Categories: Trends

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that when the going gets tough—the tough go back to basics. Home design experts have captured this notion with their top recommended home décor trends to look for in 2021.

Take a look at the inspirational design trends that will bring peace, comfort, and tranquility to your life and home.

Light Wood

Light and airy is the “feel good” vibe for 2021. Lighter wood tones are the popular choice when it comes to creating a soothing living space to feel good in.


Before you say “boring,” you’ll be excited to learn of how next year’s neutrals are more about warmer tones and less of the cooler whites. This classic look is back and better than ever, with a natural back-to-basics design that brings elegance and style to any room in your home.

Zen Inspiration

With life taking us in many directions, creating a Zen feeling in your home is one of today’s essential ways to redirect your energy in a positive and productive way. Experts suggest even implementing a single Zen-inspired addition, such as a Zen garden on your balcony or patio can be beneficial. Or, a small change, such as swapping heavy curtains for light and airy ones, can make all the difference in maintaining a healthy mind-and-body balance.

Plants, Plants, & more Plants

Nothing says “back to nature” better than house plants. Bringing live plants into your home will add beauty and brighten your mood. Additionally, some live plants are known to freshen your indoor air, which is especially beneficial during the winter months. Don’t have a green thumb? No problem. There are several varieties of houseplants that require little to low maintenance.

Sleep Sanctuary

We all know getting enough sleep is critical to our health and well-being. But how many of us actually get the recommended amount of precious sleep? Design experts say updating and upgrading your bed linens and pillows is a great start to a better night’s sleep. And who doesn’t love crawling into a soft and cozy bed and after a long day? It’s time to pamper yourself for 2021.

Two-Toned Kitchen

Switching things up in the kitchen goes far beyond testing out new recipes. One of the hottest kitchen trends for 2021 is the two-toned kitchen. Why settle on one color cabinet when you can have the best of both of your favorite colors? Today’s experts are designing kitchens with varying color combinations on upper and lower cabinets, kitchen islands, and even on textures such as wood and painted cabinets. The result: A cozy and complimentary look that will bring character and style to your kitchen.

Hidden Hardware

Less-is-more when it comes to embracing 2021. Clean lines and less clutter are paramount, and when it comes to your kitchen, hidden hardware is the way to go. Look for cabinet options like edge-style cabinet pulls and integrated handles.

Integrated Living Spaces

Families are spending more time together these days as they work and attend school at home.  Creating integrated spaces is a great way to repurpose rooms for fun and functionality. From adding a couch in your kitchen to modifying a seldom-used formal dining room, homeowners are finding clever ways to make their homes work for them.

What’s your favorite design trend for 2021? Southward Contracting can help you turn your countertop dreams into reality in Central Oregon. Contact us today to learn more.

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