2020 has changed the way we use our home spaces. The new year brings about plenty of opportunities to revisit our interior style. Here’s my take on 7 interior design trends to try in 2021.
Trend 1: Re-introducing color to your world
All white is out and earthy grounded shades like taupe and gray are in. Blush is now a neutral – yay! For those of you who love color, 2021 is your year. The results are in! The Pantone 2021 Colors of the Year are Ultimate Gray and Illuminating, which is a bright yellow hue. Thinking of repainting your walls as a lockdown project? Try this paint quiz to find the perfect hue that’s right for you.
Trend 2: Wallpaper is the new Zoom background
If you are not quite ready to commit to painting your walls-here’s some great news! Wallpaper is making a comeback, so no need to change your Zoom and team backgrounds ladies! Bold, vibrant patterns will be the main focal point of your home office. I am loving this English garden inspired floral wallpaper from Caitlin Wilson.
Caitlin Wilson Design – English Garden Wallpaper
I love this gorgeous English garden inspired floral wall paper by Caitlin Wilson. Bright and bold colors to brighten up your day!
Trend 3: Throw it back to the 80s
After years of taking center stage, Mid-Century modern furniture has now gracefully exited the building. Say hello to Postmodernist furniture, which will be the new fixture in people’s homes. Lots of geometric shapes and vibrant colors will give living spaces a fun vibe and positive energy. I’m thinking of buying this Hera Side table from West Elm. I also love this Anya Travertine dining table from Anthropologie. It’s definitely a statement piece!
West Elm – Hera Side Table
Sophisticated and simple, I love this side table. Great to place in the living room or office.
Anya Travertine Dining Table – Anthropologie
This is definitely a statement piece from Anthropologie. This will be available to purchase in early March 2021.
Trend 4: Indoor Jungalow
Last year, we saw plenty of new Plant Moms bloom, and this new year, we will see plenty more. Get ready to see even more greenery inside and out. And more natural elements come in to make our surroundings cozier and warmer. This year I am adding air purifying plants in our home, and just purchased this 3 pack plant collection from Amazon!
What I love about this trend is that it brings back memories of trips to Southeast Asia. Rattan, wicker, organic cotton, recycled linen and natural, sustainable fabrics complement the organic touch that comes with plants. I’m loving these Petal colored sheets from Brooklinen.
Trend 5: Let the nostalgia sink in
Nostalgia is in, so wall galleries will definitely make a comeback. Time to frame those memories from childhood, the vintage photos of your mom and dad and you can also display souvenirs from your favorite trip pre-Corona. These gallery wall kits from Wayfair and Framebridge are a great start to your winter project. Happy Framing!
Trend 6: Setting [physical] boundaries
Needless to say, working from home has been the focal point of 2020, and will continue in 2021. We will see home office interiors front and center. Multipurpose spaces for the family will also start to develop as families grow and kids learn from home. Desks and office chairs will be worth the investment this time, and so are room dividers. I’m thinking of getting this Wooden Panel room divider from Overstock – it reminds me so much of the romantic French doors in Paris!
Overstock – Rustic 69 x 60 Inch Wooden Whitewashed 3-Panel Screen
Romantic and elegant, I love this wooden panel divider. It reminds me of the romantic French doors in Paris!
Trend 7: Lighting just got even smarter!
The geek in me is pretty excited with this trend – playful and smart lighting! As we see our productivity at home increase, we will see our homes get brighter and more functional lighting-wise. I decided to try this Smart light bulb kit from Best Buy and sync it with my Google Home.
2020 allowed us so much time to spend with our loved ones and this year we will see this translated into our interior style. Now that the minimalist trend is out, we will see more of our living and working spaces into rooms that spark joy and boost productivity.
Colors, patterns, shapes and textures will also take center stage to boost both creativity and comfort. I am looking forward to playing with fun patterns and bolder colors in my home – from desk accessories to decorative pillows. And who doesn’t love plants? I surely could use some more!
I’m looking forward to fewer but quality pieces in my home. Now that staying in is the new going out, I want my home to feel bright and energetic. This will help me to be more productive with my work from home routine, and allow for more creativity and joy!
For more interior design ideas for 2021, check out Spring Home Decor Refresh.
What trend are you most excited to try this year? Tell me in the comments below!