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Interiors: ‘Cottage core’, colour and clashing are big for 2021.

Say goodbye to minimalism, ultra-modern and grey! Interiors designer Kim Hayman of Applemoon Interiors has the lowdown on the home trends we'll all be embracing this year.

So, we’ve all spent a bit more time in our homes and gardens lately, haven’t we? Unsurprisingly, we’ve all been rushing to update our spaces. This month is Homes Special month on Muddy, so we caught up with Kim Hayman, interior designer and owner of Applemoon Interiors in Rustington and asked her to talk us through the key trends of 2021. Over to you, Kim!

Cottage core

‘The need for clean, minimal spaces and ultra modern homes is disappearing fast.  Our focus is now on how we feel in our homes.  It’s the only space available to us to relax in at the moment, so we want to feel comforted. Snuggly sofas,  warm, deep pile rugs and soft textiles, such as velvet all make us feel secure.  

‘The new cosy living look has been nicknamed ‘cottage core’.  Think beds with heavy eiderdown quilts, ditsy floral curtains at the window, a labrador curled up in the corner and wellies by the back door.  We are witnessing a migration away from big cities and a move to the country or near the sea as people try to restore their work-life balance and create a home suitable for both work and rest.’

Colour me happy

‘The popularity of neutral colours in homes is starting to lessen.  Maybe it has something to do with the lack of excitement we’ve had in our lives, that people are wanting to embrace a more colourful, vibrant scheme in their homes.  You’ll see a lots of green appearing,  both deep forest green tones as well as fresh apple greens.  Teamed up with teal and navy this is a colour combination that looks great in all seasons.  
‘The other popular colours to look out for are ochre, terracotta and warm caramel and a move away from greys at last!’

Think clashing

‘We’re expecting to see more clashing patterns. The idea of one pattern in a room and then a selection of plains and textures to sit alongside it is a thing of the past.  Why not have patterns on the walls as well as the curtains and even the sofa and rug too?’

Never mind the guest room!

‘We’re all starting to realise that our homes are for us, and not our visitors.  Maybe we don’t need a guest bedroom that gets used twice a year and is acts as a dumping ground for the rest of the time, and instead we change it to a more useable space for everyday use.’

Get outside

‘Many people are investing in garden rooms that can double up as recreation and work spaces.  There’s now a huge range of furniture, rugs and accessories to really make your outdoor space or garden room just as comfortable and inviting as the inside of your home.’

Shop all these trends and looks at Applemoon Interiors online or visit the interior design showroom in Rustington.

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