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Top Design Trends in 2021 To Keep An Eye Out For


Top Design Trends in 2021 To Keep An Eye Out For

It’s a brand new year and that means it is time to refresh our styles and look out for popular new trends that are on the rise!

After the year we have had, appreciation for homes and the role they play in our everyday lives has increased significantly.

The year 2020 saw an incredible rise in home and yard projects. While everyone was staying safe at home, the creativity came out and the gloves came on!

As we step into a brand new year, there are design style elements that will continue to grow in popularity as well as some new trends we look forward to watching emerge.

Let’s discuss some of the top interior design trends that are anticipated for 2021!

Bolder Choices For Colors And Patterns

Design Trends 2021: Bolder Colors and Patterns

Move over subtle neutrals and get ready for an abundance of bright, bold color choices!

With more of us spending more time at home, cheerful colors and fun patterns are gaining popularity.

With the start of a new year, now is a great time to find those colors and patterns that uplift your spirits and let them take center stage in your home.

According to Sherwin Williams, Urbane Bronze is the new neutral. This warm metallic brings in a rich tone to any color palette.

Design Trends 2021: Urbane Bronze is the New Neutral

Other earthy combinations, such as camel beige, olive green, burnt orange, and other colors with yellow or red undertones are expected to be more prevalent as well.

Design Trends 2021: Earthy Color Combinations

Shifting to the other end of the spectrum, a wide range of blues are anticipated to remain high on the priority list. Blue is a timeless color that evokes a sense of tranquility and calm. Benjamin Moore has named Aegean Teal as their color of the year for 2021, which reflects this desire for soothing colors.

Design Trends 2021: Blues in Color Palettes

Color schemes that pair brilliant blues and luscious greens with sunny yellows and glowing neutrals or metallics will create rooms that are vibrant and energetic. This pairing can be seen in Pantone’s selection for 2021. Pantone actually chose two colors, Ultimate Gray and Illuminating, as their choice for color of the year.

Design Trends 2021: Pantone's color pairing for the year 2021 is Ultimate Gray and Illuminating

This fun combination of silvery gray with bright yellow showcases two very different shades coming together to create contrast and a dynamic pairing. This is a beautiful reflection of how many of us are feeling with the closing of 2020 and the hopeful beginning of 2021.

Patterns are fun ways to bring more than one color into the mix. Expect to see bold, geometric patterns, whimsical florals, and more tropical inspired prints as well.

Bringing in more colors and patterns is a wonderful mood booster and is also shown to enhance productivity and stimulate creativity as well.

Looking for some colorful inspiration? We discuss some simple tricks to find the best color choices for different rooms in your home right here - How To Simplify Color Selection When Decorating Your Home.

Design Styles Inspired From The Past

Design styles that are gaining popularity seem to all have something in common - a nod to the past.

Design elements from elegant, vintage styles, such as Victorian and traditional, are showing up more and more.

Statement design styles, such as art deco, are also seeing a rise in popularity with bold geometric patterns, bright color palettes, and central artistic motifs.

Mid-century modern design is also making a comeback with pared-down forms and minimal ornamentation.

These design elements from styles of the past bring a sense of nostalgia and a return to a simpler time.

Many elements will be showing up alongside more contemporary design styles creating a unique hybrid. The key to interior design in 2021 seems to be what makes a space feel personal and comfortable to each individual. Crossover design styles will become more prevalent and desirable.

Grandmillennial is taking center stage this year! Grandmillennial is a design style that takes its cues from the past and combines them with more contemporary and modern styles. The result is a unique mix of old and new stylistic elements that are fun and showcase individual personalities.

To learn more about grandmillennial design, see what Better Homes and Gardens has to say about this style of décor.

Smart Surfaces That Are Housekeeper-Friendly

Design Trends 2021 Easy-to-Clean Surfaces

Health and wellness concerns mean that easy-to-clean surfaces are more important than ever. Being able to sanitize or sterilize areas of your home quickly and efficiently is a definite priority.

For soft treatment items choose fabrics that are durable, washable, and stain resistant. Consider performance materials that are made to last and easy to clean.

Another benefit to these types of materials is that they are oftentimes a great solution for outdoor use as well.

Being able to bring your interior outdoors is another growing trend in this world of staying at home. Backyard campouts and driveway get-togethers are now the norm, so having furniture and accessories that can easily transition from indoor to outdoor use is even more desirable.

For those non-porous surfaces in your home glass and metal are becoming increasingly popular due to their durability and eco-friendly qualities. These surfaces are also easy to maintain and keep clean.

These surfaces are simple enough for a minimalistic approach or they can be easily dressed up with lacy table covers or woven rattan embellishments for a more “grandmillennial” look.

