So far we’ve all done a lot of staying at home in 2021 and, with all of the locking down and self-isolating we’ve been doing, our time spend in the living room has more than doubled. 
 
All this time at home has prompted a lot of interior decorating across the nation. Our living rooms have never had to work harder as multi-functional spaces, which has led to some major emerging interior decorating trends. Homeowners have been busily transforming living rooms into beautiful, calm spaces with multi-functionality. Here are five of the ways they’re doing it. 

1. PANELLING 

The interiors trend for DIY panelling is still raging and it’s easy to do yourself if you want to add a bit of character to your walls. A simple bit of panelling can really elevate a room and it works for almost any period of home. There are two main mouldings that seem to be coming out on top: using flat panels of MDF for a modern panelling look and for a using architrave for a more traditional style. 
If you’re not all that DIY savvy and don’t fancy giving it a go yourself, check out luxury wallpaper brand Cole and Son’s very convincing panelling wallpaper ‘Library Frieze’ from the Historic Royal Palaces - Royal Masters collection. 
 
Photo: Cole and Son Wallpaper – ‘Library Frieze’ 
Photo: Little Greene Paint Company – ‘Stock’ & ‘Travertine’ 
Photo: Mylands – ‘Covent Garden Floral’ No.270 

2. PAINTING THE CEILING 

Who wants a boring old white ceiling anyway? If you’re feeling brave enough to try a bold new look, why not joint the trend for painting your ceiling as well as your walls? Premium paint company Paint and Paper Library have some great examples to give you some inspiration. 
 
Photos: Paint and Paper Library 

3. MULTI-FUNCTIONALITY 

Creating a multi functional space for leisure, entertaining, kids and work is a big ask but definitely something savvy homeowners are working on right now. With offices moving up the priority list, living rooms are doubling up as spaces to work in, as well as relax at the end of the day. And the good news is that we can now also entertain our friends and family in them too! 
 
If you’re working in the living room, a foldaway desk or a small but smart office corner are great solutions to the space problem. We love this example from Farrow and Ball. 
 
Photo: Farrow and Ball Walls Shaded White No.201 in Modern Emulsion; Niche, desk and floor Stone Blue No.86 in Modern Eggshell.. 

4. EARTHY COLOURS 

The January 2021 arrival of Little Greene’s highly anticipated ‘Stone’ collection has cemented the growing trend for using calming neutrals in the living room. We’re also seeing a lot of interest in green paint colours, as decorators seek to bring the outside in. Perfect if you’re a serial indoor plant killer! Take a look at the Stone colour card for earthy colour inspiration. 
 
Photo: Little Greene ‘Stone’ Collection 

5. FLORAL WALLPAPER 

The feature wall is still a strong trend for 2021 and patterned wallpaper in an otherwise neutral space can bring some real drama to a living room. Floral patterns are currently popular. If you love traditional designs with a modern take, you’ll love the Queens Square collection from Morris & Co. Classic William Morris designs with dramatic colour updates from interior designer Ben Pentreath. 
 
Photo: William Morris & Co Ben Pentreath ‘Queens Square Collection’ 
If you’d like to know more about any of the paints and wallpaper designs featured in our blog, drop us a quick email. 
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