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The new year has just begun, and I already have a long list of home projects I’d love to complete this year, including remodeling our master bathroom, replacing our tile flooring, and revamping our dining room. Whew! With those projects and others in mind, I’ve been scouting out the 2021 decor trends and gathering design inspiration to share with you.
Needless to say, our lives changed drastically in 2020, causing a few common design themes to emerge, including a desire for less clutter, calming rooms, and multi-functional spaces to accommodate working and learning from home.
Before I share all the details about the top design trends for 2021, I want to restate that when it comes to decorating your home, there really are no ‘rules’–other than doing what makes you happy and resonates with your personal style.
However, I do think it helps to have a general idea of the current decorating trends, because it expands your awareness of what’s out there and opens up your mind to new styles and looks. Often, just by looking at your spaces with a fresh perspective, you can play around with what you already own and create an entirely new look in your home.
What are the home decorating trends for 2021?
After a year that found us spending more time than ever at home, we now have an opportunity to re-think our spaces and create more comfort and flexibility in our homes. From the growing popularity of natural materials to comfortable, multi-functional spaces, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about this year, especially when it comes to our homes.
Below you’ll find the 2021 decor trends I’m loving, including the most popular colors, materials, and interior styles for this year. I’m also including a few ideas for refreshing your home in the coming months.
2021 Decor Trends: 7 Looks You’ll Be Seeing Everywhere This Year
Trend 1: Calming Blues.
Due to its soothing nature, blue will be on the design scene in the coming year, particularly in shades of cerulean.
Adding calming blues to our master bedroom was the beginning of my love for this dreamy hue. I’ve found it brings a clean, fresh look to any space.
Whether you’re already a fan of blue, like me, or are a bit more color-averse, here are some varied ways to incorporate blue in your home:
A blue velvet sofa adds the perfect touch of color to this stunning living room from Chris Loves Julia. This space actually incorporates almost all of this year’s design trends–you’ll see a slightly revised version of this room below.
Blue accent pieces and Roman shades in the kitchen, from Clary Bosbyshell
Beautiful blue swivel chairs and ottoman in the sitting room, from Lisa Tharp
Dreamy blue cabinets in the bathroom, from Studio McGee – cabinet color is Polaris Blue by Benjamin Moore
Rich navy blue vanity and tile motif in the powder bath, from West of Main
Comfy blue chairs in the master bedroom, from Pure Salt Interiors
A bold blue door in the entryway, from Barrow Building and Design Group
Gorgeous blue kitchen island, from Andrea McQueen Design
Trend 2: Comfortable Seating + Easy-Care Fabrics.
If there’s anything we learned from 2020, it’s the importance of comfort and coziness. Even though I loved our mid-century style living room furniture, last year it started to feel too formal and boxy for our lifestyle, so we replaced it with easy-care slipcovered seating, making this space feel more relaxed, comfortable, approachable, and functional.
living room sources:
Here are a few more ideas for relaxed, comfortable seating:
For more living room ideas, see my post Stylish Living Rooms I Love.
Trend 3: Natural Materials.
Rattan, cane, leather, jute, wicker, wovens, and ceramic anything will figure prominently again this year. And brown wood is back in a big way!
Trend 4: Old Meets New.
Another 2021 decor trend you’ll see is the rustic vogue aesthetic, featuring reclaimed wood and pieces with a patina, rather than perfectly finished. Now is the time to display your favorite vintage pieces, flea market finds, and quirky travel mementos!
Amber Lewis, of Amber Interior Design, is a master of this look. Think beautiful woods, warm tones and textures, and curated rooms that are filled with character.
Emily Henderson’s beautiful Portland kitchen is a great example of how to bring character to a space by mixing old and new:
Emily Henderson – cabinet color is Pewter Green by Sherwin Williams
Attesting to the popularity of the old-meets-new trend, another take on this theme is grandmillennial style. This style embraces chintz, wicker, bamboo, monogrammed linens, scalloped edges & hems, and slipcovered tables and ottomans. This aesthetic is a little more up my alley, as it tends to incorporate lots of blue and white!
