Interior design ideas for 2021
Last year saw a soaring home renovations and updates as homeowners reimagined the spaces they suddenly spent a lot more time in. More than half of homeowners invested more in home-related purchases in 2020 compared to the previous year, according to a recent report survey by Cinch Home Services, a home warranty provider.
This rush to renovate continues this year. If you’re thinking of remodeling your home, here are some of the top interior decorating trends, and a few that are on the way out.
5 decoration trends in 2021
1. Large wooden surfaces
More and more homeowners are embracing wood surfaces and in particular looking to incorporate sustainable materials, says Sabrina Beaumont, Marketing Director for Passion Plans, a home building platform.
“One of the things we’ve noticed in the house plans we sell and working with people who want to build their homes is that everything has to be able to be built out of wood,” says Beaumont. “We see people installing treated wood on bathroom counters, as well as beautiful wood floors. “
2. Boho gallery wall
A gallery wall presents works of art and collectibles in a cohesive fashion. While the concept isn’t new, there is one variation that is gaining popularity – a bohemian gallery wall.
This type of gallery wall is defined by variety, according to Andra DelMonico, author on interior design website Trendey, putting pieces together for an “organic feel as if someone has collected the objects in their lifetime,” as well as delicate boho elements like flowers or natural wood carvings.
“Gallery walls will remain popular as they are an easy way to decorate a large empty space on the wall,” says DelMonico. “Creating a bohemian vibe to the arrangement can reflect your multidimensional personality. “
3. Outdoor inspiration
The same organic theme of a bohemian gallery wall also appears throughout the home, with homeowners looking for ways to align the decor with the outdoors.
This could include neutral and earthy tones, potted plants, or even a skylight, says Georgina Borneman-Street, CEO, director and senior designer of Cobalt Blue 1802, a Los Angeles-based design firm.
“The biggest design trend for 2021 is going to bring the outdoors in,” Borneman-Street said. “After a year spent mostly indoors while working from home and socially distancing themselves, people seem to crave cool green spaces more than ever.”
Natural materials like “cotton, bamboo, seaweed and jute” also reflect this trend, adds Tyler Forte, co-founder and CEO of Felix Homes, a Nashville-based real estate brokerage.
4. Cabinets in warm colors
A light and airy kitchen with white or off-white cabinetry has been the dominant aesthetic in recent years, but warmer-toned cabinets are making a comeback, especially in the luxury space.
“Kitchens seem to be moving further and further away from all-white kitchens,” says Steven Gottlieb, a real estate salesperson at Warburg Realty in New York City. “We’re seeing more warm colored cabinets, with tones like Hague Blue paired with a white or gray stone countertop and gold colored hardware. “
5. Bolder colors and patterns
The design warm-up is not limited to cabinets. Homeowners are also embracing warmer and more vibrant color palettes in general, including through design elements like the patterned wallpaper.
“The jewelry tones are right now. The models are in place right now, ”says Michael J. Franco, Certified Associate Real Estate Broker at Compass in New York. “People want color. Gray [and] the muted neutrals are out. Wallpaper is very trendy.
Gottlieb agrees: “Warm paint colors are back, along with exciting patterned wallpaper. “
The trend is emerging in the kitchen, in particular – think of “painted cabinetry, a brightly colored island or a bold backsplash,” says Forte.
3 decorating trends in the making
While the last year has rekindled the desire to renovate and refresh, some decor and design trends are not making their way into homes this year.
- Neutral colors – “Trends in neutral tones like beige and gray seem to be gradually fading, with bolder statements and accents adopted by many people decorating or redecorating their homes,” says Gottlieb.
- Open shelving – “It has become painfully obvious that open shelving doesn’t work because it ends up looking cluttered and messy while running out of cabinet storage capacity,” says Forte.
- Open kitchen – “We’re also seeing more and more closed kitchens, and less often the open kitchens in the ‘big room’ that we’ve seen so much over the past two decades,” says Gottlieb. “I think households with young children still love the open kitchen, but the open kitchen seems less of a ‘must’ these days. “