Home Decor Trends 2021 Revealed: Top 10 Most Popular Interior Design Trends
Last year, we saw every other person giving their rooms and living spaces makeovers. From YouTubers to celebrities, everyone made themselves busy by trying to give the rooms a fresh and more homey look. After all, we were to stay at home for months to come.
But if you’re late to the party or you’re tired of the same old design for the entire lockdown period, here’s how you can spice up your living space.
This post covers the top trending interior designs for 2021. These include modern country decor, natural and warm looks, and many other styles that will be in (and others that are out.) So read on before you get designing!
Trends that Will be In and Out in 2021
Here’s what you should keep in mind before redoing your interior this year:
Warm and Earthy Tones
Remember that popular burnt orange sofa from the show Friends? If you wish you had it, now is your chance to get it. 2021 is all about warm and earthy tones - orange, burnt sienna, deep browns, and crimsons are all in this year.
These warm tones have a welcoming feel to them, making you feel cozy and comforted. Admittedly, they're more of a winter months thing. But since all of us are spending so much time at home, why not have a cozy and inviting interior in the summers too?
You can incorporate these tones by painting the walls a deep brown or adding some burnt sienna, orange, or crimson sofas. All that’s needed is a steaming cup of coffee and a book to get that homey, ‘Central Perk’ feel in your living room.
But of course, you can’t make the room feel overly stuffy. Hence, some light and airy curtains are a must to balance the warm, bright-colored interior.
Minimalism at a Minimum
There’s been a minimalism craze for the past few years. Trendsetters like the Kardashians and celebrities like Leonardo Dicaprio and Rachel Ray have adopted the ‘less is more approach in their interior designs, and so have millions around the globe.
However, things have changed last year. People want more bright, lively colors and a dramatic interior that gives life to their homes. We can’t afford simple, dead-looking spaces since we’re spending so much time at home.
So this year, don’t feel shy to add some drama and life to your interiors. Throw in some bold, bright colors, wall paint that speaks to you, and furnishings that are unique yet comfortable.
Also read: 10 Clever Ways to Decorate Your Rental Apartment
Yellow and Grey
Since minimalism is out of the window, bright and bold is the new thing. Hence, we’re not surprised that Pantone decided to name bright yellow and pale grey as colors of the year 2021.
The contrast between the two colors - bright and dull - really leaves a bold statement on the walls. Plus, if you’ve already got grey walls, adding some yellow will not only bring it to life but also add a super modern feel to a boring old room.
You can also use this color combo for furnishings. A grey wall and some bright yellow sofas can really uplift a soulless living room.
Modern Country Decor
Okay, so you don’t want to let go of those dull and muted colors yet? Try modern country decor then, which might become the next big thing in interior designing 2021.
Use those dull and neutral colors as the background and throw some vibrant, interesting prints on top of it to achieve the contemporary country vibe.
Also, add a combination of modern and traditional furniture for a relaxed, natural, yet the modern interior design that doesn’t feel too outdated.
Don’t forget to use browns, greens, and other warm hues and blend them with black to get the perfect cross between traditional and trendy.
Plants, Plants, Plants!
Most of us spent 2020 locked up in our homes, with a longing to look at some greenery and dwell in nature’s peace.
This year, it seems like a lot of us will have to spend some more time at home, so no one’s taking any chances. Bring real plants and flowers (nothing faux!) right into your living room, dining room, and bedrooms because natural settings with indoor plants are what 2021 is all about.
Taking care of plants brings not only joy but also keeps kids and even adults busy. Nurturing them is a great way to connect with nature, especially when they’re right in your living room, where you can watch their progress each day.
Hang them from the walls, shelves, or keep them as corner pieces on the floor - it's all in this year. And keeping cacti in a small pot on an office desk is also one of the trendiest things - if not the cutest.
The Home Office
Of course, we wouldn’t miss out on the biggest changes in interior designing trends - creating a home office.
A lot of people have been struggling with space since last year. Everyone’s at home, and we need space to work and study peacefully. So in 2021, convert those barely used rooms like a dining room into a more functional space, like a home office or a study.
Plus, multifunctional furniture is also the new hot thing. A sofa that converts into a mattress? Or maybe a stool with storage inside? The point is, you want to maximize functionality and efficient use of space in your home office/study while keeping it spacious.
So don’t leave that extra living room upstairs, a guest room, or a rarely used dining room empty. Give the room a makeover and turn it into a bright, bold, and personalized work-at-home space for yourself.
Since we’re going all out this year, don’t hesitate to add some geometry in an otherwise dull room. Go bold and dramatic by adding some patterned rugs, wallpaper, and geometric tiles like triangles or even hexagons in the bathroom.
Just be careful not to go overboard, as less is more in this case. If you’re a low-key interior design person, you can also go for a more subtle look. Try adding a chic, geometrical piece of furnishing or a ceiling lamp with geometric lines that will accentuate the contemporary look of any room.
Oh, and diamond flooring lovers? Good news - it's making a big comeback this year with its unique yet elegant vibe. So if you want to hop on the geometry trend, diamond flooring is a really cool way to do it.
No All Whites and All Greys (Especially in Kitchens)
Everyone’s tired of all white and all grey interiors. Frankly, they make a living space feel dull, cold, and not very homey. You want pops of color this year that speaks of your personality while bringing life to your home.
Plus, greys and whites in kitchens, in particular, are quickly becoming outdated. You want to go green in the kitchen with a black backsplash and black cabinets for a trendy contemporary look.
Also, to make the kitchen feel more spacious with the black and green combo, try adding open shelves instead of cabinets.
We get it - letting go of the spacious, fresh feel of an all-white interior can be hard.
If you’re not ready to hop on the bandwagon just yet, good news - blue is super in this year. And since blue and white go so well together, try incorporating some aqua blue, teal, or navy blue with white walls for a calming, yet chic look.
If you want to paint your walls instead, choose teal or aqua blue, which will remind you of the Caribbean beaches.
These colors don’t only bring a room to life but also have a relaxed and serene vibe to it. White and neutral-toned furnishing will complement the blue hues and bring it all together to give that beachy feel.
If you’re thinking more along the lines of deep blue, try adding some vibrant colors as well, as deep blue can often make you feel, well, blue.
Grand Millennial Style
This kind of interior decor involves traditional, outdated styles mixed with contemporary home decor. If you’re into floral prints and patterns, this could be the unique yet homey vibe you’re looking for in 2021.
People in their 20’s and 30’s are adopting this style that reminds them of grandma’s cookies and the warmth and comfort of her couch.
Ruffles, chintz curtains and upholstery, pleated lampshades, and floral patterns - nothing speaks of grandma’s house more than these things.
But there’s a fine line between ‘stuffy’ and grand millennial - you need to balance things out. For instance, if you want to showcase your China, don’t take everything out for display. And if you’re going for patterns, try pairing a more detailed one with a minimalistic one for balance.
Our takeaway? Get creative and bold this year. Maximalism is the new hot thing now - bring in colors, shapes, and some warmth along with furniture that’s multipurpose.
Don’t be shy to paint your walls yellow or bright orange. 2021 interior design trends are all about showcasing your personality.Sadly, white, greys, and neutrals are outdated now. But if you’re really into it, you can always add splashes of bold colors here and there with some modern country decor items to keep up with the trends.