Each year, the experts weigh in on what the biggest design trends of the upcoming year will look like, and this time, there is a pretty big agreement amongst them all....2020 has left a lasting mark on us that has transformed our lives AND our homes. With a pandemic forcing us all to spend far more time inside our humble abodes, folks are prioritizing things in a way we've never seen before. Next year's trends focus on comfort, practicality, and an appreciation for nature. Let's jump into the biggest consistencies within all the predictions...
This coming year will focus HEAVILY on all things natural, from materials, to textures, and colors. Color trends will focus primarily on earth tones, filled with warmth and depth like we haven't seen in recent years. Think terracotta, sandstone, sage leaves, and espresso beans.
Walls painted in a velvety matte finish will dominate over the satin sheen of previous years. Wise Owl came prepared for this one with their newest addition to the line up, One Hour Ceramic. With a finish that is truly flat, but never dull, this wall paint masks tons of imperfections. With the added benefit of being completely scrubbable (something that is incredibly hard to find in a matte paint), the durability, coverage, and quick dry time are unmatched.
home offices / designated study areas
After months of online learning and zoom meetings, families truly learned the value of designated work spaces. 2021 will see a major shift in designs focusing on home offices and school spaces, with an emphasis on efficiency, privacy, comfort, and a differentiation from the rest of the house.
The home office has become the most used room in the house for many, so it's design aesthetic has taken precedent. This year is all about bold designs, comforts at arms reach, and practicality in the way things are organized. And with so much time spent sitting at a desk, I've seen a huge surge in popularity of standing desks. So much so, that I had to jump on board with my own office. FlexiSpot sent me a standing desk to try out and I've become absolutely obsessed. It's motorized so I can sit down to work on my computer, and then with the press of a button, raise it to standing height to paint or package orders. My back is forever grateful. (If you want to check them out, I've scored a discount for you here.)
plant life and botanical prints
Stuck at home for the better part of a year, many of us turned to new hobbies to cope, and none were as popular as gardening. Whether it was an outdoor vegetable patch or a tabletop succulent collection, our thumbs turned green in 2020...and that will be showcased in the year to come. With Instagram accounts dedicated to at home propagation going viral, our homes are quickly filling with lush, vibrant greenery.
If you didn't manage to turn that thumb green this year, don't worry. Botanical prints are just as popular and require much less upkeep. Whether is framed artwork, lush wallpaper, or even garden worthy bedding, surrounding oneself with plant life will be all the rage.
(Side note, I'm obsessed with the hanging pendant lighting framing this bed. You can find a $40 dupe at Ikea in their Ranarp collection!)
Say goodbye to man made fabrics and surfaces, and embrace nature. (Sensing a theme here, right?) This year there will be a huge focus on natural elements being brought into the home. Leather, wood, jute, rattan, and linen will provide warmth, texture, and depth throughout the home.
Luxurious suede will be paired with teak and pine, matched with hand woven baskets and rugs. There's a return in popularity for lighter woods, Scandinavian finishes, with the encouragement to pair them with their more rustic counterparts. Burly butcher block counter tops can coexist with maple dining sets without competition.
Antiques and salvage
There is an emerging emphasis on filling your home with items that truly mean something to you, and that is showing up in major ways when it comes to furniture. We're seeing a huge shift toward the collection of antiques, vintage pieces, and refinished or refurbished items. Carefully curating pieces over time to build a collection that is perfectly unmatched, is a wonderful way to ensure your furnishings not only have beauty, but also sentiment.
We've learned this year to rely less on the ability to purchase new and focus more on making something out of what we've already got on hand. This is especially true when it comes to furniture and home decor. Whether you are re-purposing your grandmother's china hutch into an updated wine bar, or giving your childhood dresser a fresh coat of paint...we're learning that we've got treasures within our own home that just need a little sprucing up.
emphasis on comfort and coziness
After a year of uncertainty, chaos, and fear...we are craving comfort and our homes are beginning to reflect that. Feather filled throw pillows, layers of warm blankets, reading nooks tucked in a corner, anything that feels like the hugs we've so desperately missed. Keep in mind that the mindset that gravitates toward fast fashion is on it's way out, in favor of long lasting quality. So skip the thin fleece throws and opt for the hand knitted, guaranteed to last a generation, heirloom blankets instead. Mindfulness of sustainability and ethic responsibility is at the forefront!
Along with our desire for comfort, we've also learned the value of coziness. This year has taught us two major life lessons that both lead to the same architectural needs. Family time should be cherished, and alone time should be as well. There is a shift away from the wide open floor plans, as we gravitate back to the days of separate dining spaces and enclosed living rooms. When we spend time with our loved ones, it is more concentrated, genuine, and intentional. The need for wide open living spaces is drifting, as we recognize the value in human interaction, face to face. And while we learned to appreciate those around us, we also learned to set boundaries to maintain our own space. This strengthened the appeal of older homes with separated rooms, each with their own clearly defined purpose.
But best of all...
With all of the different upcoming trends, the greatest of all is the encouragement to blend them. There is a strong movement toward creating your own interior design aesthetic, one that truly fits your lifestyle and your personality, and just owning it. Gone are the days of following all the rules. We've had a rough year and it's time to cut ourselves a little slack. Nostalgia is huge right now and with that comes a different vision for each individual...the key is finding what makes YOU feel at "home". If you feel like being bold in your living room with a metallic mid century wall paper, but want your bedroom to have a romantic French country draw...go for it. Mix, match, blend, and break the rules. You've earned it.
(All color palettes are made using current Wise Owl colors in either the Chalk Synthesis, One Hour Enamel, or One Hour Ceramic product lines. Not sure which you should use? Send me a message here and I'm happy to help! Don't feel like talking? No worries....general rule of thumb [there are major exceptions depending on individual project's needs] Chalk Synthesis = Furniture | One Hour Enamel = Cabinets, Doors, and Trim | One Hour Ceramic = Walls).
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