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Popular Home Decor Trends for 2021

January 30, 2021
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We’ve all been spending a lot more time in our homes this past year, which has helped make some shortcomings more obvious and other decor features just kind of boring after so long. Many people, realizing they needed more space or homes better designed to meet their current needs have chosen some of our new homes in Puget Sound WA. With a new home comes the perfect opportunity to try some new home decor trends and this is what experts are expecting to see this year.

First off, think color. Neutrals have grown too dull over the past year. That doesn’t mean you can’t keep neutrals; in fact, keeping major furnishings neutral makes it easy to change with the times. The trend is to add more color and that can be in wall colors, wallpapers, accessories, and the occasional piece of bigger furniture if you want to go particularly bold. Mainly, people are going for stronger colors on the walls, and not just one accent wall. They’re painting whole rooms in darker, bolder colors. The key is to think about how the color makes you feel and how you want to feel in that particular room. The bedroom and the dining room are particularly good for darker colors. They can help calm you for sleeping, and can create more stunning settings for dining. Whether it’s blue, green, purple or bronze, there’s inevitably an underlying shade of gray that really adds some elegant glamour to these darker tones.

While walls may be going dark, wood is going light. In fact, if dark just isn’t your thing, there are still plenty of light, natural decor styles happening.Wood furniture is trending toward a rustic light oak or a cool Scandinavian blonde. Part of the trend for these lighter woods is the continuing interest in Scandinavian and Japanese minimalism, where nature and natural materials play a big role. Light-colored wood furniture in clean, sleek lines, paired with creams and natural textiles and earthy colors create open, nature-inspired rooms.

Regardless of your color choices, one trend that you can incorporate either way is creating a home that feels more comfortable and traditional. We’re not necessarily talking farmhouse chic, but look for furnishings with rounder edges and more stuffing. You want soft and comfortable and inviting; chairs and sofas that encourage you to snuggle in with a blanket and a good book or a bingeable series. As well as bigger pieces of furniture having rounder edges, consider some of your accent pieces, such as vintage-style mirrors with rounded aged-bronze frames, or even dining chair slip covers that cover the whole chair. That straight-backed IKEA dining table chair can look much softer when the cover goes all the way to the floor, especially if you also consider adding an extra cushion to the seat.

Fortunately, these trends can be mixed and matched in your home. Choose a dark, evening blue for your dining room walls, but soften the effect with a pale-wood dining table and chairs with rounded edges, and a standout bell-shaped light fixture made of natural fibers. Add some warmth with chair covers or colorful decorative plates or artwork hung on the wall to create a space that is comfortable, but still a little different than what we’ve been seeing for a while now.

As you design your new homes in Puget Sound WA, think about ways to work with any existing furnishings you want to keep, bringing in some bolder colors to the walls or adding a lot more cushions to those sleek chairs. Now is the perfect time to change things up a little and bring some new design spark to your brand new home, especially when comfort is a leading trend. Our homes are designed to be comfortable and inviting, so the work is halfway done! See for yourself with the interactive plans that many of our home design pages feature and then contact us to learn more.

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