There is no denying that 2020 saw some changes in our lifestyle and general attitudes.

And with that we go into 2021 – with a focus on sustainability, hygiene and appreciation for simple beauty.

Here you can see which design and style trends will be hot this year.

SUSTAINABLE FABRICS

Fabrics made from natural materials such as cotton, linen and silk have steadily gained popularity in the home in recent years and are expected to enter the stage for bed linen and pillow cases in 2021.

Compared to plastics, these have a smaller ecological footprint and are also easier to recycle.

In addition, natural fabrics are more breathable and skin-friendly.

CLEAN WATER

In 2020, many kitchen gadgets with an emphasis on hygiene appeared and we are seeing them become the norm for homeowners.

Water filtration systems, in particular, are a large investment as they can perform various functions, e.g. B. removing contaminants and providing hot water at just the right temperature for sterilization.

Nowadays, water filtration systems are also available in compact sizes that do not take up much space on the kitchen countertop and are often easier to maintain due to tankless systems (which prevent the build-up of bacteria) and self-cleaning features.

ELEGANT, SIMPLE LED LIGHTING

Chunky, functional ceiling lights have failed, and minimalist lighting in the form of smaller, energy-saving lights has failed.

Smaller devices like the Sol Luminaire mini series create the conditions for a clear, streamlined appearance and instead draw attention to other design elements such as statement furniture.

Opt for LED lamps that are energy efficient and give off less heat.

LIVE ZAKKA STYLE

Our homes have never been the same as they used to be after spending so much time there during the pandemic.

Reaching extreme levels of organization is a bit overrated and frankly impossible to sustain.

Enter zakka style life, the Japanese concept of hugging a mix of things that inspire joy, but in a relaxed and lived-in way as opposed to a minimalist, flawless order.

The concept of Zakka manifests itself differently depending on the individual – whether it’s showing your beloved art collection or having a mess of plants all over your living space – but its determining factor is that the objects you surround yourself with are things with whom They really resonate with you.

WES ANDERSON-INSPIRED COLORS

Safe pallets are on their way out and vibrant hues are in. However, you don’t have to give it your all.

Add a splash of color to your home by repainting a wall, or add personality with colorful throws and pillows.

These touches help add color to the home without the need for major renovations.

STONE COMPOSITE SURFACES

Composite stone countertops, also known as artificial stone, look very similar to their natural counterparts, but are actually compressed slabs.

These usually withstand the test of time well, as their non-porosity makes them resistant to dirt and mold (read: easier cleaning).

This article was first published in Home & Decor Singapore (homeanddecor.com.sg).

GROW YOUR OWN GREENS

All eyes are on indoor gardens growing your own vegetables and producing this year thanks to increased awareness of food security issues in 2020. Fortunately, it’s easy enough to get started with systems like Click and Grow Smart Gardens.

How about a vertical garden for those with small spaces? These green walls don’t take up a lot of space, but add a lot of green life to the room.

A sense of NOSTALGIA

Even as we enter a new era, many designers look for inspiration from the past.

Nostalgic elements like terrazzo and Peranakan tiles are making a comeback as features in otherwise modern homes, and we are also seeing homages to our local heritage in designs like Grafunkt X Onlewo’s NDP 55 collection, which includes two limited edition ottomans that look similar to these Benches you see in public housing estates.

THE HOUSE AS A SOCIAL PLACE

Home gatherings are a trend that will last for a while: your home is clean, you don’t have to wear masks, and your friends can stay as long as they want.

Make your stay more comfortable by investing in furniture designed for groups of people, e.g. B. an extendable dining table or flexible seating.

When facing a renovation, consider opening up the space to allow people to move around more freely.