“Growing older is no excuse for growing up.”
Truer words were never spoken, especially when it comes to your home’s interior design this year! To sum up the entirety of 2021 furniture trends in just a few words, this year it’s all about nostalgia, comfort and fun, so if you’re thinking about how to design or redesign your house, villa or apartment this Spring, go ahead and embrace your inner child, your guilty pleasures and your grandmother’s antiques when choosing furniture. You’ll be excited to learn that right now, you really can’t go wrong with any or all of them to make your home’s interior design equal parts beautiful, comfortable and completely on trend.
Keeping in line with the basic interior design principle of optimising comfort at home, bear in mind that there is really no right or wrong way to furnish your home, so long as it is what you love and gives you the emotional connection that any home sweet home should bring. That being said, if you are in need of some inspiration for this season (and beyond!), here are a few trending furniture ideas to get your interior design juices flowing:
Embrace the old and the imperfect
Old, imperfect, one-of-a-kind furniture makes a real statement and pieces that are (or resemble) what we had in our childhood can really tug at the heartstrings and quickly and effectively give that emotional connection we crave from our homes this year. Now is the time to delve into your loft or storage to find and proudly display those heirloom pieces that would otherwise be collecting dust or, if you no longer have the originals, take a trip down memory lane to look at old photo albums and see what draws your eye or sparks strong memories or emotions, then look to recreate them with new furniture. Antique or vintage furniture and retro designs, provided they are all from the same era, are great ways to style your home in a way that embraces the past with quality furniture that lasts generations.
Fun is just as important as function.
Formality is a thing of the past, so let out your inner child when designing your home and have some fun with shapes, colours and textures! Think bold colour palettes, exaggerated sizes and non-traditional shapes, spots paired with stripes, ultra-plush sofas, chairs and cushions, accessories that make you smile and over-the-top collections of matching prints in your preferred look. When done right, an inspired playful design will instantly put you at ease, inspire creativity and transform mundane activities into something a bit more, well, fun. Just make sure you get sturdy, solid furniture and accessories that can withstand the jumping on the furniture, spontaneous pillow fights and energetic bursts of creativity that are sure to ensue!
Shift your focus
Home bars and bar stools are making a big comeback this year because they embody our need to shift focus from work to play, function to relaxation and back again in an instant. They invite you to take a quick break from the anxieties that day to day life brings, even if only for the length of time it takes to have a cup of tea in the morning or a casual nightcap at the end of the day. Little formal work is done at a bar or while sitting on a bar stool (save that for the home office!) so having a place to physically and emotionally escape and disconnect without losing too much focus or momentum is of real importance this year and a major furniture trend we can get behind. And with their popularity coming back, you can find a home bar, bar top table and bar stools of any height, size and design to match any interior design.
Comfort and confidence is key
Being comfortable in your home is always a must but this Spring, there’s a real shift from the physical comfort that furniture brings to the emotional relaxation that you feel when you’re at home, surrounded by the things you love. Mental health is a top priority in our lives, so it makes sense that our interior design should only serve to offer the same sense of inner peace that we strive so hard for in other areas of our life. When it comes to design, some popular ways to accomplish this are with Montessori-style confidence, independence and growth mindset-boosting furniture for adults, including full-length mirrors (don’t forget those self affirmations when looking in it!), organisation or storage focused furniture for spaces of zen-like tranquility, a canopied or curtained bed for extra coziness and much-needed rest at the end of the day, and pride of place display of hand-crafted or DIY home décor that give you a burst of pride when you look at them. A big part of this trend too, is making sure that if you work remotely, you have a home office that is physically and emotionally disconnected with your home life. A separate room with a door you can close at the end of the day is ideal, but the same emotional break can also be achieved with strategic use of curtains, shelving or room dividers if your office desk is located within your living space.
A refresh of your interior design is easier than ever with Mad About Furniture
Updating your home’s interior design this Spring is all about embracing a home and home life that blends your need for inner peace by tugging at your heartstrings with fun, memorable and nostalgic furniture that is also exceptionally comfortable and functional. A combination that seems, at first, an impossible task, but in reality can be quite simple and overwhelmingly satisfying when done right.
Combining this – or any style with your individual needs and preferences is what our interior designers do best, so if you’re not sure where to start, the best place is always at Mad About Furniture! Give us a call, pop in for a visit, or arrange a Zoom call with us from anywhere in the world and we will happily discuss your vision and how best to achieve it.
Best of all, our interior design services are completely FREE, so what have you got to lose!
Browse through some of the incredible pieces we offer and inspired designs we have put together for others on our website, www.madaboutfurniture.com, and get in touch when you’re ready. We look forward to working with you.