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2021 Design Trends : What’s In & Out

2021 Design Trends : What's In & Out - roomfortuesday.com Last week, I asked everyone to submit blog post requests via Instagram, and I received an overwhelming amount of “2021 trend” requests. To be honest, I’m not big on trends. I try to stick to what I like, keep longevity in mind, and design our home to our personal preferences. However, trends are ubiquitous and sometimes unavoidable… they’re a tell tale sign of the times. Whether we like it or not, trends influence our aesthetic, style, and home. I think it’s more important to be aware of current trends, balance them with timeless and classic options, and understand how we can avoid the ones that fade fast. Click through for my opinion on what will be “in” and “out” for the year ahead… consider these my official predictions!

2021 Design Trends : What's In & Out - roomfortuesday.com Out with the old, in with the new… so the saying goes. First I’ll share the trends I’m ready to see left behind in 2020. I’ll preface this by saying OF COURSE there are exceptions, as it’s mostly about the way something is installed, what it’s paired alongside, and the overall treatment & design of a space, but for the most part… I feel like these are pretty accurate and agreed upon by designers as of lately.

As much as I love and appreciate a crisp, white, and textural space, I’m ready to see more interior personality inserted in the year ahead. I’m predicting we’ll notice more dark, bold, and colorful design plans as we move throughout 2021. I’’m also hoping for more pattern and interesting textures, whether that’s found in textiles, wall coverings, or furnishings.

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OUT…
  1. All White Everything // I’m very bored with bright white spaces… there, I said it. That basic, white palette can feel clinical, uninspired, and easy (in a bad way). I’m ready to see more interior personality in the year ahead, and I’m predicting we’ll begin to notice more dark, bold, and colorful design plans in the coming months. I’m looking forward to seeing spaces that really push past a boring white palette- and apparently I’m not alone. Sarah from MyDomaine interviewed me for an article and many fellow designers agreed… apparently it’s a popular notion.
  2. Iterations of the Same Space Over and Over Again // Let’s be real… in the past year, I’m sure many of us have experienced mindless scrolling on social media, where everything seems to look the same. It appears as though people are reiterating the same space or look over and over again. There’s no ingenuity or creativity in that, and it’s a sure way to achieve a look that will soon go out of style. As a designer, the last thing I want my home to look like is someone else’s. I’m hoping 2021 brings more personality, self expression, creativity, and the courage to design in a way that makes you happy and feel at home in your home.
  3. Open Floor Plans // Even pre-pandemic, I’ve never been a fan of open floor plans. I think extra large rooms that bleed together can feel cold, uninviting, and the negative space can look overwhelming. I’d much rather prefer multiple, cozy spaces with designated purposes. I think they give us an opportunity to be more creative, intentional, and always provide an inviting backdrop. I think 2020 helped to show us that these timeless floorpans are both functional and beautiful. I’m guessing we’ll see far less open concept homes in 2021.
  4. Barn Doors // Unless you live in an actual farmhouse (on a farm) or in a very industrial space, I think barn doors are a design miss. I struggle with them because there are so many better alternatives. I’d be happy to see those left behind in 2020.
  5. Fast Furniture // Perhaps it’s my age or this stage in life, but gone are the days of fast furniture. I think most of us are looking for well-made, durable pieces that will withstand the test of time- in terms of style and physically holding up. I think many of us are more eco conscious than ever before, and dislike the idea of having to replace large items, like furniture all the time. Here’s to quality pieces, good craftsmanship, and more thrifting for vintage in the year ahead! I think the new standard is built-to-last as opposed to flat-packed IKEA products.

2021 Design Trends : What's In & Out - roomfortuesday.com To wrap things up, I’ve been seeing a lot of suggested things that are “out” for 2021 (there are lots of these trend articles floating around right now) and I disagree with many of them: subway tile, cool paint tones, marble, etc… to which I say, NEVER! Some things will always remain in style, no matter how often they are used. Again, think about how to insert those materials in a way that will withstand the test of time. Ready to move onto new trends I’m expecting to see more of in the year ahead?

