Australian spending on home improvements and renovations surged in 2020, and with the Government’s HomeBuilder grant extended until 31 March, the building trend is set to continue.

If you’re planning to redecorate, renovate or even buy a block of land and build your dream home this year, here are the top design trends for 2021.


Nature is the big-ticket home design trend for 2021. Flagged by experts ranging from Better Homes and Gardens to Australian renovation and design websites Homes to Love and Houzz, bringing the outdoors in will be very big this year.

After spending so much time indoors during the pandemic, it’s little wonder we all want to reconnect with nature. Renovations and designs that open up living spaces to the outdoors, like this one at 24 Bibby Street, Hamilton, are more popular than ever, and it is anticipated that many homeowners will be looking to get the most out of their gardens by undertaking landscaping and outdoor improvements this year.

Looking for a quick design fix? Indoor plants are a simple way to add a touch of nature to your home in an instant. Or in a smaller courtyard space, try a green wall.

Natural materials and furnishings

A home with a natural aesthetic promotes calm and well-being and is the perfect antidote to our technology-driven lives. Character-filled, natural materials like wood, stone, copper, linen, and wool are set to trend this year, with their imperfections and flaws to be embraced. Even bricks are set to make a comeback, bringing character and warmth to interior spaces.

Basic, natural patterns and solid, understated shapes are tipped to big this year in art, design, and furniture. Expect to see more indigenous patterns and art, used in a respectful and authentic way, such as in Adairs’ recent Miimi + Jiinda collection.

Earthy colours

The colour trend forecasts for 2021 reflect the rise of the natural aesthetic, with neutral colours and earth hues tipped to surge in popularity. The Dulux Colour of the Year for 2021 is an earthy beige tone called Brave Ground, chosen for its ‘reassuring’ and ‘elemental’ qualities.

The Shutterstock Colour Trend report has highlighted three rich, natural colours for 2021. Set Sail Champagne, Fortuna Gold and Tidewater Green all evoke the great outdoors, and they pair back well with neutral, earthy palettes.

Kitchens and living spaces

Home Beautiful magazine is tipping brass, marble, and dark timber to be the big kitchen design trends in 2021. Dark timber echoes the nature theme set to be so big this year, and brass works well as an accent against a neutral colour palette. Marble, with its multitude of available colours and patterns, adds an instant luxe factor to any style of kitchen, from contemporary to country.

This year, we’re more likely than ever to see new homes and renovations incorporating adaptable layouts into their design. Homes need to fulfil more functions now than they ever have – who can forget our homes turning into our offices and classrooms in 2020? Many homeowners want their home to be able to grow and evolve as their family does, and multipurpose rooms that make clever use of space are growing in popularity. Moveable, non-permanent walls that allow rooms to be opened up or closed off as needs change are also having a moment.

Hygiene and contactless living

Last year had us all focusing on hygiene like never before, and in 2021 expect to see this translate into home design trends. Elements such as contactless flushes, automatic bathroom taps, sensor-activated cooktops, and the use of naturally antibacterial materials like copper are all on the up.

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