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Refresh your home with these interior design trends for 2021

Michelle McQuade | January 20, 2021

2021 Interior Design Trends

This year, give your home a new lease on life by refreshing its look. If you’re looking for inspiration, the Michelle McQuade team has collected the biggest interior design trends for 2021 for you. Discover the styles, color choices, and  upgrades that will shape home designs in the months ahead:

Trendsetting colors

Interior design enthusiasts eagerly await Pantone’s Color of The Year announcement and 2021’s selection is no different. However, the color expert bucked the trend by announcing not one but two hues: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow. It’s a fitting choice given the challenges brought about by 2020 and the sense of hope 2021 promises. Having two colors also means more ways to mix and match. For example, Ultimate Gray can be used as the main hue while Illuminating Yellow can act as the accent color.

“Cottagecore” comes to the fore

The shift to working and studying remotely has inspired a renewed appreciation for the comforts of home—as well as a new design aesthetic. Dubbed as cottagecore, this style evokes the nostalgia of the English countryside and celebrates the simplicity of rural living. It’s so popular that over a million Instagram posts have been tagged with #cottagecore. Hallmarks of the look include rustic wooden furniture, white kitchen tiles, open shelving, handcrafted decor, and muted hues, among others.

The rise of “grandmillennial” chic

Nostalgia has also seen the rise of the so-called grandmillennial look, a generation-blending aesthetic that brings modern sensibilities to classic designs. Interior designer Heather Goerzen calls it a modern revival of design touches found in your grandparents’ home, and inspires a sense of nostalgia and tradition. Elements such as floral wallpaper, fine china, vintage furniture, chintz upholstery, and monogrammed table napkins will help you achieve this classic-chic style. It’s an elaborate yet refined look that’s a perfect counterpoint to the sparse mid-century modern aesthetic that has dominated interior design in recent years.

Home offices and study corners

It will be a while yet before life truly returns to normal, so until then houses will have to serve both as offices and schools. To ensure productivity, it pays to have dedicated areas for working and studying. For your home office, prioritize ergonomics and organization—comfortable chairs, spacious desks, and tabletop drawers will help you work happily and efficiently. For study corners, make sure that school supplies are within easy reach and that distractions are kept to a minimum.

Houseplants aplenty

2020 was the year when people fully embraced their green thumbs. Indeed, the home gardening sector saw a massive increase in sales during the lockdown, one of the few industries to thrive despite the challenging economy. Aside from brightening up a space and making a house feel homier, indoor plants allow people to connect to nature despite being stuck at home. If you’re a novice gardener, there are many low-maintenance plants to choose from, such as lavender, peacock plant, anthurium, and various cacti.

Whether you’re looking to style your new home or stage your current one for sale, allow me to help. Feel free to contact me at 440.823.2448 to get started. And for more interior design tips, check out our other blogs, too. 

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