Futuristic, Functional and Fit – Home Décor Trends for 2021

Futuristic, Functional and Fit – Home Décor Trends for 2021

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As 2020 comes to a close, we reckon it will be remembered as a year of “introspection” “mindfulness” “restoration” and “rebirth”. With most of us homebound all year, there has been a considerable emphasis on developing one’s personal style, be it wardrobe or home, paving the way for a sustainable lifestyle.

Unlike the fast-changing world of fashion, the décor and the interior industry saw a slow yet thoughtful transition through the year. From layered patterns that became more predominant for table top and textile designs to the upholstered floral walls and rooms dipped in the bold and monochromatic hues of cobalt blue and aubergine, the year in décor was all about embracing the vintage with a hint of the ‘millennial’.

We can’t help but agree that the pandemic has indeed changed the way décor connoisseurs think and plan – and, that has significantly influenced the trends for the upcoming year!

With 2021 knocking at our doorstep, Ciceroni reveals breath-taking home décor trends that will swoon you over as you prep- up to decorate your new apartment or refurbish your home-office.

AI Aqua, Illuminating Yellow and Ultimate Gray – Colours of 2021

Announcing the Pantone Colour of the Year, Leatrice Elseman, Executive Director of The Pantone Colour Institute shared “The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a colour combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted; this is essential to the human spirit.” On the other hand, according to the trend forecasting service WGSN, an electric shade of blue known as the “AI Aqua” will come to the forefront in fashion, tech and interiors in 2021. Inspired by the hyped technological trends such as the augmented reality and artificial intelligence, A.I. Aqua offers true versatility and can look both sporty and futuristic. “Going forward, technology is only going to become a more integral part of our lives. The digital world will become faster, more efficient, and in turn we will become even more connected and aligned.” said WGSN’s head of colour Jane Monnington Boddy on addressing the press on the newly chosen colour.

From walls and ceilings to curtains and planters, these shade can be used in every room to brighten the space without giving it a second thought. Afterall, its rather calming and that’s what we need for 2021 after the tumultuousness of 2020.


Whether we understand it or not, nostalgia drives our decisions more often than not. Be it choosing an outfit or enlivening our living space, nostalgia plays a big role. Just like how the ancient lace detailing and the luxe velvets took over the fashion collection of most designers, the same way experts say, that the design styles of the past including Victorian Era, Art Deco along with the architectural inspirations from the Mughal and Rajput era will make a glorious comeback to the décor scene.

Get your room all detailed with the paintings that tell tales of the Victorian era or replace the cookie-cutter windows with the ancient Indian jaali work to bring in some natural light.

Go all out and vocal for India’s rich textiles and crafts by adding them to the favourite corners of your home. 2020 saw an unusual interest in rattan and cane furniture. And the experts are sure, that this trend is here to stay! Sustainability, ecology and greenery have become more than just a need. From carpets made from banana fibres, Pichwai paintings and embroidered decor elements to teak and bamboo furniture, interior designers and architects have today found innumerable ways to stay close to the nature.

Natural Elements

Welcome softer and earthier looks that are filled with natural materials such as cane, jute, leather, ceramic, plants, and other sustainable elements. Let your personal style sync in with the nature.

Home Office

Multifunctional spaces are known to be one of the most relevant interior design trends for 2021 with remote working and learning at home becoming the new normal. The versatility of space usage, a quality that determines a great architect from average, became the most important feature in 2020 with Work from Home and Stay at Home becoming new normal. From kitchens that can transform themselves to work station to living room that can become a socializing spot or a boardroom, large and interactive open spaces will gain more prevalence in the coming year. Most architects believe that consumers have started paying attention to the need for home gyms too.

If having a home office feels luxurious to you, find creative ways to organize your home and create a self- curated stylish workspace.

Wellness as a Design

Our home is supposed to be our sanctuary, an escape, from pretty much everything! Isn’t it? With almost everyone scouting for ways to indulge in some major self-pampering and wellness sessions, its essential that our homes are supposed to bring restoration, not induce stress. From cultivating healthy sleep habits to prioritizing mental health, wellness is the key to being peaceful amidst the work, learn, cook chaos.

Spruce up your couch or the balcony with the most beautiful indoor plants and soft-furnishings to make it a peaceful place where you can do everything, right from listening to music and having a midnight snack to reading your favourite book or taking a power nap. Once again, utilise your design sensibilities to create a sanctuary for self and not a hotel for guests.

It is said that interiors are magical and they hold the ability to teleport a person to an era beyond imagination. Go ahead and experiment with your personal aesthetics and imagination and get your home ready for the next year!

Aishwarya Menon

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