Top 10 Autumn Interior Design Trends for 2021

Top 10 Autumn Interior Design Trends for 2021
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Pete Mugleston

Author: Pete Mugleston

Mortgage Advisor, MD

Updated: March 18, 2024

The sun disappearing earlier, the leaves changing colour, and the air turning cooler can only mean one thing: autumn is here. And with each new season comes new interior trends.

If you’re looking to update your home interior this autumn to create a safe and cosy haven to retreat to, the popular image-sharing social platform, Pinterest, serves up ideas for just about every season, style and budget. To save you time, we’ve identified the top 10 most popular autumn design trends for 2021 by scouring through thousands of interior pins on the platform.

Which interior design trend is the most popular on Pinterest this autumn?

1.   Nature-inspired décor – 287,506 pins

Nature-inspired interiors are set to be the most popular interior trend of autumn 2021, according to our Pinterest study. Pictures associated with this trend have amassed more than 287,000 pins on the photo-sharing platform, so it’s no wonder this trend is among the most popular styles we’re looking to try in our homes this autumn.

Try this autumn interior design trend by utilising natural soft fabrics, organic shapes and a neutral colour palette – a trend that’s also on the rise. However, this trend isn’t complete without an abundance of plants to bring the outdoors in and gently ease you into the colder months.

2.   Classic contemporary décor – 190,090 pins

Classic contemporary is the second most popular autumn interior design trend on Pinterest, with more than 190,000 pins on the social platform. The trend, which mixes classic designs with modern touches, creates a timeless and sophisticated look.

This autumn, pair classical features (think Victorian or Art Deco) with modern elements – like marble, tile walls, and maximalist wallpaper designs – to recreate this trend in your home.

3.   Room dividers – 108,708 pins

The third most popular autumnal interior design trend is the use of room dividers. According to our Pinterest study, there are more than 108,000 pins relating to this interior trend, making it one to watch this autumn-winter season.

Open-plan living is favoured in the spring and summer months to create bright, airy rooms, perfect for entertaining guests and keeping cool. However, to create a more intimate space to create a sense of warmth and cosiness this autumn, consider breaking up a large area with room dividers and partitions. This can be achieved in various ways, from open bookshelves to hand-woven natural rattan screens, to lightweight curtains draped from the ceiling.

4.   Silver furnishings – 94,625 pins

Taking inspiration from autumn-winter 2021 fashion trends, silver is a must-have in our wardrobe and homes this autumn. Long gone are the days of brass and chrome accents; this autumn it’s all about silver furnishings, according to our Pinterest study, with 94,625 pictures associated with this trend pinned on the platform.

Add subtle nods to the trend in your home through silver accessories, such as cushions, sculptures or vases. If you’re in the market for new lighting, consider investing in a silver lamp or ceiling lights to create more of a statement feature in your home.

5.   Dark green décor – 90,870 pins

One of autumn’s most on-trend colours for 2021 is green – from dark forest green to olive green. Science shows that just looking at something green can decrease heart rate and alleviate stress, so it’s no wonder the colour is projected to be such a hit in the home this autumn-winter and has more than 90,000 pins on Pinterest.

There is a seemingly close connection to nature in the interior design trends for 2021, and autumn is no exception. Green promotes a sense of connection with nature, which also happens to be among the top 10 most popular interior design trends this autumn on Pinterest.

6.   Shaped furniture – 68,248 pins

Similar to 2021’s curved shapes trend, which is a modern take on the ‘60s décor style, shaped furniture is set to be a hit this autumn in particular, with 68,000 pins saved on the social platform Pinterest.

To incorporate this interior design trend into your homes this autumn by adding a variety of curved and geometric shapes into your decor. This can be on a small scale through vases or art, or on a larger scale through curved pieces of furniture, like tables, cabinets, sofas or even bathroom suites.

7.   Warm neutral colours – 66,476 pins

Neutral colours never really go out of style, which is why it comes as no surprise that this interior design trend is among the top 10 interior design trends this autumn and has racked up more than 66,000 pins on Pinterest.

In 2020, it was rumoured that muted terracotta would be a big trend for 2021, however, it seems the terracotta trend has blossomed into an entire autumnal colour scheme, made up of warm, earthy tones – akin to sitting in front of a fire. Give your interior a cosy autumn update by adding nods to the trend through accessories like cushions and throws in radiant autumnal orange or mustard hues.

8.   Layered rooms – 51,678 pins

Layers are synonymous with the autumnal season, in terms of fashion and interior design. Our Pinterest study estimates that layered rooms will be one of the top 10 autumn interior trends in 2021 after 51,000 pins were saved relating to this style on the platform.

To recreate this trend and bring cosiness and comfort to your home, layer fabrics, colours, patterns, and textures through the use of accessories and throws, oversized rugs, and accompanied by a warm colour scheme or green – both of which are also popular decor trends this autumn.

9.   Mixed-textures – 35,299 pins

Similarly to the layering trend, mixed textures are also set to be one of the most popular interior design trends of autumn 2021. According to our Pinterest study, 35,000 pictures of mixed textured decor have been pinned on the photo-sharing platform.

To get that ‘cosy at home’ feeling this autumn, consider adding contrasting fabrics as accent pieces in your home, whether it be through large furniture items such as sofas or on a smaller scale through curtains and lampshades. Create extra interest with textured furniture, such as woven pouffes, velvet accessories, or woollen blankets.

10.   Reading corners – 18,777 pins

After a busy summer, this autumn it’s all about creating warm, cosy environments to relax and unwind in, which is why it should come as no surprise that reading corners are set to be a big interior trend for autumn 2021. Especially as our study found more than 18,000 pictures of reading nooks pinned on Pinterest!

To create a cosy reading corner in your home this autumn, locate a quiet spot in your home and invest in an elegant side table and a new lamp for some soft atmospheric lighting. Finding a comfortable armchair to sit in is equally as important in order to relax and help you get lost in your book.

Please note:

Before making any home improvements to your property, bear in mind whether you can afford it. If you are considering refurbishing your entire home and you don’t have enough money saved in the bank, there are options available, such as remortgaging your property. How much money you need to carry out home improvements will determine which mortgage type would be best suited to you – read our remortgage guide for more information and advice.


  • set out to discover the most popular interior design trends of autumn 2021 and distinguished a range of upcoming trends for the season to create a seed list.
  • Pinterest was identified and utilised as the social media platform that specialises in organising images and creative ideas for upcoming projects.
  • The autumn interior design trends of 2021 were entered onto the social media platform and filtered by boards. The data was scraped, and were able to extract the exact number of pins for each trend.
  • The list of trends was subsequently filtered and ranked by number of pins to determine the top ten most popular autumn interior trends of 2021.

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