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Top Interior Design Trends for 2021

When you think about visual design, you grow to understand that it affects many aspects of our lives. What we wear, what we buy, why we pick specific colors or patterns. Which styles will be filling pages of magazines right down to what you’ll put on the walls in your new home. Design fills our days and influences our choices. Sometimes, we don’t even understand how much influence design has over our choices; it’s a subconscious event that just seems to happen magically. But, there is nothing arbitrary about design. It has a purpose, and it all takes place, well, by design.

There is that moment in the movie The Devil Wears Prada, where Andy truly believes she is immune to design, but Miranda, quietly, skillfully, and with great knowledge, enlightens her;

Miranda Priestly:

… You’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves St Laurent, wasn’t it, who showed cerulean military jackets? And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic “casual corner” where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs, and so it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of “stuff.”

That moment gives Andy and the rest of us a little peek behind the curtain, a little insider’s knowledge of how influential design truly is. What Miranda so subtly talks about and enlightens Andy about is a design trend.

What’s a Trend

A trend is most common in the world of fashion design. A trend is styling, colors, patterns, shapes materials that are popular in a particular season which might have a long-term influence on the market—for example, Miranda’s story about cerulean, one specific shade of blue. Interior design is similar to fashion design as both are influenced and inspired by the culture, the moment, and current events—all these influence how we see and want to see our homes or living spaces. What is most popular or influential at the moment in time is a trend.

Interior design, much like fashion design, is influenced and influences so much of our lives.

What is an Interior Design Trend

A trend in interior design is a central idea around which all project elements, a room, an entire house, are designed. A thread that brings together all the design elements and gives a central or unifying character to the whole design project.

But these design trends, much like Miranda’s story of that shade of blue, do not just appear out of nowhere. They are hashed out, discussed, demoed between designers, with design tools and apps long before reaching the public eye. Time, effort, thought, and hard work goes into any sort of interior design trend.

However, it’s important to point out that interior design trends have changed over the last decade. Where once design trends were spawned from grassroots design movements, today’s interior design trends are being dictated by magazines and popular fashion channels. And, of course, social media.

Social Media & Interior Design

When you think of trends, nowhere do trends get more life or suffer more humiliating deaths than social media. There the trends come and go spurred on my likes and shares or sent to an early grave by cancel culture. But, no matter what your view is on social media, there is no getting around the fact that it sets trends.
Interior design and social media are kind of a perfect match. Highly visual platforms like Instagram and Pinterest are ideal for starting design trends, getting them a wider audience, and keeping people abreast in the latest of these trends.

The online revolution has allowed designers and customers to have greater knowledge when making design decisions. Designers get a front-row view into people’s lives, what they like, how they live, and this information can then be translated into design styles and trends. Clients now have greater access to and more knowledge of designers, their processes, and what they see as trends in the interior design market. This gives the potential client more choices and a more extraordinary palette to play with when it comes time to create in their own homes.

Social media also allows people to showcase their design ideas and inspire others with daily images and videos by top designers. The new interior design trend on social media is about achieving an #Instagrammable look – an aesthetically pleasing space when photographed.

The Social Media Disadvantage

The truth is interior design and trends on social media are not all roses in Picardy. There is a downside to the constant exposure and overexposure that social media tends toward. With all the social media outlets and the ability to post constantly, designs are being replicated and copied far too often. This trend can bring about unoriginality in design.

It can also mean that the original design becomes so watered down, so far removed from its original idea and impetus, that the truth of the design, the reason, is lost, and it becomes commonplace. Or, as Miranda would say, it trickles down to some bargain basement notion of what the original design was supposed to be.

Now for Some Trends

Every year we see interior design trends come and go in Utah model homes. New styles and designs mark the trendy homes that folks love to gawk at and visit on the parade of homes. 2021 is no different, there are new norms, new ideas, and new trends running through the interior design world, and they are being reflected in the new homes here in Utah. So, to help with your interior design ideas, give you a bit of inspiration if you’re buying a new home or remodeling your current home; here are ten interior design trends that are popular in Utah homes for 2021.

