As 2020 draws to a close, we find ourselves thinking how we can create a more positive foundation for our life in 2021. Undoubtedly, everything that has happened this year has brought much heartache to the world, and if you haven’t been affected by the pandemic personally, you’re still probably feeling its indirect effects on your psychological and emotional well-being. This is why getting rid of the stress should be your number-one priority in 2021, and the best way to do that is to revitalize your living environment.
After all, you spend the majority of your time at home, and you want to make sure that the look and feel of the space is conducive to rest, relaxation, peace, and positivity. That’s why today we are taking a look at some of the most inspirational styles and interior looks that you should consider for your 2021 makeover. Here’s how you can bring happiness into your living environment in the following year.
Fusing antique pieces with modern design
While it is true that your home’s interior should follow a clear design line, an overarching theme of sorts, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t introduce some vibrant contrasts. Interior designers nowadays put a great emphasis on contrasts in order to bring every space in your home to life, and create a unique look that will allow the design of the room to thrive. As you might have guessed, you can introduce contrasts in a variety of interesting ways, but the one you should focus on in 2021 is creating contrasts through different eras.
Bringing the modern and retro styles together to live in perfect symbiosis is not exactly an easy task if you don’t take a calculated approach. You mustn’t allow one to overtake the other, as you always need to have a dominant approach. So for example, you can complement a modern interior with retro accents and even grand retro contrasts but only while keeping the base design dominant.
Never allow complete equality between the two. Make sure that a modern room retains its modern look but gains a unique flair with retro mirror or picture frames, ornate desks and chairs, and the like.
Bringing a woodland cottage into your home
Speaking of retro elements, you can also choose to go the other way and reinvent your living environment almost entirely. The woodland cottage look and feel, also referred to nowadays in interior design circles as “cottagecore”, is a thriving new style that aims to bring nature into the hectic modern home.
The goal here is, of course, to rekindle your connection with Mother Nature through the use of natural elements and other accents that will create a more natural ambiance. You can use greenery and wooden materials, but also wall paintings inspired by nature and earthy color tones to create this beautiful style.
Paying special attention to the floors
In 2021, the floors will be one of the central focus points of interior designers around the world. The deep and intrinsic connection between the brain and the soles of your feet can significantly influence your mindset, mood, and overall well-being. Interior designers nowadays know that in order to bring a restorative interior to life, they need to choose the right floor materials and accents.
For example, interior designers have shown us that rug layering will become an increasingly popular trend in 2021. There is a big need to introduce comfort through the soles of your feet, and natural rugs and fluffy carpets will play a vital role. However, choosing the right rugs will also introduce comfort and positivity through your sense of vision, so it’s not just about the function of the rug, but its form as well.
Beauty in simplicity and minute details
There are many uses for those small accents carefully placed around a household. From an amazing conversation-starter to a functional piece, all the way to complementary and contrasting accents, your choice of minute décor elements will have a big impact on your interior design.
In 2021, your focus should be on comfort and that peaceful retro charm. So consider scattering accents like chunky-knit blankets that you can easily get at Shoppster and my other great places. In the kitchen, opt for accents like a set of oversized mugs, mason jars and retro metal tins, ornate cutlery and plates to inspire that peaceful ambiance of a bygone time when life was simpler.
Introducing peace and serenity with Japandi
Another way you can introduce these feelings into your living environment in 2021 and create a peaceful home is by redecorating in the style of Japandi. Inspired by the look of the far east and the ancient traditions of Japan, but fused with the popular Scandi style, Japandi is a unique blend of eastern and western cultures.
The easiest way to introduce Japandi into your household is to declutter your home, introduce greenery and natural elements, focus on sustainability, and use light colors and symmetry to create a peaceful space. This look will bring some much-needed clarity to your interior and your mind, and will eliminate the stress of the outside world.
The year is slowly drawing to a close, and now’s the time to start planning your 2021 makeover. Use these tips to reinvent your living space without too much hassle and make 2021 a year without stress or worry.
About the Author
Peter is a lifestyle writer and a recent newly wed living in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a fashion stylist and also as a freelance writer for few local magazines in Brisbane. Besides writing, he loves shopping, cooking exotic meals and traveling around tropical destinations with his hubby Josh. His future plans are in creating his personal lifestyle blog about everyday life-saving tips. Follow Peter on Facebook and Twitter.
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