If you’d like to add more vintage pieces to your home, One Kings Lane and Chairish are wonderful places to find one-of-a-kind vintage and antique textiles, art, rugs, furniture, and decorative accents.
Trend 5: Closed Floor Plans.
The growing popularity of Zoom calls, home schooling, and working from home means that open floor plans are losing their appeal.
Our last home had an open floor plan, which meant our kitchen was in full view every time someone walked in the front door. Back then, our kitchen was the dumping ground for our daughters’ backpacks, homework, and clutter, which meant our entire open-plan living space never looked tidy. So when we had our current house built, we specifically chose a closed floor plan for more privacy (and peace of mind!).
This beautiful living room, from Chris Loves Julia, has a sweeping open feeling, while still maintaining a separation between spaces.
This designated office space, with doors and curtains for privacy and sound insulation, is what work-from-home dreams are made of! From Amber Interior Design.
Trend 6: Warm Colors and Rich Tones.
Another carry-over from last year is the popularity of warm, rich colors. And camel is back in a big way–both in fashion and home design. I love how beautifully camel pairs with blue–and every other neutral and color.
Here’s a beautiful example of how to mix warm and cool tones in the same space:
This beautiful kitchen, from Jean Stoffer Design, is one of my all-time favorites. I love how she incorporated so much warmth and character in an otherwise light and airy space!
Trend 7: Multi-Functional Spaces.
In 2020, our living rooms transformed into multi-functional spaces that encompass work, online education, and entertainment. With people spending more quality time at home, adding a game table, a library table for work and school, and a few seating areas for reading and relaxing will allow the family to still be together in the same room.
Now that we’re dining in more often, our dining spaces will also change, with a greater appreciation for substantial dining tables, multi-purpose dining/school/work spaces, and comfortable eat-in kitchens. See my posts, Beautiful Dining Room Ideas, Inspiring Kitchen Design Ideas, and Breakfast Nook Ideas for Cozy Kitchen Dining, for more ideas for these spaces.
An abundance of natural light, as well as a sizeable table and plenty of seating, make this beautiful dining space perfect for the demands of working, learning, and dining at home:
This wonderful dining room, with its massive dining table and oversized pendant lights, is the epitome of a multi-functional space!
Up and Coming Design Trends:
I couldn’t fit all the trends in one post, so here are a few more trending styles and elements you’ll see in the coming months:
- Japandi Style. A mix of refined Japanese design and minimalist Scandinavian decor, this trend incorporates an abundance of black and neutral tones, along with light woods, organic elements, and plants.
- Outdoor Living. Homeowners are turning their outdoor areas and patios into mini vacation destinations, as evidenced by the growing popularity of outdoor fireplaces and fire pits, swimming pools, and raised-bed gardening. See my post, Beautiful Patio Ideas for Relaxed Outdoor Living, for more ideas for your outdoor spaces.
- Creative Solutions for Working from Home. Including nooks, closets, and flexible lighting and storage solutions. See my posts, Tips for Decorating and Organizing Your Home Office and A Fresh and Feminine Home Office Design, for more ideas.
- Zen Bedrooms. More than ever, our bedrooms are becoming a refuge from the outside world, with things like luxurious bedding, a comfy mattress, a space to do yoga or meditate, and a quiet place to work becoming must-haves. See my posts, Modern Bedroom Design Ideas for a Dreamy Master Suite, 7 Amazing Benefits of Meditation, and 13 Beautiful Essential Oil Diffuser Blends for more ideas for creating a calming master bedroom.
Happy 2021, friends! I hope you found some ideas to use in your own home. Wishing you a new year filled with beauty, love, health, and joy. xo Jane
Swipe through below to see some home decor finds incorporating these trends:
See my post, Good Vibes Only: 9 Simple Ways to Inspire Happiness at Home, with tips for designing your spaces for maximum function and creativity. And see these posts for even more ideas:
10 Easy Ways to Cozy Up Your Home
Modern Master Bedroom Ideas
Beautiful and Inspiring Kitchen Ideas
Chic and Stylish Living Room Ideas