Say hello to 2021 trends

Sat­u­rated earth tones and plush fab­rics are set to take spot­light in home decor


Af­ter al­most a year of spend­ing the ma­jor­ity of my time at home, I'm ready for some changes in 2021. The new year, al­though still a cou­ple of months away, will bring new dec­o­rat­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, and now's the time to plan out what changes you want to pri­or­i­tize to make your home look fab­u­lous and func­tion bet­ter for how you use it now. Ready for a new look? Noth­ing can freshen your space faster than in­cor­po­rat­ing a few new trends. So, if you're like me and ready to say good­bye to 2020, then say hello to these three big 2021 trends.


To add a sense of earthy com­fort, look for rus­tic and nat­u­ral fin­ishes for sur­faces like bath­room shower walls, kitchen coun­ters and fireplace man­tels. This week, quartz sur­face man­u­fac­turer Sile­stone launched the Loft Col­lec­tion, with five new colours in­spired by in­dus­trial de­sign and fea­tures found in raw loft in­te­ri­ors.

A fave of mine is Sea­port; a dark, worn ce­ment look. It would be a chic way to add a ca­sual, in­dus­trial vibe to a mod­ern farm­house kitchen. Or you could clad a fireplace wall with it for a touch of in­dus­trial chic in a mod­ern condo. While real con­crete tends to re­quire a lot of main­te­nance (and can crack over time), a solid quartz sur­face is vir­tu­ally main­te­nance free and ul­tra durable.

As colour trends warm up, also look for warm cop­per/rust fin­ishes for hard­ware, faucets and light fix­tures, and wood ac­cents like ceil­ing beams and nat­u­ral wood in­te­rior doors. It's all about adding a warm, in­dus­trial touch to the in­te­rior spa­ces for 2021.


Look for deep, sat­u­rated earth tones (yes, good­bye cool grey colours) to add vis­ual com­fort to the walls or up­hol­ster­ing fur­ni­ture. Sherwin Wil­liams re­cently an­nounced its 2021 colour of the year as Ur­bane Bronze — a dark, cool brown that tran­si­tions all the those grey fur­nish­ings and ac­ces­sories you had, grey colours of paint, fab­rics and fur­nish­ings you've been dec­o­rat­ing with the last 10 years. (If you have been hit­ting on the lat­est trend of dark blue for fur­nish­ings and ac­ces­sories, this new cool brown will com­ple­ment nicely.)


Leather and plush fab­rics like bouclé and vel­vet are the trends for fur­ni­ture upholstery in 2021. Sim­i­lar to 1970s styles, heavy vel­vet, leather, suede and nubby tweed fab­rics will be all the rage to add texture to up­hol­stered fur­nish­ing.

Want to in­cor­po­rate this trend? Use it on fur­nish­ings like ot­tomans, head­boards and foyer benches; places where the fab­ric will not be overly dom­i­nant (my mom had the heavy velour bul­rush mo­tif on her match­ing sofa, loveseat and chair set — let's not go back there).


If you're ready for a new year, let's fast-for­ward and get a jump on 2021 with a few more de­sign trends.

1. The area rug be­comes art. Look to the floors to add an artis­tic state­ment in a room.

2. Add some tra­di­tional touches to mod­ern in­te­ri­ors. The mil­len­nial min­i­mal­ism style will be re­placed with grander, “Granny” style.

3. The home of­fice in­vades. In­cor­po­rat­ing a well-func­tion­ing workspace will be more im­por­tant than ever in 2021.

Do you have a decor dilemma or want to give feed­back? You can con­tact Karl on In­sta­gram at Karl Lohnes. Karl has worked as a home decor ex­pert and prod­uct de­signer for 25 years.

Adding the look of time-worn ce­ment is a 2021 trend that will bring ca­sual in­dus­trial style to the home. Sea­port Quartz Sur­face, www.sil­

Earthy deep browns and blues will bring vis­ual com­fort to walls and fur­nish­ings in 2021. Prince­ton Din­ing Chair,­con­

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