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The Inside Story: The need-to-know trends for 2021

In her first column for Velvet, Georgina Robertson, founder of Cambridge’s COCO Interior Design, spotlights five trends you need to know about for 2021

After a tough 12 months, which has seen us spend more time than ever within our own four walls, now’s the moment to reinvent and revive your home with these unmissable interior trends. From global through to rustic, I’ve rounded up the best interior design trends for 2021 that will add a little flair and sophistication to your home.


Cottagecore began life on Instagram as a hashtag trend. It epitomises a luxe traditional style and has some stark resemblances to the ‘Country Farmhouse’ trend we’ve come to know and love. Think simplicity mixed with touches of glamour, statement gold accessories, bare wood finishes and vintage soft furnishings. Hints of vintage prints and motifs in muted, pastel colours will keep the look feeling as grounded as effortless.

Global Influence

International-inspired interiors is a design style that brings global influences into the home. This trend has a bold safari feel influenced by wildlife and Africa. Earthy colour palettes, with warm and natural textures paired perfectly with wooden, woven and rattan furniture and accessories will bring this interior trend to life. Take influence from nostalgia and from past travels into your home with calming colour palettes and greenery to finish to look off.

Distant Shores

Distant Shores (44067109)
Distant Shores (44067109)

The relaxing, calm of tropical getaways and distant shores is what we’ve all been dreaming of this year. This next trend reimagines distant shores and brings it to the present day and into your own home. Focusing on bringing the outside in, this interior trend features subtle monotones and tropical brights, with a contemporary edge. Focus on ocean hues and green tones to emulate a relaxing space to recharge.

Modern Rustic

Modern Rustic (44067117)
Modern Rustic (44067117)

Think ‘Shabby Chic’ but with a little more chic than shabby! It’s making a comeback but with a timeless elegance, opulence and unrefined sense of luxury. Look for vintage pieces and decorative accessories that aren’t quite perfect. Rummage in vintage shops to discover restored chandeliers, lamps and mirrors that give your home the perfect balance between modern and rustic. Muted colours and natural textures will create a rustic, country vibe that is wholesome and charming.


Grandmillennial (44067116)
Grandmillennial (44067116)

The Grandmillennial trend will definitely be like marmite – it’s a love or hate affair! Described as a modern revival of design elements that you might find in your grandparents’ home… bear with me. This trend hinges on brown furniture, classical design forms and patterns. Antiques, patterns, crochet, ruffles and fringes are at the core of this interior trend. Inspired by feelings of comfort, tradition and nostalgia with an everyday ease. Grandmillennial is the perfect interior trend for beautiful, old cottages or farmhouses that should hold onto their unique charm but with a dash of elegance thrown in.

About the designer

Georgina Robertson is an experienced designer and founder of COCO Interior Design. Her grandma was a seamstress and, inspired by fabrics, colour and the concept of design creation from a young age, Georgina worked extensively with furnishing fabrics growing up, learning bespoke curtain making and design. With an extensive career in marketing, Georgina decided to pursue her passion and talent for interior design into creating sophisticated, luxury interiors - and so COCO Interior Design was born.

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