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IN…
  1. Multifunctional Rooms // 2020 definitely showed us that rooms are more valuable if they serve multiple purposes. When spending so much time at home, we learned that our homes have to work hard for us. I think we’ll begin to see more of this in the year ahead…. guest rooms that double as the home office or provide a work space, etc.
  2. Color and Pattern // As I previously mentioned, I’m predicting we’ll begin to see more bold patterns, colors, and personality inserted into home design and interiors. Color is back in a big way!
  3. Dimensional Materials // I’m assuming we’ll also see a continued focus on dimensional building materials, like millwork, tile trim pieces, and finishing materials.
  4. Textural Wall Treatments // Have you been noticing more grasscloth, roman clay, venetian plaster wall treatments recently? I’m predicting textural and tactile wall treatments will be big in 2021.
  5. Homes That Reflect Its Inhabitants // If there is anything 2020 has taught us, it’s to embrace the things that make us happy and are functional for our families at home. Throw the design “rules” out the window and do what is best for YOU. Customize your home based on your needs, insert your individual personality, and enjoy creating a space that you love living in.
  6. Natural Materials // Per usual, I’m pushing for the use of natural materials. I still think cotton, linen, jute, sisal, leather, mohair, and natural fibers will be popular in the year ahead. Whether you’re shopping for window treatments or rugs, you can’t go wrong with a classic natural material. Healthy textiles and furnishings might also be a big topic this year. Gone are the days of synthetic, unnatural materials that shed harmful fibers.

2021 Design Trends : What's In & Out - roomfortuesday.com Are these even trends? In my book, the aforementioned topics are always in style… what do you think? Is there a trend you’re looking forward to leaving behind in 2020? What trends are you predicting to see in home design in the year ahead? It’s always fun and tricky to make predictions! Hopefully I haven’t offended anyone. Apologies to those of you who love barn doors and open concept floor plans- like I said… there is a way to do them well, but the majority are meh. Happy Tuesday!

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  • Reply
    Peggi
    January 5, 2021 at 5:21 am

    Ah trends. My snooty self would love to think I’m above them, but, as you say, we are all influenced! At the very least, we are subject to what’s available in the market. That’s why I love vintage; you get amazing quality and uniqueness! You know I’m thrilled to hear more color and pattern is on the horizon! Bring on the personality!! I am so bored with the cookie-cutter spaces! To me, your list of “outs” are trends, and the list of “ins” is more about smart, classic design. Natural materials, rooms that function for and reflect the inhabitants…who wouldn’t want that? And please, no more farmhouse…unless you actually own a lovely old farmhouse. Here’s to a beautiful, authentic 2021!💜

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      Sarah
      January 5, 2021 at 3:44 pm

      Right?! You and I, both. Haha! I’m with you on vintage- it truly is the best. Bring on color and pattern this year! I’m here for it. I think you’re right- the “outs” are mostly trends and the “ins” are more about smart design that is always in style. It’s difficult to think of new trends until they’re actually happening! I’m probably not amazing at those predictions. I love a REAL farmhouse on an actual farm. There were lots of those in the area Emmett & I grew up in. However, the overdone farmhouse aesthetic is ruining the classic farmhouses that are few and farm between. Cheers to being our most creative, beautiful, and authentic selves this year :) I love that! Well said, my friend. xo

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    Rachael Travers
    January 5, 2021 at 5:44 am

    Help – what are some suggestions for barn doors?

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      Sarah
      January 5, 2021 at 3:38 pm

      Awesome question! Pocket doors are my favorite solution. Others include french doors, bifold doors, a regular paneled swinging door, industrial paneled doors on tracks (think of reeded glass and iron), cased openings, shoji doors, hidden doors with millwork, etc. There are lots of options that feel more timeless and better fit the architecture of non farm homes.

