It’s a new year, and that means new 2021 design trends are here!

With a global pandemic, people are spending more time than usual at home and are focusing on making their homes their oasis.

While taking on major renovation projects may not be realistic at this time, there are still plenty of ways to give your home a quick update without having to spend months working on it.

Here are five 2021 design trends to get you inspired.

Peel and Stick Wallpaper

The popularity of wallpaper waxes and wanes, and long gone are the days of a whole house being decked out in wallpaper from end to end.

However, in the past two decades, what we’ve seen is wallpaper being used more thoughtfully — as an accent wall, or in a smaller space like a powder room. Now, with thousands of options for patterns and textures available, wallpaper is something that still makes people nervous due to its permanence.

So what better solution to the wallpaper dilemma than peel and stick? Peel and stick wallpaper allows users to not only easily install it themselves, but it also gives them a low commitment option to change up the look of their space and stay on top of the trends.

Rustic Tiles

When it comes to tiles, both for backsplashes and floors, the past decade has been all about neutrals. Porcelain and glass subway tile has been hugely popular in kitchen and bathrooms, with gray and white being the favored choices.

For this year, rustic and colorful tiles are making a comeback. As opposed to recent trends of layering neutrals on neutrals, rustic tiles are an excellent way to add a pop of color and visual interest to any room. While handmade tiles can be pricey, when used in smaller quantities, like for a backsplash or shower tiles, they can be a viable option that won’t bust your budget.

All Natural Decor and Furniture

Most people think of wicker or rattan as outdoor materials, but if you look at any recent home decor magazine you’ll notice that everything from chairs to beds are available.

People are looking for ways to bring the outdoors in, and what better way to do that than by using materials found in or inspired by nature? While there are obvious choices, like a wood or stone floor, there are also an endless amount of choices to help you achieve that outdoor feeling.

Seagrass wallpaper, jute furniture, natural paint colors, and artwork that reflects nature are all options to add a touch of natural feeling to any room in your house.

Multifunctional Spaces

With more people than ever working from home, how we use the space we have in our homes has become a big consideration for design.

While having a separate office space that’s optimized for your needs is most people’s best case scenario, it’s something that may just not be possible for everyone. And that means it’s time to get creative!

One of the biggest keys to creating multifunctional spaces is finding furniture pieces that can do double duty and maximize your space.

A few examples include:
• A coffee table that has an extendable top to become a desk.
• Ottoman cubes that can be both extra storage and additional seating.
• A TV cabinet that can store your office supplies.
• Tall shelves that act as both display and storage.
• A daybed that can act as both couch and guest sleeping quarter.

It’s not necessary to run out and spend a bunch of money on all new things. Start by looking at what you have around the house, and think about how pieces can serve more than one function.

Fun with Fabrics

With all this time spent at home, people want comfort, and maybe, they want things to feel a little more luxurious.

The good news is that luxury doesn’t have to mean a complete decor overhaul or outfitting your home with all new furniture from top to bottom.

An easy place to start with this is by looking at your fabrics. Can you:

• Upgrade to high thread count sheets?
• Put an interesting throw blanket on the bed in your spare room?
• Add some new curtains in an interesting fabric?
• Get a new slipcover to completely change the look of your sofa?
• Find some fun and fluffy new throw pillows for the living room?

What makes fabric so impactful is that it can add multiple layers to an otherwise neutral space. Through color, patterns and textures, you can make your home feel both cozy and luxe.

Choose the 2021 Design Trends That Suit Your Style

When looking at the 2021 design trends we’ve shared, it’s important to keep one thing in mind. If the trend doesn’t speak to you, you should probably avoid it.

Trends are called trends for a reason — because they change year over year. While you don’t necessarily want your space to look dated, there’s also no benefit to spending time and money on things that you don’t truly love.

Choose the 2021 design trends that work for your home and focus on incorporating them in ways that feel comfortable and make your home the sanctuary you want it to be.

Westcott Homes offers modern living and smart design for today’s active families, in neighborhoods with room to grow. Our flexible floorplans, durable Pacific Northwest exteriors and luxurious interior details add up to a home you’ll delight in every day, and for years to come.