Top 2021 Design Trends to Watch

Our homes became the center of our worlds in 2020. As we move forward into 2021, what home design trends are expected to emerge? Here are some top predictions from interior designers. 

  1. Neutrals Mixed with Bold Colors â€“ Neutral tones will never go out of style, but some homeowners are saying “yes” to pops of color. Pantone led the way by choosing not just one, but two independent colors for 2021: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating (a cheery yellow). As Pantone explained, the combo of a neutral and vibrant hue “highlights how different elements come together to support one another.” Now isn’t that the story of 2021? 
  2. Entertainment Spaces â€” “Staying in is the new going out,” says designer Brad Ford. Expect more attention paid to creating entertainment opportunities at home with bigger TVs, better sound systems, mood lighting, lounge seating, and substantial dining tables that mimic the feeling of going out. 
  3. Multi-Functional Living Rooms â€“ Now, more than ever, living rooms need to be comfortable, approachable, and functional. Designers are refashioning these spaces by adding a games table, library table, and several seating areas for reading and relaxing that allow the family to be together in the same room no matter the activities they’re doing. 

Which style are you?

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Kitchen Trends for 2021

Homeowners have been focused on making their kitchens work better for them as they spend more time at home, according to Houzz’s “2021 U.S. Kitchen Trends Study.” Here are three key ways the kitchen space is changing this year. 

  1. A focus on storage – Of the one-third of homeowners who opted for partial cabinet upgrades, more than a quarter added at least some cabinets to their newly renovated kitchen, nearly four times as many as the previous year. The percentage of homeowners adding or upgrading a pantry space also increased, with nearly half the surveyed homeowners upgrading pantry cabinets and one in eight adding a walk-in pantry, both gains from the previous year. There was also a greater focus on adding built-in specialty organizers, drawers or trays.
  1. Closing up open layouts— In 2020, people quickly recognized the disadvantages of having a lack of walls as multiple members tried to hold concurrent video meetings. The number of renovating homeowners opening their kitchen to other interior spaces has dropped dramatically since 2019. However, the open concept is not necessarily going away completely, says Houzz. Even just adding simple partitions or sliding doors between the kitchen and other spaces can often do the trick.
  1. Touchless tech – The pandemic has made many of us hyper-aware of the surfaces we touch. In response, there has been growing popularity for appliances with wireless controls; it grew by five percentage points since last year.

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Christian Siriano Brings High Fashion Home with New Furniture Line

Christian Siriano, star of Project Runway and a mainstay in the fashion world, is known for crafting textural and whimsical red carpet gowns for countless celebrities. Now, he’s translated his aesthetic into a modernist line of furniture for the home.  The new nine-piece collection available on 1stdibs.com feels playful and fun — much like his dresses. Simple geometric shapes, combined with a muted palette of white, beige and grey, play off subtle textures like wood and soft bouclé fabric.

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Is This New 3D Printed Home the Future of Housing?

One of the world’s first 3D-printed homes has made its debut in Ravenna, Italy. Designed by Mario Cucinella Architects, the 645-square-foot structure is made entirely of local clay — a departure from previous 3D-printed structures that used concrete or synthetic materials like plastic. Mansion it is not, but the minimalistic design feat combines new technology with the ancient tradition of using building materials from the Earth. Named TECLA (after Italian writer Italo Calvino’s fictional city of Thekla), the home was built in just 200 hours and boasts a bedroom, living area, and bathroom.

Efficient, sustainable and low-waste, TECLA could offer a new vision for our building future.

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