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How The Pandemic Changed Residential Interior Design Trends For 2021 And Beyond

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When the Covid-19 pandemic hit last year, many people found themselves working, schooling, and entertaining at home more than they ever had in the past. Not only were lives changed and normal routines rearranged, but the pandemic also changed the world of interior design. The demand for a home that is comfortable, beautiful, and practical has become more important than ever.

Warm and cozy trends

Expect to see fewer neutral color schemes, such as gray, beige, and off-white in interior design in 2021. Look for warm and inviting shades like marigold yellow and spicy orange to show up in furniture and wall color. Rustic shades of red and rich browns are also making an appearance in drapes and home accent pieces.

Expect to see wooden accents appearing in interior design to add an additional touch of warmth to dining rooms, kitchens, and living rooms. Plush sofas, loveseats, and recliners add the ultimate comfort to the living room or family room and are taking the place of sleek and minimalist contemporary and modern designs that were popular in past years.  

Sentimental pieces

People are not settling for items without value and are more inclined to decorate and furnish their homes with items they love and that add beauty to the home. Sentimental value rules as people are choosing to restore furniture inherited from family members or flea market finds that bring them joy. Look to see more statement pieces from local craftsmen and one-of-a-kind items that add a personal touch to a room.

Improved lighting

Look for lighting upgrades to brighten up the entire home but especially the home office. Video conferencing is an important part of the work-at-home environment and adequate lighting is crucial to creating a great backdrop for all those conference calls. From the kitchen to the bedroom, upgraded lighting is one of the easiest ways to refresh any room and will make home and work tasks more comfortable.

Sustainable and durable items

The pandemic made people more aware of the importance of sustainability in everyday products. Look for recycled items to grow in popularity. Durability is also important as furniture pieces and other household items are often limited in supply due to pandemic shortages.

Even though things are getting back to somewhat normal, trends in interior design have changed and will likely remain different in the future. Many people have become accustomed to spending more time at home and desire to create a home that is comfortable, cozy, and meets the needs of the family unit. Home truly has become a happy place for many families, and that may be one of the few positive changes brought about by the pandemic.

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