10 Interior Design Trends of 2021

10 Interior Design Trends of 2021

As 2021 comes to an end, we look back at how this year introduced new normals and raised questions about what the future of the built environment could look like. In retrospect, not much has changed in regards to where people are spending most of their time. Following constant changes in commuting restrictions and the continuation of the pandemic, people acknowledged that most of their time will be spent indoors, so they adapted their living and working spaces accordingly.

These sudden lifestyle changes forced people to become well aware of the fact that the space they inhabit has great influence on their physical and mental wellbeing, so they began opting for features that promote sensitivity, calmness, optimism, and playfulness, emotions that counter the inconsistent and troublesome events taking place in the outside world and offer an implied sense of escapism. 

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Some trends and features that were prominent in 2020, such as biophilic designs, use of local materials, and muted hues, stood their ground in 2021. Others were newly introduced and heavily utilized in projects of diverse scales and functions. 2021 also saw more design diversity in commercial and retail interiors compared to residential projects, highlighting how architects, designers, and business owners found different ways to translate their concepts into visual and physical narratives.

Read on to discover 10 design trends that shaped the interior spaces of 2021.

Biophilic Interiors and Bringing Nature In

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© Martina Gemmola
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© Katsu Tanaka
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© Nacasa & Partners
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© yOU

Lighting as a Feature Element 

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© Calle Huth
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© Feng Shao
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© ANDY’s Photography
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Courtesy of Foolscap Studio
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© Mikhail Loskutov

Exterior Cladding Used as Interior Finishes

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© Denilson Machado – MCA Estúdio
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© Joana França
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© Fangfang Tian
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© Niveditaa Gupta

Raw and Unfinished Concrete Interiors

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© ToLoLo studio
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© Tatsuya Tabii
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© Fangfang Tian
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© Yurika Kono
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© Robert Rieger

The Kaleidoscope Effect: Vibrant Colors and Reflective Surfaces

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© Mirko Zander
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© Takumi Ota
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© Tatsuya Tabii
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© Andrew Worssam
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© Alex Lesage
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© Hiroyuki Oki

Curves and Free-flowing Forms

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© CHOO
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© William Sutanto
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© Amit Geron
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© Xiaozhi
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© Ibrahim Ozbunar

Boxed In: Volumes within Volumes

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© Kenta Hasegawa
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© HIBINOSEKKEI
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© Maru Serrano
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© Trieu Chien
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© Maris Mezulis
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© Takumi Ota

Pastels and Muted Hues

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© Mikael Lundblad
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© Simone Bossi
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© Luis Díaz Díaz
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© Hong Kiwoong
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© do mal o menos

Straight-out-of-Comic-Books Interiors

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© Yong Joon-Choi
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© Wen Studio
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© Do Sy
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© alberstudio
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© Carolina Lacaz

Flexible and Transformative Interiors

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© Bojune Kwon
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© Imagen Subliminal
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© Tatsuya Tabii
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© Carolina Lacaz

This article is part of the ArchDaily Topic: Year in Review. Every month we explore a topic in-depth through articles, interviews, news, and projects. Learn more about our monthly topics. As always, at ArchDaily we welcome the contributions of our readers; if you want to submit an article or project, contact us.

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Cite: Hana Abdel & Dima Stouhi. "10 Interior Design Trends of 2021" 15 Dec 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/973490/10-interior-design-trends-of-2021> ISSN 0719-8884

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