2020 was a defining year in many ways including the collective relationship we all share with our homes. The sudden lockdowns left us scrambling to create home offices, Study-From-Home spaces, and gyms, redefining the functionality of our homes significantly. 

Whether you are moving to a new home, renovating your old one, or planning DIY interiors, it’s important to choose an aesthetic that’s as up-to-the-minute as possible to help boost your home’s resale value. 

While overall, interior design has gotten more flexible in recent years, here we bring you the home trends that experts predict will be in demand in 2021. 

1. The Right Chair

While working from a perfect chair can be weirdly inspiring, it’s important to get the level of comfort right. For example, a high back leather armchair would fit in a library feel, acting as a sanctuary to read and reflect, where a stacking chair suits meetings. 

If a healthy chair is what you are looking for, then a saddle chair can offer various health benefits. Belonging to the family of ergonomic furniture, a saddle chair is a great option for work.

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Chairs Designed by Gasior’ ©www.gasiorsfurniture.com

2. Durable Furniture

Just like fast fashion, the demand for inexpensive furniture and accessories that aren’t made well enough to use for the long haul is on the decline. With the lockdowns, our homes now see daily multi-functional use, and people are customizing them to create flexible and adaptive living spaces. 

Alongside their use, people are building deeper relationships with the pieces they have in their homes because so many more of life’s moments and memories are happening there. Shopping, though lesser, is more intentional and better now. 

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A Chair That Houses a Shelving System ©vurni.com

3. Vintage

Antique, repurposed, and retro-effect styles all have their place in a vintage themed 2021 home. With bold hues, restyled pieces, and a less-is-more approach for a vibrant, cohesive aesthetic. The key to this design is providing the right amount of contrast and building up the vintage effect one piece at a time. 

It’s the kind of look that needs layering so choose your elements over time, meaningfully. Complement your vintage-style home with luxe fabrics and statement lighting for a modern touch.

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A Vintage Styled Home ©www.smalldesignideas.com

4. Natural

Experts predict that in 2021 will be seeing more natural and organic materials, and fewer plastics and environmentally hazardous materials. It’s becoming all about going green and people will prefer stones, repurposed wood, natural fabrics, and natural coloring techniques. It also means no more faux flowers and plants. 

For those who can’t bear the idea of maintaining plants, preserved flowers are a solution, it’s dried flowers that look fresh and last months! 2021 is sure going to be a big year for biophilic design!

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An Example of Organic Design ©madscreations.in

5. Rustic Vogue 

This look is a crowd-pleaser, appealing to anyone who wants to enjoy the comfort of a modern home alongside some character details. It works ideally in homes that already have some rustic features, for example, exposed beams, original floorboards, or simple paneled walls, it’s all about a perfect blend of old and new pieces that work together in harmony. 

Reclaimed wood is a popular material that helps conceive this style – look for pieces that show plenty of grain and texture, rather than those that are perfectly finished.

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A Rustic Style Kitchen ©onekindesign.com

6. Earthy

This year provides the perfect excuse to get cozy and comfortable, and a great way of doing this is by incorporating warm colors into your house. Experts predict that the 2021 interior design trends are going to be built around a natural, earthy color palette. 

We will see a lot of burnt oranges, warm greens, and peacock blues included in the interior design going forward. It’s soothing, welcoming, and perfect for lounging and leisure, and just what we need in 2021.

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An Earthy Schemed Home ©pinterest.com

7. Dark Colors

Dark colors like grey, deep reds, muddy browns, and navy have developed into key trends for the season. They add depth and warmth to space. These colors are also great for this time of life, they add a playful, mood-lifting element of color, making your home a refreshing place to be In. 

Dark color walls never fail to impress, being the perfect backdrop for just any home accessory, they take your breath away.

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A Dark Colored Bedroom ©livingetc

8. Classic Traditionalism

A timeless trend taking inspiration from the 18th and 19th centuries, incorporating classic handiwork, antiques, and paintings that capture history. Classic traditionalism brings a sense of harmony and order to any living space, with a perfectly symmetric décor scheme, its courtly stripes, and classic damasks never disappoint. 

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A House Displaying Antique Pieces ©homedit

9. Luxurious Retreat

It stands to reason that in 2021, we want to elevate our spaces with the ultra-glamor trend that brings a luxurious jolt to our homes. The trend depicts a return of the premiumization with inspiration from the comforts and refinements of boutique hotels, art deco styles, and Viennese Modernism. 

With the growing desire to host small gatherings at home, comes a love for creative designs, luxury velvets, monochrome art, playful shapes, bold hues, and cashmere throws.

