will still remain current in interior design schemes. Hardwood will almost certainly

continue to grow in popularity this

year, although the actual

styles will vary to refl ect new interior looks. Expect also to see warm parquet and antique oiled Herringbone tiles. New installations have also seen a move towards wider and longer planks, a technique designed to create a feeling of space and expansiveness within a room. Concern about the carbon footprint has been growing, so it’s natural that eco-friendly fl ooring is popular at the moment which is why vinyl and laminate made from recycled materials are a good bet, as are bamboo and cork. Hardwood fl oors also make fi nancial sense. Some estimates put the return on investment as high as 10 per cent over installation cost, such is their association with value. In the wider world of interiors, navy is emerging as the 2021 interior

trend colour. As are textured walls and minimalist art and plants in abundance, be they real, dried or faux. But a more overarching trend is the move towards all things organic, not to mention holistic.

THE POWER OF THE HOLISTIC This was not lost on Alice Dottori. Writing in Italian Bark, she posed the question: “Can you think of a better motivation to embrace a specifi c design and décor trend that could transform your home into a space that looks good, functions well, and actually makes you healthier?” And the UK design blogger Natalie Gisborne went further: “Holistic

interior design taps into your soul and creates the environment you need as a person to feel safe, comfortable and healthy in your home. It can heal, whether simply enhancing your mood or giving you the proper elements you need to relax after a serious day in the offi ce.” The US designer Gina McMurtrey went even further: “Possibly the understatement of 2021 is that 2020 changed us. 2020 was a year of much transformation as we navigated through very diffi cult times... The design trends for 2021 are a direct refl ection of the way the pandemic has shifted our priorities.” Other trends include sage green kitchens, in

the form of paint, cabinetry or tiles. The upsurge in biophillic design has also seen green increase in popularity. Research has shown that just looking at something green can lower the heart rate. The ridged renaissance emerging

over the past few years will manifest itself in lots of textured furniture bringing a sense of the tactile. Then there’s the Japandi style: a blur of Japanese minimalism with a hint of Scandi minimalism, along with, one of the most signifi cant, a decline in single-purpose spaces. But it’s the emergence of green

that will probably stay with us for a while. It has strong associations with nature, it’s often thought to represent tranquility and health. Green has long been a symbol



of fertility and was used widely in wedding gowns in the 15th-century. Even today, green M&M chocolates are said to carry a sexual message. But as an interiors tool, it’s the

stress-relieving and healing qualities that make it so popular. That is why guests waiting to appear on television shows are often left to wait in the “green room” to relax. And after the year we’ve had, we

could all do with some of that. Or we can simply cast our minds to better times and evoke another green characteristic - jealousy.

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