2021 is finally here, and I can already sense a year of incredible design in the making. We all learned so many lessons throughout 2020—many of which will translate to new ways we use and style our spaces. What we need out of our homes has shifted drastically, and it’s fun to predict how interiors will adapt in both form and function this year.
While our work isn’t heavily influenced by the changing trends, I do love keeping an eye on the prominent movements within our industry. From our team’s vantage point, these are six areas of interior design we’re predicting a big shift in the year ahead.
Photography: Amanda Marie Studio
2020 was the year we all discovered open concept isn’t necessarily everything it’s cracked up to be. While open floor plans certainly have their benefits, space separation is critical when our homes serve as the office, the school and the everyday hangout spot. For families with existing open concept floor plans, we’ve seen them begin to adapt by creating defined ‘zones’ for their daily lives.
In the future, we’ll likely see a general swing back to more partitioned spaces (maybe not with full walls), but it’s safe to say that sightlines throughout a home will generally be diminished.
Design: Alexander Design
When it comes to aesthetics, we’re predicting a more intentional overlap of style genres. No longer are spaces boxed into a single style category. Instead, more designers are beginning to rewrite the rules by layering multiple aesthetics all in one space.
In terms of trending styles, we’ll likely see much more Japandi and Grandmillennial emerging in 2021. In fact, we might even see those styles overlap because there’s no limit to what can be mixed and matched in design.
Design: Stef Claes
Design: Heidi Caillier Design
SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS SOURCING
While this isn’t the first time I’ve predicted a movement towards more ethical sourcing, I truly hope it’s something we’ll see take off in 2021. As designers and clients begin to prioritize more socially and environmentally conscious interiors, we’re likely to see this conversation come into the spotlight.
I think we can expect changes with more vintage items sourced in design work, large companies becoming more transparent about their process, and clients showing stronger preferences for the items sourced within their homes.
Design: J Miller Interiors
FUNCTION OVER FORM
Similar to multi-purpose spaces, I think we will see an intense focus on function in 2021. After the year we’ve all been through, home has become more important than ever, and it now needs to fit our daily lifestyles. Whether that means smarter kitchen storage or the layout of a new build, I think that we will see spaces that lean heavily on functionality as priority number one.
Design: Humphrey Munson
Another lesson from 2020? Time outdoors is good for the soul! This past year taught us that we can spend far more time outside than we ever thought possible, which is why I think we’ll see patios, terraces, balconies, and sunrooms get some much-needed attention. Rather than focus on a new mudroom or entryway, more families will be putting an emphasis on revamping their outdoor entertaining spaces with heightened efforts around landscaping and gardening.
Design: J Miller Interiors
Design: Lindsey Brooke Design
PERSONALIZED DESIGN DETAILS
Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all design. In 2021, I think we will see homes that are personalized as true reflections of their owners. Whether it looks like incorporating more heirloom pieces or personal mementos, I hope this means unique and individual spaces that tell a story of the families that live within them.