Exciting ways to spruce up your home decor this year

Next Home Decor Guest Blog Post Overgate

With the arrival of spring, you might be considering a home makeover to mark the changing of the seasons. But where to start?

Fortunately, here at Overgate Shopping Centre we’ve put together some ideas below for ways to spruce up your surroundings, inspired by resident retailer Next’s latest study into the UK’s most Googled home decor searches over the past year.

Read on to find all the inspiration you need when it comes to home decor for 2021.


  1. Channel the rustic feel

A rustic, rural feel captures the countryside essence nicely. At a time when holidays and weekend breaks to the country are limited, you can see why this decor style is certainly appealing!

According to Next’s study, the number of people Googling “French country decor” rose by +515% between March and October 2020, while searches for “log cabin decor” and “modern farmhouse decor” increased by +256% and +247% respectively.

To channel the rustic feel within your home in 2021, interior designer Nicola Burt says that layering is key:

“The key idea is to make it look effortless; too ‘matchy-matchy’ or ‘neat’ doesn’t work. This look requires layers – whether that is pattern, texture or colour – to make it look cosy and inviting.”

Go for a neutral palette with greens, browns and greys to evoke a nature-inspired feel, and invest in wood and metal furnishings to recreate the rustic look.

Then, complement your space with comfortable sofas and fluffy rugs to make it feel inviting. Explore Next’s range of rustic home furnishings for more inspiration.

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  1. Add envy-inducing plant life

If you haven’t yet jumped on the biophilic bandwagon, what are you waiting for? Biophilic design (i.e. bringing the outdoors in) has seen a surge in popularity over the past year. Searches for “indoor plant pots” rose by +173% between March and October 2020, while “indoor hanging baskets” saw an increase in searches of +50%.

The benefits of bringing plant life into the home are well documented in terms of both physical and mental health, and so this is a trend that is set to continue throughout 2021. Nicola says:

“I think many people have realised the benefits of having organic, living things around them. Plants are not only good to look at and bring life to a space, but many indoor plants have health-giving properties; detoxifying the air so we can sleep better, for example. There has been a rise in awareness of biophilic design and I think this is a trend that will continue to grow (sorry for the pun!).”

Scatter small plants around your workspace to help you feel at one with nature while you work, or invest in vines or hanging baskets that can be hung on walls or from ceilings to evoke a jungle feel.

If you’re new to the plant scene, start off with artificial plants or low maintenance ones like cacti before working your way up to bigger beasts like Bonsai trees that require a little more nurture.

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  1. Go bold with metallic and sparkly furnishings

With lots of us spending the bulk of our time at home over the past year, it’s natural to want to make our spaces feel special and unique.

In fact, Next’s study reveals that “sparkly home ornaments” saw an increase in searches of +125% and “gold décor” experienced an +82% rise in searches between March and October last year. Moreover, “black and gold living room” and “gold wall art” searches roses by +156% and +128% respectively.

Susie Gibson, Design Manager for Next Home, identifies Bold Chic to be one of the trends where black and gold feature heavily:

“The biggest trend we are seeing is a look we call Bold Chic. This is where statement sofas like Parker or Wilson in opulent velvet, navy and teal mix with dramatic retro-inspired Remi lighting, which is black with gold inners and hardware.” 

Incorporate gold into your home through smaller furnishings like lamps, photo frames and mirrors, while bringing black into larger furniture pieces like chairs and sofas. It’s a bold trend so do some research beforehand to have a clear idea of the look you want to go for before starting to decorate!

You can view Next’s range of gold decorative accessories here.

For all the home decor inspiration you need this year, discover Next’s full Homeware range, available to click and collect at Overgate Shopping Centre once lockdown has eased.