Classic reverence: 2021’s most timeless trend

The mystery of Greek mythology combines with smooth, dark stone against sculpted alabaster, textured plaster and rich terracotta in this timeless shoot.

Maybe it’s a pandemic, or maybe the terrifying rate at which our norms have changed, but nostalgia is one of the most common themes in 2021 interior design.

One facet of this overall inclination for what’s old and familiar is ‘Classical Reverence.’ “This trend is a nod to greco-roman motifs and materials grouped together in a modern cabinet of curiosities” said Elle Lovelock, Home Beautiful’s Editor-in-Chief, a style in which elegant forms stand tall against rough plaster finishes for a sophisticated aesthetic informed by the patina of the past.

For those who prefer Gumtree and Facebook marketplace to IKEA, this timeless trend should be second nature. If in doubt, however, simple decor changes can be all it takes. Vera Meharg from Luxaflex Window Fashions, for example, says “Choosing floor- to-ceiling curtains can bring a real touch of visual luxury.” For more inspiration, so take styling cues from this effortlessly stylish shoot and let ‘classical reverence’ rule in your own home.

Vintage Turkish urn, from $95, Camargue. ‘Clifton’ buttoned round ottoman in Gold, $755/small, Coco Republic. Molteni & C Gio Ponti ‘D.154.2’ armchair in Velvet W6243, $12,070, Hub Furniture. ‘

On coffee table, from left: ‘Atlas’ sculpture in Alabaster, $345, Mercer & Lewis. ‘Bhavita’ vase, $30, Harvey Norman. ‘Cambio’ sculpture in Nero, $880, Greg Natale. ‘Jeanie’ vessel in Terracotta, $229, McMullin & Co.

Vintage Turkish extra large pot (on plinth), $750, and Round plinth, $1200, both Manyara Home. ‘Dante’ large vase in Nero, $1460, Greg Natale. Miniforms ‘Kolos’ coffee table in Cream, $2640, James Richardson Furniture. ‘Palazzo’ wallpaper in Matte White & Domino Black, $412/10m roll, Greg Natale.

Florence Circular Dining Table, MCM House.

French vintage plaster chapiteau, $450, Montmartre. ‘Artemis’ bust, $1295, Mercer & Lewis. ‘Stelo’ vase in Foresta, $2110/large, Greg Natale.

Flower sculpture (on fireplace), $450, Den Holm. SCP ‘Agnes’ long bookshelves in Oak, $3165, Hub Furniture. On top shelf, from left: Bust, stylist’s own. Vintage brass candle holders, $645/part of a set of 3, Becker Minty. Kelly Wearstler ‘Phoebe’ stacked table lamp in Antique White with linen shade, $1795, Becker Minty. ‘Caryatid Female Figure’ sculpture, $290, and ‘Iniohos Statue’ sculpture, $89, both Mercer & Lewis. On bottom shelf: ‘Kantharos’ vessel, $425, Mercer & Lewis. Giobagnara for Becker Minty ‘Agora’ round suede bowl in Sky, $545, Becker Minty. Officine Universelle Buly candle in Alexandrie, $231, Mecca. ‘Palazzo’ bookends in Foresta, Travertine and Nero, $770, Greg Natale. Vintage books, stylist’s own. ‘Amphora’ pot (on ground), $425, Mercer & Lewis. ‘Delhi’ velvet curtain in Celadon, $289, Montmartre.

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Urquiola ‘Fishbone’ coffee table, $7190, Hub Furniture. On coffee table, from left: Giobagnara for Becker Minty ‘Agora’ round suede bowl in Sky, $545, Becker Minty. Diptyque Eau De Minthé EDP fragrance, $231/75ml, and Diptyque Do Son solid perfume, $71, both Mecca. Vintage books, stylist’s own. Maison Sarah Lavoine candle in Palerme, $110, Bastille And Sons. Rope bowl in Bianco, $950, Greg Natale. Jewellery, stylist’s own. ‘Hygeia’ bust, $295, Mercer & Lewis.

‘Malawi’ rug in Oatmeal, $1640/1.7m x 2.4m, Armadillo. ‘Twister’ side table, $1495, Sophie Davies. ‘Artemis’ bust, $1295, Mercer & Lewis. Moroso Patricia Urquiola ‘Shanghai Tip’ side table in Tele Grey, $980, Hub Furniture. ‘Simple Geometry Trophy’ vessel by Humble Matter, $2400, Curatorial + Co. Maner Studio ‘Arc’ floor lamp, $2100, Great Dane.

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