The Coronavirus pandemic has taught us many things, including that people often live with too many possessions. Decluttering featured on many to-do lists as lockdowns all over the world drove citizens to do the things they’d constantly been putting off. Minimalism is one of the trends that will continue to grow in 2021.
Another huge shift in home design is having spaces in and around the home that serve multiple purposes. A great way to have such a space on your property is to erect a garden shed or log cabin in your garden. It can easily serve as a home office, space for relaxation and entertainment, or even a hobby studio.
The most popular colours of the year for 2021 are a shade of yellow called ‘Illuminating’ and a grey hue called ‘Ultimate Grey’. You could incorporate these trends into your space by using loose accessories, such as scatter cushions or rugs in the decor, with brown or beige tones to add a grounding earthiness to the interior.
If you’re a traveller, you may want to create a room in which to escape reminiscent of a special vacation, such as an African safari or a jungle trek. Block mounting some special photographs for the walls, and adding plants similar to those of the country at which you holidayed will have your returning to your log cabin to relax and relive happy memories.
Staying with plants, you may want to construct a small outbuilding in your garden which is surrounded by the aroma of beautiful blooms, or the calming babble of a water feature. Depending on the size and theme of your space, it would be wise to have a focal point within the structure. For example, if you are going to use your space as a home office, you could have an antique typewriter or some leather bound books strategically placed on a shelf to draw a visitor’s attention or impress colleagues over a video call.
A trend that is making somewhat of a comeback is spaces with a country-house-like theme – think Biggie Best, but not as over the top. A wonderful way to achieve this trend within your special space would be to mix and match different textures, while adding a country house element, like yellow Gingham check cafe curtains in a kitchen with a light grey wall, and dark granite countertops.
‘Sustainability’ is a big word on everyone’s lips these days. Consumers are becoming more aware of their impact on the environment and its resources. When decorating your space, look for fabrics that are not only durable, but that can be derived from a continuously viable source. This is especially important for items such as bed and table linens that you are likely to launder quite frequently.
If your garden shed has a beach or ocean theme, you may want to add some natural elements. An unusual piece of driftwood or uncommon seashells not only make for wonderful centrepieces within a room, but they are often great conversation starters too.
There are many resources you can consult for design inspiration. It always helps to have a rough idea of what you’d like the completed project to look like, and a budget to work with. Your local outbuilding manufacturer will be able to give you the best advice, as well as details on structural potential. Then, your own personal taste will ensure that the interior reflects you and your unique personality.