Every year at this time those in the know proclaim what is in and what is out. After this year, I think we will all will welcome change. Creating more of a haven for the year ahead is on all our minds. For fun this year, Mary Ann, Annie, and I asked our friends, Joni, from Cote de Texas, Sherry from Design Indulgence, and Carla from Aston from Carla Aston Designed to join us and share their thoughts. Let’s take a look at 2021 Design Trends What’s in and What’s Out.
Spoiler alert, when I asked Joni to join us she said I haven’t done one for a couple of years because every year I felt like I was saying the same thing. If you read my post design trend post last year “Why a Collected Look is Here to Stay”you will note there are many “trend” carryovers from last year.
Let’s begin with Panetone’s colors of the year.,Ultimate Gray and Illuminating. In the words of the peeps at Panetone as to why they chose the two, “As people look for ways to fortify themselves with energy, clarity, and hope to overcome the continuing uncertainty, spirited and emboldening shades satisfy our quest for vitality. PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power. PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation. The colors of pebbles on the beach and natural elements whose weathered appearance highlights an ability to stand the test of time, Ultimate Gray quietly assures, encouraging feelings of composure, steadiness and resilience”
Very interesting considering everything I read claims that gray is out. Check back next year on that one. Mary Ann spotted this in her mailbox from BHG, our fixer-upper kitchen featured in Better Homes and Gardens back in 2014. It pops up about every few years. You can read about that here
Let’s take a look at the trends that I think are going to make the cut this year. I have to tell you I am happy about most of them, Many were on the lists last year including Grand Millennialism. According to the experts, minimalism is out and grand millennialism (or granny chic) is in. As we look back on a year in which we are reeling from covid, economic distress, and social upheaval, it may be it’s year.
#1 GRAND MILLENIALISIM
The importance of layering of patterns, texture and color mixed with the old and new (a collected look). “Vintage touches and old school patterns are front and center”. It reflects the staying power of good well edited design with a fresh spin, so that it is up to date and unique. Who better to illustrate that than the talented Mark Sikes who brought “sexy” back to traditional interiors.
“Real decorating is back in—colors, textures, a mix of old and new. Repurpose things. Shuffle artwork around. Move furniture to another room. Re- accessorize what you have rather than starting over. Keep the pieces that have meaning.” –Kathryn M. Ireland
“Crisp, clear colors are continuing to grow in popularity with yellows, light blues/turquoises, and greens being used to brighten up spaces and put a smile on your face during these challenging times.” -Timothy Corrigan
#2 COMFY OUTDOOR SPACES THAT CAN BE USED YEAR ROUND
We have several “outdoor rooms” at our home. The outdoor fireplace extends the season.
We added this little seating area near the fountain that we really appreciated since we were at home constantly.
#3 THE IMPORTANCE OF SUSTAINABLE INTERIORS
Repurposed woods and surfaces, vintage and antique furniture, and indoor plants. Lauren Liess is a master of mixing the old and new mixed with elements from nature. 2021 will be a year of attributing meaning to carefully selected pieces—the year of the craftsperson, the artist, the artisan.” -Robert McKinley, Studio McKinley
#4 WARM EARTH TONES
The reemergence of beige and yellow tones as opposed to the greiges. Love the warmth and timelessness of this design by Isabel Lopez Quesada.
#5 LIVING ROOMS USED AS MULTIFUNCTIONAL SPACES
FOR WORK. PLAY AND ENTERTAINING ,COVID CREATED THE NEED FOR MULTIPLE FAMILY MEMBERS WORKING FROM HOME IN THE SAME SPACES. This gorgeous living room by Artist William McClure has several areas from which different people could work.
Needless excess is out, functionality and duality in the home is in.” -Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design
#6 Rattan, Jute, Textural Elements
This lovely room by South African designer Gregory Mellor incorporates lots of texture. FYI plaster walls are supposed to be back in as well. That makes me happy.
“I think we will move away from grand, sweeping styles and towards a rawer, more casual aesthetic. Homes will become textural and layered with elements of warmth—grounded elements. I expect that we will see design that is more regional and place-based than ever.” -Robert McKinley
#7 PERSONALIZATION & SELF EXPRESSION
A renewed sense in the importance of bringing meaningful pieces that have been collected or handed down. Antiques, art and items from one’s travels will hold prominence over throw away instant furniture and generic home items. Items that I have collected over the years on my coffee table and mantle.
DESIGN BOOKS FOR TODAYS TRENDS
You can find my entire list of design books here.
Read more about what the experts in our field thoughts on design trends in the articles below.
Many other trends are mentione, I just covered the ones that I am interested in.
WHAT’S OUT ACCORDING TO THE EXPERTS
SHIPLAP OUT/WALLPAPER IN
OPEN FLOOR PLANS
SINGLE USE SPACES
MID CENTURY MODERN
Thank you for reading 2021 Design Trends What’s In and What’s Out. When you have time read some of the articles above. The important thing to keep in mind is to enjoy your home, be comfortable with your own style, and don’t worry about trends. I think the takeaway from this year’s design trends. Trendy is out, There how is that for wisdom! Alexa Hampton spoke at the last conference we attended. We adored her,
“During this time of the pandemic and deep social unrest, I think we’ve all learned the importance of our home—or where we’ve made one—and the need to find the joy inside of it,” says designer Alexa Hampton. “Whereas, once upon a time, the home was where the heart was; now, home is also where the work is done, where the lessons are learned, where the food is cooked, where the drinks are raised, where the entertainment is had, and where the heart is. If we can ask this much of our homes, then we owe it to them to give them the attention they need to do so much for us.”
What do you think about the 2021 Design Trends? Any thoughts? Now pop over and visit our longtime blogging friends who know a thing or two about decor and trends.