For many of us, 2020 was the year of Being Stuck at Home. Commuter passes were torn up; spare rooms converted into offices. But for every extra hour spent in the house, the more we felt an urge to redesign our interiors to suit the “new normal”.
If lockdown has your creative juices flowing, why not start that next interior design project? To help you, we’ve rounded up the most eye-catching trends sweeping the design world in 2021, from feel-good colours and patterns to comforting rustic tones. For each look, we’ll also pick out the most suitable ultra-thin porcelain tiles from our vast collection.
Opulence is out, earthiness is in. The crowd-pleasing cottagecore look is set to define 2021 as designers look to inject some down-to-earth character in the home. This simple design uses exposed beams, original floorboards, and panelled walls to give a re-create the feel of an English cottage – but with a few contemporary twists.
One easy way to achieve a rustic look is to kit out your interior with wood-effect tiles. Our Scandi-style Dark and Medium Wood tiles (1200x600mm) combine the warmth and beauty of natural wood with the myriad advantages of ultra-thin porcelain.
Warm, relaxing greys
As we explored last month, warm-coloured tiles are more popular than ever. And it’s not just Porcel-Thin’s baby blue that’s all the rage – Pantone named a grey and yellow combo as its two colours of the year for 2021. According to Pantone’s Executive Director, the duet conveys “a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting, conveying the idea that it’s not about one colour or one person, it’s about more than one.” How nice.
Neutral grey is also proving a popular choice for furniture in bedrooms and living rooms. Hardly surprising – grey is versatile, conducive to relaxation, and contrasts well with virtually any other tone. Soft greys tones feature in several of our most popular large format porcelain tiles, from marble effect Silver Grey (1200x600mm) to limestone effect Bianco Alba (1000x1000mm).
Joyful patterns and colours
It’s not all about restraint and simplicity – another big trend for 2021 is bold and bright patterns. Some designs, like the work of New York-based Alex Proba, use sharp colour contrasts to create a fun and joyful vibe in a variety of domestic and commercial spaces. At Porcel-Thin, we’ve noticed this trend in the emergence of our aquamarine and baby pink Paris tiles (1200x600mm) as a best-seller.
Rich marble tile patterns are another great way to inject personality into a space. We recommend the vibrant, unusual marble-effect tones of our Nero Portoto and Emperador onyx tiles (1800×900) or the rich gold veins of the giant Agate Rubane (2400x1200mm).
Pared-down industrial vibes
As more of us spend our working lives at home, the desire for fuss-free interiors grows ever-stronger. Architect Kobi Karp explains the appeal: “Industrial style has a mix of modern and traditional design and works for interiors that have to serve as places to live, work, and play.”
Porcel-Thin’s metallic effect and concrete effect tiles collection are packed with cool, uncomplicated patterns ideal for both indoor and outdoor spaces. The fuss-free benefit extends to installation: Porcel-Thin’s extra-large tiles offer fast coverage and are remarkably easy to fit.
If you’re looking to revamp a domestic or commercial interior space, get in touch with our tiling experts. We can help select the right tiles for your project, connect you with our regional stockists, and even give you a guided tour of our south London showroom.