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    Katie
    January 5, 2021 at 6:44 am

    Omg. The barn doors. I simply…. just…. cannot. I completely agree with the all white everything as well. Makes it way too easy.

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      Sarah
      January 5, 2021 at 3:34 pm

      Hahah! I know, I know. I grew up on a farm, too… if anyone should love a barn door, it’s me. When we were dating in high school, Emmett’s family lived in an actual barn for awhile, as they were converting half of it to living quarters. I just can’t hop on board that trend, unless it’s a barn / farm situation.

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    Emily
    January 5, 2021 at 6:45 am

    Honestly I have pieces from IKEA that are well over twenty years old and they’re still going strong. I like IKEAs commitment to their workers and their environmental protections, as well as the warranty they offer on their furniture. I can’t say that about most of what Amazon sells.

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      Sarah
      January 5, 2021 at 3:32 pm

      That’s incredible, Emily! I probably should have used a different example. Haha! Years ago, I bought a chest from them and it didn’t hold up well at all, but that is really my only experience. I’m glad you’ve had great luck, as they are definitely a wonderful company in terms of values. I was mostly referring to the materials (solid wood, natural materials, etc) and craftsmanship when chatting about “fast furniture” in this post.

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    Paige
    January 5, 2021 at 7:28 am

    I’ve have spent the last two months in an apartment waiting for our new house to be built staring at white walls with updated contrasting trim! (Our last house sold the day we listed. We looked at that as a blessing and rushed to find temporary housing.) What I have found interesting is that while I love this look in photos and video, I loathe it in real life. These are new “luxury” apartments so it was done well and should be fine – I just don’t care for it. With so much to plan from the foundation up I have been working hard. What has helped me planning the new house is to focus on what our family really loves. Who knew our 17 year old would care so much about the stone choice? The best trick I have found is looking at old decorating books I have and from the library. Seeing what still appeals to me about those photos really helps with the timeless look. We love traditional style (lots of family heirlooms), but with a cozy, minimal vibe. It works for us and I’m doubling down on it.

    And I totally agree with Emily about IKEA. While some of the pieces are meant to be temporary (lets all try to buy less of those from every provider) our 10 year old IKEA sofa has outlasted 2 from high end, quality brands. Despite a dog and herd of teenage boys, it still looks like new.

    Thanks for let me live in your decorating world until I can get mine off paper and into reality!

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      Sarah
      January 5, 2021 at 3:27 pm

      Such an interesting point, Paige! Sometimes it takes experimenting in our own home to figure out what we actually like. I’ve definitely been in a similar situation, where I admired something from a well designed space, and went to implement it in our home, only to realize it didn’t work very well for us or bring me joy. How fun that you’re able to embrace your cozy, minimal aesthetic and really make your new place your own, so that it best fits your family. That’s amazing! I love hearing that your IKEA sofa has been durable and long-lasting. I probably should’ve used a different example, as I don’t really have any IKEA pieces these days and can’t speak to their quality these days. I had a chest from them years ago and it didn’t last long, but I really don’t have experience with their upholstery. What an awesome testament to have your 10 year old sofa still looking new and comfortable. I’m with you on buying less pieces we don’t intend to live with for long. Thanks for the fun chat! You’ll have your dream place to reality in no time :)

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    Colleen
    January 5, 2021 at 7:34 am

    Ah trends, they do have there place. I used to say to my late mother, “Mom your so out your in”🤣 And she loved a bold wallpaper and wasn’t afraid of color. She would love your trend forecast Sarah 😍
    Trends definitely influence us whether we like them or not and I think it’s all a matter of what makes you happy. If buying a vintage chair makes you squeal with delight, or the latest trend floats your boat I say go for it. That’s what makes design fun and exciting! I have never actually installed wallpaper in any apartment, condo or home but love it when I see it in a picture or visit someone else’s house. I personally can’t commit to it but I certainly do appreciate it. My style certainly has changed over the years and for me mixing things up is what keeps life interesting 😝 Cheers to making your home your happy place whatever it may be 🥂 Maybe one day I’ll commit to a wallpaper 😉

