It’s no secret. We’re spending more time at home because of COVID. When our entire day is confined to the same set of rooms and our access to the outside world is limited, there is bound to be a change in how we use and decorate our indoor spaces. This shift in daily life has a great impact on the interior design trends of the year. Let’s take a look into the design trends we foresee in 2021.
Peel and Stick Wallpaper
Once upon a time, most people left home for work in the morning and returned in the evening. Then COVID put a hard stop to that. While many are slowly returning to the office, there are those who continue to work from home. For the remote workers, their mornings, days, and nights may be confined to the same set of rooms. And, it may be hard to keep a positive attitude in unchanging scenery.
Thus, we see a trend which rose up in 2020 and we think will continue into the new year. Peel and stick wallpaper is a hassle-free and beautiful way to change up your living space. Incredibly versatile and easy to apply, peel and stick wallpaper comes in a variety of patterns that allow you to add a pop of color to any wall or flat surface. It may be just what you need to brighten your mood and refresh that wall you see just beyond your computer screen every day.
Yellow and Gray
Every year, Pantone carefully selects a color based on a trend analysis that will reflect and influence the coming year. For 2021, Pantone chose two for Color of the Year: PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating. This pairing of colors represents the light at the end of the tunnel. The contrast between a rock gray and a bright yellow invokes a feeling of hope and aspiration as we look forward to the days where we may return to relative normalcy.
With day after day at home, remote workers may want to spend their time in an atmosphere of comfort and warmth. Even those working in the office, may be looking for a comforting space to return to after work. Thus, we see our next trend in interior design: the cottage.
The cottage style design is built on just that — comfort. Imagine warm colors, soft textures, graceful lines, and vintage furniture. According to HGTV, it’s all about the botanical colors such as apricot, shades of green, sunflower yellow, and fuschia. Furniture includes anything iron, wicker, or vintage/second hand. Give woodwork a touch up. It doesn’t have to match perfectly. Also, look for furniture that gives a rustic feel without being overly worn out. For patterns, tap back into the botanical aesthetic for floral and rustic prints including the colors mentioned above.
Earthy Shades and Plants
Similar to the topic above, deep earthy tones give off a soothing and comforting vibe. Since our contact with the world beyond the walls of our house may be limited, we can bring the outside world in. This takes the shape of decorating your home with earthy, natural tones.
Decorating your home with an earthy style can be difficult. Many of our belongings could include pops of color, which throw off the soothing vibe. However, the style may be worth it because of its versatility. Bring in tones such as brown, moss green, beige, cream, and ivory. As if to drive home the trend, Brave Ground was selected as Dulux’s Colour of the Year and Urbane Bronze as Sherwin Williams’ Color of the Year.
Also, don’t forget to bring in some plants! Not only do they give you a more lively space, but they also pose a lot of health benefits: reducing stress, providing a hobby, boosting your mood, and improving indoor air quality.
Home Office Focus
In the days of remote working, there are plenty of benefits to having a dedicated work space. As mentioned in a previous blog, a home office is one of the main ways in which remote working will change the real estate industry. Those working from home need a space away from the rest of their day-to-day life (including the family) that allows them to focus. As the pandemic continues into 2021, the focus on home office is a trend we see carrying through the new year.
Your home office should be a space that both reflects you and spurs creativity. There are many ways to invigorate your work space. Start with the chair you sit in. Of course, it should be comfortable so that aches and pains don’t distract you throughout the day. However, it doesn’t need to be a standard plain black chair. There are many options to fit the style of your space. Also, pay attention to the decor. Sometimes, minimal is better to decrease the number of distractions. At the same time, keeping a select few items at your desk, such as a plant or a picture, can serve as motivation and inspiration during the daily grind. Don’t forget to include plenty of storage space. Nothing is more distracting than a messy desk. And lastly, paint your room to aid your productivity and focus. Consider something neutral to provide a blank canvas feeling or consider something bright and colorful to provide a mood boost.
Smart Home Devices
If we’re home all the time, we might as well make daily living a little bit easier. There are many ways to bring smart technology into your home to cut off some of the easy chores and tasks. We’ve discussed before some of the amazing smart technology you can bring home, so let’s go through some of the highlights.
A smart display offers handy, visual information on a screen, such as weather, news, or traffic. Depending on your needs, you can connect to YouTube, view recipes, listen to music, and control aspects of your house such as lighting and temperature. Smart plugs allow you to connect to non-smart appliances such as lamps and fans. These can then be controlled via voice commands or phone apps. There’s also a wide variety of smart technology to bring into your kitchen specifically. Smart gadgets such as faucets, toasters, and thermometers allow you to be more precise in your cooking without lifting a finger.
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