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Décor & Inspiration

Interior trends for 2021


With 2020 being a tough year for so many, it didn’t exactly lend itself to uptake of emerging interiors trends – rather, it was something of a year of treading water in the world of interior design – but now we’re beginning to see people getting excited about refreshing things again, and we’re keen to see some of the trends beginning to emerge.

Here are some of the design trends that are leading the way in 2021:


Every year for the last 22 years, Pantone releases its colour of the year, the influence of which flows through fashion to furnishings and everything in between.

This year, the Pantone team have selected two colours – Ultimate Grey and Illuminating. Perfect for accent colours alongside black and white in homes with a grey-neutral base, the bright and sunny hues of Illuminating balance the more sombre grey and hit something resembling hope for the year ahead.

How to use it: soft furnishings and accent pieces like cushions and throws to add a cheery pop of colour to your living spaces.


Famous for both its durability and natural beauty, cane and rattan furniture made a big comeback in 2021 – and it looks like it’s here to stay!

We love these natural products for their ability to add warmth and texture to any space, whether traditional or contemporary, indoor or outdoor. Classic lines with a modern edge, along with its affordability make it the perfect statement trend for your new home.

You can shop some of our favourites here:



Nature is still dominating colour schemes this year – we’re seeing lots of earthy, raw beiges and browns as a base with caramels and accents of black create a soothing, organic style. Included are soft, grounding terracotta, toffees and tans. Browsing the Dulux website is one of our favourite pastimes, and we’re forever looking for the perfect nude to style a room, and furniture to compliment.


Tiles are a great way to embrace your own unique style in a way that won’t break the bank. We’re returning to handmade ceramic tiles in a big way this year, with finger-style mosaics also proving popular in 2021. We’re enjoying making tiled surfaces a feature in some of our homes, with muted teals, aquas and greens lending a soothing softness to your space. We’re also seeing theTerrazzo trend continue, with flecks of colour pairing well with tiles in both solid neutrals and colours.



Polytec has released some new colours in their beautiful range of kitchen cabinetry this year, and we’re loving the introduction of muted teals and sage greens as well as classic navy. As much as we love a monochrome kitchen, it’s amazing to see some innovation around the use of colour. We’re also seeing some lighter toned Scandi-style wood finishes in cabinetry this year.


No longer a passing trend, indoor plants are here to stay. With spending so much time indoors last year, indoor plants have provided a soothing biophilic element to our interior spaces. Studies have shown that caring for plants can relieve stress and increase productivity and focus, so it’s a great, budget friendly way to help boost your serotonin while working from home.

Some of our favourites:



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So there you have it – some of our favourite emerging products and trends for 2021! If you’d like to see how we’re incorporating trends here at Arden, our display homes are a fantastic place to start – we’d love to welcome you in 2021!

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