7 Expert-Predicted Home Trends We’ll See in 2021

2020 saw its fair share of home trends, thanks to a surplus of time spent pondering our interiors—quite literally stuck staring at the design choices we might not have thought fully through. The good news is that it compelled people to take creativity …

2020 saw its fair share of home trends, thanks to a surplus of time spent pondering our interiors—quite literally stuck staring at the design choices we might not have thought fully through. The good news is that it compelled people to take creativity to new levels, and really think critically about what they want to get out of their homes.

As a result, we’ve seen the resurgence of 80s silhouettes, an increase in accent walls, a focus on the “CottageCore” aesthetic, and more. What will 2021 bring, you ask? Well, we checked in with Pinterest, home improvement site Houzz, and interior design service Modsy to see what the top design trend predictions will be in the coming year.

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The Home Trends That Got Us Through 2020

If you’ve been spending all this extra time in your house this year, and haven’t felt a startling urge to replace everything you own—I’m at once in awe and completely jealous of you. I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time painting, rehanging shelves, r…

If you’ve been spending all this extra time in your house this year, and haven’t felt a startling urge to replace everything you own—I’m at once in awe and completely jealous of you. I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time painting, rehanging shelves, replacing framed art, scouring Facebook marketplace for furniture to flip, and doing lots (and lots) of Tik Tok research.

One bright spot of pacing around our homes day in and day out? So many cool trends have bubbled to the surface this year, from the practical (regrowing veggies), to the superfluous (squiggly furniture), and more people than ever have taken an interest in making their homes feel… homey. Below, we’ve gathered some of our favorite decor and DIY trends from the past year, as well as some we’re still not sure about. Feel free to change our minds, though!

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The Color Trends for 2021 Are Here—& They’re Bringing the Reset We Need

In a year that’s been marred by its share of gloom, one of the things I found myself looking forward to (even more than usual) were the Color of the Year announcements from the design world. That’s not to say that I rush to stock up on every paint sele…

In a year that’s been marred by its share of gloom, one of the things I found myself looking forward to (even more than usual) were the Color of the Year announcements from the design world. That’s not to say that I rush to stock up on every paint select each year—in fact, sometimes they can be a bit baffling (we all remember Pantone’s Ultra Violet from 2018, right?). But there’s much to love about them: the fresh perspective they bring, the anticipatory excitement they drum up for the new year, and the reboot they herald.

The need to make our lives at home as rich as possible is more evident than ever, and the 2021 Colors of the Year do their bit for our relaxing, happy, energizing, cluttered, chaotic, calming, well-loved spaces. Based off of these shades alone, I predict a brighter and happier 2021. Let’s dive in, shall we?

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The Lighting Trick Your Kitchen Is Missing

I have big-time Nancy Meyers aspirations for my home. There’s just something about all the interiors featured in her films (think: Something’s Gotta Give, The Intern, Father of the Bride, et al)—they feel collected and lived-in and cozy, while still bo…

I have big-time Nancy Meyers aspirations for my home. There’s just something about all the interiors featured in her films (think: Something’s Gotta Give, The Intern, Father of the Bride, et al)—they feel collected and lived-in and cozy, while still boasting a thoughtful, design-forward aesthetic. Architectural Digest even wrote an article on the psychology behind the Nancy Meyers dream home, so clearly I’m not the only one here.

But I digress—I got on this topic for a reason, and that reason is kitchen lamps. According to my research (consisting of many purely indulgent, non-scientific viewings of The Holiday and It’s Complicated) rule #247 when it comes to achieving that Nancy Meyers vibe comes in the form of ambient lighting—and lots of it. There’s nothing like a soft, slightly-yellowed glow to make your home—and any room in it—feel totally welcoming and warm. And in no place is it more difficult to achieve that vibe than in your kitchen, where harsh top lighting or single pendants over the island reign supreme.

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Why I Ditched a WFH Desk for the…Floor

While working from home undoubtedly has its perks—easy access to snacks and an all-sweats uniform are top contenders—there are some disadvantages that come with the territory, too: for one, my studio apartment isn’t the most spacious, so I’ve put off b…

While working from home undoubtedly has its perks—easy access to snacks and an all-sweats uniform are top contenders—there are some disadvantages that come with the territory, too: for one, my studio apartment isn't the most spacious, so I've put off buying a desk. To make do, I've been working from the couch, which, too often, leads to the feeling that I should be relaxing instead of working. Besides, a day on the couch leaves my back feeling hunched and tight.

A few weeks ago, I made some changes. In an effort to feel like more of an upright worker, I decided to have my low coffee table stand in for a desk, and ditch the idea of a chair completely. I’ve never been happier to get to work: Sitting cross-legged on the rug, I feel less sluggish, more aware of my posture, and much more comfortable than I would if I had to unfold myself from whatever half-horizontal position I used to be in on the couch.

