While home decor trends are constantly changing, there’s no doubt that 2020’s increased time spent at home has affected our need — in 2021 — to bring freshness, comfort, and creativity to our living spaces.
From calming colors and nostalgic styles to smart approaches to layout, here at List With Elizabeth, we’re predicting ten of the biggest interior design trends for 2021.
Doors and Dividers
Open floor plans have been popular for quite some time, but now it seems that everyone is moving away from open floor plans in favor of more divided spaces.
We’re needing our homes to serve multiple functions —home office, gym, comfortable space — so the need for privacy and separate zones has increased. While some people may make these changes permanent with home renovations, most are opting for interesting and decorative room dividers to close off some of those open spaces and make smaller cozy rooms for specific functions.
Fresh Air Living
The pandemic not only made gatherings smaller but moved them outside. As a result, outdoor spaces took on greater significance, and homes with larger yards and outdoor amenities were coveted. Those with access to these outdoor gathering spots headed out to snuggle in the fresh air – even bundling up in the cold.
We predict 2021 is the year we’ll take full advantage of our backyards, patios, and balconies as we continue to bring the indoors outside. We also forecast a continued frenzy of purchasing for weatherproof upholstery, comfy patio furniture, and even drink ledges for balcony railings!
But whether they have access to an outdoor area or not, nature lovers will be going green with houseplants next year. In fact, houseplants may never have been more fashionable home decor.
Not only do plants bring beauty and color to our homes, but they also freshen the air, filtering out pollutants and releasing oxygen.
Since we’re all yearning to get away, lifestyle and home decor trends are showcasing our love of travel.
Whether it’s the colors and flowers of a tropical getaway, furniture, and pieces that evoke a particular culture, or even just wall art and accessories that remind us of our more adventurous days, 2021 will certainly be a time when interiors reflect global inspiration and summon our travels, the sea, or distant shores.
Wicker and Rattan
Natural-looking furniture is also poised to come back in style. We predict woven furniture styles like rattan and wicker will be popular in homes in 2021.
Natural materials add warmth and lightness to home decor and have a vintage look and relaxed feel that blends well with so many decor styles, from boho to mid-century. Plus, both styles are lightweight and can work indoors and outdoors.
Designers think green will be a big color for 2021, even in the kitchen. Some are suggesting that those looking to add drama to kitchen cabinets may even consider painting them green, so we’re anticipating seeing verdant shades popping up in kitchens everywhere this year.
Green works with both cool color palettes and warm, cozier kitchen designs, and when paired with Carrara-marble counters can help highlight the gray veining in the stone.
Elsewhere in the house, the age of minimalistic, all-white interiors may be coming to an end. In 2021, we’re back to creating interest with pops of color grounded by neutral earth tones.
Dulux announced its 2021 Color of the Year was Brave Ground, then Sherwin Williams praised Urbane Bronze and Little Greene released a range of paints built around a natural, earthy color palette. So it’s official, earth tones, including warm taupes, beiges, sands, and even terracotta are on a roll.
In bathrooms, formerly popular tiny penny tiles are being replaced in favor of larger scale tiles. Not only will larger tiles mean fewer grout lines — and therefore less cleaning — but large-format tile makes a small space look larger and creates less visual clutter in the bathroom.
Wallpaper is having a bit of a resurgence right now, with self-adhesive, removable wallpaper popular especially with renters or those looking for simple, low-commitment — yet pronounced — ways to upgrade their living space.
Mid-century modern has had its moment. But now we believe we’re moving away from walnut wood, spindle legs, and geometric prints toward decorating, instead, with a nostalgic sense of style.
These homey design elements, vintage touches, and old-school patterns inspire with the comforts of Grandma’s house, complete with velvet sofa, needlepoint, and floral curtains if you dare!