After a year that led everyone to spending more time than ever inside their home, the new year allows for you to reimagine what your living space could look like with added comforts and function.
When it comes to looking through the new home design or décor trends for the year, there will be certain trends like redoing your floors, painting your walls, and knocking down walls (or putting them up) that just isn’t doable when living in a rental. Yet, with every new trend there is usually a way you can incorporate it on some level without damaging or updating your rental.
Take a look at what you’ll start to see in homes and rentals across the country this year!
Written by Marisa Spyker
Posted on SouthernLiving.com
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Trend: Not-So-Open Plans
Before sheltering in place happened, walls were pretty much the stuff of decades-old, dated floor plans, while wide-open, entertaining-friendly layouts reigned supreme. But confined to one space with the whole family simultaneously Zoom-ing friends and teachers had many questioning their privacy-free living quarters. While we certainly won’t see a complete departure from open floor plans, expect to see creative solutions for dividing space, like sliding barn doors or bookshelves. Reconfiguring furniture layouts with an emphasis on cozy nooks can also make a space feel more intimate.
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Trend: Back to Nature
Boring beige? On the contrary: the paint world’s most ubiquitous neutral is suddenly cool again. According to Houzz, many designers are seeing a renewed interest in shades of brown, including warm taupe, sand, and, yes, beige. Not ready to splash your whole home in the hue? When used as an accent color with other popular neutrals such as white and gray, the naturally inspired shades can add warmth to a space, say designers.
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Trend: Plush Picks
Think of it as the decorating equivalent of the athleisure you adopted as your daily uniform this year: cozy yet still buttoned up enough to show off. According to online furniture marketplace Chairish, soft textures that beg for an impromptu snuggle session are poised to be big next year. “We’re mad for orb pillows and ottomans in a sumptuous shearling or mohair and seating that’s upholstered in fuzzy boucles or plush velvet,” says Chairish co-founder and president Anna Brockway.
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Trend: Shelves to Show Off
When decorating, pretty little vignettes can be like the jewelry that takes an outfit from drab to fab. According to Pinterest, one such swoon-worthy corner that’s set to take over 2021 are open kitchen shelves. While certainly not a new concept, floating shelves have seen a 130 percent increase in searches on the site since last year. And display-worthy kitchen gear—think hand-formed clay plates, colored glassware, and copper cookware—are equally on the rise.
When looking at the highly anticipated home décor trends of the new year, you can’t forget about seeing how you can use Pantone’s Color of the Year in your space.
Most years, Pantone chooses a single color to represent the year but this year they have selected two: Ultimate Gray + Illuminating.
“A message of happiness supported by fortitude, the combination of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is aspirational and gives us hope. We need to feel that everything is going to get brighter – this is essential to the human spirit.
As people look for ways to fortify themselves with energy, clarity, and hope to overcome the continuing uncertainty, spirited and emboldening shades satisfy our quest for vitality. PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power. PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation. The colors of pebbles on the beach and natural elements whose weathered appearance highlights an ability to stand the test of time, Ultimate Gray quietly assures, encouraging feelings of composure, steadiness and resilience.”
This year take the time to really evaluate your space and what you have in it. Look to make things around you more comfortable with dual functions as we continue to navigate whatever 2021 brings us!
When evaluating your space, are you happy with it? Do you wish you had more space, or maybe less? Take a look at our available apartments and homes for rent today!