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      Sarah
      January 5, 2021 at 3:21 pm

      I love that you told your mom she’s back in style. Haha!! It’s true though- everything comes back around in one form or another. I’m in total agreement about doing what makes us happy at home. If we can achieve that, then we’re doing it right! We should all be filling our home and decorating it with items we love that make us smile and function for our family. Perhaps a peel and stick wallpaper would feel less like a big commitment? Or if you’re not into pattern, just embrace solids :) I think as we age and experience different things, our style continually evolves… it’s all part of the fun! Cheers to making home our happy place, no matter what that looks like. xox

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    Brittany
    January 5, 2021 at 7:36 am

    I love classical architecture and interiors. The proportions and symmetry and beautiful function all get me every time and why I think these things are really timeless. But I’m wondering what you think, if anything, people in 100 years+ from now, will look back and think about what we are doing now. I love the old stuff, but when our stuff is old what will future humans think?

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      Sarah
      January 5, 2021 at 3:17 pm

      Me too, Brittany! It’s so hard to predict the future, haha! I do know that what goes out, always comes back around eventually. I also think modern day designers are coming up with beautiful NEW ideas, inspired by historic interiors, that have staying power. I’d like to think people will look back at the era we’re living in and still be able to find inspiration… like we do with classical interiors from the past. I know I could find things I like from every decade. I’m sure there will also be the bad trends that are noted and poked fun at in the future- like green shag carpet from the 70’s, maybe people will look back and laugh at all the barn doors and shabby chic shenanigans. Haha! Who knows!! It is kind of fun to think about.

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    Ashley
    January 5, 2021 at 8:39 am

    I know it’s tough to write a post like this but I think you did it beautifully. I agree with everything you said. Especially – all white everything, every IG and Pinterest home looking the same, and color! I purposefully added a bold (but muted) color to every room in my home and I couldn’t be happier with it.
    Thank you for doing what you do and being an original!

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      Sarah
      January 5, 2021 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks, Ashley! I’m hoping I didn’t offend anyone. I had so many requests for this post and I knew it would be tricky to convey my thoughts, but I also wanted to be honest. Bold, muted (or muddy) colors are my favorite, too. They really have staying power! Smart move on your part, and it’s nice that your home looks like YOURS. Way to go! xo

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    Lauren
    January 5, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Preach sister!!! Agree with all of the above and let’s just say I’m ready for 2021 to usher in a new phase! Home design trends for me are much like fashion trends. I love the timeless look of the classics, mixed with a bit of trend, but occasionally trends come along that I can’t get behind and I find myself in a stalemate until the current trends phases out. That’s been 2020 for me…too much of the same is just boring. I love that you show the best examples of mixing styles, and how to do it well. I think this year is going to be one for the books inspirationally, and I can’t wait!

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      Sarah
      January 5, 2021 at 3:10 pm

      Ha!! I’m ready, too. I love your fashion comparison and adding trends in that way, paired alongside classic items or “staple pieces”. So smart! I agree. Too much of the same is definitely boring. I also think 2021 is going to be a very inspiring year. Fingers crossed! Happy Tuesday :)

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    Melissa D
    January 5, 2021 at 10:59 am

    I truly hope you’re right about the outgoing trends this year – I’m just so. freaking. tired. of seeing all white everything – it reminds me too much of the hospitals where I work. It’s so refreshing to new and different spaces (like your guest room yesterday, I’m still in love with that one!) instead of the same old same old filling my IG and Pinterest. It’s a little funny to me that you think open concept is on the way out – everybody I know can’t believe that we’re not opening up all the walls in our new-to-us (built in 1895) house to make it “open concept”.

    I’m so excited to see new and fresh inspiration with color and personality. I like how all of your incoming “trends” are modern/fresh takes on old classic and traditional style. Here’s hoping that 2021 doesn’t let me down!

