Top Interior Design Trends to Keep an Eye on in 2021

Top Interior Design Trends to Keep an Eye on in 2021

Hey y’all! Summer’s almost over and with fall coming up, it’s time to make those interior changes you’ve been wanting to do for a while. My friend, Natalie Akins, is back with a few of the top design trends of the year. Her ideas are great and I know I’ll be redecorating soon!

Now well into 2021, designers and real estate professionals have a clear idea of which trends are heating up and which ones are dying out with the turn of the calendar. Therefore, if you are planning an interior design project in 2021, keep in mind the following trends that can keep your home up-to-date with the latest in home fashion.

Creative Textures

Throughout the better part of the last decade, shiplap was the primary way to add texture to a wall. While classy shiplap wall ideas will likely not go away completely, creative homeowners are looking for new ways to add texture to their spaces, exploring crown molding ideas for low ceilings, plasters, and living walls that put plants on display as ways to break the monotony of plain walls.

Bright Kitchen Colors

Contemporary kitchens are open spaces that use stately islands and bars to create the distinction between other areas of the home. As the goal of this layout is to cultivate an open and inviting atmosphere, a shift to more lively colors is likely in store for kitchens in 2021, with aqua blows and canary yellows taking the place of drab grays and beiges.

An End to Minimalism

For years, the minimalist look, with sparsely furnished rooms and lightly adorned white walls, was a safe and elegant choice for homeowners. However, due in large part to a year spent at home in 2020, people are looking for ways to make their interiors conspicuously “busier.” Patterned walls and multi-purpose furniture are a couple of ways that interiors are set to have a bit more pizzazz in 2021.

Statement Entryway Shift

In place of the imposing barn doors that dominated throughout the 2010s, expect to see a shift to more transparent entryways. Sliding glass pocket doors and vinyl sliding doors are a couple of statement entryways that maintain an air of elegance while allowing for an increased flow of natural light from their barn door predecessors.

Mismatching Furniture Pieces

An increasing acceptance of uniqueness and individuality is a universal trend in 2021, with the train not stopping for the realm of interior design. The matching furniture sets that have long conveyed a sense of success and stability are likely a thing of the past, with a greater emphasis on mismatching pieces hand-chosen one by one to give visitors a glimpse of the owner’s unique style and sensibilities set to take over in 2021.

Fashionable Railing and Fixtures

It is cliché to talk about all of the ways the pandemic has affected life over the past year, but there is just no getting around it. With all of the increased attention on keeping doorknobs and interior handrails free of germs, these pieces, long overlooked, have garnered new appreciation in the public consciousness. Just as masks are now being used as status symbols, expect to see people making bold statements with their railings and fixtures in 2021.

Wallpaper is No Longer Tacky

Many people just think about the gaudy wallpaper, yellowed and peeling in their great-aunt’s attic, and cringe. However, while wallpaper will likely never be a value-adding proposition for homeowners, expect to see more and more people watching videos on how to measure wallpaper and start hanging it around their houses in 2021. With the country in the midst of a home improvement explosion, some people simply don’t have the means to undertake a full-scale renovation project, making wallpaper a simple and affordable design project that can give homes a new look in the year to come.


The year’s first seven months have yielded a clear view of which interior design trends are here to stay in 2021. By choosing one of the aforementioned trends, you can be sure that your home remains current with the most contemporary home design styles.

Natalie Akins is the Interior Design Editor at Innovative Building Materials. With over 20 years of interior design experience, Natalie has worked on many projects including commercial office design and residential spaces.

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