For many people, 2020 couldn’t be over soon enough. But with hope on the horizon, a better year surely lies ahead. And with it many new design trends and ideas have emerged to make living at home more comfortable and functional. As a matter of fact, the pandemic has changed many things, especially how we think about and use our homes. During this year we were all forced to take another look at how we could bend and conform the spaces to allow us to work from home, teach our children from home, exercise, and do many other things from home that we have never had to do before.
So, let’s explore those home design trends we expect to be seeing more of in 2021.
Start with Color!
Pantone, the leading global color authority, chooses colors and design trends that reflect what we see taking place in our global culture and serves as an expression of mood and attitude. Pantone has chosen two Colors of the Year this time, Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow. It’s a combination of dull, familiar gray and the bright yellow of lemon skin. Gray is the choice for the past year of quarantine and symbolizes the dull and monotonous. The bright yellow color symbolizes the light at the end of the tunnel, the sun rising over a dark landscape, and the dawning of hope. According to Pantone’s press statement, “Illuminating (yellow) is associated with optimism and vivacity, while Ultimate Gray encourages feelings of composure, steadiness and resilience.” This combination speaks to the optimism and hope and positivity that we need, as we reset, renew, re-imagine, and reinvent.
When it comes to kitchens, most of us agree that it has been used as a multipurpose room this past year.
That’s a great reason to make it feel cozy and inviting. One kitchen style that is becoming popular is a custom look with a collected-over-time feel. This style usually features a mix of grays, creams and light woods with dark, moody accents for a soothing yet refined palette. A mix of textures, materials, cabinet styles and architectural details makes the style feel as if it was pieced together bit by bit over the years. It’s reflects a desire to want to spend time in it.
In a year that felt heavy, with many people sheltering at home, they seemed to yearn for interiors that exude lightness. And many people found that light wood mixed with other neutrals like whites and grays is a great way to create an airy palette with a dash of warmth. This is especially effective in a kitchen, where the white blends beautifully with brass hardware, multi-tone marble countertops and backsplash. Using wood instead of white on some of the cabinets allows for the addition of white in other accents without creating a sterile look.
While most renovating homeowners choose to keep their bathroom size unchanged, a majority are making their showers bigger. And why not? People who renovated a master bathroom say they rely on their new space for rest and relaxation. While taking long showers helps them relax and rejuvenate, a larger shower also increases the comfort level as well as the aesthetics of a bathroom.
Living Space -Open Floor Plan
Rethinking the open plan. The open plan room was put to the test this year more than any other room. Anyone who had multiple family members attempting to participate in detailed office work and video meetings in an open layout quickly saw the disadvantages to a lack of walls and privacy. The open plan is going to stay, but many people are considering making adjustments like adding sliding doors or partitions that can close off rooms for much-needed privacy.
Soothing style. The laundry room isn’t a space that people often see. Except for the on-duty laundry person in the household! For that reason, many homeowners and designers see this space as an opportunity to create something bright, bold and playful. While that option remains, we’re seeing many homeowners gravitating to calmer, more restful laundry spaces. In addition to color, adding extra space is high on the priority list. There are many ways, other than remodeling, to create more room and make it look larger. Some ways to do this is to organize the space you have with shelves, closets, cabinets, hang racks and baskets to create an organized and clean look to your laundry room.
Channel-tufted headboards. A headboard offers an opportunity to introduce something interesting in the design of your bedroom. Most walls that beds sit against are flat, plain surfaces, and a headboard brings in texture and color and can serve as a focal point in the room. The channel-tufted option seems to be taking off. The design offers the look of ship lap or wood slats, but its subtle curvature and fabric give it the softness and comfortable look you want for a bedroom.
2020 was a year of unprecedented situations that compelled change and adaptions in our homes in ways we would have never thought possible. With those things in mind, design trends for 2021 are looking bright with color and new innovative ways to continue with the changes that we found beneficial in this past year. From dressed up kitchens to functional laundry rooms, I think we can all agree that our homes are a special place and should reflect the elements that bring beauty, functionality and comfort to us and our families.
Have a wonderful New Year and Happy Decorating!
Brenda Weber, Interior Designer
CH Interior Designs
10 N. Main St. Suite D
Waynesville, OH 45068