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A Luxurious Living Room © www.lovehappensmag.com

10. Art Deco

The mid-century modern aesthetic is a style that has been overdone and is now giving way to the popular art deco design movement that moved into the 1930s and 1940s. So what will we see instead? 

Architectural elements like vertical lines, sleek craftsmanship, playful geometry, lavish finishes, lacquered surfaces, and a rise in material investments like marble and burl wood give way to more sculptural elements that mimic the period’s architecture.

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An Example of Art Deco Design ©saka-laka.com

11. Houseplants

If you are on Instagram, you won’t be surprised that we are seeing more houseplants in 2021. From retro-style beautiful hanging creepers to colorful, blowsy blooms there’s sure to be a plant to suit your style and house. 

Indoor plants fell out of fashion briefly in the 1990s, but we’re happy to report that perhaps because people are stuck within the four walls of their house, houseplants are going to be back – and not only are they adding style and color to 2021 homes, they also freshen the air, filtering out pollutants and releasing oxygen.

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Houseplants ©gardeningknowhow

12. Smart Lighting

As we head into the New Year, people will look for ways to make their living space both chic and multi-purpose. For instance, swapping out regular tube lights for decorative smart lights allow you to set schedules, plan and create an ambiance to fit your needs – whether that’s an important Zoom meeting, cooking for the family, hosting a small party, or just relaxing in the living room.

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A Room Featuring Smart Lights  ©www.philips-hue.com

13. Patterned Flooring

All of a sudden, we are seeing diamond-patterned flooring in every new house. The most popular version of this type of flooring is when the diamonds are painted onto wood-finish floors. This feels rustic yet refined. The diamonds are colored in bold hues. 

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Diamond Patterned Flooring ©www.tilewizards.com.au

14. Edible Gardens

As people continue to spend more time at home, they are bringing edible plants into their balconies and terraces. Having your own freshly grown herbs and vegetables with the necessary ingredients for a quick tea or soup is ideal for a year that’s going to see more remote working and immunity talk.

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Lettuce, Kale and Other VeggiesIngredients for a Healthy Soup ©sandiegohomegarden

15. Face Line Graphic Art

The face line graphic art was always a buzzing design trend present in the online world. And now face line art is being revived in interiors through decoration and home accessories. Doodled walls are taking over interior design, with simple strokes and expressions. 

Being subtle and neutral, yet stylish, face line interior design is a chic option for anything from pillowcases to tabletops.

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A Room Displaying Graphic Art ©pinterest

16. Industrial Interior Style

Industrial style for multi-purpose environments is a contemporary style best suited for the 2021 hybrid homes. With the millennials constituting a huge majority of office-goers, a huge number of them are becoming homebuyers. So, what do the millennials like? 

This generation is seen choosing open spaces, making a separate space of living, gyming, entertaining, dining, and cooking.

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An Example of Industrial Style ©www.decoraid.com

17. Outdoors

A decor trend based on bringing outdoor life into our homes. Strengthening the human-environment connection and responsibility. Natural and organic materials like pebbles, plants, stones, and wood are chosen for decoration, they remind us of the environment outside. Creating such mixed interiors with nature is soothing, refreshing, and healthy.

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Outdoor Style Interiors ©pinterest.com

18. Statement Pieces

This design trend can elevate any division, for a more sophisticated space. Clear spaces with statement art are becoming more desirable amongst decor enthusiasts. People are now turning to fabric, furniture, and home accessories that add a luxurious touch to their homes. 

To start creating this look, shop for unique handicrafts, a giant carved vase, a terracotta horse, or a statement wall clock: Just anything that is bold and meaningful. 

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A Room Styled With a Statement Rug ©theeverygirl

19. Light Woods

From Scandinavian inspirations, light woods is now a growing trend material for interiors. These woods can be used not only for flooring but also for walls and ceilings. Lightwoods in their raw color and aesthetic will be the tactile design trend of 2021.

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Light Wood  ©www.home-designing.com

20. Sustainable Modern Design

For times filled with lessons, when mankind is rethinking its ways, looking to give back more to the planet, there is an urgent need for developing solutions to wasted building material. Home trends of 2021 will determine a new era in developing sustainable design whether in interiors or fashion. 

New bioplastics materials, reused materials, and eco-friendly decor, will be an upcoming design trend. Designers are now challenging themselves to experiment with unusual materials.

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Sowmya is an architectural journalist and writer. In this column, Sowmya takes you through stories on eco-architecture, biophilic design, and green buildings from across the globe.

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