Design Trends

What’s Hot? What’s Not? 2021 Design Trends

Photo by Karen Palmer


Today’s post is all about what’s hot and what’s not for interior design in 2021. What trends will be making their way into our homes? And which ones will be heading out the back door?

Here are some of the trends that will be prevalent this year according to top designers, including yours truly 😉 .



For purposes of this post, I’ve combined these trends together into 5 broad categories and have shared a few of my projects which illustrate each of them below.


“Crisp, clear colors are continuing to grow in popularity with yellows, light blues/turquoises, and greens being used to brighten up spaces and put a smile on your face during these challenging times.”Designer Timothy Corrigan (Vogue)

“We are loving warm cinnamon and marigolds. Those rich oranges, chestnuts, warm woods, bring some heat and spice to a room.”Designers Robin Standefer and Steven Alesch, Roman and Williams (Vogue)

Warmer, more saturated paint colors, as well as rich earthy tones are going to find their way onto our walls this year. Bold strokes are going to be more popular with homeowners choosing to embrace the colors that make them happy instead of playing it safe with neutrals. It’s a color confidence that I see emerging; a decision to “go for it” not matter what that color happens to be. Shades of blue remain a favorite but vibrant greens, deep oranges and sunshiny yellows will be popular too. The cool grays that have been popular for so long are being edged out by warm grays and many shades of tan.

A bright blue island is the perfect pop of color in this brand new black and white kitchen.

Photo by Alise O’Brien


Bold orange tempered with a soft blue and gray create a pretty and dynamic color palette in this family room. Notice the houndstooth pattern and touch of nature in the elephant stool.

Photo by Michael Jacob



(left): Soft sky blue pairs beautifully with a striking black and white zebra print rug in this nursery. Note the use of natural materials (sheepskin throw, bird feather Juju hat wall sculpture and rock sculptures in the window). An antique carousel horse metal sign is a subtle nod to the past.

(right): I love this console table we made for our clients who craved a coastal home but lived here in the midwest. The curve of the glass mimics a wave, and the brightly colored hand painted mermaid corbels are a whimsical touch. Note the bright turquoise wall color, colorful art and the faux coral accessories.

Photo by Anne Matheis


Photo by Michael Jacob


This master bedroom is a study in color and texture:  earthy burnt orange velvet chairs, sleek metal, warm wood, a rough, shagreen table, embroidered pillow and large scale art.

Photo by Karen Palmer


In this dining room, we painted an accent wall Urbane Bronze, one of the 2021 Colors of the Year. This deep, rich shade provides a dramatic backdrop for the art. Also, notice the mix of chair styles and fabric patterns, the natural woods and eclectic feel of this space.

Photo by Karen Palmer




“I think minimalism will begin to go by the wayside in 2021,” he says. “As we spend more time in our homes, we need more objects to hold our attention. All that empty space can be suffocating. I’m not advocating for clutter, however. I’d say that 2021 will be a year of attributing meaning to carefully selected pieces—the year of the craftsperson, the artist, the artisan.”Designer Robert McKinley (Vogue)

2021 is all about embracing what lasts with a nod to nostalgia. If 2020 taught us anything about our homes is that they should be a refuge, a haven, a sanctuary. Our homes have become not just a place we spend part of our lives, a place where we return at the end of the day. Our home is where everything happens.  It’s where we live, work and play. So making our homes comfy is key. And you don’t have to sacrifice style for functionality and comfort.

What does comfy look like? Comfy is definitely physical (think “sink into softness” sofas and chairs) but it’s also emotional. Being comfortable also means having a sense of calm and wellbeing in your space. Things like repurposing and embracing family heirlooms instead of buying new and shopping for objets d’art from local artisans rather than big box stores are examples of how to add emotional comfort.

Remember hygge? This Danish concept is about enhancing your wellbeing by creating a calm, relaxing environment which uplifts your soul and makes you smile. It’s about slowing down and warming up, connecting with others, living in the moment and taking time to enjoy the simple things in life.

This guest room does double duty as a meditation room and is all about enhancing the homeowner’s sense of wellbeing and surrounding her with meaningful things, such as the prayer flags on the lampshades and favorite photos of old master angel sculptures. The beautiful capiz shell wind chime adds texture and a Zen vibe.

Photo by Karen Palmer


This family room, with its casual aesthetic, is all about kicking back and being comfortable. It’s also about celebrating the homeowner’s love of sailing and the laidback lifestyle of coastal living. Note the use of natural materials such as leather, rattan and live plants, the mix of old and new (antique sailboat sculptures), large scale art and nature-inspired patterns.

Photo by Michael Jacob



“We are seeing design becoming much more personal. “Now that we’re all spending so much time in our homes, you start to think, ‘Why did I design this space for someone else? Why was I making decisions that would be universally appealing?’ instead of some place you love to spend time in. So we’re seeing more color come back, more personal touches.”Designer Mary Miksch, Neil Kelly (Pro Remodeler)

“Most of us used to just sleep and shower in our spaces, but now people are really investing more time, money and energy into decor details, bringing meaningful small goods and statement pieces into their homes. We’re paying attention to everything from what we’re drinking water out of, to the kind of bath towels we use.”Harry Nuriev, Crosby Studios (Vogue)

Since we’ve been spending so much time in our homes, it’s become more important than ever to surround ourselves with things that are meaningful to us, that bring us joy, that help us to remember the good times. Instead of grand interiors, we’ll see rooms that are deeply personal to those who live in them. We’ll see more thought go into accessories and art. The finishing touches in a space will take on even greater importance, will tell a story or give more insight into the homeowner.