Finding unique ways to use pieces of furniture in more than one way is also a growing trend. Coffee tables that are also work stations. End tables that are classroom storage centers. Kitchen counter nooks that are now conference meeting rooms. Multifunctioning décor is key!

If your surfaces are durable and cleanable they will be better able to serve in the variety of ways that you might need them to.

Continuing Popularity For Natural Fibers And Landscape Inspired Textures

Design Trends 2021 Natural Fibers

Last year saw an increase in demand for natural fibers and eco-friendly products and this trend is only going to continue to grow in popularity in 2021.

Choosing materials and fabrics that are organic and obtained using sustainable methods makes us all feel like we are doing something to benefit the environment.

Materials made from natural fibers also have a wonderful quality of texture. Textures that reflect the environment are also a growing trend. While spending more time at home, the desire to recreate landscapes and the essence of the outdoors inside our rooms is very appealing.

Bringing the outdoors inside is a wonderful way to add texture. Since design is such a visual medium, when texture is included it becomes three dimensional. Texture is an important design element to any room because it appeals to your sense of touch.

Using natural fibers is a great way to incorporate eco-friendly and organic material. Furniture and accessories made from materials such as rattan, cane, bamboo, and jute are becoming increasingly popular.

Other solid surfaces such as soapstone and marble also showcase natural materials that reflect majestic landscapes and the outdoors.

When it comes to wood, the trend seems to be leaning towards light colored woods as opposed to the rich, dark tones of past years. This seems to reflect the growing trend towards Scandinavian inspired design which boasts modern lines, functional furnishings, and clean minimalism.

All these design elements seem to be taking us to a more eco-friendly version of décor. The growing trend is to bring nature in and live more sustainably.

Learn more about using sustainable products, materials, and furnishing from our friends at Better Homes and Gardens!

Increasing Desire For Closed Floor Plans

Open floor plans have long been considered a desirable concept. After so many months of working remotely or teaching from home, there seems to be an increased appreciation for personal space and mindful separation.

Open floor plans have a wonderful look and feeling of grandeur, but they are not the most functional use of space when it comes to using a room intentionally.

Creating designated spaces for certain functions allows for much needed privacy and limits distractions.

It is anticipated that this next year will see a rise in demand for closed floor plans that can offer everyone their own personal space.

Rooms that are multi-functional will also be increasingly desirable. Dens, family rooms, and finished basements are rooms that can serve a variety of needs. These types of rooms are vital areas for work, school, and play.

With more time spent at home, renovations are also on the rise. Making over a room that used to be one thing, but now needs to serve as something else is an increasingly popular option.

Using creative ways to section certain areas of a room to serve as a classroom, office space, or even just a quiet corner for some solitude is a great way to give everyone the space they need without having to remodel.

Getting creative with outdoor space is also a growing trend. Closing in a patio that can be used year round, regardless of the weather, is a great way to take advantage of extra space and get some much needed outside time. Consider adding an outdoor covered space, such as a gazebo pergola, or even a multipurpose shed that can serve as an extension of your home.

The Age Of The Smart Home

Design Trends 2021 Smart Home Window Treatment Motorization

Smart home technology has been on the rise for the past few years and will only continue to grow in 2021. Adding smart home accessories adds functionality and convenience to everyday life.

Interconnecting home appliances with smart phone or smart home devices means that your home is fully accessible no matter where you are.

Programmable lights, thermostats, and window treatments also increase energy efficiency in your home.

Pre-program your lights to go on and off at a certain time and never come home to a dark house again.

Pre-set your thermostat to maintain the right temperature all year long and keep your home at the perfect comfort level.

Or connect your lights, thermostat and motorized window treatments to a home automated system and watch your utility bills fall! Want to find out how window treatments can end up saving you money? Read Window Treatments Could Save You Hundreds Each Month right here.

Security is another great reason to integrate smart home technology into your daily routine. With pre-programmed lights and window treatments it always appears like someone is home, whether you are there or not.

Security systems, motion detectors, and self activating cameras can also be connected to smart home technology and monitored by a smartphone from practically anywhere.

A home is a place that should be comfortable and feel safe and smart home technology can help improve both. Technology is a trend that is growing exponentially and there is no sign of it losing popularity anytime soon.


The start of a new year is a great time to consider something fresh and new. Design trends are a fun way to give your home a brand new look and feel!

If you are ready for a new year makeover for your home, consider adding custom window treatments! The right window treatments can make a huge difference to any space.

At Gotcha Covered, we offer amazing custom window treatments, bedding, and accessories that can add just the right personal touch to your home.

Our designers are experts at determining the best window treatments to fit your needs, style, and budget.

We are now offering both virtual and in-home consultations so call us at (888) 650-6187 or schedule a free design consultation today!

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