Interior Design Trends for 2021
If there’s one thing that spending a great deal of time at home has taught us is that the environment we surround ourselves on a daily basis is very important. Prior to the pandemic, it was easy to ignore or postpone home interior design projects because people spent most of their waking hours away from home. Now that’s all changed. Today, many people are working from home, pursuing advanced educational degrees through online sites, or perhaps even homeschooling their own children.
Many homeowners are now turning their full attention to those neglected home projects through because they want their home to function effectively for a wide variety of purposes. Of course, aesthetics is just as important as function when one spends a great deal of time in a space. Creating home spaces that are a joy to work, educate, and relax in definitely involves the use of eye-pleasing decor.
Interior Design: Promoting Productivity
Early on, families likely cleared out a space in the dining room to use for homeschooling, or they turned a spare bedroom into a home office. What they thought of as a temporary circumstance has now become permanent. Today’s homeowners are beginning to appreciate the personal value they’ll receive in doing whatever it takes to make the spaces within their home both functional and attractive.
As part of this process, homeowners understand it’s important to successfully marry the overall tone of a space with its main purpose. Fortunately, some of the newer design trends for 2021 work beautifully when creating an environment that will help increase energy and productivity levels. Home offices, schoolrooms, craft rooms, and exercise areas can all benefit from the strategic use of some of 2021’s popular design trends. These trends include the use of:
- Rich, saturated colors
- Patterned wallpaper
- Vibrant patterns and textures
Imagine walking into a home office or schoolroom that is neat, organized, and functional, complete with vibrant patterns and punches of rich color. This type of environment is positive, energizing, and motivational.
Interior Design: Promoting Relaxation
Just as there are spaces where family members need high energy levels, they also need spaces where they can relax and regroup after a full day. Some of 2021’s newer design trends that can help people unwind, include the generous use of pillows and throw blankets made of fabrics with rich textures and patterns. Plush custom velvet furniture pieces are becoming very popular since they offer a soothing respite after a full day of running a household and homeschooling several children.
Of course, some households may be concerned about having family members living, breathing, and sleeping adjacent to multiple remodeling projects. Fortunately, remodeling materials have a come a long way in recent years and are now much more eco-friendly. There are many good-quality, low or zero VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints on the market today, as well as non-toxic sealers and stains. There are also eco-friendly caulks and adhesives which are often used in remodeling projects, that are gentler on respiratory systems as well.
In line with other parts of a remodeling project, materials that comprise window treatments can be eco-friendly too. Blinds can be made out of sustainable materials such as bamboo, jute, reeds, or real wood. Window treatment manufacturers are now creating products that are CARB compliant and VOC safe. In addition, there are many types of window treatments now made with thoughtful, energy-saving features.
In fact, just about every material that might be used in a remodeling project is available in an eco-friendly version, including:
- Wood planks
- Window treatments
- Roofing materials
Windows can be both a blessing and a curse for activities around the home. Allowing sunlight into a room can provide a source of natural energy. Then again, activity going on outside can distract a home-schooled child from paying attention to a lesson or a remote worker from concentrating on the task at hand. Of course, too much afternoon sunlight can make it difficult for a child to see a lesson on a chalkboard, and for remote workers, excessive warmth and sun streaming through windows or a set of patio doors can make it difficult to focus.
When creating effective spaces, it’s really important to consider how to use window treatments in such a way as to address distractions and other drains on productivity levels. This is where our professional expertise comes in handy. Our in-home consultation services provide a convenient way to address all your window treatment goals. We can help you turn those neglected spaces in your home into rooms of true inspiration.