Back to work…When I wrote the design trends for 2020 I could never have imagined what was on the very near horizon and how it would shake everything to its core. Lockdowns have had a massive impact on where and how we spend our hardearned. Turns out when you pull holidays and trips out of the equation we spend money on our homes instead. Many people used the Summer lifting of restrictions to move so we have a double boost of wanting to make the best of what we have and new property spending. So lets make a guess at what 2021 will bring - Zombie apocalypse or alien invasion excepting! I hear the odds on both are shortening.
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My Instagram feeds tell me this is no longer a micro trend but a fully formed trend now. A slight two fingers to faux cheapness of flat pack furniture. (But well done to Ikea for organising recycling of their redundant furniture) You can pick up solid timber, well-constructed pieces for very little from reclamation yards, antique shops, markets, charity shops and home clearance stores, and lots of you have been doing this. Then keep them as they are, or tinker about with wax, paint, stencils, new handles, new fabrics. Just be careful you don’t Annie Sloane a Chippendale piece, you might not be forgiven.
The opposite to minimalism or Scandi style. Think Old English Country Style – just like your posh great Aunt. So, a bit cluttered, Classic old mahogany and teak furniture waxed to a high shine. Chintz, Damasks, Velvets, flowers, stripes and plains all at the same time in the same room. Nik nac’s, ornaments, collections, portraits, landscapes, big clocks….all inspired by Netflix binge watching of The Crown apparently. This is also linked to closing down the open plan space into a room of one's own. The whole family around you 24/7 is not conducive to productive work - bless them!
So now you are thinking hang on I have only just decluttered and Marie Kondo’ed my life. But this is for what is left, these are the things you can’t get rid of because they bring you joy and ok, they don’t have a neutral tonal theme. So what!! They represent you, your life, be loud and proud about them! Finally, the style police can’t raise a plucked eyebrow and it makes the Zoom meeting so much more interesting to be able to see what you read!
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And this is where it is best of all. Show a sense of humour. Interior design Dad jokes. To give you a personal example when choosing paints for our new home I discovered that Farrow and Balls India Yellow was so named after the colour of Mango eating Elephant wee. Not just Elephant wee but mango eating elephant wee! I just had to use it to honour the person who diligently and selflessly colour matched. So of course, I have used it in the downstairs loo and to add to the loveliness of it all I have added an Elephant towel hook. I grin every time I visit.
Whether you are a climate change believer or not it just makes plain good sense not to throw good furniture away and keep using resources to make new. Buying repurposed and reclaimed furniture supports local businesses and has a super low carbon footprint. This is the trend that needs to go mainstream.
So, we have a set of “trends” that will encourage individuality, is based on what makes us happy as individuals, has a humour about it and helps save the planet – nothing wrong there.