The top interior trends for 2021: part one

Date posted: 11/02/21

Most of us spent far more time at home than usual in 2020 and the chances are that we will be doing the same for at least the first half of 2021. Home makeovers sustained lots of us through the pandemic lockdowns as we aimed to make our houses and flats as appealing as possible, and we finally had plenty of free time to redecorate.

No doubt there are lots more plans in place for further home makeovers in 2021. With this in mind, we thought we would look ahead to the top interiors trends of the next 12 months and see how these will translate into flooring. Here is part one of our guide to 2021’s biggest interior and flooring must-haves.

Cottage-style d├ęcor

This trend is all about natural materials and creating a cosy cottage feel. You can think of it as bringing the outdoors inside. As far as flooring is concerned, the cottage trend demands wood or wood-effect flooring in natural tones, so nothing too modern or too out there. Pine and oak are excellent choices – the tones should be light to medium for the most authentic cottage feel. Stone is another option, but this is far less practical for most properties. If you have your heart set on the look of traditional stone flooring but this is not practical for budgetary or other reasons, there are some fantastic vinyl alternatives. As an added advantage, vinyl flooring is far warmer than real stone – an important consideration in the British climate!

Herringbone flooring

Herringbone flooring has seen a huge increase in popularity in the past few years and 2021 looks to be its biggest year yet. This classic flooring design is a staple of traditional British homes and adds a striking yet timeless appeal to any space. If your budget won’t stretch to hardwood flooring or it is simply not practical in your home, there are plenty of alternatives. Laminate and vinyl flooring are both available in herringbone designs, with the best products indistinguishable from solid wood at first glance. Traditional herringbone flooring can add a formal look to a dining room or living space, while a modern take on the style is to use subtly contrasting tones for a more relaxed feel.

This is part one of our guide to 2021’s top interior and flooring trends, so join us for part two for more decor inspiration.