Oh, we all love decorating trends! They give us a feel for what directions the interior design industry will be going in. And I particularly love them for their “train wreck” value! No matter your motive decorating trends are fun to know about! Here’s a look at decorating trends for 2021.
I always start my decorating trend posts with this disclaimer…
Trend are just that, trends!
DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER
Seriously, friends! I’m just sharing what I am seeing! You may be happy about these trends or not. But please know that it’s my job and joy to share them.
You have no idea how many emails I get every time I do a trends post! And sometimes they can be a bit testy! So be kind!
First, all trends are just great guesses. The design industry (including blogs) look ahead to see what they feel will be showing up strong in the near future.
Second, trends are just that. Trends!
That does not mean you can’t love what you have or are in any way compelled to change. When I do trend posts I get tons of emails from upset readers telling me why they love what they have and won’t embrace change!
Trends are not about changing your style, but offering you thought-provoking ways to see how design changes the way we live.
For example, I see wallpaper coming in very strong in 2021. And I love wallpaper.
I have a beautiful wallpaper to put in our powder room. But I’m not going to paper the whole house! That’s just not my style!
And lastly, trends often contradict one another. And yes, that can be confusing.
Here’s what I mean. This year I see warm neutrals and naturals will still having a big, big presence. And I’m also seeing beautiful colors like saturated yellows and blues big this year.
That’s because design is like fashion. There is not a one size fits all trend! Designers have different niches and manufacturers carry many different styles to satisfy consumers’ different tastes.
So think of competing trends as offering fresh ideas in decor for everyone’s decorating preferences.
Now let’s look at 10 decorating trends for 2021 that are pushing forward this year.
NEUTRALS ARE STILL STRONG CONTENDERS
Neutrals have taken on a much warmer tone last year and this trend will be picking up even more in 2021.
Can you believe beige is a trending color?
Warmer tones like camel and sand and even taupe are making it big in the design industry for 2021.
Again, it’s all about the effect of Covid and staying at home. Warm neutrals are welcoming and cozy and soothing! And they help one space flow into another effortlessly!
MY TWO CENTS
Of course, I love this trend! I’m all about warm and welcoming neutrals. One big thing to remember when decorating with neutrals is to add tons of texture! That makes neutral rooms look beautiful!
I think we are moving away, and have been the last couple of years, from so much white! This thrills me. I adore white, but it does look a bit sterile if not warmed up by toastier tones and other accent colors.
Neutrals might not always be the hot thing. But they are classic. And an economical way to decorate!
PEEL AND STICK WALLPAPER
Wallpaper is making a HUGE comeback! It started last year and has built up so much momentum! You will be seeing lots of pretty, updated patterns and style coming your way in 2021.
This is not your mother’s wallpaper! The trend towards peel and stick repositional wallpaper is riding high right now!
Now renters can wallpaper their apartments and homes. And all kinds of nooks and crannies can benefit from a little design!
And we no longer have to chisel, scrape and steam paper off of our walls.
Wallpaper something B-I-G this year.
MY TWO CENTS
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE LOVE! I am 100 percent all over this trend.
I love the idea of a little bit of wallpaper. You will not see the Tanglewood house slathered in wallpaper! However, I am going to wallpaper our powder room with the pretty wallpaper above! It’s sitting next to me in my study as I am typing this post!
I like the idea of being able to easily remove wallpaper without mess and lots of struggle.
This trend is very appealing to me! And it should be to you too!
The pendulum swings! Move out Scandinavian and Mid Century Modern and welcome the newest and biggest design change of the decade… Grandmillinial!
THE INDUSTRY VIEW
The style is called “millennial” because the younger crowd of decorators are discovering the joys of patterns and embellishments and layer upon layer. It’s the millennial’s counterpoint to Mid Century Modern.
It’s a bit over the top with modernized chintz and color and “granny chic”.
The young set are taking the patterned traditional furnishing of their parents and grandparents and using it in their own way.
This style is maximal to the max!
MY TWO CENTS
If you are old enough to remember the 90’s and the big hair, big shoulder pads and big ostentatious homes then you will probably think, “been there, done that, bought the t-shirt and don’t need to do it again”.
However, I am very interested in this style.
I sort of love it because I love color and pattern and it is really fun and over the top. It’s a fresh take on traditional meets shabby chic style.
This style’s roots reach back to icons like Sister Parish. It is bold and fun and a mix of color and pattern!
And part of me thinks, “this style is a trendy trainwreck”! “What are YOU thinking”? I would not be caught dead with this in my house. At least not now!
But again, I sort of love it! There is just something about the grandmillennial style.
This is definitely a young, young at heart and adventurous trend.
DARKER MOODY COLORS
Darker colors will take their place beside their alter ego neutrals this year!
These colors are dramatic and cozy and again the opposite of airy, open neutrals.
