We hope you had a great holiday and a happy new year and that this post finds you healthy and well. 2020 was a year no one could have predicted. With the pandemic came spending more time than ever in our homes and we’ve seen a huge increase in home renovations and redesigns as a result. While we won't speculate when in 2021 life will return to normal, we do have some predictions for 2021 design trends and we’re excited to share them with you.

Grand-Millennial Aesthetic

This trend has been creeping onto our radar for a while and we’re into it. If you aren't already familiar, the Grand-Millennial look uses traditional motifs, like floral, toile and other delicate feminine patterns. It's a layered look, with these patterns on fabrics and wallpapers. Imagine your grandmother’s style but Instagram ready. 


Image from Thibaut Design

Multi-use Spaces

Employers have realized that working from home is a viable alternative to being present in the office and even when it’s safe to return to the traditional office space, we think the WFH culture will stick around. As such, homes without a dedicated office will need to have options for accommodating working or schooling from home. We’re forecasting that people want their spaces to work extra hard for them in 2021 by serving more than one purpose. 


Image from David A. Land via BHG

Earth Tones

As we saw in 2020 with the Sherwin Williams color of the year; Urbane Bronze, colors are trending deep and moody. We’ve seen a rise in organic textures in decor accents and an influx of organic, earthy materials - think terracotta, wood-fired clay tiles, plaster, etc. This year, we’ll see grays take a back seat to camels and cognacs.


Image from Pottery Barn

Plaster Walls 

Plaster walls add a subtle element of interest and a layer of texture to a space that's almost impossible to replicate with another material and we are excited to see all the creative applications designers will employ with this trend. There’s an artistic quality to a plaster wall finish, it is hand-applied and the brush strokes and variation in textures create a beautiful finish.


Image from Curbed

Natural + Recycled Textiles 

We love that design is becoming more focused on sustainability and the trend of naturally dyed and recycled fibers is an excellent way to accessorize a room while being mindful of environmental impact. This trend will be sticking around and we happy about that. 


Image from The Citizenry 

Pantone Colors of the Year

Pantone picked two colors of the year - Ultimate Gray and Illuminating. Hopefully, a metaphor for 2021, Ultimate Gray (similar to concrete) is representational of strength while Illuminating represents optimism. We’ll need plenty of both this year and just an added bonus that these colors are so beautiful.


Image from Getty Images

Indoor Plants 

We propose greenery for all of our design projects but we are seeing it more in designer's work across the board. When it comes to plants, we consider green a neutral, so it’s tough to find a place where they don’t belong. Whether you go for easy to maintain succulents, fruit-bearing trees, or hanging plants, there's something for everyone. No green thumb or decorating a part-time residence? Then faux plants are the way to go and there are a lot of options on the market that look very realistic.


Image from Jungalow

Are you wondering how to incorporate these trends into your home or office design? Let us help - Brick + Beam Studio offers design packages tailored to fit your unique project.


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