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      Sarah
      January 5, 2021 at 3:08 pm

      I’m with you, Melissa. If that’s what people like in their home and it makes them smile, I’m all for it! Personally, I’m ready to see more inspired spaces that are a bit more inviting and creative. Thanks so much for your kind words about our guest room- that was a fun one for me. I definitely think open concept feels like a dated trend (2000’s, 2010’s). It feels very “McMansion” to me, whereas timeless spaces are usually derived from historic homes (which are typically not open concept, unless they’re modern). Anyway… just my design opinion! Speaking of opinions, not that you asked for it… it’s my professional opinion that you’re 1000% doing the right thing by not opening your floor plan in your historic home. 1895?! That is incredible! We’ll have to see how 2021 unfolds, in terms of design. Who knows!

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        Melissa D
        January 5, 2021 at 7:59 pm

        Hah, I will ALWAYS take your professional design opinion… that’s why I’m here! Well, that and the fun comments from your RFT blog crowd. The 1895 house is a big project but I love every bit of it. It’s challenging but also incredibly satisfying to see it transform into our modern-traditional dream home.

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    Lena
    January 5, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    I love seeing more colors and prints but I also know it isn’t my style. I’ve tried incorporating colors and loud prints and I get tired of them so quickly that I know they just aren’t for me and that’s ok! I think the biggest thing is people should figure out what they like and not just pick stuff they are continually seeing. My mother in law hired a designer and her house turned out dark and gray, which is the complete opposite of my mother in law. She is a woman who loves pinks, purples, blues and prints. Her house looked as if someone else lived there, someone who apparently loves gray – gray walls, gray tables, gray sofas, gray chairs, literally everything was gray. So I helped her pick out a chair with pinks and purples and a print. I told her to incorporate more color, and get rid of the drab, dark tree art (what???) and put up photos of the grandchildren she adores. Instantly the house felt better. Truly think about what you like and are drawn to and your home will feel more like you and not something that every one else on instagram has.

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      Sarah
      January 5, 2021 at 3:02 pm

      Yes!! I wholeheartedly agree, Lena! You’re speaking the truth, and I echo doing what feels best in your home and works for your family. The people on Instagram don’t live there, YOU do- so I think we should all be asking ourselves what makes us happy at home. If it’s color, cool… if it’s neutrals, that’s cool, too! Own it and make it unapologetically yours. I know it’s easier said than done, but I loved your comment and think if there is any year to embrace that mentality- it’s this year. Here’s to figuring out what we like and making it happen :) xo

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    Lexie
    January 5, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    I think “cottagecore” or as my grandmother called, it “shabby chic” will creep into millennial and gen z homes!

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      Sarah
      January 5, 2021 at 2:52 pm

      Cottagecore! I like that, Lexie :) Your grandmother sounds like a smart lady, and I have to agree- I’ve been noticing more of that aesthetic. Great observation!

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    Darcie
    January 5, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    I agree on all white! My house is Craftsman style, and as many times as I’ve thought about repainting the interiors white, 15 years in I still like the original, warmer cream/gold tones. They flow better with the natural setting I see through my windows. And with all the light coming in through those windows, white would be glaring in addition to boring. Looking at new places now and sad that most are all-white boxes. It does make for lazy design and kind of hides bad design. I wish Nashville builders and developers were reading your predictions/preferences!

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      Sarah
      January 5, 2021 at 2:52 pm

      It’s SUCH a trend and specific (overdone, in my opinion) look. I think colors, (especially historic colors, are so much more fun and inviting. Even some warmer neutrals would be a lovely replacement for stark white. I love that you trusted your instinct and did what felt best to you in your home. Amazing work, Darcie! I bet it’s beautiful. We have family in Nashville and while it has been over a year since our last visit, we toured some homes for sale in our family’s neighborhood (just open houses for fun because I love design), and I definitely noticed that. I know there are some amazing designers in Nashville (many I’m lucky to call friends!), but there are also quite a few builders that I imagine will be doing the all white look for quite awhile. Haha! To each his own.

