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12 Popular Interior Design Trends To Give Your Classic Home a Modern Edge

Posted by James Arnold on

2021 has been a long year for all of us. While we slowly transitioned from the normalcy of staying indoors due to COVID-19, to freely exploring the outside world again, lots of important aspects in our lives made it into the growing interior design trends in 2021, creating modern styles and choices for all homeowners. 

With the ever-growing importance of sustainability to the elegant elements of nature, here are the 12 most popular interior design trends to give your classic home a modern edge. 

Adopt Night Sky Material Decor

This particular trend has been making waves for many interior designers across the globe. The adoption of a space or night sky material has established galaxy inspired finishes for many homes and buildings, with the dark blue background encompassing the veined white and pale blue streaks to deliver celestial connotations to your interior design. 

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This can be applied to tabletops, ceilings, walls, anywhere that you think might enhance the “galaxy” theme of your home.


Portable Table Lamps

Looking for ways to be greener with your furniture? Consider portable lamps. These rechargeable lighting solutions has recently been gaining worldwide attention and popularity and is considered a reinvigorating lighting trend for 2022. 

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Due to their portability, these table lamps will be lit without any cables to connect to their lighting fixture, and the convenient features of their portable nature make them rise in popularity with no surprise.


Combining Patterns (Checks And Stripes)

Checks and stripes have made strides throughout the year 2020 to 2021 and is expected to continue their trend in the new year of 2022. This popular print keeps on giving, with a trend for technicoloured stripes and checks gaining traction towards the end of 2021. 

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This particular trend is also applicable for narrow passages and floors and is encouraged by interior designers for its bold looks and natural jute texture. 


Primary Palettes

Who says that simplicity is boring? Using the foundation of colours, incorporating red, yellow and blue provides a simplistic and innocent look. You might not want to create an environment with all three primary colours, so it’s understandable to create them with two or one colour, along with different shades.

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Adopt Wall Murals

Wall murals are wallpaper’s contemporary counterpart, fully customizable and very appealing to the eye. Unlike wallpapers, murals can be altered to fit your design needs. 

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While already a generally popular feature for many homes, wall murals are set to become a much more popular trend for their diversity in style and added benefit of customizing each mural to your heart’s desire.


Consider a Contemporary Country Look

As the name suggests, a contemporary country look is a fusion between country and modern interior design. The country-style incorporates natural and neutral materials, which can be modernized through a culmination of the most popular styles in the current year. 

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Think of this as adding natural materials for your modern home!


Embrace Island Decoration

After travelling has been restricted with limited destinations at the start of the pandemic, we turned our homes into a space that expressed a sense of adventure and culture. So many homeowners and house designers have opted in providing a theme of escapism within their home, creating distant landscapes with flora and fauna that adds natural beauty within their walls, furniture and floor. 

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What this trend is, is creating an alternative form of the outside world that people can enjoy.


Grounded Shades With Brown or Purple Tones

A smoky brown or purple is the ideal tone to neutralise the past popular earthy themes such as clay and stone that was revealed as a trending design for interior homes in the last two years. The reason these colours are considered as popular and rising trends is the impression they create while seemingly sticking with the natural tone. 

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Creating Calm, Ocean Hues

2020 was arguably the most stressful year on record, and so it is fundamentally understandable that people would want to create an interior design that’s close to eliminating stress. Here is where the ocean theme outshines a lot of other types of interior styles around the globe. 

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Creating ocean hues, calm walls and relaxing floors is relatively easy when you have the right supplies, as you’re simply accumulating lighter blue colours around your home, such as throw pillows, wall paintings and rugs.


Gothic Glassware

Gothic glassware are smoked vessels that are resilient, with a touch of class that allows them to become both durable and elegant in the same way. 

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Coloured Concrete

While living room trends contain so much depth and practicality, bathroom trends contain a sense of personality that injects a monastic sense of a spa-like serenity, through the use of coloured concrete.

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The vividness of the hues alongside the textured depth provides the perfect material for any bathroom, delivering an interior paradise for your bathroom alone



Arches are designs that exemplify verticality, extending the illusion of space around whichever room you choose to apply arches to. Designs such as arched doors have become a somewhat popular trend due to their gentle curves and softening the commonly hardened edges of rectangular features within your room. This could be from doors to the walls. 

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Use as a motif if you are looking to decorate, or as a shape for windows and doors if you’re renovating.

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