We rounded up some of the top 2021 design trends as predicted by US News, Homes and Gardens, Architectural Digest and Elle Decor to generate this list of the most anticipated design trends of 2021 unsurprisingly influenced greatly by life in 2020.

Change for change’s sake.

After spending much of 2020 staring at the same scenery and decor in your home, 2021 might just mean a time for change. Given the increased amount of time and use of our homes in 2020, form and function of the space will play a large part in the desire for a redesign, but boredom with the space is also a driving factor. “Some are working from home every day and are tired of looking at the space that they perhaps haven’t spent much time in previously. And others have realized that, ‘Hey, I need new furniture, and I need better quality furniture,’” says Rodney Hammond, director of e-commerce merchandising for Raymour & Flanigan Furniture and Mattresses, (from U.S. News).

Home offices are a priority.

It should surprise no one that the demand for home office setups is greater now than ever. While many people have managed to create makeshift workspaces at the dining table or couch, the need and value for a designated home office has never been more visible. For households with more than one adult, expect to see two home offices become the norm.

Outdoor living gets staple status.

As people have spent more time at home during the pandemic, private outdoor space has become highly desirable. Everyone’s outdoor wishlist can vary greatly, but it typically involves a space to relax and entertain whether that’s an outdoor kitchen or pooI and hottub, we anticipate more people will be looking for ways to make their outdoors a personal retreat.

Kitchens get zoned.

Before a well-designed kitchen focused on the path from the sink to the refrigerator and stove. But as the footprint of the kitchen has increased so has the everyday functions it houses from homework to socializing and snacking. The evolving use and greater number of people in the kitchen has led to a new trend of creating zones in the kitchen, whether it’s a coffee station, snack station or cocktail area, it allows a high-traffic space to function without traffic jams.

Black kitchens make a comeback.

Kitchens are shifting away from the longtime classic white, and experts are welcoming a new color trend: black. While it may seem bold, black is actually a neutral color that allows it to work with numerous colors and materials to keep the look and feel open and bright. A black kitchen helps to provide a contrast for the area, especially in an open floor plan, to distinguish and separate the space without using walls. (Architectural Digest)

Entertainment spaces popping up.

Everything about entertainment changed in 2020 so it’s no surprise that a shifting focus for entertaining at home will inform many design elements in 2021. From bigger TVs, better sound systems, comfortable and conversational furniture arrangements to luxe serving and dining ware, there will be a new appreciation for bringing a night out, in. This also translates into home wet bars that elevate your entertaining area into your new favorite nightspot. (from Elle Decor)

Oversized tiles take over.

Skip the teeny-tiny penny tiles with the impossible-to-clean grout lines in favor of larger scale tiles in the bathroom. Fewer grout lines help provide a more seamless eye line making the space feel larger. And newer products like large format porcelain slabs, similar in size to natural stone slabs, make this look even easier to achieve.

Spa-style bathrooms get amplified.

Bathrooms are always a popular renovation choice for homes in need of an update. And when you consider how much time we spend in the bathroom, it’s no wonder more people are willing to spend extra to make it extraordinary. New features in fixtures, smart home technology advancements, and luxury features like heated flooring are more common place than ever before.

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