So much has changed over the last year. Since we’ve all been spending a lot more time at home, many of us have been itching to change up our decor. We sat down with local interior designer Stefanie Brooks to learn what trends to look out for in 2021 and how we can implement them in our own homes.
2020 saw an incredible shift in day-to-day operations. With people working and staying at home, it’s likely influenced how people have been thinking about redecorating and renovation projects. What trends did you see for 2020 design (and/or renovation) projects?
In a time when the world came to a halt and no one knew what tomorrow would bring, people were spending more time at home, not going on vacations, and with record low interest rates, homeowners decided to refresh the interiors and exteriors of their homes, buy new furniture, remodel, build, and buy. I had more requests than usual for home office layout and design and also commonly heard that they are tired of the gray and white “trend” and want warmth. Furniture requests were especially high in 2020 as well — perhaps people staying in more and using their pieces more frequently?
What trends do you see in 2021?
I feel that the usual common requests do not change much from client to client or year to year. It is still, “I want comfort and durability. I don’t want anything trendy,” which I sort of chuckle at, because really, everything that is current and on the market is trending in the industry. Dark moody colors are strong; black is huge on interior hardware, windows, plumbing, etc. I have recommended wallcoverings over many years, and I think 2021 is going to see a new wave of wallcovering lovers. And for those looking for some color, shades of blue and moody greens will be a strong contender.
What ways can people implement these trends in their homes?
If you are not in the market for a large remodel, refreshing is something that has also become popular and will continue through 2021. Here are a few suggestions for the refresh clients:
» Tired of your old yellowed oak cabinetry? Paint the cabinets, or, better yet, hire a pro.
» Add cabinet hardware to blank cabinetry.
» Swap outdated light fixtures throughout.
» Rearrange a room.
» Bring in some green with live plants.
» Wallcoverings are a great way to add texture or pop to a powder room or entry wall.
Stefanie Brooks is an award-winning interior designer and owner of Stefanie Brooks Interior Design. She has clients throughout the Northwest and beyond.