Decorating Trends to Bring Home in 2021
January 19, 2021
After a long year, 2020 is finally in the rearview mirror. With the arrival of 2021, you may be thinking about the best ways to keep your New Year’s resolutions. Here’s one you may want to add: Revamp your space! Breathe new life into your home this year to celebrate a fresh start. These are the home decor trends on the horizon—pick your favorites and get decorating!
- Natural elements. 2020 was the year of getting outside, if not to avoid cabin fever, then to safely see friends and family in person. But for those times when you have to stay at home for work or school, bringing in some of the outdoors will give your mood a boost! Houseplants will continue to steal the spotlight this year, along with natural materials like rattan and earth-toned everything.
- “Grandmillennial” vibes. This trend is pretty well-named. It’s the marriage of contemporary millennial style and traditional elements—think floral patterns and overstuffed sofas you might remember from your grandparents’ house growing up. A few fun ways to bring this trend home? Try some flowery peel-and-stick wallpaper for an accent wall or add a comfy, traditional slipcover to your couch. You could also just add an antique or two, or maybe a few fresh sets of luxe curtains in a classic pattern. Don’t forget to balance out the old-school elements with more modern touches to really hit that Grandmillennial sweet spot.
- Divided-up spaces. The open floor plan was flying high until 2020 when suddenly privacy at home was at a premium. For 2021, expect to see room dividers and bookshelves breaking up homes into different zones for work, learning, and play. If your home office is just a corner in the living room, try a room divider to grant yourself a little extra calm while you’re plugged in. If you want to separate a space and add storage at the same time, a bookshelf may be the way to go.
- Japandi style. With a mix of Japanese and Scandinavian decorating approaches, Japandi style might be the biggest thing coming this year. It still focuses on the minimalism and cozy nature of Scandi tradition, but with more contemporary elements borrowed from Japanese culture. Think sleek bamboo platform beds and neutral colors inspired by Mother Nature. If you already gravitate towards Scandinavian style, it should be easy to mix in a few new pieces to achieve the Japandi look.
- Bright, mood-boosting hues. And then on the other end of the spectrum, there’s Pantone’s Color of the Year—a bold, cheery yellow. If you’re looking for an instant mood booster, adding this hue to your home will probably help. Yellow isn’t the only bright color that will be having a moment in 2021. Expect basically any uplifting color to show up more and more in home decor, especially pastels that instill a sense of zen as they brighten.