Bedroom Trends & Design Ideas for 2021

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Last Modified 4 May 2021 First Added 2 December 2020

By Letara Buckley

We’ve all spent a lot more time at home over the past year, so naturally we’re likely to have noticed things we like and dislike about our bedrooms. So, we’ve delved into the bedroom design trends that are set to take off this year and picked out some favourites. We hope you feel inspired to jazz up your boudoir…

Why bedroom design is set for a shake-up in 2021

You may have found yourself having to work from your bed or bedroom (a.k.a WFB) since Covid came about. This new way of working has not only had a big impact on many people’s routines, but sadly some negative impacts on physical and mental health too.

With more people having to work from home, bedroom design trends for 2021 have seen a strong focus on uniqueness (stemming from people wanting to feel safe at home), exotic elements (people wishing they could go abroad), and sustainability (people wanting to help save the planet more than ever).

2021 bedroom trends

Here are the main bedroom trends set to take off in 2021. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking for budget friendly, high-end or just something a little different.

bedroom with desk and work space to show working bedroom design trend

1. The working bedroom

Not exactly a trend we’ve seen before in the interior design world, but the working bedroom is likely to still be needed by many next year. As WFH is part of the new normal, it’s a good idea to explore how you can embrace this ‘trend’.

While it’s best to keep your bedroom as a sleep only zone, those without home offices may just have to use their bedroom to work from. Don’t worry, there are ways to do this with minimal damage – whether that’s physical, mental or sleep-related.

Ideally, you should create a dedicated workspace. Perhaps a corner or alcove, preferably with natural light coming in from a window. The NHS lists 7 simple tips to tackle working from home.

Here are some of them, along with some more ideas:

  • Invest in a desk and office chair if you can. If you’re not able to buy much, try using a chair you already own and making it comfortable with some pillows or cushions.
  • Support your feet with a box or footstool
  • Raise your laptop with a laptop stand, or rest it on some stacked books to avoid straining your neck
  • Set and stick to a routine – it’s best to get dressed, eat breakfast and relax before you clock in
  • Take breaks and stick to your normal working hours, remember to switch off and enjoy your home life
  • Stay connected – use your breaks to keep in touch with friends and family
  • Set boundaries with other members of your household – let them know when you need some quiet time to concentrate and be thankful for their co-operation
  • Go outside every day, even if it’s for a short walk – the fresh air will do you good.

image of house plants to show botanical interior design trend

2. Botanical 2.0

The 2020s are looking like the decade of us all going more green. The eco-conscious focus is likely to move into bedroom trends too. Now we’re becoming more aware of climate change and how to be more environmentally friendly, it’s natural to see a spike in botanical bedroom designs.

Botanical décor has already been prominent in bedrooms for a year or two, so we’re expecting fresh takes on foliage including plenty of plant placement ideas, i.e. air filtering and sleep-inducing plants, botanical print wallpaper, and zingy colour palettes.

image of bedroom with chandelier and wall panelling to show neo-classical bedroom design trend

3. The resurgence of neoclassical

Opulent and classic, the neoclassical bedroom trend is all about making a grandeur statement. Think of an 18th-century French chateau with shabby chic furniture and that’s neoclassical in a nutshell. Elegant and sophisticated, this trend features style elements such as wall panelling, chandeliers, muted colours with pops of metallic, plus intricate patterns like baroque.

Related: Grey beds

image of beach cabins to show nautical decor trend for 2021

4. Nautical, beach house and coastal

With 2020 being the year of the staycation, 2021 is likely to see further movements towards making our homes feel like a retreat.

The lure of a beach is stronger than ever, so why not bring the beach to your bedroom? Nautical style is timeless and will feel ever more appreciated right now. Distressed wooden furniture is a must, along with a colour palette of seafoam blue, off-white and pops of sunny yellow.

Check out our wooden bed frames as a starting point to building your beach house bedroom.

zen home to show zen bedroom trend

5. Zen

The Millennials and Gen-Z have a love for all things health and spirituality, so 2021 is set to be the year that Zen interiors start making their way into our master bedrooms. A Zen bedroom promotes peace and relaxation. It’s the belief that your bedroom should be an indulgent oasis where you love to spend time and escape from the stresses of the outside world. You can read more about how to make your bedroom a retreat-worthy sleep sanctuary here.

Zen interiors incorporate ancient Chinese teachings of holistic health benefits from natural elements. This includes wood, earth, fire, metal and water, so bear these in mind when designing your Zen master bedroom. Perhaps opt for a metal or wooden bed frame, for starters.

In terms of colour, a Zen bedroom should be neutral with minimal pops of bright shades – think a throw on the end of the bed, a piece of abstract art hung on the wall, or an embroidered pendant lampshade. To help keep things minimal and distractions at bay, we suggest investing in some handy storage furniture or a storage bed frame to help you keep everything out of sight, leaving you with a space that’s purely for relaxation, sleep and spending time with your partner.

When deciding on the layout of your Zen bedroom, consider following some simple Feng Shui bedroom tips to help create a good flow of positive energy. Instructions include placing your bed centrally in the room with matching bedside chests either side.

There are two micro-trends within Zen bedroom design, check them out below for further inspiration:

– Hygge

This is a Danish concept that’s also associated with peace and relaxation. Pronounced as ‘hue-gah’ this bedroom trend focuses on creating a cosy ambience, being present and switching off from the outside world. Read how to create a hygge bedroom here.

– Scandi

Another design trend with a focus on simplicity, Scandi bedrooms are all about contrast colours in neutral shades, such as grey and cream, black and white, etc. Scandi bedroom furniture is synonymous with slim raised legs and feet, too. This allows light to pour under your furniture creating a feeling of spaciousness and cleanliness. Check out this article, Scandi bedroom ideas, for tips on how to bring this sleek trend into your room.

image of scent diffuser and ornaments to show middle eastern bedroom trend for 2021

6. Middle eastern

With holidays cancelled throughout most of 2020, many people have started to bring exotic and getaway elements into their homes and bedrooms for a touch of unique flair and the feeling of making a staycation.

Middle eastern / Moroccan bedroom décor is flamboyant and luxe, full of colour, pattern and embellishment. Although it’s bright and colourful, this trend is oh so inviting and elegant. It’s sure to have you feeling like you’re somewhere exotic.

Style elements include dark wooden furniture with intricate engraving, embroidered and tasselled cushions, patterned throws and statement pendant lighting. Colours like saffron yellow, blood orange and magenta are all ticks in the Moroccan vibe boxes. Feel content while basking in your homemade mirage and remember to practise being present. Ohmmm…

So that’s bedroom interior trends for 2021; we hope you felt inspired.

 

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