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5 Farmhouse Decor Tricks I’m Not Ready to Let Go Of

Farmhouse decor was catapulted into the spotlight several years ago thanks to one of my personal favorite HGTV couples, Chip and Joanna Gaines, but like all good things, this interior design trend seems to have run its course. As sad as it makes me to …

Farmhouse decor was catapulted into the spotlight several years ago thanks to one of my personal favorite HGTV couples, Chip and Joanna Gaines, but like all good things, this interior design trend seems to have run its course. As sad as it makes me to see barnwood accents and distressed furniture disappearing from the shelves of home stores, I know in my heart the decline of this style will make way for new and exciting home trends. That alleviates the sadness a little bit.

However, I’m not completely ready to let go of farmhouse style—not all of it, anyway. It’s been an abiding aesthetic for so long (you could almost call it an era) that while we’re all tiring of shiplap and exposed beams, there are other features of the farmhouse style I wouldn’t mind sticking with.

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5 Furniture Brands That Are Designed to Be Rearranged

Many of us are living very differently in our homes right now. We’re hunching over paperwork at our coffee tables and attending endless Zoom meetings on our love seats. We’re thinking differently, too, by creatively using items we already own—starting …

Many of us are living very differently in our homes right now. We're hunching over paperwork at our coffee tables and attending endless Zoom meetings on our love seats. We’re thinking differently, too, by creatively using items we already own—starting seeds in a brownie tray, shuffling accessories to refresh a room. In this moment, if we find ourselves in need of big-ticket items like sectionals and shelving systems, it would be ideal if they could transform along with our lives.

That makes it the perfect time to consider modular furniture, which is an umbrella category for furnishings made up of components that are customizable to some extent. One simple iteration is an L-shaped sofa whose chaise can be used on either end, like this one by Campaign. At the other end of the spectrum are Lego-like furniture kits, like those sold by Loose Parts, which offer the ultimate flexibility in designing (and redesigning) your own pieces.

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11 Backsplash Ideas We’re Saving for Our Dream Kitchens

Our kitchen was a tight-budget, DIY renovation. Each element had to have a big impact, including our backsplash. Our base cabinets and countertop already had some color and the wall cabinets were white so I decided to go with a white tile for the backs…

Our kitchen was a tight-budget, DIY renovation. Each element had to have a big impact, including our backsplash. Our base cabinets and countertop already had some color and the wall cabinets were white so I decided to go with a white tile for the backsplash to bring the two levels together. I found a subway tile with a handmade texture. I liked it because I knew this was an area that could tell on this DIY project—the organic lines would soften any mistakes when installing.

My husband, Austin and I chose to have the tiles stacked vertically instead of staggered horizontally for a more modern approach to a timeless material. We started by centering the first tile directly under the window by the sink for symmetry. We calculated how many tiles would need to be trimmed in the section we were working on and cut them at the same time to make the process more efficient. That way, we weren’t cutting, adhering, cutting adhering, etc. between every tile. Instead of using tile spacers, we set each tile up against each other. The uneven sides of the artisanal tiles made for the more organic form we were hoping for. We installed each row before moving to the next row.

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A Nifty Trick to Create a Bedroom in a Studio Apartment

Hats off to you, studio apartment dwellers. You seemingly create storage out of thin air, hack every inch of your space and always have the rest of us saying, “Now, why didn’t I think of that?!” The 650-square-foot studio of PROjECT founder and designe…

Hats off to you, studio apartment dwellers. You seemingly create storage out of thin air, hack every inch of your space and always have the rest of us saying, “Now, why didn’t I think of that?!” The 650-square-foot studio of PROjECT founder and designer Aimee Wertepny, however, changes the game. Her space is a great example of using a monochrome palette to make a small apartment shine. Even better though, she is on to a clever trick to make it even roomier.

Wertepny has used her bed to divide the studio into two areas. By using her bed and sofa, back to back, to create a wall, she’s essentially turned her studio into a one-bedroom apartment.

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9 Home Office Setups That Make WFH Sort of…Lovely

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make th…

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.


If you’re like many of us on the Home52 team, you don’t have the luxury of a dedicated room that can serve as your home office. Maybe right now your workspace is a corner of your couch, or your nightstand, or a stack of books on top of a radiator, or a skinny stretch next to the kitchen sink. Whatever works! Still, we’d venture that chiseling out a designated workspace, no matter how tiny, no matter where you can squeeze it in—even a corner of the bedroom or a literal closet—makes a difference. It helps to have a space that’s organized, thoughtful, creative, and beautiful to spend your days in, too.

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