Looking ahead, here are our predictions for the trends of 2021.
We believe many styles will fall under the main themes of nature and creativity.
In recent years there has been a growing interest in striving towards more sustainable styles as well as reflecting the outside world on the inside. On top of that, we have all had a shared year of difficulties and we are now ready for an explosion of creativity and joy; we are in no doubt that we will see these desires reflected in our interiors.
The leading colour experts have all spoken and it is clear to see a common theme amongst their predictions and influences for the coming year.
Dulux led the way with their assertion that 'Brave Ground' would be their colour of the year. A reassuring and earthy beige that reflects "the strength we can draw from nature, our growing desire to align more with the planet and looking towards the future".
Pantone bravely released two shades; their choices are Ultimate Grey and Illuminating (yellow) and are said to be "practical and rock-solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a colour combination that gives us resilience and hope."
Biophilia comes from the Greek meaning "to love life". In design, biomimicry imitates forms, uses, colours, and more that are found in nature. We are seeing this more and more when it comes to design forms.
Many manufacturers are taking inspiration from the landscape to create innovative pieces that draw the outside in.
SUSTAINABLE MODERN DESIGN
A move towards the innovative use of recycled materials is proving popular and we are highly supportive of this; from terrazzo to wood to plastic.
Many furniture designers are looking to use recycled plastic which is not only practical but also enables the most interesting structures as it can be moulded as desired.
WICKER AND RATTAN
Woven furniture saw a rise in popularity last year and is not slowing down by any means.
As a sustainable material that is durable for both indoor and outdoor use it is a highly practical option in the current climate. The furniture made from these materials often makes a great statement which allows it to be a centrepiece in both a courtyard, or a lounge room. It offers a natural look which can be combined with other materials to soften the overall appearance and create a relaxing atmosphere.
Light wood is also having its moment - a move away from darkness, and even painted wood as natural reigns supreme.
Look out for bright colours and bold patterns. Designers are saying "no" to boring and attempting to bring joy through their work. Many people are becoming more attuned to little details and touches that offer a sense of personality. All-white is out, as are matching items; go big and bold.
Why pick six of the same chairs when you can choose six different chairs that wonderfully accentuate each other's design styles?
Mismatching furniture is being used to create little elements of interest that catch the eye and result in an unquestionably creative and well-thought-out design. Our account managers are brilliant at helping clients to find complimentary pieces from our catalogue.
A unique chair allows a user to feel special, and we all like to feel special from time to time.