Interior Design Trends We'll See in 2021

In 2020, we all became intimately acquainted with our homes in a way we never were before. For many people, this gave them new ideas for reimagining their home design. Now, 2021 is a year to bring that vision to life. 

Start the new year with new interior design that takes the best of the current trends and filters them through your unique sensibility. Explore interior design trends for 2021 and create spaces that place equal emphasis on beauty and liveability.

Brighten Your World with Color.

Neutral palettes have been a design staple for several years. In 2021, expect to see a rainbow’s worth of colors liven things up. This can mean vibrant jewel tones, soothing nature-inspired hues such as sun-splashed yellows, aqua blues and a garden’s worth of greens. If you want to stick with a classic neutral palette in your design scheme, add pops of eye-catching color with artwork, decorative objects or a brightly painted focal point such as a fireplace. 

Invest in High-Quality Pieces.

You deserve to splurge on luxuries that will bring joy to your surroundings. For instance, you may want to purchase a new bedding set that boasts high thread counts, beautiful finishing details and a supreme softness that turns your bed into a refuge of comfort and serenity. The bonus of investing in fine craftsmanship: it often translates to long-lasting durability.

Think Globally.

One of the most exciting 2021 interior design trends is the introduction of international influences in home decor. Textiles, art and decorative objects imported from far-flung spots around the world or picked up during your globetrotting travels add unique and interesting visual interest to any room.

Expand Your Living Space.

It’s understandable if you’ve grown tired of staying inside during 2020. That’s why so many people have seen the value of creating outdoor spaces that double as functional living spaces. Think covered patio with outdoor furniture and fireplace for getting cozy. An outdoor kitchen with a built-in barbecue and a TV is appealing when the weather’s warm and the days are longer. It’s like adding square footage to your home without the labor and expense involved in a major home renovation.

Make Yourself Comfortable.

One of the biggest home design lessons from 2020 is that comfort is king. That mantra is one of the biggest interior design trends of 2021. The living room couch that hurts your back when you’re watching TV? Time for an upgrade. The fraying rug that is a tripping hazard? Replace it with a rug that cushions your feet while adding color and a pleasing pattern to your room. The spare room that holds odds and ends? Clean it out and convert it to a gym, hobby room or a reading space you’ll be drawn to every day. Focus on fabrics and textiles that appeal to your sense of touch as well as sight, and you’ll elevate your home to a haven.

Go Back to the Future.

The Mid-Century Modern style has long been popular, but the 1950s and ‚Äė60s aren‚Äôt the only decades worth revisiting. Expect 2021 interior design trends to embrace a range of decades, especially the 1980s and ‚Äė90s.¬†

Mix High-End and Down-Home Touches.

You‚Äôll find plenty of glamour in the coming year‚Äôs interior design trends with luxe metallics or plush fabrics in home decor items. The more rustic end of the spectrum is also well-represented with the ‚Äúcottagecore‚ÄĚ movement influenced by rural country life.¬†

Bring Nature Indoors.

In 2020. we may not have gotten out as much as we used to, but nature can be found indoors with the right design choices. Wicker and rattan furniture, carved wood tables and woven baskets have been popular the last few years, a trend that’s expected to continue into 2021. 

Implement Cutting-Edge Tech in Your Home Design.

There’s been a rapid evolution in technology integration over the past several years. Smart homes will continue to evolve. There will be even more advances in high-tech appliances, temperature and lighting control systems, entertainment systems, kitchen gadgets and much more. Even bathrooms are on trend, with LED-color showers, in-shower TVs and audio speakers and toilets with heated seats and nightlights.

Make Your Home Your Own.

There are many new interior design trends, but this one is timeless. Create rooms that reflect your style aesthetic. That could mean contemporary Farmhouse, Traditional, Minimalism...or a mix of all three. If you’re unsure where to begin in creating your personal design style, find statement pieces that speak to you. One of the best places to start is with decorative accessories, such as sculptural vases or elegant candleholders. You can build a room’s entire interior design around the right pieces.


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