What Will Be Perpetuated?
In the midst of a pandemic, political strife, and economic challenges of buying goods from overseas, we are all ready to bid farewell to 2020. More than ever, our homes, personal spaces and environments have become our refuge, and creating new looks and feels for our sanctuaries has become the focus for many of us. Let’s take a look at what’s coming in 2021, new trends as well as the classics that will be perpetuated.
Color, Texture and Shapes
Coming color trends will highlight natural, woodsy hues. Browns, oranges, beiges, and soft pinks are almost a throwback to retro styles. Think dark, moody neutrals. Blue jean and denim blue will also dominate the color schemes. Almost a re-imagined Ralph Lauren style of the ‘80’s. These earthy tones all beg to be mixed with black, which can be bold or muted adding depth and warmth.
Furniture shapes this year will be curved, rounded, natural and organically inviting. Again this year, mixing shapes, textures and materials will dominate the design arena. Mixing woods and metals, such as a light fixture with black wicker and iron stools will continue trending. Saddle leather is also on the rise in popularity especially when mixed with fabrics.
The Ming Dynasty look is also making a comeback, with signature blue and white colors and Asian art. Building on the simplicity of the Hans Wegner Wishbone Chair made popular in 1944, there is a push toward traditional designs. Carved wood and fabrics that tell a story are also being woven into natural designs.
Back to Nature
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is the mantra for 2021. Antiques are flying off the shelves at auction, partly due to delays in case goods from Asia due to the pandemic. As these goods are delayed, quality wood deteriorates. Buyers are looking instead to sustainable wood, like that of the Amish. Mid-century, modern, high end looks tend to include wood, brass and black leather. Sourcing is also important for environmentally conscious designers. Where does the wood come from? Is it managed? Made in the US? All are important questions to ask.
Antiques are coming back and there are some great values to be had in mid-century modern pieces right now. I’m not talking about Grandma’s overstuffed couch with the rolled arms, but more like that old armoire with the cleaner lines and classic wood finish. Blending this look in a dining room, for example, with contemporary lights and perhaps an old chest creates the transitional look that is trending right now.
Natural vibes are created with wicker baskets and teak tables for a coastal feel. Again, denim blue works its way in to this formula. Blended and ethereal colors such as dark purples, pinks, greens, browns and golds create a palette of sunrise and sunset colors.
Diversity in design is filtering in through markets such as Miami, and the results are gorgeous. Contemporary South American looks are wildly popular and very natural. Roberta Shilling is a classic example of this diverse style with Brazilian roots. Tribal looks with indigenous influences combine colors and leathers that reflect their culture. Native American Indian pieces such as baskets and rugs are sustainable and ethically sourced. So many pieces have relevance, such as a Bell Tota, which is believed to bring prosperity to a household.
Kimmy’s Top Three Tips:
- Grey is not dead! It is every popular for walls and furniture. Blend it with color. Bring color!
- Blend things together. Mix different looks and use one key piece to tie them together. An ultra-modern credenza and an antique table for example, can be tied together by unique mirror.
- Keep it simple. When in doubt keep it clean and add one pop of color. This can be pillows, a piece of art or a statement wall.
I design to create a restful and peaceful space for each individual client. My eyes are like a camera that filters their needs and frames up a room like a photograph. In that snapshot I focus on the aspects and balance of a room.