Winter Design And Interiors Trends For 2021

It’s no secret that Victoria’s Surf Coast is a stylish place to live.

So, as the weather starts to cool down in the lead-in to winter, we look at the hottest design trends in our local area.

Longevity is in

We all love a quick makeover, and a revamp or tweak of our surroundings, it can feel incredibly satisfying. But one of the most significant design trends right now is a movement away from the disposable and towards sustainable, long-lasting choices.

We’re seeing this trend coming to life in the desire of many local people to reuse and repurpose old retro and vintage furniture, with the popularity of free swap websites, and the resurgence of interest in antiques.

If you’re buying new, investing in craftsmanship, quality and longevity don’t come cheap, but it’s better for the environment and our future.

Luckily, with so many local craftspeople, designers and makers to choose from on the Surf Coast, we’re spoilt for choice.

Embrace the natural

Vogue Living says it best: “natural is in for 2021” and this is one design trend we’ve seen for a while now on the Surf Coast.

Capture this back to nature vibe with simple artisanal accessories, hand made objects or rugs, neutral colour palettes of greens, browns or charcoal inspired by the natural world.

The look is a pared-back rustic on a streamlined, sleek and clean background. Achieve it quickly with some handmade pottery or natural fibre rugs and rattan furniture. And if you’re renovating, bring the outdoors inside with materials like wood, stone or indoor plants.

The fireplace is back

Warm-up by the fire this winter. Where better to settle back with that glass of red wine?

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In keeping with the back to nature feel of winter 2021, the fireplace is back in pride of place as a centrepiece in our living areas. And the choices are endless. From a cosy wood fire to a combustion fireplace, gas, or ethanol showpiece.

We’re seeing a resurgence in retro 70s copper fireplaces with an artful woodpile stack, alongside more streamlined, sleek and modern designs. No room inside? Try a fire pit in the garden for toasting those marshmallows.

The home office is here to stay

With more and more people making work from home a permanent or semi-permanent arrangement, we’re seeing buyers and renters add a home office space to their property search wish list. This could be anything from an office nook to a dedicated room or even a tiny house or purpose-built studio in the garden.

With an influx of seachangers looking to move to the Surf Coast and occasionally commute to Geelong or Melbourne, this trend is only set to continue.

Sow new seeds

The resurgence in gardening means the good old fashioned veggie garden is now a permanent fixture – and even a selling point – in many homes. So if you haven’t already joined the homegrown movement, this winter is the perfect time to begin.

Winter crops to get started on include cauliflower, cabbage, onions and root vegetables like carrots, turnips or potatoes. Don’t forget the failsafe, beginner and kid-friendly peas or broad beans.

Winter is also the perfect time to get bulbs and flowers in the ground, ready for a garden full of spring blooms to attract the bees. Try some roses, daisies, or lavender or your local nursery or neighbours what grows best in your area.

If you’d like to find out more about some of the local businesses that can help transform your home, we’d love to chat with you.