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    April Blake
    January 5, 2021 at 3:38 pm

    I do love some of my IKEA furniture specifically for its innovative design (a dining table leaf stored within the underside of the table?! Removable and washable couch covers! YES!) and hate that it has become synonymous with “shit that gets thrown out fast”.

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      Sarah
      January 5, 2021 at 3:49 pm

      I think I picked a bad example because they really did get the rep of, “shit that gets thrown out quickly.” I’ll admit they have innovative design ideas and there are plenty of beautiful, durable items that I enjoy there (hello linen drapery panels!). Anyway, I can appreciate IKEA… my point was that “fast furniture” (from any given brand), made of cheap materials that won’t hold up are probably going to take a backseat in the year ahead, to quality built pieces made with better craftsmanship. I also think for that reason, we’ll continue to see lots of vintage and thrifted items because it’s true that, “they don’t make them like they used to.” and vintage can be affordable. Hope that helps to clarify! I’m not trying to knock IKEA because I shop there, too.

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    Teri
    January 6, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Great post. Part of the reason I love your blog, and design aesthetic is because you decorate in a timeless manner. “On trend” in that you incorporate trendy materials, or decor items but not so trendy that you look the same as everyone else. I so appreciate your tasteful and budget conscious design ideas. Keep up the great work in 2021…I’m looking forward to it!

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      Sarah
      January 6, 2021 at 10:08 am

      Thank you so much, Teri! I really love hearing that, because that’s generally my goal :) Here’s to a fresh creative year and newfound design inspiration. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2021 brings. Have a great day! xo

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    Anna N.
    January 6, 2021 at 11:09 am

    Oh, I love this post. I too have seemed to grown out of trends. It’s exhausting making your home look a certain way to fit the style of the year. I think sticking to classic colors, textiles, and vintage pieces, is the way to go.

    Also, I’m much more happier in the way I style our home to fit the most important things to me: functionality and comfort. It not only has to look good but it has to work for us.

    Great post!!

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      Sarah
      January 6, 2021 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks, Anna! I’m with you… I’d rather stick with classics and things that make me happy for the long haul. Sometimes it can be a tricky balance, but having both form and function is the best of both worlds :) xo

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    Nancy
    January 9, 2021 at 7:17 am

    You post is so timely. I want to get over the post Christmas sadness. I agree with everything you wrote about all those tired trends. But I must add this. I live in Michigan and our winters are usually dark, dreary and depressing. I absolutely hate gray. It is everywhere and in every home on Pinterest and Instagram that is not all white. It appears that influencers persist on pushing just two colors, gray or white. Why? It is just too reminiscent of our dull Michigan winters. Seasonal affective disorder is just compounded by a gray interior. My pet peeve. Why do most bloggers persist on posting photos of their shoes? Are they proud of their feet or do they want us to buy their shoes? Enough already!

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      Sarah
      January 11, 2021 at 9:29 am

      Same, Nancy! This time of year always bums me out… post holiday. It’s has been good to deep clean, refresh & restyle some spaces throughout our home, and move onto future projects (that have me excited). To answer your question about gray and white, I’m assuming we see a LOT of it because it’s easy, comfortable, and ubiquitous. That palette goes with anything, feels “safe”, and given the repetition we see on social media- many feel encouraged to translate those palettes in their homes. Whatever makes you happy in your home is the best answer! I’m with you though, those cool clinical hues don’t do much for me. I’d rather choose a neutral that is more inviting, has a deeper hue, or feels more interesting. That’s the beauty of personal preference though, and designing our homes however we see fit :)

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    Janice
    January 9, 2021 at 7:33 am

    I love white/off white with touches of black and natural woods. Black and all dark pieces show dust much more so at 64 I am tired of dusting! I believe the BEST decor is what the individual loves! Too much design in rugs/floors drives me nuts so I go as natural as I can with colors of every kind all over in pics, throws and pillow coverings. I never want to be married to a certain “pattern” to work around EVER.

