Interior Design with Sulfaro. Trends for 21/22

Time to redecorate and refresh your home and its living areas? Over the last few months we have had time to consider and appraise the interior design and furnishings of our homes. To assist you in your deliberations here is an article from Better Homes and Gardens by Tahni Mesann, published earlier this year:

‘10 Interior Design Trends You’ll See Everywhere in 2021’

New year, new trends. – by Tahni Mesann  – 13 January, 2021.

It’s 2021, which means new interior design trends to explore. So which interior design trends will dominate our homes in 2021/22? The global pandemic has definitely had an impact on the type of homes we want to create. Rather than pack everything away in the name of minimalism, as we have been for years, we’re now looking to create places filled with objects that reflect our passions, places that facilitate our desire to take up a new hobbies and places that can quickly shift from  to work, play and relaxation. 

We also want to create a home that allows us to catch up safely with friends, family and colleagues by rethinking our outdoor entertaining spaces and our home office setups. There is also an increasing desire to reconnect with nature and interior design, as a result, is moving away from hard lines and edges and veering towards warm neutral tones, organic, curved shapes, floral prints and colour. 

Here are 10 interior design trends you now see everywhere in 2021. 

1. Warm neutrals

Cool neutral tones like black, white and grey ruled supreme throughout the early 2000s, but the time has come for warm neutrals to have their moment in the spotlight. Dulux’s Colour Trend Forecast showcased the Grounded palette, which featured Dulux Pancake Mix and Grey Reflection as warm neutral options to consider this year.

Dulux | Photography: Lisa Cohen | Styling: Bree Leech

2. Curves and organic shapes

In the 2000s and 2010s, straight lines and hard edges conveyed a feeling of stability and efficiency. Entering a new decade during a global pandemic, we’re looking for interiors that soothe and cocoon. 

One way designers are working to achieve this feeling is by embracing curves. You’ll see everything from chunky, curvaceous furniture and rounded edges as well as the return of arched doorways.

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3. A nod to nostalgia

A love of nostalgic interiors will continue in 2021. While mid century modern style and the 70s boho look have both been on-trend for some time, an 80s aesthetic is steadily growing in popularity. 

Prepare to see a whole lot more curved lines, square tiles in bathrooms, and geometric patterns and prints – all elements that make up a distinct 80s look. 

4. Colour

Entering the new design decade, you’ll probably feel a little like Dorothy stepping into the land of Oz – there’s finally colour after years living in a monochrome world.

Splashes of bold colour International Klein Blue and Pantone’s 2021 Colour of the Year ‘Illuminating’ yellow are the hues to embrace in 2021. 

5. Curated maximalism

Lockdowns and a shift to working from home has meant that we’ve all spent a lot more time at home lately. Rather than become bored by the same four walls, many have turned to decorating their home in a way that energises, uplifts and inspires – and this means collecting and displaying collected objects, photographs, vases, indoor plants and artwork. 

The key here is to make the items look curated, rather than cluttered.  

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6. Cottagecore

Reconnecting with nature, a slower pace of living, and a return to simpler hobbies and activities have led a resurgence in the country cottage aesthetic, now referred to online as ‘cottagecore’. 

The cottagecore aesthetic comprises whimsical objects, floral prints, natural fabrics, freshly picked flowers, wallpaper and distressed antique furniture. 

7. Eye on textiles

Another way to add comfort and style to your home in 2021 is to layer living spaces with tactile textiles. While the obsession with linen bedding continues, we’ll also gravitate to other fabrics, including boucle, velvet and chenille. 

8. Home offices

According to a survey conducted by Roy Morgan, nearly a third of all Australian employees worked from home in 2020. That means having an office space at home is now a must. While dedicated office rooms are wonderful for those with the luxury of space, others have been transforming everything from hallways to upstairs landings into handy office nooks.

9. Room for activities

Making space in our homes for things like baking, boardgames, sewing and making pottery has become a priority and an act of self-care. DIY projects were one of the top Google searches in 2020 and as a result, craft rooms for children and adults alike will become popular home additions. Other activity rooms we may see more frequently in homes are dedicated exercise rooms, yoga rooms and meditation stations. 

Other home design trends that are likely to take hold in 2021 include the use of antibacterial building materials and adaptable home layouts. 

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10. Indoor outdoor living 

For years, Australians have loved the idea of seamless indoor outdoor living spaces. This trend will only continue grow in 2021, with a renewed focus on treating the outdoors as an extension of the home. Fire pitspergolas, pool cabanas and alfresco dining spaces will be at the top of many home improvement checklists this year. 

Interior Design Service 

For many people assistance with their interior design floorplan is simply a necessity. The good news? At Sulfaro Furniture all customers and clients are eligible for a completely free Interior Design Service. Simply call us on 03 9876 4608 and arrange for your initial consultation with our Design Team led by Amelia Sulfaro, our Retail Manager. Or, if you prefer, simply leave your details here for a prompt reply. It’s the perfect opportunity to discuss the look and feel you hope to present with the features and flow you are determined to achieve.


The Sulfaro Collection offers a magnificent selection of impeccably finished classic and contemporary sofas, armchairs, occasional chairs and accessories such as ottomans, buffets, credenzas and lamps from which to choose from. But it doesn’t end there. As a Sulfaro customer or client you are given the opportunity to customise your selection. Choose the fabrics or leathers, the colours, the materials or accessories you desire. Buttoning, piping, skirting, fringing, cushioning, timber finishing, castors and more – it’s your decision. You get to select the fabrics or leathers you desire from our stunning range gathered from Australia’s and the world’s leading fabric houses and fine leather purveyors. 

 Once the design has been confirmed, our in-house Artisans, Tradespeople and Seamstresses commence the hand building and crafting of your individual furniture to your requirements, guided and supervised by Master Craftsman Santo Sulfaro. The Sulfaro workshop and studios are modern facilities but all furniture is crafted using time tested methodology handed down through generations of furniture makers. The end result? A truly individual and stylish lounge suite, sofas and chairs you can be rightfully proud of. 

For your interior design consultation be sure to bring floor plans, photographs, fabric samples (if you have them) as well as current colour schemes and flooring descriptions for your home. 


Making your selection from the Sulfaro Collection can start immediately. Simply browse our website and open up our Sulfaro Collection. The Signature Series depicts some of our more popular sofas in a sequence of carefully crafted interior designs to assist you in visualising each sofa and chair selection, with an exciting accompaniment of exquisite accessories – sumptuous rugs, coffee and side tables, lamps and ornaments.  

Continue with your search here where you have the opportunity to view each section of our full catalogue: 

  • Decor and Design Accessories
    A complete range of accessories including coffee tables, credenzas, buffets, side cabinets, lamps and much more.

Dining Settings

Dining Settings to seat up to 12-16 people with a fully expandable table, or a more compact range to seat 4-6 people offered in beautiful, polished timber with finishing in glass, ceramics, marble, metallic and timber surfaces. All are offered with matching dining chairs in fine, polished timber completed with selected fabrics and leathers. 

All Sulfaro furniture is 100% Australian made utilising Australian components and materials wherever possible. Sulfaro is a family business with nearly 60 years ‘ experience in supplying elegant, refined furniture to the Australian market. With a reputation for comfort, design and absolute luxury choosing to purchase from Sulfaro assures you a lifetime of captivating beauty and genuine relaxation. Step up to the Sulfaro experience. Call 03 9872 4608 for further information and details on pricing and delivery. Sulfaro deliver Australia-wide, so relax and take a seat with Sulfaro. 

Sulfaro – it’s simply the very best. 

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