The coronavirus pandemic has profoundly changed how most of us view our living spaces. Before the pandemic much of our time was spent at the office, commuting, socializing with friends, and going out to eat. Many of us spent more time away from home. During the course of 2020 we found ourselves at home and indoors, our homes were transformed into multifunctional spaces focusing on work, education, exercising, and entertainment. Moving forward, it’s not surprising that the emerging 2021 home trends are all about comfort and practicality. We’ve rounded up the top trends that we are most excited about.
2021 Pantone named two colors for the year, illuminating and ultimate grey. The Executive Director, Leatrice Eiseman, of the Pantone Color Institute describes this year's colors as
“The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a color combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted: this is essential to the human spirit.”
Here are a few ways you can incorporate this uplifting color combo into your home.
2020 has left us seeking comfort and practicality in our space resulting in a serious spike of interest in traditional decor and furnishings. 2021 will be all about a more relaxed, and cozy look. We can expect to see modern colors mixed with old patterns, vintage accent pieces, and pretty florals. This traditional style with a modern spin has been dubbed Grandmillennial style. While this style is the exact opposite of what we’ve seen in past years, it fits perfectly with what we are craving for our homes today.
Multifunctional spaces are one of the biggest trends in 2021. As a result of the coronavirus our homes suddenly became our workplace, children's school,favorite restaurant, gym, and more. Creating functional spaces that can accommodate our new lifestyle became a high priority in 2020 and is likely to stick around for many years to come. Below are a few ideas on how you can make the most out of your space.
After nearly a year of being confined to our homes many of us found ourselves utilizing our patios, and backyards more than ever. You can expect to see the popularity of outdoor living spaces continue to grow in 2021. Outdoor fireplaces, heat lamps, and fire pits can make your outdoor space more enjoyable year round. Adding an outdoor rug and furniture along with some blankets and throw pillows is a great way to make your outdoor space an extension of your interior space.
Earthy tones tend to create a warm and relaxing space, so it’s no surprise that they are coming back with a vengeance in 2021. This year we should see lots of earthy colors and textures, hues like beige, brown, olive green, burnt umber, and terracotta. Natural looking furniture like rattan and wicker are also on the rise. These earthy natural materials can add texture, warmth and a light feel to both your indoor and outdoor spaces.
Let in the light and bring on the plants! Houseplants have been very popular over the past couple of years, and we will continue to see this trend in 2021. One of the easiest ways to incorporate a nature- inspired calming design in your home is to let in the natural light and incorporate plants into your space. Plants freshen the indoor air, bring life into any room, and they give us something to care for. Edible gardens are increasing in popularity, freshly grown indoor herbs come in a variety of sizes and are perfect for a sunny kitchen window.
Your dorm will be your home throughout your time in college, and it’s incredibly important to make it feel as comfortable as possible. It will be your space to relax and recharge after a long day, a place to do your schoolwork, and likely a spot to socialize as well.
Read on for our curated list of the best bedding and bath essentials that every college student must have in their dorm in 2022.