The pandemic has changed the way many of us think about our home spaces. Between Tiktok and Instagram, the stream of ideas and inspiration is endless. From trendy plants to new kitchen cabinets, many of us have replaced small items or renovated entire rooms from floor to ceiling. With the year ending, it’s no wonder we want to revisit some of the best home décor trends of 2021:
Detail in the ceilings
The ceiling or the “fifth wall” became the show stealer this year. Many opted for neutral-colored walls and a characterized ceiling. If you’re looking to update your master bedroom or living area, try adding wood detailing or beams.
Home offices were light and neutral
A lot more people are working from home these days and we can officially say that calming colors, smooth textures and bright lighting were the necessary component this year for offices.
Thank Tiktok for the “cottagecore” trend
What the internet has named “cottagecore”, is the accumulation of warm colors, soft textures and lived-in pieces like repurposed coffee tables and bookcases. If you’re looking to bring some cottagecore to your home, try incorporating floral printed pillows and repurposed furniture.
Vintage furniture is here to stay
If you’re looking for a unique twist to your home there’s no better place to look than your local flea markets. Last year, Chairish – a vintage retailer – had a 60% increase in sales, and Statista reported that the “furniture resale market” will most likely see an increase of 70% by the year 2025. Vintage isn’t going anywhere any time soon, so next time you want to add some bookends or a new armchair for the living room, try opting for a vintage piece.
Maximalist is the new minimalism
“Maximalist design is all about expressing your individuality and unique perspective. Maximalists don’t care what the ‘Joneses will think; they design for their own joy,” said award winning designer, Courtney McLeod. If you have an eye for unique design, try incorporating a colorful couch, bold lamps and fun lighting to bring a little maximalist to your life and into your home.
Bringing the outdoors inside
The old farmhouse style of plants that have taken over our houses for the last decade are slowly going out of fashion. Instead, they are being replaced with a “less is more” approach that balances between trendy and functional. If you’re looking to up your plant game, try incorporating potting options that are sculptural and have a design life of their own.
Shaker cabinets have been all the rage
If you still have the early 2000s, cherry or walnut cabinets that you are desperate to get rid of, look no further than shaker cabinets. Shaker cabinets are narrower than your typical kitchen option and feature more streamlined edges. It’s a classic style that isn’t going anywhere soon, so you can invest your money without feeling wasteful.
Modern country design has been the best of both worlds
This is for the homeowners that can’t decide what home décor is for you. The combination of modern and southern lifestyle has taken on a life of its own. It’s an idyllic classic that meshes warm, homey vibes with neutral tones and simple lines.
Bringing vacation home
There’s nothing worse than walking into a friend’s bathroom and seeing truly awful stylings of anchors, starfish and seashell-shaped towel hooks. When we say coastal décor trend, we are thinking more on the side of open and airy décor that invokes the feeling of sitting near the seaside.
Open shelving provided a fresh kitchen style
Raise your hand if you have loathed putting away the dishes simply because of the opening and closing of the cabinets. Turns out there’s a solution that just so happens to be a trending décor option. Open shelving in the kitchen has been noted by HGTV as a trend that “doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing down.” If you aren’t sold on the idea, HGTV suggests taking the doors off your cabinets to “ease” into it.