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The new colours – and how to use them

Join interior designer, Lisa Helmanis, as she explores pattern and colour
The new colours – and how to use them

Creating a comfortable and stylish home is a fine balance between enduring design principles and current interior design trends. Special mementos, photographs and heirlooms give a home personal significance and personality. But you also need the occasional refresh with on-trend pattern and colour to keep things evolving and current. If you’re ready to update and add some of the new colours for interiors, then we’ve got the most desirable hues and smartest ideas on how to use them.

Deep orange

Bamboo Garden/Wallpaper/Linwood


Design trends come and go but some colours have a confidence and totally timeless edge. 2021 colour deep orange is not a choice for those who prefer to play it safe, yet for those who embrace it, the colour orange delivers a profound effect. The slightly coral tone of the Linwood Bamboo Garden wallpaper in Tomato with its tropical theme offers optimism and joy, giving even the smallest space instant impact. This is one of the interior design trends 2021 that will keep on delivering once the year is out.


Stone is the new neutral

Linwood | Sienna | Fawn


Every season needs a neutral. Neutrals lend a timeless sense of sophistication and calm whether with a cutting-edge minimal modernity or a 1920s inspired lounging look. Taking varying formats as the 2021 Colour of the Year, the overall consistent tone is ‘stone’. Cleaner than beige yet more sensual than grey. Our Sienna Fawn has a subtle weave with a restorative quality that changes as the light moves across it. Using it in a neutral scheme creates a sense of harmony and consistency, with the focus being on form and line, such as in this sleek occasional chair. 

Royal blue

The Wave/Linwood


Deep, rich and confident, royal blue is brighter than its close cousin navy. The interior trends 2021 blue has a bit more pep and feels fresher than the dark tones that were everywhere in chic houses over the last five years. Linwood Wave in Indigo combines this the physical energy of the cresting sea and is especially interesting in an unexpected space such as a bedroom or hallway. Combine it with a navy gloss ceiling for some added drama. For a more low-key or classic feel use a warm white for woodwork and a blond wood floor.


Clay tones



After recent events comfort at home has become almost essential. A softer tone of clay is the new terracotta, more pink than brown and giving every room sensual edge. Used here on the wall it comes alive when matched with this Kami velvet in Topaz, also giving this traditional sofa shape a boho edge. Interior design trends come and go but a quirky layered pattern in a buttery velvet will always be relevant. Committing to a pattern that has various bold tones in it allows you to pull each tone out as the mood and trends change. This fabric could also be as striking against a deep navy or turquoise wall. And always stays interesting.


Baby pink



Some of the colours of 2021 were also the colours of 2020. Because they are just so pleasing to the eye that we simply can’t give them up. The proliferation of pale pink and pale green that was a big story in 2020 is now saturated, but the new iteration of pink is peachy and can go it alone. Our tone ‘Sugar’ in the Verde weave, is made from recycled cotton and is durable and washable despite being the most delicate shade. So be bold in using this even on frequent use items such as the family sofa.

Brass tone

Butterfly Palm/Maize/Cushion/Linwood

When choosing a colour for 2021 that will work for 2022 and beyond, classic metal hues will never disappoint. Just look at the brass leaves showcased in this Butterfly Palm cushion in Maize piped with contrasting Seagreen linen. Living room trends are leaning towards the layered and rich, so a mix of striking patterns even on plain furniture will deliver an instant refresh. The easiest home decorating tweak has to be a well-crafted cushion and Linwood’s new range presents some of our most iconic designs in luxurious Omega velvet, each cushion filled with classic duck feathers and down.

Olive green 



Serene but rich olive green is one of the interior design trends that never entirely leaves the taste lexicon. It’s how it’s applied that gives it either a traditional feel or a contemporary edge. Linwood Saddle II recycled leather is eco-friendly, and the rich tone of Moss is ideal for upholstery. Used on a clean lined sofa it will add a mid-century modern look, or on a buttoned Chesterfield will lend a sharp edge to a design classic.

Soft red



With a reputation of always being bright and bold red can also be a more subtle choice. When considering furniture trends or sitting room decor ideas mixing up shape and fabric style is a great way to avoid something that can become staid. This Arcadia Loseley fabric in Cherry Bakewell features Horse Chestnut leaves and is based on a 1900s archival document. So, it brings a painterly quality to the disciplined form of this modernist inspired sofa. And this pattern works just as well as simple blinds of curtains. Permission to use with abandon.