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2021 Interior Design Trends

We have arrived at that time of year when design enthusiasts everywhere are eager to see what's hot and what's not in the world of interiors. But have you ever wondered where design trends come from? Interior design trends don't evolve in a bubble. There is a lot of research and psychology that go into design trends. The biggest impact of trends is what’s happening in the world around us and how it influences the culture that is built around it. Any good design forecaster is also going to have a working knowledge of past trends and what has been killed off by its own success. Once a trend saturates the market, people begin to get tired of it and are looking for something new and fresh to liven things up! It's safe to say we will be seeing some immediate reactions to the pandemic in the way we decorate our homes.

According to Modsy 2021 Trends Report; In 2020 people made a lot of changes in their homes, prioritizing home office designs and adding extra functionality to their spaces. 2020 Was the Year of Interior Design Changes. In 2020, 69% of people reported engaging in a home redesign project. COVID-19 was a big motivator in how people engaged with their homes—with 11% of people moving during this time, 22% of people realizing how disorganized their homes were, and 22% of people feeling dissatisfied with their home’s design style, furniture, or aesthetic. Basically, a lot of people welcomed change in their homes this year!

The experts anticipate we will continue to see these trends evolve into 2021, so today we have rounded up 2021 interior design trends that will embody function, sanity and joy in our homes!!

A couple of things to remember when it comes to trends; You don't have to use them all and you don't have to like any of them. It is always best to choose a design style that is authentic to your own personal style and taste. Instead of taking all of the trends literally, look at them as a way to get you thinking about your space.

So let’s get to the trends, shall we?

A Rise in Functionality

The necessity for multipurpose residential spaces has never been greater. As the saying goes, home is where the heart is—however, our spaces have also become the backdrop of many Zoom meetings, our private gym, remote office, go-to restaurant, and The lines are starting to blur in terms of separate living rooms, dining rooms and even spare rooms - even the kitchen bench can easily become an extension of the office. Allow your rooms some flexibility in terms of their purpose and how much you will actually use them.

If your home office is an extension of a bedroom, living room, or even the kitchen, then your choice of chair is super important. None of us like seeing a clunky (but ergonomic!) office chair in the middle of a cozy living space, so look into getting a multifunctional chair that provides ample support, but can also work as an extra lounge chair. Photography: Inger Marie Grini .

Secretary desks, close-able built-ins, and other creative foldaway storage solutions are on the rise and will continue to be in the coming year. Any means of neatly tucking the workspace away at 5pm is a must for anyone now finding themselves both living and working within the same confined space. Design by Bannd Design.


Cheerful Colors

As we spend so much more of our time at home, expect to see a shift away from the endless sea of whites, blacks, and grays that followed the recent farmhouse wave. As clean as it might look, it can also feel quite cold and bleak. With all of the constant change and uncertainty this year has brought, people are seeking a cheery and peaceful change of pace. In her article, Interior trends 2021: Color therapy as an antidote to uncertainty Bojana Bojac writes, "People are turning to color to help them create a more uplifting environment and keep anxieties and pressure at bay. Color is used as a therapy to encourage optimism and healing, but also as a tool for self-expression and storytelling."

The Pantone Color Institute was one of the first companies to create an annual color of the year—and they just announced their color of the year, Or should we say Colors of the Year? Their picks? Ultimate Gray and Illuminating. The two gig paint companies Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore also establish their color of the year. Both companies have not only selected a Color of the Year for the past several years, but they create palettes of other colors that work well with their main color choice

A pop of yellow is guaranteed to bring joy to your home. Photo: Alicia Taylor.

A blend of blue-green and gray, Aegean Teal has an interesting tone that helps create a sense of harmony, together with the other colors in their 2021 Color Trend Palette. Together, “the twelve hues in the palette radiate warmth and wellbeing. These are colors that make your home feel even more like home,” according to Benjamin Moore.

Urbane Bronze, the 2021 Sherwin Williams Paint Color of the Year, is a color that’s all about simple sophistication and a sense of tranquility. Urbane Bronze—along with Sherwin-Williams’ other colors of their Sanctuary color palette, which is part of their Colormix® Color Forecast 2021—are intended to nurture wellness and calm.



2021 brings a deeper appreciation for natural elements in the home. We will see more rustic looking wood where we can feel the grain and natural stones that are full of character embracing the imperfections of authentic natural materials and move away from look-alike materials (porcelain with a marble look and sleek looking man-made surfaces) We want to see and feel materials with natural textures like wool, linen, wood and stone. As a lot of people are working from home, we crave these elements in contrast to the technological age we’re living in, and the long hours of screen time.

This gorgeous Scandi design living room celebrates nature—which is embraced in all its forms in Scandinavia. This is done by bringing natural-toned and raw-edge woods indoors, giving the look a more organic vibe. by Modsy.



If you consider your design style to be "Minimalist", then this latest interior trend taking Instagram by storm is literally your worst nightmare. Grandmillennial style or "granny chic" is a modern take on traditional, English-country style that grandmas are known for. Chintz, micro florals, wicker and cane furniture, antiques, fringing and wallpaper are finding their way into the homes of Millennials. The complete opposite of Scandinavian or minimalist interiors, "sleek granny" style embraces clutter, clashing prints and colors. Disclaimer: This is the kind of style that requires full commitment. Throwing a couple of frilly cushions on your Scandi sofa is not gonna cut it.

Embrace traditional, 'old-fashioned' styles to create a sense of comfort. Photo: Dave Wheeler | Styling: Lisa Burden


More Luxuries at Home

I'm not sure about you, but I have been much less interested in buying cosmetics and less focused on fashion during this pandemic because I have been stuck at home anyway. I have however been investing in some small but luxurious home updates. Since we are spending more time than ever at home and need our homes to make us feel good. Instead of new shoes you might be calling for fresh or dried flowers, a luxury scented candle, new crisp bed linens, elegant new curtains, beautiful cushions or a luxurious scented hand soap. These small things for the home give us an boost and brighten up our environment.


Additionally, as more and more people are turning to creative hobbies as ways to both pass the time and have additional creative outlets for stress, we can expect to see unique, hand made arts and crafts as home decor. Ceramics, quilts, macrame, knits, needlepoint, and tie-dyed pieces will be everywhere in 2021. DIYers, it is your time to shine!

2021 is all about comfort, calm, functional spaces and fun! We would love to help you on your next project! Please contact us anytime!

XOXO- Form and Function Team

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