Moody blues were all the rage last year and this year dark greens and spicy pumpkins and almost black bronze will take their place along with darker blues.
These darker colors will show up on walls and kitchen cabinets and on sofas and chairs.
MY TWO CENTS
I love the look but you really have to commit to pull off dark colors.
Moody colors look best on walls in a bedroom or in studies. They also look amazing on sofas, but again the furnishing in a room with a dark and moody colored sofa must also be just about as strong.
One thing I’m seeing is dark cabinetry in kitchens. I adore them. But a word of caution. They are trendy and what happens when they look oh so 2021? Replacing them or painting them will be costly!
Here’s my take on almost any trend. LOVE the trends! But the bigger the ticket price of a trendy thing the more I’d think about adding it to my home.
So I’d play it safe on dark moody kitchen cabinets and paint the walls a darker color or use moody accents.
WICKER, CANING, AND RATTAN
Wood and wicker and natural furnishing are big in 20201. We will see less chippy painted furniture and more wood in the coming years.
Wood equals comfort! Any natural product, especially in a lighter color will be coveted in 2021!
I’ve seen this trend coming from afar for a couple of years now. But since Covid I think we all want the texture and warmth of real wood!
Again lots of 2021 trends go back to feathering our nest with traditional comforts.
MY TWO CENTS
Bring it on! I love the look of most woods! They are textural and tactile and add warmth to our homes.
I still love painted furniture but not the chippy kind. Real wood and painted furniture work beautifully together.
Just me personally, I could live without golden oak. I’m working on getting that wood out of our Tanglewood house.
TRADITIONAL STYLING IS ON THE RISE
Again, because of Covid, a need for safety and familiar things is strong. No wonder traditional styling is coming back.
Traditional styling has never really lost its luster, even though it has just not been the most popular style on the decor block.
Traditional styling is tried and true and in uncertain times it is a comforting style. It’s often known as new-traditionalism.
MY TWO CENTS
Like wallpaper, traditional style is not your mother’s traditional style. It’s a bit streamlined but the love of things like symmetry, gorgeous fabrics great proportion and timeless beauty is wanted more than ever.
It’s all about nostalgic times brought on by the pandemic and the overexposure and overuse of Mid Century Modern styling!
Choose timeless pieces done in modern fabrics and pay close attention to design concepts that promote beauty of this classic style.
My style is Transitional- a mix of a few styles with a strong foundation of new Traditional furnishings.
Again we are seeing a shift. This time it’s away from white kitchen to more colorful versions.
Color is the new trendy thing in kitchens in 2021! Colored cabinets and appliances. Blues and green kitchens are big this year. Classy black kitchens with black and white checked floors are going to be the hot, hot new kitchen trend.
MY TWO CENTS
I talked about this trend above discussing moody darker colors. I love the look of blue painted cabinets! And a dark bronze/almost black kitchen makes me swoon! Just remember that almost anything in a kitchen is expensive to replace or repaint.
Maybe white is not on trend but white kitchens are classic. They like wood kitchens are here to stay.
If you are itching for some painted cabinets in your kitchen and have an island think about painting that! I think it might give you the change you are yearning for.
OPEN SHELVES IN KITCHENS
Open shelving is still a strong trend especially in a kitchen.
The interior design industry has had a long time love affair with open shelves.
MY TWO CENTS
Open shelves are practical and pretty! But my aversion to the greasy dust they collect makes them OUT in my book!
LESS OPEN FLOOR PLANS
Since we have spent more time at home and covet areas in our homes to work, open floor plans are proving less than perfect!
This is a huge byproduct of the way the pandemic has changed how many of us live and do business. We have moved en masse from outside the home workplace to at home workspaces.
Many companies no longer see the need to open offices again and many workers are working from home.
Open concept homes, where all the living is done in one large space, have been challenging for everyone from babies to school age children to working parents.
MY TWO CENTS
I agree that again the pandemic has changed the way we look and live and work in our homes.
Many families are seeking a less open home and one that has multi function rooms for work and play.
I don’t think we will go back to homes that are chopped up with many rooms but I do think home offices will be in great demand!
LIVABLE OUTDOOR SPACES
Livable outdoor spaces have been popular for a while now and are still trending in 2021!
The pandemic strikes again! We are seeing a sift from expansive lawns to livable space. A hammock and reading nook or a place to take Zoom calls.
It has become important to expand our living to our outside spaces.
MY TWO CENTS
This is smart living no matter where you live. I particularly love the idea of outdoor living rooms and dining rooms.
There are so many great innovations to make the outdoors comfortable like heaters and outdoor air conditioners and sound systems that work wonderfully outdoors.
Think of all the way you can expand the use of your porches, patios and lawns to be livable spaces.
There are 10 of the most notable decorating trends for 2021. Which do you love? Which will you try? Any trainwrecks? I’d love to hear from you!