Warm Colors

Color has always been a vital element in interior design. Color can convey a mood and set a base for the other elements to follow. Color should feel like a member of the house; it should match or lead the other elements you go with.

In 2021, warm colors are making a serious comeback. Last season it was all about cool colors, like purple, but now, the color of the hour is red. All shades of red and orange and tangerine will be the primary color spectrum for 2021.

The curve

The curved edge is taking over boxy edges and clear lines. The curve is a much more organic shape as there are no straight lines in nature. Puffy sofas, deep comfy chairs, round mirrors, and even curved artwork are the trend.

Nature, Come On In

With the trend toward warmer colors and organic curves, it makes sense that natural elements, accents, and decor are feeling more eco-friendly and influenced by Mother Nature.

Natural wood will be seen everywhere, from floors to countertops, to decor and cabinets. Wood will reign. Also, you’re going to see a rise in stone, marble, and materials that look like stone and marble. Faux stone, shall we say. Pretty much any eco-friendly element that brings a touch of nature into the home is what you’ll see trending.

Wall Paper You Notice

Bedroom, living room hallway, wherever you have walls, the paper of choice in this trend is going to be bold. Where in the past we saw wallpaper as an accent or as an exciting twist in a small portion of a room, now it’s taking center stage, as a type of surrounding art.

You’ll be seeing geometric patterns, landscape scenery, abstract shapes, and even human and animal figures. Wallpaper is not going to be fading into the wallpaper if you know what we’re saying.

Flexibility of Space

In the past, we’ve seen spaces with clear designations, dining area, sitting area, mingling area, and the like. This year the trend is toward flexible space. Especially in smaller spaces, the need for flexible and versatile is in demand; utility and functionality are the watchwords.

For example, furnishings like fold-out tables and chairs allow a sitting room to transition to a dining room easily and back again—better and more versatile use of space.

Nice Chair, is That Nouveau

Older interior design trends are having a massive influence on modern trends. Neoclassicism is showing its hand in today’s eclectic design as we see antique pieces of furniture with a bit of a futuristic twist.

What we’re seeing is something like a regal, ornamental piece of furniture but with very modern warm color accents or a monochromatic palette.


It’s solid, dependable, and has been around forever. Usually for floors or countertops, but this year that’s going to change. The concrete interior design trend will include items like pendant lighting and furniture.

Here’s a caution sign, don’t let the interior get too grey. Match your trendy concrete furniture with a bright color palette; rely on those brilliant reds and yellows to offset the concrete—stylish colors with trendy materials.

Sustainable Design

As with the eco-friendly movement, more sustainable design is the trend in 2021. For example, the environment is safer when you shop for a second-hand table or bookcase rather than gutting the Sequoia forest to build a hutch. Also, people are more conscious of material choices; Bamboo flooring is less impactful to produce than hardwood floors.

Smart Tech

Technology and interior design have always had a happy partnership. Current design trends favor sleek technology and stylish electronics to work in sympathy with interior trends.

The Home Office

Thanks to the pandemic and stay-at-home orders, the home office is getting a lot more attention this season. For the home office, this season’s interior design trends are productivity and minimalism.

Ergonomic chairs, stylish file cabinets, air purifiers, and soothing artwork are all the norm for updating and modernizing the home office.

Model homes in Utah show the latest trends in interior design. These are just a few bits of inspiration to get you started in the new season.

A Home of Your Own

Maybe you want more than just trendy interior changes, and it’s time for an entirely new home. That’s great too. When you visit a builder like Revere Homes, you can start from the bottom up.

New styles, trends, colors, and patterns are all available to you in a semi-custom-built home. Get in touch with the experts at Revere Homes and talk to them about the latest in trendy home styles, and they will help you find the interior design that best fits your life.