This year Australia’s best home wares, furniture and design minds met online to reveal the direction of our homes’ decor for 2021 and 2022. Read on to see what you can expect and why on the coming years’ projected colour and materials palettes, shapes, and design directions.
1. The Rise of a Subdued Natural Aesthetic
As a counterbalance to technological advances (such as the commercialisation of space travel), in the near future our homes’ looks will lean toward down-to-earth interiors. Think decor that promotes balance and wellness, acceptance and calm, alongside an understanding that simple, decluttered spaces are healthful mentally and physically. Expect this to be seen in the rise of:
- Shimmering metallics, including an increased use of copper, which has antimicrobial qualities, to rival black as an accent colour in the kitchen and bathroom.
- Neutral colours and earth tones.
- Natural materials.
- Simple chunky shapes.
- Elemental patterns in art and design.
2. Colour Palettes That Embrace Browns, Soft Terracotta’s, and Muted-Stone Hues
In line with embracing a natural aesthetic, colour palettes will begin to reflect more warm, earth-filled colours such as metal ores, russet shades, soft terracotta and browns. These grounding colours work well with our bright, light-filled homes and predominantly white or neutral-hued interior walls. As Victoria Redshaw noted, there is a tactile and visual dryness to these colours, which reflects the wider Australian environment of the bush and desert. The emergence of browns was also noted when Dulux named ‘Brave Ground’ – a reassuring earthy beige – as its Colour of the Year for 2021.
3. Shapes and Forms That Reference a Kind of ‘Primitive Minimalism’
Expect a rise in ‘caveman’ aesthetics and rustic minimalism in the near future. To some extent this reflects the collective psychological state of people who, having experienced Covid-19 lockdowns, are seeking products that can tangibly help them endure challenges. Aesthetically this means a return to ‘basic-ness’ of style. Except, unlike the past when this celebrated mass manufacturing, inherent in this trend is the rejection of disposable culture and instead an embracing of artisan-made, ethically produced, imperfect-looking pieces that are robust and enduring.
4. Indigenous Patterns and Natural Materials
Another important development is the display of materials and textiles that have a vegetal rawness and show the hand of people in their creation. Think wax-resist dyed fabrics, batik and Malian cotton. Expect to see:
- More Indigenous patterns and respectful references to Indigenous art.
- It must be said that intention and authenticity are of prime importance, as is buying directly from, or to benefit, First Nation peoples and businesses. A good example in Australia is Blak Markets.
An instance of this reaching the mainstream is the recent collaboration between Indigenous mother and daughter Lauren Jarrett and Melissa Greenwood of Miimi + Jiinda, who have produced printed bed linen and home wares for retailer Adairs.
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