How to inject 2021 interior design trends into your home

MANILA, Philippines — It’s all about comfort and sustainability for this year’s interior design trends.

Interior designers and trend forecasters all agree that homes for this year and, most probably beyond, will underscore these two elements due mainly to the pandemic. 

Less mass-produced, more hand-me-downs

In a “Vogue” article dated January 8 titled “Interior Design Trends to Know in 2021 —And What’s on Its Way Out,” comfort and sustainability were stressed. 

It enumerated what “comfy” looks like. “Think plushy, sink-into furniture, chestnut woods, warm colors, overflowing bookshelves (but not the color-coordinated kind, rather, ones stocked with tattered covers of novels you’ve read and loved).

“Less mass-produced furniture and more reworking of passed-down family pieces or ones you already own,” the article read. 

Industrial, Scandinavian/Sleek Modern

The trend leans toward Scandinavian/Sleek Modern, which uses lighter wood and gears toward function for compact spaces. Industrial style, which mixes wood, leather, and metal, as well as rustic and simple silhouettes, are also going to be seen in many homes. Rose M. Afinidad-Bernardo‘s interview with Our Home interior design team churned out the same ideas.

“Because this pandemic, more people are focusing on their homes but also they want a lighter feel,” the collective group said. 

The trend leans toward Scandinavian/Sleek Modern, which uses lighter wood and gears toward function for compact spaces. Industrial style, which mixes wood, leather, and metal, as well as rustic and simple silhouettes, are also going to be seen in many homes. 

“When choosing furniture, you have to think about your characteristics and lifestyle,” the team advised. 

Multifunctional furniture, decors

Multifunctional furniture like sofa beds, study lamps and even artwork that dabble as stress-relievers are in-demand now more than ever due to the pandemic. Rose M. Afinidad-Bernardo


Since homes today serve as sanctuary from all the uncertainties that permeates as well as a space for school, work and recreation, homes will see furniture and fixtures that serve more than one purpose. 

An L-shaped sofa, sofa bed or a three-in-two sofa is a good investment as well as recliners or reclining chairs for resting or de-stressing, said the Our Home design team.

Of course, an accent chair is still recommended as it makes a space more exciting. 

Wall arts will be hung with nostalgic pieces in the form of paintings and photos; these do not only serve their aesthetic value, but more importantly, can calm down nerves and bring in positivity. 

The rule of thumb, said the design collective, is to put mirrors on walls to widen small spaces, but opt for a very nice artwork if you have a big wall or space to spare.

Spaces for work, study and recreation will also see their own quarters, not just being part of a room. Among the most important features of these spaces are lighting and acoustics for those many video conferences for school and work.

Colors of the year

Colors for the year 2021 Illuminating (yellow) and Ultimate Grey are incorporated into this space. Rose M. Afinidad-Bernardo


Because of the colors of the year as prescribed by Pantone, trends now are more on yellows as pops of colors – yellow in Art Deco or Art Nouveau styles as accents, according to the design team.

Yellow can be used as throw pillows, flowers and small decors. Gray, the other color of the year, can be applied to walls and furniture. 

Related: WATCH: Meanings behind Colors of the Year 2021, Maine Mendoza’s ‘fave’ yellow

For those in the lookout for trendy furniture and home accessories, SM’s furniture store Our Home recently opened its newly renovated SM Mall of Asia branch. The 800-sq.-meter store aims to become a one-stop shop for home furnishings, decors, cushions and linens all categorized into different styles for easy shopping: Modern Contemporary, Mid-Century Modern, Baroque, Scandinavian, Industrial and Classic.

Apart from free interior design consultation, the shop offers personalization. Any furniture in the store can be customized based on one’s choices of sizes, colors, fabrics and finishes, without extra cost. 

For those worrying for their safety, the store offers a virtual tour, live chat and contactless delivery options via its e-commerce site, 

Shopping for home essentials via ‘Call to Deliver’

More home and personal care options are available via SM’s shopping platform, 

After browsing through The SM Store’s online catalog, one can try the store’s “Call to Deliver” service by calling #143SM (#14376). The service operator would request information or order details and will match one with a personal shopper. The personal shopper will then get in touch with the customer via Viber, where the customer can send screenshots of his or her picks from the catalog.

The personal shopper will communicate with the customer until all orders are complete and will instruct the customer for payment options without an extra charge. The goods will then be available for curbside pickup or via delivery into one’s doorstep — making one save on time and effort as opposed to going around the mall, while in the process, minimizing one’s risk of getting exposed to harmful elements such as COVID-19.