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Home Design Trends for 2021- What's In & What's Out

Happy Friday! It’s no news to anyone that 2020 was a doozy. But now, it’s a new year, it’s a new start, and home design trends are reflecting this optimistic vibe. We’ll see warmer colors and a renewed focus on sustainability. Layouts and decor will continue to reflect the shift towards working from home. Here are some of the design elements you can expect to see in 2021 – and some to leave behind.

What’s in for 2021

1. Cottagecore and Nostalgia

Cottagecore (and it’s more mature cousin rustic vogue) – which focuses on countryside, romantic, and earthy elements – will continue to be popular this year. Use vintage pieces, needlepoint, bold colors, coordinating patterns, florals, lace, homemade decor, and velvet to create a rustic space of comfort.

Photo by Patrick Cline for Domino

Photo by Laure Joliet for Domino

2. Being Sustainable and Socially Responsible

In addition to environmental sustainability, we’re seeing an increased focus on labor and sourcing in the coming home design trends. Consumers want to know where their belongings come from. As such, fast furniture is out. This year, look for antique, vintage, re-purposed, salvaged, and retro pieces that will stand the test of time. Boulder and Denver are home to a number of great antique and high-end used furniture stores or check out Pinterest for ideas on how to update your current furniture.

3. Colors will be Bold and Warm

Warm, light, and bright colors serve two purposes: 1) they make small spaces feel bigger and 2) they create a joyful, cozy atmosphere – benefits we could all use as we continue to spend more time at home. Clever says to “Get ready for outspoken color combos like fuchsia and grassy green, retro orange and punchy turquoise…” Not ready to commit to a full room of color? Consider warm neutrals, accent walls, or colorful decor and furniture to perk up your space.

Photo by Nickolas Sargent for Architectural Digest

Francis Amiand for Architectural Digest

4. Work-from-Home Spaces

Open concept plans are on the way out as people continue to work from home. Don’t worry though, you don’t have to put up walls or move to have more private space in your home. Southern Living suggests using bookshelves, sliding doors, room dividers, and furniture layout to make your space more functional.

Photo by Roger Davies for Architectural Digest

What we’re saying goodbye to

1. Mid Century Modern Furniture

Instead, look for punchier art deco designs and postmodern pieces.

2. All White Kitchens

Black kitchens are now in. Consider adding black cabinetry to create definition between kitchen and living space if your home is open concept. For an updated countertop, Forbes suggests breccias, richly veined marbles, and onyxes.

Photo by Ambroise Tezenas for Architectural Digest

3. Minimalist and Scandanavian Design

Clever and Forbes agree that minimalist and austere Scandinavian looks are on the decline and are really hard to keep up with all the time folks are spending at home now. People are starting to incorporate more maximalist and personalized elements into their homes.

4. Modern Farmhouse

Out of place in urban and suburban living spaces, this trend – imagine barn doors and shiplap – is on it’s way out.

Until next time!

**Main Photo by for Architectural Digest**

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