When it comes to home design trends, white may have been en vogue for quite some time, but in 2021 it’s all about a natural colour palette. Shades of beige, ivory, taupe, brown and grey are trending for everything from walls and carpets to furniture.

To really make an impact, layer slightly different hues of the same colour throughout the room. It’s advisable to choose a lighter shade for the walls to create a feeling of space, then complement it with darker upholstery. The effect is sophisticated and timeless and works particularly well if you want certain aspects of your room to stand out, such as a statement fireplace or feature wall.


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In keeping with the natural theme, rattan is huge news for home design trends in 2021. Derived from a palm plant, this eco-friendly material is making its way from the patio, where it’s long been an outdoor furniture favourite, into our homes.

While its natural durability does lend itself perfectly to the outdoors, rattan furniture can look equally gorgeous in your living room. Accessorised with throw pillows, a rattan armchair lends a cosy, inviting feel to any indoor space. For something a little different, try a rattan light fixture above your dining table – an eye-catching and unique centrepiece that adds warmth to a modern home design.

Easy-clean surfaces

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Since last year, hygiene has been on our minds more than ever – something that is quite naturally extending into our homes for 2021.

Easy-clean surfaces such as glass and metal are particularly sought-after in kitchens and bathrooms. Their non-porous nature means germs are less likely to linger, making them a perfect choice for spaces that are both stylish and sanitary. Take things up a level by installing clever, hygienic home gadgets such as touch-free tapware and sensor-activated soap dispensers in the bathroom and kitchen. 

Multifunctional layouts

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As more of us spent time at home last year, the spaces we live in had to perform multiple functions. Bedrooms doubled up as offices, garages became gyms and cocktails were crafted in our kitchens.

While life may be returning to normal, many of us have realised the value in multifunctional home layouts. Why not incorporate a bar area into your kitchen or patio, and keep the tradition of home happy hour alive? Or stick to that new daily yoga habit by creating a workout studio in your garage. When it comes to 2021 home design, the possibilities are endless.

Statement wallpaper

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Natural hues are big news, but bright colours are also making a comeback in the form of statement wallpaper. Used in combination with neutral shades, bold patterns have an even bigger impact.

Complement a sophisticated, pared-back space by introducing a single feature wall. Alternatively, you could make the walls the key focus and use statement paper throughout the whole room. Just be sure to keep the rest of the space toned down to avoid a cluttered look.


Ready to embrace 2021’s home design trends? Contact the team at McGowan Homes today to turn your luxury home design dreams into a reality.

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