10 Home Decor Trends We Can’t Wait To Adopt in 2021
If there’s one thing we can all agree on when it comes to 2020, it’s that looking forward is the only way to go. While that means big things this year for very important topics—A vaccine! Hallelujah!—it’s also a very apt statement in the design world come December.
That’s because the end of the year is also a time for revealing much-anticipated trend forecasts. Of course, this year’s a bit different. We’ve spent more time in our own spaces than ever before, probably doing a bit of nesting, organizing, rearranging furniture, and either hating or loving everything that surrounds us. Trends? What’s a terrazzo floor going to do when you’re working three feet from your home-schooled 8-year-old? (Okay…they are pretty dreamy.)
Forecasters hear you. This year, trends aren’t so much about style as they are about feeling comfortable in your own space. Function is just as important as form. And colors and styles that feel like a big, warm hug are paramount. (There are those rays of sunshine, too.) Here, we rounded up 10 we’re particularly excited about.
Trend: Not-So-Open Floor Plans
Before sheltering in place happened, walls were pretty much the stuff of decades-old, dated floor plans, while wide-open, entertaining-friendly layouts reigned supreme. But confined to one space with the whole family simultaneously Zoom-ing friends and teachers had many questioning their privacy-free living quarters. While we certainly won’t see a complete departure from open floor plans, expect to see creative solutions for dividing space, like sliding barn doors or bookshelves. Reconfiguring furniture layouts with an emphasis on cozy nooks can also make a space feel more intimate.
Trend: Back to Nature
Boring beige? On the contrary: the paint world’s most ubiquitous neutral is suddenly cool again. According to Houzz, many designers are seeing a renewed interest in shades of brown, including warm taupe, sand, and, yes, beige. Not ready to splash your whole home in the hue? When used as an accent color with other popular neutrals such as white and gray, the naturally inspired shades can add warmth to a space, say designers.
Trend: Plush Picks
Think of it as the decorating equivalent of the athleisure you adopted as your daily uniform this year: cozy yet still buttoned up enough to show off. According to online furniture marketplace Chairish, soft textures that beg for an impromptu snuggle session are poised to be big next year. “We’re mad for orb pillows and ottomans in a sumptuous shearling or mohair and seating that’s upholstered in fuzzy boucles or plush velvet,” says Chairish co-founder and president Anna Brockway.
Trend: Shelves to Show Off
When decorating, pretty little vignettes can be like the jewelry that takes an outfit from drab to fab. According to Pinterest, one such swoon-worthy corner that’s set to take over 2021 are open kitchen shelves. While certainly not a new concept, floating shelves have seen a 130 percent increase in searches on the site since last year. And display-worthy kitchen gear—think hand-formed clay plates, colored glassware, and copper cookware—are equally on the rise.
Trend: Return to Traditional
Between the past decade’s obsession with midcentury modern and Scandinavian style, design—particularly among Millennials—has trended toward contemporary. But as homeowners seek an increased feeling of comfort in their spaces, familiarity and ease of use are becoming much more important. According to Modsy, that translates to an uptick in traditional style, including things like slipcovered sofas, classic prints, and simple silhouettes.
Trend: Seeds of Optimism
As the experts at Pantone pointed out in their 2021 Color of the Year picks, comfort isn’t the only thing we need right now. Equally important is a sense of optimism, and in the decorating world, that easily translates through color. Cheery yellows and pretty pastels are all hues that can evoke a sense of happiness in the home. Look for them to pop up as accents in homes next year. And if sweet, summery shades aren’t your jam, consider opting for the year’s other big color moment: rich, bold jewel tones à la the 2021 Color of the Year by HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams, Passionate.
Trend: Germ-Free Upgrades
It might not be the most alluring of trends, but in a COVID-world, it’s entirely relevant. As more people search for ways to make their homes healthier, design choices that can lessen the spread of bacteria are growing in popularity, particularly in high-traffic areas like the kitchen. Think touch-free faucets and trash bins. And if you’re considering a reno, surfaces like non-porous quartz and copper can actually prevent the spread of—or even kill!—germs.
Trend: Stay-All-Day Backyards
If you hadn’t fully utilized the space in your backyard before, chances are that all changed this year. In addition to an increased interest in tiny backyard studios for housing loved ones (or your own sanity), Houzz reports that pergolas are the new hot feature for outdoor spaces. The simple shade-giving structures are relatively quick and affordable to build and can enhance alfresco activities like dining, working, or relaxing, making it quite possible to enjoy the majority of your day in the sunshine.
Trend: Natural Appeal
Good news for fans of the seagrass rug: natural textures aren’t going anywhere. According to Modsy, materials from woods (lighter tones are having a moment) to wicker are still going strong. Roxy Te Owens, founder and creative director at Society Social in Charlotte, agrees: “Rattan, wicker, and grasscloth furniture will always remain classic,” she says. “Woven furniture is stylistically versatile and full of texture and warmth which makes it an easy design go-to.”
The Trend: Drink Trollies
Are you surprised? According to an analysis of Google Trends data by Roofing Megastore, the “drinks trolley,” (AKA bar cart) has increased in popularity by 117 percent this year. Of course, any Southerner worth her margarita salt likely has this entertaining staple already. But if not, 2021 should absolutely be your year. (Here’s how to style the perfect one!)