The Trends We’re Predicting For 2021 (And Those That Are On Their Way Out)

Each new year, we look forward to what’s ahead, as well as reflecting on what we’ve left behind. And the interior design world is no exception. So with 2021 in full swing, we’re taking a look at the design trends and styles that we predict will be big this year (and those that are on their way out). 

It’s safe to say that 2020 has certainly shaped how design will move forward for years to come. And this year, we predict the most popular trends will be about embracing function, comfort, and wellbeing. Bringing the outdoors in, as well as sourcing items that are sustainable and earth-friendly will also be at the top of everyone’s list. Ready to see exactly what’s on the design horizon (and what’s fading into the sunset)?

 

Keep scrolling to see the 5 trends we think will be showing up everywhere – and the 5 on their way out the door.

 

 

 

THE DESIGN TRENDS FOR 2021…

Earthy Colors & Textures

Natural materials, organic textures, and earthy colors made their mark in 2020 – and we expect to see even more of them this year. With a nod to the great outdoors, shades of green, brown, and tan will make their mark in every room of the house, along with rich wood tones, stone, and woven fibers. The grounding feel of these items will provide a connection to nature that many of us will continue to crave.

 

 

Photo: Stadshem

Multipurpose Spaces

In 2021, spaces with two purposes will definitely be better than one. And after a year of spending more time at home than ever, we truly realized the importance of multifunctional rooms and furnishings. Whether it’s adding an office area to a bedroom, a dining room that doubles as a play area or a living room that serves several purposes, thinking about how a room can function better will be at the forefront of design.

 

 

Check out our post Working From Home: How To Make It Work For You for tips on creating a successful WFH routine.

Sustainable & Eco-Friendly Design

Sustainability will take a staring role this year, with eco-friendly materials and products more in demand than ever. Furniture and flooring made from sustainably harvested wood, along with pieces made from recycled plastic, glass, and paper will be popping up in stores big and small. Even pillows and textiles will be focused on fibers that are renewable or made with natural dyes and more earth-friendly practices.

 

 

Wellness Incorporated In Design

As personal wellness has become increasingly popular, we’ll also be seeing it make its way into the design world this year. This includes using materials that are more hygienic and anti-microbial (like copper, quartz, and cork) as well as creating spaces that help enhance our self-care routines. Think larger and brighter bathrooms, bedrooms tailored for optimal sleep, and cozy areas for unwinding.

 

 

Read more about how design will incorporate wellness in our post Life After Covid-19: How Interior Design Will Change

 

 

Photo: Laure Joliet
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Design: Reath Design

Sunny Shades

We’re all hoping for brighter days ahead – and nothing says bright and cheery like sunny shades of yellow. Pantone has selected a bright shade of yellow as it’s color of the year for 2021, and we predict it will be popping up just about everywhere. It’s particularly suited for adding energy to a kitchen, dining room, or living space, or for bringing in a punch with accessories or furniture.

 

 

…AND THE TRENDS ON THEIR WAY OUT

Monochromatic White Rooms

A simple and calming space is definitely in demand right now. But a monochromatic white can feel cold and a bit lifeless. Instead of a space that’s totally filled with one tone, we’ll be seeing rooms that feature a color palette of light shades and a variety of textures and materials to invoke a sense of comfort.

 

 

Photo: Megan Taylor
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Design: 2LG Studio

Millennial Pink

This bubblegum tone has been popping up everywhere over the past few years, reaching the point of oversaturation in 2020. And while we appreciate its playful nature and bold feel, we’re ready to put the trend to rest – officially. If you still want to add a bit of sweetness to your space, we suggest opting for a more subtle pale pink, lavender, or peachy coral instead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Mariko Reed
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Design: Amy Kwok

Open Floor Plans

While open floor plans won’t be totally disappearing anytime soon, 2020 made us all realize the importance of having separate spaces. And we predict interiors will begin to shift focus to smaller rooms or spaces that can be closed off for specific tasks and more privacy.

 

 

Faux Finishes

Whether it’s furniture or walls, faux finishes can often be a faux-pas. Trying to replicate a surface can be a tricky task, so leave this trend in the past. If you’re looking to add character or texture to a room, instead opt for vintage pieces that already have an aged look (or distress a new piece) or add a wall treatment like plaster or limewash.

 

Learn more about textured wall treatments here.

 

 

Barn Doors

Don’t get us wrong, we still love a farmhouse interior. But barn doors, on the other hand, may be ready to go back to the farm. There are more subtle ways of achieving a farmhouse feel- like beadboard, shiplap, or vintage pieces with character. And if you’re looking for a streamlined option that’s not on a hinge, we recommend the always in style pocket door to close off a space.

 

 

  1. Love the color yellow! I can’t wait to add more of it to my home. Sending lots of love Bobby.

    1. Yellow is the color for happiness! Stay safe and inspired xx -B

  2. Really like that image with the large paper lantern and green walls. I’ve already got a bunch of plants, but I want to add some more natural pieces and a plywood wall to my living room.

    1. Thanks for your comment! It sounds like you’re on your way to bringing in more natural elements into your home. xx -B

  3. Couldn’t agree more about multi-purpose spaces. Since working from home with 2 kids, we’ve had to rearrange a couple rooms to be more functional. Love all your tips Bobby!

    1. Thanks for reading! Sending my love to your family and your newly arranged space. xx -B

  4. Most “decorating” blogs consist of renovations and products far out of the reach financially fo middle-class people. Yours is more practical, and I like that. I thought your video of your renovation of your parents’ home was charming. At first I thought your father didn’t like it, but when he teared up it was clear that he had been working to restrain his emotions. It’s nice that they accept and love you. Not all parents are accepting of their children who have “alternate lifestyles” (for lack of a better term).

    1. Thanks so much for your comment and support! I’m so happy you find our ideas helpful and relevant. I hope to do more meaningful and transformative projects like the one for my parents’ home in the future. Stay safe and inspired! xx -B

  5. Love that color to bring a little life inside. Please tell us which Pantone is that beautiful shade of yellow.

    1. The yellow color is called Illuminating. More details here. Thanks for reading! xx -B

  6. I found myself saying “thank god” to most of these! I still like the pink, because it reminds me of my grandmother, but I also don’t have it anywhere in my home. I did not understand some of these trends! Now, if someday we get rid of grey tones, I will have to rethink my entire life.

  7. This was so insightful! I am a prop stylist for photo/video shoots from time to time and it is so helpful to see what is popular and what is tending away. Thank you Bobby!