During 2020 we spent more time in our own homes than ever before. Many of us did our fair share of organizing, rearranging, and thinking about how our surroundings are (or are not) meeting our needs. We realized that function is just as important as form, comfort matters as much as style, and how we use a space matters more than being magazine worthy. But that doesn’t mean style is a thing of the past! Here are 5 big trends for home decor of 2021 and beyond.
All white, minimalist interiors may start to look dated, so watch for lively patterns and bright pops of color that create more visual interest. Bright and colorful pieces give your home personality, offering a sense of joy and uniqueness that keeps things interesting. Have fun with your space, and choose colors that make you happy!
Old and New
Rather than a professionally decorated home with all new pieces, people are having fun incorporating pieces that tell a story and have meaning. Feel free to surround yourself with the things you love, no matter what decade they came from. You may hear the termy “Granny chic”–think old fashioned florals, antique paintings, crochet and velvet–vintage touches your grandmother would love!
Gone are the days of wallpaper that is a nightmare to remove. Self-adhesive, removable wallpaper is gaining popularity as a low-commitment way to upgrade your living space. With wallpaper you can make an eye-catching statement wall, line the back of cabinets or shelves, or pair with a chair rail for a bold look. And don’t worry–peel and stick wallpaper works just like a large sticker; remove it easily when you’re tired of it.
Trends in wood type and color seem to be ever-changing, but in 2021 you’ll see lots of vintage wood styles. Think gorgeous reclaimed wood with perfectly aged patina and character, exposed beams, grain and texture, and faded stains. One perk of this trend is that it’s earth-conscious and sustainable. You can shop secondhand, save money, and give a previously-loved piece a new life.
Lots of Texture
Maximalism is pushing back against minimalism, bringing in the freedom to create a space with lots of texture and interest. There’s nothing like the juxtaposition of different textures to make a home feel unique and comfortable. We’re seeing lots of rattan and wicker furniture, layered rugs of different patterns, eclectic art collections, and breezy fabric combinations. The lesson here is to have fun and not be constrained by minimalism any longer.
In 2021, home decor trends are a direct response to what we experienced in 2020, and people are clearly prioritizing feeling comfortable in their own space. As you think about the kind of home you want to spend time in, only you can decide what makes you feel most comfortable and “at home”. Have fun decorating!