5 Interior Design Trends To Watch Out for in 2021

5 Interior Design Trends to Look Out for in 2021

This year, the pandemic has had an effect on everything — from the way that we prepare to leave our homes each day, to the way that we plan to spend the holidays. With that said, it’s really no surprise that the pandemic has also influenced the interior design trends that we’re seeing gain traction for the new year.

If you’re wondering how the spread of COVID-19 has found its way into the interior design realm, read on below.

1. “Zoom-able” backgrounds.

First up, are “zoom-able backgrounds.” By that, we just mean a specific background in your home that will look good on video chat. Since more people are working from home and will be doing so for the foreseeable future, we’re betting that we all are going to need somewhere that’s set up to take a meeting.

In light of that, there’s a good chance you’ll start to see a lot more perfectly-curated bookshelves and statement mantels. If you want to get in on the look, start by decluttering your desired space. Then, once everything is put away, keep it simple. Focus on one statement piece of artwork or a few knick-knacks to line your shelves.

2. The incorporation of nature.

Next, with so many of us being stuck inside for a good portion of this year during quarantine, it’s no surprise that the incorporation of nature is one look to top this list of interior design trends. In this case, it’s all about using natural materials and bringing the outside into your home.

If you don’t already have an established design in your home, think about incorporating plenty of wood tones into the mix. Brick and stone can bring a similar feel to the space as well.

However, if you’ve already designed your space and you’re just trying to bring in a few new trends, opt for getting a few houseplants and letting in as much natural light as possible. Houseplants are going to be everywhere in the new year. Plus, you can never go wrong with natural light.

3. Earth tones.

Going along with our natural theme, earth tones are huge this year. If you don’t believe us, just look at this year’s Sherwin-Williams’ Color Mix Forecast. Though the report covers four categories of 10 colors each, each of the categories shared a similar theme.

Of the top colors on each of the lists, “Bonafide Beige,” “Antiquarian Brown,” “Rosemary,” and “Reddened Earth” were standouts. With that in mind, consider adding some beige, brown, green, or rust tones into your decor.

If you like the idea of incorporating some of these trendy colors into your interior design but don’t want to do anything too permanent, consider getting new throw pillows and blankets in these shades. These items can have a big impact on your home’s design for a relatively little cost.

Next up, as people spend more time at home, they’re using their homes to show off their personalities. According to Modsy, an online interior design service, interest in eclectic design has risen 13% since this time last year — and it’s showing no signs of stopping.

If you’re going to embrace eclectic interior design trends, there are a few ways to do it. First, it’s important to build your design around a base of neutral furniture. Then, you can use your eclectic items as decor and accents. Here, keeping the base of your design neutral allows it to stand the test of time.

The other key to creating an eclectic design is to keep it personal. In this case, your main consideration should be whether you like a particular item. If you do, it goes with your design. If not, there’s no need to include it in your space.

5. Multi-use furniture.

Lastly, we have a hunch that multi-use furniture is going to be one of the big interior design trends in 2021. Now that the kitchen table also serves as a schoolwork station and temporary office, it’s only natural that we would begin to see more furniture that does more than one job.

As an example of multi-use furniture, we mean pieces like couches that can also be used as day beds and modular room dividers. Whatever the function, your goal should be to find furniture that plays as many different roles as you do during the course of one day.

There’s no denying that the pandemic has impacted many areas of our lives, up to and including interior design. However, that doesn’t mean that this year’s top interior design trends are any less wonderful than those you might see any other year.

Through embracing functional, natural, and individualized design, we think that this year’s trends are going to end up being just what the doctor ordered.

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Tara Mastroeni

Tara Mastroeni is a real estate and personal finance writer. She has a BFA in Media Production from Emerson College. Her work has been published on websites such as Forbes, Business Insider, and The Motley Fool. She has also been featured as a subject matter expert on Innovators with Jane King and the American Trends podcast. Find her at TMRealEstateWriter.com or on Twitter at @TaraMastroeni.