From Cottagecore florals to bold statement colours, there are some great interior trends this year. But keeping up to date with them and overhauling your entire home can cost a small fortune.
If you’re looking to revamp your home, we’ve put together some budget-friendly ways you can recreate the best of 2021’s home decor trends.
What are 2021’s home decor trends?
With all the upheaval and restrictions of 2020, many of the decor trends that are proving to be big this year are centred around creating calm, functional spaces in our homes.
Some of these trends are only continuing to grow in popularity — such as Cottagecore, bamboo and wicker, sustainability, and house plants. Other new trends for 2021 include bold colours such as dark greens and ocean blues, earthy neutral tones, boucle fabric, and reeded glass.
How can you recreate 2021 home decor trends on a budget?
Keeping up with the latest interior trends can be expensive, and you might not want to completely overhaul your home in case it doesn’t look right or you change your mind.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to update your home on a budget and transform your interiors without major renovations.
Paint a feature wall
The earthy, neutrals trend is fairly easy to embrace if you already have white or cream coloured walls. But if you want to jump on board with some of the stronger colours then stick to painting a feature wall to keep costs down.
You’ll be able to make the colour the focal point of the room without spending too much on paint. Plus it makes it quicker to paint, and you’ll be able to update it with a new on-trend colour next year if you want to.
Add colour accents
This year’s trending colours are bold and strong, which can be quite a big commitment. Use smaller items in your home to add an accent to them rather than redecorating. Cushions, throws, and rugs can be a great way to add a splash of blue and green. Or you could invest in some boucle fabric items for a more neutral look. You can even coordinate smaller bits like photo frames, vases, and mugs to create your colour scheme.
If you want some bigger splashes of colour that match the tone of your rooms, you could try painting some old pieces of furniture. You can easily upcycle tables, chairs, a sideboard, or a chest of drawers on a budget — and they’ll look amazing.
Cover up soft furnishings
If you can’t quite stretch your budget to brand new furniture to nail that perfect floral cottagecore look, then you can always cover what you already have with new fabric. While getting large items like a sofa professionally reupholstered can be very expensive, you could use a throw for a quick, and temporary update.
Willing to spend a bit more time on a DIY project? It’s possible to reupholster a sofa yourself if you have some basic sewing skills and a staple gun. And other items such as headboards and armchairs can also be reupholstered in the same way.
Update instead of replacing
Instead of completely renovating your home and replacing your furniture, there are a few quick hacks you can try out.
For example, it’s totally possible to incorporate 2021’s reeded glass trend into your home decor without replacing all the windows or installing any glass walls.
If you’re looking for something small yet on-trend, then there are plenty of affordable vases, lamps, and pots popping up all over the place online. And for something on a bigger scale, you can buy reeded glass decorative films that you place over the glass to give it a non-permanent update. You could use this to revamp your shower cubicles, any doors with windows, or to update frosted windows.
You can also buy cane webbing, which is a quick way to refresh your furniture and make it feel brand new. Add some webbing to the front of drawers or cabinets to make them look on-trend at a fraction of the cost of new furniture.
Buy second-hand items
A lot of this year’s trends are inspired by retro looks so another budget-friendly way to update your home is to hunt down some second-hand items.
Look on Gumtree and eBay for second hand and vintage furniture and home decor — you’ll find lots of bamboo and wicker items for sale that are perfect for this year’s trends.
Alternatively head to an antique furniture store and you’ll be able to find unique furniture that you can upcycle. Plus, buying second-hand is a great way to be more sustainable with your interiors.
Updating your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Follow these tips and you’ll be able to transform your home with 2021’s home decor trends without breaking the bank.