The coronavirus pandemic has impacted many industries and the home space is no exception. More people are home and comfort, space, and functionality are all more important than ever. As a result, we are forced to reimagine our home spaces to meet the demands of our new lifestyles. 

I wanted to learn more about these changes so I recently took a class on 2021 interior design home trends and wanted to share with you the key design changes that builders are already seeing/anticipating for the year 2021:

  • Color of choice
    • Navy (walls, cabinetry, tiles)
      • Gives a more calming/relaxed feel
  • Biophilic design elements
    • Bringing nature back into your interior space
    • Examples: open courtyards, plants inside for a refreshing mood, nanawall to bring the indoor/outdoor connectivity
  • Bringing in elements of nature
    • Examples: spa showers, large windows to let in more light, water features, basket shaped light fixtures (natural elements versus heavy metals)
  • Light woods versus dark woods
    • Blonde floors – see less dust, unique light wood floor patterns (chevron patterns), adding wood to the ceiling, wood accent walls 
    • Light woods with darker contrast elements (i.e. black window trims + light oak floors)
  • Statement powder rooms
    • Badge of honor to show off your home to your guests
    • Bold wallpaper or bold accent walls
    • Incorporation of biophilic elements
    • Memorable elements that are unique and bold where other areas of home may be safer
  • Open space and light throughout home
  • Tuxedo kitchen (not just black and white) – mixed colors, light wood floors in kitchen to bring out cabinetry, dark blue cabinetry, high contrast/high design, painted wood (grays, blues, and blue/greens to add color)

  • Multi-functional spaces
    • Examples: coat closets turned into children study spaces, built-in bunk beds in a large bonus room, closet under the stairwell turned into a small study area, reading nook, or dog friendly area
    • Guest rooms turned into additional office spaces
  • Design goals – Unique, personality, tells your story, love where you live