New Year, New Interior: Best of 2021 Design Trends

The year 2020 was a tough one, to say the least. Many of us spent more time at home than ever before. Our homes have become not only our place of rest but also our place for work and entertainment. Now, homes must offer a space to concentrate on our careers, while also serving as an escape to rejuvenate and spend quality time with family. Because of this, 2020 inspired many new interior design trends that we will see take over in 2021. These trends are all about bringing in the old and making it new. Gone are the cookie cutter days of stiff, bland interiors. 2021 is the year of mixing and matching and introducing warm colors, vintage materials, and classic pieces. We gathered our top design trends from Insider and Homes and Gardens that will bring nostalgia and comfort, mixed with modern flair, to your home.

Grandmillennial Accents

Also known as granny chic, this nostalgic design trend features décor you might have seen in your grandparents’ home. Incorporating elements such as rattan furniture, delicate china, fringe, antique paintings, gold details, and floral accents, this trend is sure to send you back to your childhood. The key is to include pops of vintage or antique décor throughout a room, while also throwing in a few modern pieces such as a vibrant throw pillow or greenery for a nice balance of old and new. This trend evokes a sense of comfort, while also incorporating uniqueness and character throughout your home. Try adding a rattan accent chair to your living room or displaying antique china on a bookshelf.

Shabby Chic

Unrefined luxury is all the rave right now. The year 2020 was far from perfect and people are embracing that theme throughout their homes. Perfectly sleek and new pieces are long gone, and aged pieces are in. This trend goes hand in hand with granny chic as it includes vintage or worn pieces to reflect a natural charm. Have some furniture stored away with a little wear and tear? Bring it out and embrace the imperfections. Think ’90s style with faded prints and distressed furniture. A floor lamp with fringe and a vintage entry table are just a couple of our favorites.

“I think the Shabby Chic trend is the ideal style for 2021. It’s a little rough around the edges and may have some wear and tear, but it’s also elegant, bright, and sophisticated. You can incorporate this trend with accessories, vintage patterns and fringe, or in furniture with wood distressing.”

Industrial Furniture

Whether you spend your days working from home or are looking to spruce up your space for prime relaxation, industrial décor creates the ideal ambiance in your home to accomplish just that. According to Insider, this is a fuss-free trend that will continue to rise this year as people spend more time at home. Industrial style is derived from old factories but with a modern edge. Sleek metals, woods, exposed brick, and neutral colors are what make this style emulate warmth and durability. Try incorporating a sleek wood desk with metal legs to your home office or a brass lamp on an end table.


Global Influence

Since traveling hasn’t been much of an option within the last year, bring the influence of nature and different cultures right into your home! With earthy tones, African plains, and wildlife, this trend will have you feeling like an experienced traveler in no time. Cooler tones such as greys and whites are out, while warmer tones are making a comeback. According to Homes and Gardens, the Global Influence style pairs well with rattan and wicker furniture, which is another trend that we will continue to see throughout 2021. Showcase unique perspectives from around the globe throughout your home with an elephant painting, an animal print rug, greenery, or a bamboo lamp to create a welcoming sanctuary.

Natural Textiles

Environment conservation is a huge topic right now and is foreseen to play a big role in décor choices for the new year. Recycled materials will be the new rage as they fall in line with all the biggest trends of bringing in the old and making it new. Organic and sustainable materials such as cotton, low-impact linen, and natural fabrics are just a few of the elements that make up this homey trend. Ditch the synthetic materials and opt for a linen throw on your couch, organic cotton hand towels in your bathroom, or recycled woven placemats for your dining table. This trend will have your home looking fresh, while also contributing to environmental sustainability by using reclaimed materials – it’s a win-win.

Gray and Yellow

This year’s Pantone Color(s) of the Year are Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow. According to Pantone, these two colors represent strength and hopefulness – two ideas we could all use as we navigate the new year. These two colors work well together to create a warm and friendly environment.  Brighten up your backyard space with a gray and yellow patio set or add a touch of warmth to your entryway with a gray and yellow bench.

“I love the contrast of the 2021 Pantone Color(s) of the Year. The liveliness of the yellow pairs well with the softness of the gray. These colors create a calm atmosphere, which is helpful when spending more time at home. To incorporate this trend, add yellow or gray throw pillows, wall art, or a rug to your home office or living room.”


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