Renovating your home and looking for inspiration? Are you growing tired of the grey trend? Perhaps you’re sick of Scandi or bored with blush?

We’re with you. Those three trends have dominated home styling over the last few years and it’s time for something new.

Here are three fresh alternatives that’ll take you into 2021 and beyond:


Combine classic colours like mallard green, navy blue and burgundy red with timeless patterns (tartan, herringbone) and dark woods to achieve a style that wouldn’t look out of place in a country home.  To update the heritage trend for 2021, add in lots of on-trend neutrals too. Antique furniture will give your room the perfect finishing touch, so scour auction salerooms, vintage shops and your grandmother’s attic to find the perfect accent piece. Keep your eyes peeled for traditional motifs, like the Fleur de Lys, which have made a recent comeback. Play with textures to achieve a homely feel. A mixture of heavy velvet, chenille and tweed will give your room a charming, cosy feel.

Above:  Pair of Fleur de Lys Cast Iron Bookends from Dibor, £28; Mangat Chest of 6 Drawers Dark Shade from Homescapes Online, £389.99; Dalby Medium Sofa from Darlings of Chelsea, from £1754.35; Traditional banker’s lamp with green shade from Besselink & Junes, £993; Traditional Red Runner Rug from Carpetright, £34.99; Heritage 8 Lights Chandelier from The Culture of Art, £5,150.

Art Deco

100 years after it first emerged from Paris, Art Deco is set to make a comeback.  Refined for the 2020s, this style combines a modern sophisticated colour palette with sweeping curves, sleek geometric detailing, organic shapes, the classic fan motif and luxe metallics.  Look for furnishings in sumptuous fabrics and decorative pieces that ooze glamour to complete the look. A showstopping sunburst mirror or chic shell back chair will be the perfect statement piece in any deco-themed room.

Above: Pablo Shelving from Swoon Editions, £429; Harriet Bar Stool from Cult Furniture, £129; Claddagh Mirror from Swoon Editions, £139; Geometric Deco Motif Cushion from Cult Furniture, £28; Nouvelle Sideboard from Sweetpea & Willow, £885; Gold Pleated Wall Clock from Audenza, £48.


If you’re addicted to Instagram, the pampas grass trend won’t have passed you by.  The tall wheat-like grass has dominated social media over the last few months, having featured on several influencers’ accounts.  The ornamental plant is low-maintenance, making it the perfect alternative to flowers and foliage for those who aren’t green-fingered. People have taken to designing their whole room around pampas, drawing inspiration from its textured fluffy fronds and soothing neutral colours. You too can create a sanctuary of calmness with a bohemian feel.  Layer nude-on-nude colours with bright, airy tones.  In terms of furniture, look for modern designs with clean lines in light woods.  A touch of black is the perfect accent, while a large rattan piece makes a subtle statement. Look for natural materials that will complement the overall theme. 

Above: Dried Fluffy Reed Grass from Hudson Home, £25;  Beige Clerk Armchair from Brabbu Design Forces, £tbc; Donna Delaney Pampas Print from Norsu Interiors, $75; Sunburst Cane Wall Mirror from Cult Furniture, £65; Morocco Beige Cushion Cover from Homescapes Online, £6.99; Beige Pineapple Pouffe from Sweetpea & Willow, £95.

Featured image credits: Desenio / Audenza / Cox & Cox