Color and Design Trends for 2021

What’s trending in color and design for 2021


For everyone, 2020 was a year of challenges and change. Our homes became our offices, schools, and gyms. The need for versatile spaces was necessary to adapt to our new “at home” lifestyle.

Like everyone else, we experienced this when our girls started remote learning and the quarantine began.

We made the best of it. We spent a lot of time outside in the yard playing and watching our chickens free range. Our dogs enjoyed many walks. I cleaned and organized every square inch of our house. I made storage for art supplies and games. Bill helped me with a few DIY projects. One project was for the girl’s multitude of stuffed animal friends. We made a shelf out of reclaimed barnboard (found curb side) and cast-iron brackets (flea market find) for one and hung a basket with rope for the other. I enjoyed cooking and perfected my chicken and rice soup recipe. When the weather warmed up, my gardens got edged, weeded and mulched. Bill built a compost with flower boxes. We had movie nights with our neighborhood pod and enjoyed time around our fire pit. Our home began to feel like a sanctuary again and less like a bus station.

With the events of 2020 and all the time people spent at home, we see home design trending toward homey, comfortable, cozy spaces. Well-worn pieces, durable fabrics, and comfortable upholstery. Think restful, inviting rooms with elegant touches. Nostalgia and timelessness. Color trends are leaning toward warm, comforting palettes. Color of the year, Aegean Teal by Benjamin Moore is one of our favorites! It is a beautiful blue-green gray and goes well with the new neutrals that are trending. Adding a neutral color can really help ground your space. Speaking of neutrals…beige is back!! Colors like Stone Hearth by Benjamin Moore or Barcelona Beige by Sherwin Williams are great warm neutrals. If you want to go with a Greige color (beige with gray), Revere Pewter and Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore are a popular choice for adding warm, soothing tones. Simply White by Benjamin Moore is also a great warm neutral white that gives a clean, crisp look for trim, ceilings and walls. Nature inspired colors of greens and blues, rich earthy tones of browns and reds with an emphasis on bringing the outdoors in. Adding texture is huge in 2021. Shiplap, decorative moldings, rattan, stone, wood and metal (brass, copper and bronze are in!) Lighting can bring a room together and make a statement. Knotted rope light fixtures fit the bill by creating a calm, relaxed vibe with organic texture. Indoor trees and plants bring nature in and a create a sense of serenity. Many people, out of necessity created edible gardens indoors and out. Self-sustainability became huge when the markets were out of or low on certain items or people were afraid to go out. We were happy to provide fresh eggs to our neighbors and receive fresh veggies in exchange.

Many people have said how the events of 2020 has changed their perspective on how they look at everyday life. What is really important? What do you value the most? For me, it taught me to slow down, be in the moment and take time to do things that bring me joy. Spending time with people I love and creating a space in which to do that. It really is the little things that count! Whether you incorporate a few design and color trends or decide to completely overhaul your space, be creative! Have fun with it! Create a space that draws you in. Incorporate your treasures and fun finds to make it uniquely your own. We are happy to help when you are ready to change up your paint color or to help you find a piece to accent your space! Spring is coming and I am looking forward to what 2021 brings!



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