We have a 2021 home design trend prediction that will make maximalists and those with grandmillennial style rejoice! We’ve started seeing a lot of British design influences in interior design. This is a look that’s all about adornment, charm, and creating moments of joy within your home. And that’s definitely something we’re craving in our homes right now!
This specific take on British interior design has its roots in traditionalism but definitely gives it a modern spin. In classic British style, there’s a wide use of patterns on patterns, loads of various saturated hues and bold colored rooms, and that very Victorian brand of maximalism. (Embrace the knick-knacks!) While all of these elements mixed together in one space might cause more than a bit of anxiety for the minimalists out there, the idea behind this maximalist mix of colors, patterns, styles, and objects is all about surrounding yourself with things that you love and that make you happy. There’s a certain joyousness in this take on British decor. But it’s probably also fair to say that not many people can pull off this kind of ultra maximalism in their home.
So, we spent some time paring back on the eccentric side of this design and explored what a more approachable take on this interior design trend might look like. The result is refined, warm, and still packed with some eclectic personality. If you want to get to know this 2021 home design trend prediction a bit better, keep reading. We’re dishing a few of our favorite lessons that we can learn from British design.
Go For a Saturated Color Palette
Traditional-meets-modern British design has a big focus on bold, dark, and saturated color palettes. The result is a somewhat dramatic and even austere look. In this room, we layered several saturated colors throughout the room, but you could also focus on color in just one aspect. Singularly focusing on a bold wall color can help other design elements come to life in your space.
Textiles are another great way to bring in saturated hues—whether that’s pillows, drapery, throws and bed linens, or even rugs. In most of the rooms in this post, you’ll see richly colored rugs—some with patterns, some without—and they really bring a lot of life to the space they’re in. Ultimately, a saturated color palette will bring a sense of richness and warmth to your space.
Utilize Drapery and Textiles
One big thing we could learn from British design? Maxing out textiles and using more drapery. Drapery adds another layer of texture to your space, creating visual depth and becoming a decorative feature in the room. This applies to window coverings, of course. But you could also hang a decorative drapery, as we did here, for a bold art-like installation.
Printed textiles in classic motifs or with special detailing adds a considered touch to a room. Don’t be afraid to layer different patterns and rich textures together—from your sheets and duvet cover to pillows and throws. This mix not only hints at that British maximalism, but it also adds a sense of coziness to your space!
Give Traditional Elements a Modern Twist
We love the way that British designers today are taking traditional and classic design styles and giving them modern and eclectic twists. Take this room for example: the tufted sofa is very classic in design, but the mustard velvet upholstery gives it a more modern look. And, while the side tables are fairly traditional and even a bit rustic, the coffee table balances out the look with its modern glam style.
Wall art is another way to take traditional ideas and give them a modern twist. The painting pictured here is bright and playful, but it has a classic-inspired origin with its equestrian theme. You could bring the same idea to life through a pastoral landscape or portrait painting, choosing one that has modern elements or an avant-garde style. Lean in a little further and assemble a collected, eclectic gallery wall!
Use Material As Ornament
We love British design’s use of material as ornament—like in this cane chair, where the texture of the cane adds visual depth and nuance to the space. Since British design tends to gravitate more toward the traditional, you’ll also see a bit more ornamentation on furniture pieces, whether that’s carvings on the front of a cabinet or subtle detailing like you can see in this desk, stool, and the legs of the cane chair. This principle can also be applied to decor. The lamp on this desk has a very sculptural quality—showing that a practical piece can also be quite ornamental.
Want to incorporate this design trend into your own home?