(left): Our client loved this pattern we created especially for them for a custom staircase. We repeated the pattern as wainscoting in another room in their home. Note also the large scale, nature-inspired art.

(right): Workout rooms are in high demand these days, and don’t think you have to have a whole lower level designated for one either. This one is hidden behind closed doors in our client’s 1600-square-foot villa!

Photo by Suzy Gorman
Photo by Suzy Gorman


When your clients say they want a swing in their sunroom, you say “of course!” This was a very personal choice, and we loved making it happen for them. This little privacy nook is the perfect spot to unwind. When you sit in this swinging chair you are cocooned inside, and the noise is greatly reduced. Open the shutters, and boom, a Zen-like experience, connecting with nature.

Note also colorful art and the bright purple chairs in this otherwise white space! A bold color choice that brings energy and happiness to this fun room.

Photo by Suzy Gorman



“We inherently have a connection to outdoor spaces and often find inspiration in nature.” Designer Laura Hodges (Architectural Digest)

“Because many of us are working and learning from home, bringing in natural materials like marble, wood, and caning can create a sense of calmness in our personal spaces.”Kelley Carter, Fashion Director, Bloomingdales (Elle Décor)

Move over monochromatic interiors, pattern has entered the room in a big way. Even small doses of maximalism will overtake the minimalist interior with botanical fabrics, wallpapers and nature-inspired, hand painted murals and seeing a resurgence in popularity.

And organic materials, such as rattan and cane webbing, light toned woods, jute, leather, wool and ceramic will be top choices in furnishings and live plants and vertical gardens will continue to be popular. (Faux plants are okay, too, if your room in light-challenged or your thumb is not so green.)

Bringing the outdoors in through open windows, Juliet balconies, terraces and skylights are also going to be highly desired additions to homes.

(left): We designed this stunning live-edge wood console especially for our client who wanted a serving area for parties but didn’t have a ton of room. I love the organic element this beautiful piece adds to the space.

(right): A huge slab of spectacular granite transformed our client’s ho hum fireplace into a showpiece. Note the warm, rich colors in this fabulous stone.

Photo by Karen Palmer


Photo by Karen Palmer


(left): In this villa (yep, same one that has that awesome swing chair), we added a show stopping, custom live-edge dining table for an organic vibe. It’s a bold choice but works so well here.

(right): Sometimes the smallest finishing touches are just what you need to add oomph to a room. We found this cute wicker octopus at the last minute, and he just made this coastal-inspired bedroom. Note also the nature-inspired octopus patterned fabric on the bench,  the soft grayish blue window treatment and the awesome blue and white paper (that mimics a beachy skyline) on the accent wall. This room truly brings nature inside.

Photo by Karen Palmer


Photo by Karen Palmer


In this master bedroom, note how we used organic touches throughout, including the ceiling fan and the fabulous West-Indies-inspired furnishings. Easy-to-clean slipcovered chairs add to the casual, carefree vibe in this room.

Photo by Michael Jacob



“The pandemic has forced us to recognize how important our space is, and open floor plans aren’t always the best decision when it comes to intentionally using a room.”Designer Gabrielle Santiago (Better Homes and Gardens)

“Defined spaces that distinguish between work and play create a cadence to our days,” said Dallas designer Kellie Sirna. But rabbit warrens of walls won’t return. The key is to define spaces while keeping the fluidity between them.”Architect Andrew Mann (The Wall Street Journal)

The beloved open floor plan is losing its luster. Since remote working and learning has become the new normal, we’re craving personal space that is well, personal. Closed floor plans which allow for designated areas for different activities offer privacy and limit the distractions that can occur with floor plans that eliminate walls.

Multi-purpose rooms, as well as furnishings, are becoming hot commodities. Think dining tables that also serve as desks; family rooms that can be conference rooms; kitchens that can be science labs.

(left): This urban condo we designed makes great use of multi-functional furnishings (the desk folds out to a dining table that seats 8). The sofa is covered in a high performance, easy to clean patterned fabric, and the rug is indoor/outdoor. Note also the colorful, bold art and organic touches throughout.

(right): The living room in this townhome, with its comfy, deep emerald green velvet sofa and patterned pillows, also features a vintage Art Deco rug which is like a piece of large-scale art and multi-functional furniture (I love to use a collection of interesting ottomans and small tables instead of one large coffee table). This is the new eclectic look… a look that brings joy and comfort to the homeowner.

Photo by Karen Palmer


Photo by Karen Palmer


For this project, our clients asked us to ensure that their family room’s new design made it a multi-functional space for watching TV, enjoying a fire on a cold day, doing homework and entertaining.  Double-duty furnishings, such as the ottomans for extra seating or feet and swivel chairs for TV or conversation make this possible. Again, note the collection of ottomans and tiny tables instead of one large coffee table and the use of natural stone on the fireplace and leather upholstery on the sofa.

Photo by Karen Palmer


This home office is a perfect example of a multi-functional room: office on one end, theater area on the other. And for this homeowner who craves a connection with nature, we placed the desk with a view of the lush, private backyard. Note the nature-inspired wall art of the ocean shore, the driftwood sculpture and the bold pops of color.

Photo by Karen Palmer


So there you have it… several of the top design trends that I think will be hot in 2021. What do you think? Are these trends you’d like to follow? Whatever your style, we’d like to help you make your home the most perfect home for you. Give us a call at 314.395.1114 or CLICK HERE to send us an email.

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