Jump Onboard - Design Trends Sure To Take Off In 2021

Jump Onboard – Design Trends Sure To Take Off In 2021
January 18, 2021 Dentifit

2021 interior design will be bright, vibrant, and focus on harmonising outdoor features with indoor living. 

Interior design in 2020 focused on survival. There was little development on exploration and discovery of design trends. Instead, we settled for safe, clean looking features and colours. 

While we’re still in the early days of 2021, we have already seen a spike in exciting interior design trends. Colour and accessories are on the rise and people want a closer connection with nature. 

We’ve put together a few predictions of the standout trends and twists that we are likely to see in 2021 for dentists, doctors, vets and other clinics. 

Resimercial Design Is In 

People got used to working from home in 2020, and that has influenced what they want from their office space. To keep patients and staff comfortable this year, it may be in your interest to look into a comfortable, home-like, design. 

Resimercial is short for residential commercial. It is a style which incorporates a home-like atmosphere into a professional space. The key features of a resimercial space are all about comfortable seating, soft ambient lighting, flexible spaces and other residential stylings like plants, rugs, etc. 

Natural elements like wood-look floorings, greenery, and wood features (such as tables, chairs and bookshelves) are easy ways to establish a homey look in healthcare settings. Waiting rooms could resemble lounge rooms, with soft sofas, a TV on a unit and not wall-mounted, and a nice rug in the centre. 


Natural Colours

Earthy tones of beige, brown and vintage colours have skyrocketed in popularity during the pandemic. It started in fashion trends and eventually made its way to interior design. 

Maybe it’s because of being stuck inside for too long, but interior designers are bringing in features that resemble the outdoors. Rough textures have taken the spot of smooth finishes, and browns have been used in place of the whites (which have been a staple of clinic design for the past few years). 

More Space & Automation

Healthcare environments will continue to operate under strict sanitation requirements, so less surface area to wipe-down will save time and effort.

Minimalism was perfect for prioritising space, but maximalism is gaining popularity. To keep up with trends, we recommend decorating your clinic with a select few resimercial features without overloading your area. This way you’ll have a modern-looking clinic without hindering your sanitation process. 

Open spaces are still essential to promote social distancing, so whatever style you decide to incorporate, make sure it is organised to include the correct COVID-19 protocol. We anticipate that clinic facilities will invest in waiting room furniture that lets patients spread out comfortably without being too close to others. 

Automation can also help lower the number of surfaces that need regular cleaning, like doors, faucets, sanitisers and windows. 

Balance Between Comfort & Cleanliness

Finding the balance between comfort and cleanliness will be the main priority for clinics in Australia. Now more than ever, people want to avoid cold, stainless steel and white-walled clinics. Patients want to feel comfortable when they check-in, so you should facilitate that desire, without compromising how easy it is to keep your clinic clean. 

A quilted couch may be the perfect fit for your clinic, but the seams and divots may make it harder to wipe over compared to a leather couch. Hard plastic or wooden seats are simple to wipe down but are uncomfortable and annoying to sit on for long periods. 

Vinyl, leather and microfibre upholstery are easy to clean options. Chair coverings are an excellent option to add comfort to hard surfaces and are simple to take off and clean. 

Better Ventilation

People want cleaner air to make them feel protected from airborne viruses. Continuous airflow of clean air eases a patient’s mind as soon as they walk in the door. Stuffy waiting areas are a long-time gripe for patients, but the global pandemic has upped the demand for well-ventilated clinics. 

Ins & Outs

People want change from 2020 and that comes in the form of interior design. Already a few key trends have gained traction which are starkly different from last year’s norm. 


  • Yellow and GreyPantone has announced that the colours of 2021 are the vibrant and cheerful ‘Illuminating’ yellow, and the cool, natural stone coloured ‘Ultimate Grey’. The great contrast highlights what people are looking for most in 2021, colour and natural tones. 
  • Biophilia – After inside living became the norm, many people yearned for a closer living relationship with nature. It’s a wildly popular time for green thumbs to combine their gardens with their inside decorations and the same goes for commercial and medical buildings. Just keep in mind that the plants you chose should not impact the air quality of your building. High pollen plants may turn away patients with breathing conditions or allergies. Organic materials are also a popular design choice; stone/wood features, natural light and rough textures remind us of the outside.
  • Versatile Spaces – Clinics should incorporate the versatile space movement that has swept businesses and homes alike. With more demand than ever to make the most of one room, clinics should do the same. Lounge spaces should be designed so staff can use them for other reasons like a temporary office, lunch area or meeting room. It’s unlikely your assistants have a personal office, so it’s important they feel like they have a space to complete paperwork or online tasks.


According to Forbes Magazine, people want practicality and inclusiveness. The times of aesthetic minimalism and cold colours are over, with the masses preferring warm natural vibes. 

  • Minimalism – When done well, minimalism is a timeless and neat look. But because of the need to work from home, many minimalist houses found clutter quickly building up when they had to create make-shift offices. While clinics can still benefit from a good minimalist design, it’s slowly falling out of favour for interior designers.  
  • Neutrals – Soft colours and grey-on-grey looks were a huge staple of the past half-decade. It created a clean, albeit cold and neutral look. This style is on the steps down to being outdated. This year vibrant colours are becoming popular accents. Grey and other earth tones have maintained popularity, but they are most effectively paired with bold colours now. 
  • Faux Natural Materials – It’s time to bin plastic plants. They are effortless to maintain, but people have a keen eye for fake flora and prefer real nature. Opt for tiles or flooring with rougher, more natural textures and avoid slick, polished and manmade-looking materials. What we mean by this is if you don’t want to break the bank by installing hardwood floors, you can pick wood-styles laminate flooring. If looking after plants sounds like unnecessary work, instead consider preserved flowers or even a cactus garden. 

At Dentifit we can help you bring your space into the new decade. With almost 15 years of design and construction experience, we know how to modernise your space with function and style in mind. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us today!