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2021 Decor Trends: 7 Looks You’ll Be Seeing Everywhere This Year

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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. 

Calming blues in the master bedroom - 2021 design and decor trends I'm loving - room ideas | bedroom ideas | modern bedroom ideas | master bedroom ideas | small bedroom ideas | jane at homebedroom sources:

 

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:

This beautiful modern living room incorporates almost all of this year's decor and design trends

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.

 

2021 Decor and Design Trends I Love: Beautiful blue and white kitchen idea with topiaries and custom Roman window shade - Clary Bosbyshell Blue accent pieces and Roman shades in the kitchen, from Clary Bosbyshell

 

Gorgeous blue kitchen cabinets, from Erin Kestenbaum – color is Harbor by Cliq Studios

 

Lisa Tharp Living RoomBeautiful blue swivel chairs and ottoman in the sitting room, from Lisa Tharp

 

Beautiful bathroom design with blue vanity cabinet color and patterned tile - California Traditional Project - Studiio McGee - bathroom ideas - bathroom decor - small bathroom ideas - bathroom remodelDreamy blue cabinets in the bathroom, from Studio McGee – cabinet color is Polaris Blue by Benjamin Moore

 

Bathroom West of MainRich navy blue vanity and tile motif in the powder bath, from West of Main

  PS BedroomComfy blue chairs in the master bedroom, from Pure Salt Interiors

 

2021 Decor and Design Trends I Love: Shiplap walls, a natural fiber rug, and a glorious blue door create the quintessential coastal entryway.  From Barrow Building Group.A bold blue door in the entryway, from Barrow Building and Design Group

 

2021 Decor and Design Trends and Ideas I Love: blue and white kitchen cabinets and brass pendant lights over island - Andrea McQueen DesignGorgeous 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. 

2021 Decor and Design Trends: relaxed, comfortable seating and easy care slipcovers in the living room - jane at home #livingroomdesign #coastalstyle #coastaldecor #livingroomideasliving room sources:

 

Here are a few more ideas for relaxed, comfortable seating:

2021 Decor and Design Trends I Love: Relaxed Comfortable Seating in the Living RoomHome of Ashley Lewis, via domino | Design: and and and Studio and Studio Life Style | Photograph by Stephen Busken

 

2021 Decor and Design Trends I Love: Warm, Relaxed and Comfortable Seating in the Living Room - Kate Marker living room ideas | living room furniture | living room design | living room decorKate Marker Interiors

 

2021 Design and Decor Trends I'm loving: comfortable, relaxed easy care seating in the living room - Amber Interior DesignAmber Interior DesignChairs

 

Design and Decor Trends for 2021: comfortable and relaxed seating in the living room - Studio McGee Studio McGee  –  Chairs  –  Coffee Table

 

Home trends for 2021: easy care, comfortable slipcovered lviing room seating - Harbour sofa - jenni kayne | living room ideas | living room decor | modern living room | modern coastal living roomJenni Kayne

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!

Design and Decor Trends for 2021:natural and woven bar and counter stools in the kitchen - home of Ashley LewisHome of Ashley Lewis, via domino | Design: Studio Life Style | Photography: Stephen Busken

 

Design and decor trends for 2021: kitchen with rustic wood island and green lower cabinets #home #style #kitchen #design Anthology InteriorsAnthology Interiors

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!

Design and decor trends for 2021: vintage cabinet in entrywayAmber Interior Design

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:

Gorgeous kitchen with Pewter Green cabinets by Sherwin Williams - Emily Henderson Portland Kitchen Design HomeEmily 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!

Design and decor trends for 2021: grandmillennialism decor in the kitchen - clary bosbyshellClary Bosbyshell

 

Design and decor trends for 2021: grandmillennial style Chinese wallpaper pattern in the butlers pantry - clary bosbyshellClary Bosbyshell

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.

Design and decor trends for 2021: Beautiful closed concept living room design with see through fireplace, arched windo and wood beamed ceiling - Chris Loves Julia

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.

Design and decor trends for 2021: beautiful multi-functional home office and workspace - amber interior design | home office decor | home office ideas | home office 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.

Beautiful blues and warm rich tones in the bedroom - bedroom ideas - 2021 design and decor trends - bedroom decor - Lindye Galloway DesignLindye Galloway

Here’s a beautiful example of how to mix warm and cool tones in the same space:

Beautiful modern living room design with built in shelves next to fireplace - living room ideas - modern living room design - Salt Design Co.Salt Design Company

You might want to consider adding new artwork, pillows, and/or rugs and runners to update your home for the new year.  They offer an easy way to add warmth with a minimal amount of effort and expense.

Design and decor trends for 2021: Beautiful entryway design with warm colors and a touch of Scandinavian style Lindye Galloway #home #decor #ideas #entry #foyer Lindye GallowayLindye Galloway  – artwork  – bench found here, here, and here

 

Design and decor trends for 2021: Beautiful dining room with warm tones, woven light fixture, cane chairs, and oval tableMindy Gayer Design

 

Top design and home trends for 2021: warm, rich earth tones in the living room - kassandra dekoning - living room decor - living room ideas - living room design - modern living roomKassandra Dekoning, via the EverymomRugRug

 

Modern bedroom design with rich, warm tones, cane bed, pampas grass and sconces - decor trends for 2021 - juniper home #home #style #design #decor #master #bedroom Juniper Home

 

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!

Design and decor trends for 2021: Beautiful kitchen with vaulted ceiling, beams and black framed windows - Jean Stoffer Design #kitchenideasJean Stoffer Interior Design

 

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. 

Design and decor trends for 2021: A beautiful living room / family room design with game table from Studio McGeeStudio McGee

  

multi functional living room idea with built in shelves and workspace - living room ideas | living room decor | living room design | living room furnitureM Elle Design

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:

Design and decor trends for 2021: Beautiful multi-functional dining room with striped rug and black wishbone side chairsLight and Dwelllight fixturetablechairsrug

This wonderful dining room, with its massive dining table and oversized pendant lights, is the epitome of a multi-functional space!

Chris Loves Julia

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:

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

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