The concept of HOME is something that has changed drastically in the past year. Before, our home was a place to spend only part of our days in. The most part was spent either at work, commuting, or meeting friends.
With the recent changes in the world, we do most of these things at our home. The good that has come out of it is that we have relearned the simple joys of slowing down, being home and enjoying the little things.
For 2021 we can look forward to some trends that will allow us to continue enjoying our space, adding our own personality to our home. More than ever, we want our homes to be a representation of ourselves looking for decor, finishes and textures that will help us focus on being present in our space.
Here are some of the top home decor trends - from coziness and warm colors to natural materials - for 2021:
Comfort and tradition were a big focus in 2020, and that is not going to change through 2021. Everywhere you look it’s all about a more relaxed, cozy look. We all want our home to give us a sense of comfort at these times. This means more comfortable chairs and furniture, softer curves, simple silhouettes and raw designs.
This coziness is combined with functional pieces as people are spending a lot more time at home and looking to add layers of functional comfort to their space as familiarity and ease of use are becoming much more important.
This year it’s all about a more relaxed, cozy look
WARM COLORS MIXED WITH NEUTRALS
Winter provides the perfect excuse to get cozy through adding warm colors to a space. Those colors can also feel welcoming in the sunnier months so they can works all year round.
In 2021 we will see earth tones such as nudes, beige, brown, burnt umber, and terracotta, that will continue to be popular this year, with a renewed interest in shades of brown such as warm taupe or sand.
This year we will be moving away from all-white that was trendy in the last few years returning to creating visual interest through color. While neutral tones always seem to be popular, reflecting naturalness and ease, they will be joined by rich, comforting, earthy colours such as warm olive green, rust, and natural pigments.
These are great colors that work well with darker ones like grey and navy, but also add depth to a space adding a much needed playful element of color.
A FRESH & NATURAL LOOK
Wabi-sabi -the perfection of imperfection
Last year we embraced the Wabi-sabi worldview and we will be taking this inspiration into our homes this year.
Wabi-sabi is an entire world view in traditional Japanese aesthetics, appreciating beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete" in nature, accepting your imperfections and making the most of life.
The Japanese philosophy encourages us to focus on the blessings hiding in our daily lives, recognizing the way things are rather than how they should be - while highlighting the worn and celebrating the old.
Cracks and old age marks in construction and furniture are not hidden, while drawing the eye to the subtle brilliance of woven structures through asymmetrical, organic pieces - or even woven furniture pieces such as rattan chairs and poufs.
Lighter woods are replacing deeper colors -
In 2021 lighter-toned wood will replace medium and darker shades - an uplifting and easy way to design creating cozy and comfortable spaces. A light wood in its raw color and aesthetic has a clean, crisp minimal vibe that can be a highlight for multipurpose spaces, creating the illusion of a bigger room.
Choosing materials that have a more natural look -
After experiencing lockdowns, we are longing for that nature connection more than ever, embracing a sustainable and natural look in our space. Choosing softer and earthier materials for our décor, such as cane, jute, ceramic, and other organic fibers, will help tie our spaces to nature and have a calming effect with an abundance of texture.
For textiles we will go for are the ones that are comfortable and rich in texture such as linen that is durable, wear well, and can be washed multiple times.
Another reason for choosing the natural look is the growing interest in sustainable décor as more and more people are starting to think about the environmental impact of home design.
Finding a way to bring natural elements into our home will have a healing effect, creating a distinct vibe.
Choosing softer and earthier materials for our home décor
QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
For 2021, it’s about quality over quantity.
This trend is design detailed with a major focus on functionality. As our home environment is everyone’s priority - as individuals and as a collective, most of us will go for fewer but better pieces that speak to our design senses and meet our current needs, cancelling out noise and focusing on what matters and choosing more carefully what we surround ourselves within our homes.
Choosing quality over quantity will not only give small rooms more space and to simplify our areas, it will also make us think more carefully about our purchases, buying more sustainably. There is a desire to shop sustainably and invest in quality pieces that will stay with us for years.
Making considered investments on items we do buy will help us with the decluttering of our space and the infusion of only what really matters.
FRILUFTSLIV (the New Hygge)
Friluftsliv is the Norwegian philosophy of embracing nature and the outdoors as a way of life. It roughly translates as ‘open-air life’.
In 2020 open air life allowed us to escape our hygge-filled homes and visit with loved ones. As 2021 will be about reconnecting - with each other, with ourselves and with nature - the concept of getting outdoors – friluftsliv - will be the new hygge, meaning that we will take full advantage of our patios, backyards and balconies bringing the indoors outside - making our outdoor space cozy with comfy patio furniture and indoor plants that clear the air, provide peace of mind, bringing a hint of the great outdoors and giving us a boost during grey winter days.