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      Pamela Turner
      January 9, 2021 at 3:36 pm

      I am also in your camp (I’m 62, so itmight be generational), but black, white and natural woods as well as grass cloth rugs make me light up with happiness. I’ve lived in a 1930s colonial for the past 20 years with a good bit of color that I loved for the first ten years, but now I want simplicity – and less of everything, including color.

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        Sarah
        January 11, 2021 at 9:03 am

        I love that- doing what is best for your home and what makes you happy (you’re the one living with it)… that’s what it’s all about in the end!

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      Sarah
      January 11, 2021 at 9:24 am

      I wholeheartedly agree with you, Janice… the best decor is definitely what the individual loves! Home should be a reflection of its inhabitants and should be your sanctuary and the place that makes you happiest :)

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    Karen Mary
    January 9, 2021 at 7:43 am

    Oh, interesting! I’m more drawn to traditional style these days and never was a fan of open floor plans, but it’s fun to see what everyone is/isn’t doing! I’m curious about good alternatives to barn doors. I am over them, but I did find the one I installed in our previous home super functional (it served as a small closet door and was great because it took up zero floor space). You mentioned some good alternatives? Thanks for the fun post!

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      Sarah
      January 11, 2021 at 9:14 am

      Pocket doors are my favorite alternative solution! Others include french doors, bifold doors, a regular paneled swinging door, cased openings, shoji doors, hidden doors with millwork, etc. Hope that’s helpful :) Thanks for reading!!

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    Pamela Turner
    January 9, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    I love the images you included in this post and agree many of the trends you cited have become trite. I do feel that white can be classic and there are historical examples of it that have been done well. I am not anti-color but I personally love interiors with lots of textured neutrals such as the Gianetti’s Patina Farm, for one example. To borrow another fashion example, I adore white shirts paired with jeans, a black sweater and gold jewelry. I am strongly considering that combo as I think of my next living room makeover.

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      Sarah
      January 11, 2021 at 9:02 am

      Thanks Pamela! I definitely agree- it’s all about context and the overall design :) Certain colors, patterns, and styles will never go out of style, but it’s more about how you use them and what works best for your home!

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    Karen
    January 10, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    As far as barn doors go, what about barn doors with more of a modern design to them, such has chevron pattern, using antiques doors for barn doors? Or are all of these types of doors out?

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      Ashley
      January 11, 2021 at 8:49 am

      I personally like that idea. I just think that whole farmhouse aesthetic has had it’s time.

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        Sarah
        January 11, 2021 at 9:19 am

        Definitely! My advice is to stick to what works best for the existing architecture of your home. Doors are an architectural element (as opposed to decorative- like furniture), and if you have a farmhouse- barn doors could probably work well, or better yet- simple shaker style paneled doors. Otherwise, I’m not convinced they belong elsewhere. For example, our home is a georgian colonial, so we’ve been focusing on replacing doors as we renovate that better fit that architectural style. Again, it’s all personal preference (I’m all about doing what YOU love)… I just have strong design opinions since I’m a designer, haha!

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      Sarah
      January 11, 2021 at 8:53 am

      Hi Karen, it’s really all personal preference… in my opinion, I don’t love any type of barn door (unless you live in an actual farmhouse or a super industrious space). I actually think the chevron patterns and antique style barn doors are probably more dated than the classic shaker style- that you’d see in an actual farmhouse. I’d recommend an alternative type of door instead, if it’s longevity you’re going for :) Hope that’s helpful!

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    Afton Jackson
    January 14, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    I like how you described multifunctional rooms as a great trend that people can benefit from moving forward. Thinking about it, ever since I had to start working from home, I’ve been spending more and more time around my living room since that’s where I do my office work. If I can find an interior designer that can help me turn the rest of my rooms into both playrooms and functional rooms at the same time, I could really enjoy my house’s space to the fullest.

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