Out with the old, in with the new! Corey Damen Jenkins weighs in on the hottest home-design trends for 2021 — and the ones we can expect to bid farewell
Like the changing of the winds, interior decorating trends come and go every year, and 2021 is no different. This year, the ongoing pandemic — and its long-ranging effects — is the factor setting trends, with some new standards emerging as we’ve all had more time than usual to stop and reflect.
Here are a few design trends that we can bid goodbye this year, and the new ones I suspect will replace them.
Minimalism. Whether it’s bare-bones art, neutral colors, or clean-lined, low-slung furniture, the spirit of minimalism (aka Scandinavian design style) has dominated interior design and decoration since the early 2000s. It’s definitely had its moment.
Maximalism. After the bleakness of 2020, many folks are done with sterile, cold spaces, and are ready to rejoice by embracing vibrant color, organic shapes and decorative layers. One place we’re seeing this: the ceiling. For decades, we designers have used wallpaper to infuse spaces with texture and pattern. Lately this trend has literally reached unexpected heights, with the ceiling — aka the “sixth wall” — presenting opportune spaces to layer in some fantastic wow factors.
Televisions as Focal Points. We consumed so much TV in 2020 (what else was there to do during lockdown?). As we start to emerge from the pandemic era, people are excited to focus on something else other than “the tube” — like, perhaps, other humans. So I’m hoping that floor plans that are completely designed around TVs will be left behind.
The Formal Sitting Room. After being separated from our loved ones for so long, wouldn’t it be nice to have our living and family rooms formatted around wholesome conversations again?
The Neutral Bedroom and Bath. For years, people have been asking for hotel suite-style bedrooms or baths, where everything is cool, white and gray with polished-nickel touches. It was quaint — but boringly expected.
Bold Color and Pattern-Play. Joyously colorful bedrooms and baths will be in demand this year — who doesn’t want to awaken to a bright, vibrant space? Beige and greige en suites are already the No. 1 thing new clients are asking me to rip out.
Corey Damen Jenkins is an interior designer with offices in Birmingham and New York City. His first book, Design Remix: A New Spin on Traditional Rooms, will be published by Rizzoli this month.