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Interior Design Trends To Leave in 2021

by DecorMatters|Feb 01, 2022

The first weeks of the new year are all about looking forward. The eye focuses on the trends that will mark the next few months and the spirit is mentally preparing to try a few of them. After all, as psychologists have stated, the place we inhabit has a very significant impact on our attitudes, perceptions, and motivations. And we all want to keep those resolutions going all year long, don’t we?

However, the less-talked-about part of this renewal process is knowing what to leave behind. Here, we’ll recap some trends that are on their way out so you can cleanse your home of styles that feel tired or have run their course. This way, you’ll have room to explore what 2022 has in store for your home.

When Less Is Less

📸: @belousova.interior

Goodbye minimalism, it’s time for maximalist, eclectic design. As people spend more time in their homes, they want to be in a place that belongs to them, that tells their story through the many details that inform others of who they are or that helps reaffirm their identity. Artifacts collected from travels or items that evoke a passion or a hobby enrich spaces and build a house that feels inhabited by someone. Model house decorating has its days numbered.

Add Color to the White Canvas

Monochromatic interiors, especially all-white everything is heading towards the exit. An immaculate place intended to provide peace of mind can become quite unsettling. If you spend a lot of time indoors, the aseptic look will start to feel uninviting after a while, so people are craving color. In 2022, we’ll see a lot of experimentation with bold tones to infuse some personality into the house.

📸: @pammaherdesign

For people who are still wary or feel intimidated by strong hues, a 2022 trend that can accommodate their preference is the earth tones palette – think caramel, brown, clay, etc. This scheme offers a muted version of the colorful trend without reaching monochromatic status. Also, the warmer tones offer a cozier feeling and, depending on the rest of the decor, might provide a summerlike sense that uplifts the spirit.

No More Copy + Paste

Many people take inspiration to decorate their homes from a variety of sources. Today, social media reigns supreme with influencers and interior design websites offering all the information needed to replicate the design to a tee. However, over the past two years, there has been a growing trend of people experimenting with their homes to make them their own.

📸: @bunnywilliams_interiordesign

Recreating someone else’s creation might finally be over, as this year invites people to customize their spaces with items that reflect their personalities and life stories. Taking a few ideas from a couple of places will still apply, of course, but creating exact replicas is best left to museums or movie sets.

Classic Over Trendy

You’ve probably seen it all over magazines, social media posts, and advertisements: Black, matte hardware accessories in every kitchen and bathroom. The craze was fun while it lasted, but the moment has passed.

📸: @idalauga@lobjurulf

The issue with these items is that they have not reached classic status yet – and some designers doubt they ever will. Instead, a safer bet is brass, silver, or nickel hardware that has proven throughout the years that it doesn’t cyclically go out of style. Some things are forever.

Reverting the All-purpose Room

When you work, exercise, eat and socialize in the same space, it can be hard to do any of those things properly when there are people doing the opposite and other distractions. That is why integrated spaces or open floor plans might be on their way out.

📸: @nightpalm

Instead of having one whole area serve the function of three separate rooms, designers and homeowners are starting to compartmentalize the house. When you have separated spaces, each one will have a purpose. You can adapt the distribution, furniture, and decor to serve that intention, making it more convenient to inhabit certain areas for different activities.

Fast furniture

Furniture buying habits have long revolved around buying budget, normal-quality pieces online, shipping from far away, and taking who knows how many days to arrive. However, 2021 saw the birth of a new trend that might leave fast-furniture behind.

📸: @aimeemazzenga

The supply chain craziness of last year and the awareness of environmentally friendly practices have led people to look for second-hand items or for locally produced pieces. In fact, upcycling and flipping furniture will be a significant trend in 2022.

If you’d like to know more about other interior design trends, you can check our blog and when you decide to make the move, DecorMatters can help you achieve your dream home easily through our app. We’re ready when you are!

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