Semper Interiors // Top 5 Design Trends for 2021

Trends is not something I really like to follow, I feel trend following will often result in a space having to be redesigned (creating less waste, lower impact on the environment). However, there are a few ‘trends’ I have seen growing in momentum and I hope they are here to say!

So here it goes, my predicted non-trend trends for 2021:

1. Rendered internal walls

Rendered walls are something that traditionally was used for exteriors. However, stucco, limewash, and venetian plaster have started to make waves in our interior spaces. Using these products on interior walls creates subtle texture and pattern to walls, it also makes the space feel more earthy and grounded.

What I love most about a rendered wall is there are some great products that are sustainable, low/zero VOCs, and naturally hypoallergenic and bacteria-resistant.

2. Natural Materials

Natural stone, timber, cane and rattan have had a huge surge in popularity recently. I feel they’ve been so popular with designers because of the unique colour, pattern, and texture that is incredibly hard to manufacture.

I prefer to use natural materials that are ethically sourced because if they are treated correctly they can be recycled easily and we aren’t creating a whole new product from synthetic materials.

3. Recycle, reuse, rethink

Vintage shopping, up-cycling, and considered purchases are a growing trend I want to be here to stay! In the last couple of years, the luxury market has moved away from flashy and bling-y to one-off and unique. This has seen a steady rise in vintage furniture stores and products made from reused materials.

4. Home is a sanctuary

This is not new information but 2020 saw everyone spend more time in their home any ever before, it also saw a rise into people transforming their homes into a sanctuary, even going as far as making their home feel like a holiday they haven’t been able to go on. With borders still closed I predict this trend will continue to grow momentum.

5. Australian made and manufactured

Supporting Australian made has been another trend growing over the last few years, however, it is also one of the only positives to come out of COVID-19. I know I spruik this in almost all of my journals but buying Australian manufactured and designed furniture is the easiest way to reducing your footprint! I can’t wait to see what amazing things the Australian design industry produces in 2021!

I would love to hear from you all about your thoughts on my predictions for design in 2021. What are you predicting to see this year? Shoot all your predictions over to


About Amelia //

Hi there! My name is Amelia, I am the creative director and owner of Semper Interiors. I created Semper Interiors after working in hospitality studios for many years, during that time I found myself feeling increasingly guilty about the waste created throughout each project. I wanted to be able to design and create spaces that have a minimal impact on our beautiful earth. My approach to sustainability is based around ensuring my projects have longevity in both quality and aesthetic, supporting local trades, artisans and suppliers and using natural materials.

Semper Interiors a bespoke interior design studio based in New Farm Brisbane that focuses on sustainability and conscious construction practices. If you are interested in how we can help you make your home or business more environmentally conscious and beautifully designed please get in touch at

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