Top 10 Home Decor Trends for 2021

2021 has had many of us spending way too much time our office, bedroom, or house in general.  We have all had the time to revaluate our decorations, furniture, office, or house in general – meaning it’s time to update! Here are the top ten home décor trends of 2021.

1 – Plants Everywhere!

Top 10 Home Decor Trends for 2021
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Why not bring the cool and calming effect of plants inside to us?  Plants are not a new home decor trend, but it is one that continues to be on the rise in 2021. Plants range from small to large, inexpensive to extremely costly, and from low maintenance to having to care for them everyday. The many different colours can accentuate the overall feel and look of any room they are placed in. Also, they are natural air purifiers!

2 – Integrated Offices

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With working from home becoming more integrated into workplace policies, many have had to look for space in their home to set up a work space. Enter cloffices – closet offices that can be tucked away when the work day is done. Standing desks are also incredibly popular for home offices. Some of them are motorized and can rise and lower at the push of a button, and some of them are on a hand crank.  Either way, your body will be thanking you for this. 

3 – Boucle Sofas

Top 10 Home Decor Trends for 2021
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For those who love afternoon or lunch break naps, a boucle sofa is right for you.  These fuzzy, soft, and comfortable sofas can be a highlight in any room they are placed in.  Though they are inspired by retro designs and they have been making a big come back in modern style.  Let’s face it, anything round is cute and the curvature of these sofas make them just adorable. 

4 – Floral Wallpaper

Top 10 Home Decor Trends for 2021
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What is the thing we see the most in our home  Probably our computer monitor.  What is the second thing we see most in our home? Probably our phone screen.  However, other than those, what we see the most is our wallpaper. Floral designs and wallpaper have been making a comeback in many homes and are a crucial piece of the Grand Millennial design style. The floral designs would naturally go well with the plants on our shelves and that white cozy boucle couch to create a warm and comfortable feel.

5 – Wavy and Squiggly Home Decor

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The 60’s and 70’s are back, and so are all the interesting shapes of the era. Try wavy and squiggly candles, lamps and more with this totally groovy design trend. If your home is feeling a little dull after years of minimalism, this is a great way to add some fun back into your space.

6 – Everything Organized

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Storage. That thing nobody has enough of. Being at home really increases our awareness of just how much stuff we have. Cleaning and organizing may seem like something that should always be in style – but 2021 really seems like the year to clean up your stuff. Tiktok is full of videos on cleaning and organizing, which just speaks to the trend further! If you are looking for even more space, you can focus on furniture that has storage built in, entire closet units that provide an organized space, or even a mid century bed trunk. And when it comes to organizing pantries or closets, labels are everything!

7 – Cottage Core

Top 10 Home Decor Trends for 2021
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When you cannot get out to the cottage, bring the cottage to you. A combination of floral, vintage, and rustic, cottage core can bring the nostalgic and cozy feeling of a cottage to any room you are in.  Whether it be using old pots for those plants, some vintage decorations, rattan baskets, or a delicate floral wallpaper, cottage core is a trend that is here to stay!

8 – 2021 Colour Trends

For years we stepped away from being adventurous when it came to what colours we wanted our walls to be and minimalism was popular. However, it now seems like we are getting a bit braver. When looking at colour trends, you’ll notice the term “earthy,” is prevalent. Warm tones are in. Matching a warm green would go well with any floral wallpaper or plants you have. Another colour trend we are seeing is pastel everything to create a fun and dreamy atmosphere.

9 – Rattan

Top 10 Home Decor Trends for 2021
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Rattan has been making a big comeback.  A couple years ago it was something brand new to see people have woven handbags and purses. Nowadays you cannot go into someone’s living room without seeing at least one piece of woven furniture.  When you see rattan paired with house plants, you will understand exactly why they go so well together. Tropical vibes! Not only that, but rattan also goes with everything. You can mix and match different colours with this type of furniture and they will easily compliment each other.

10 -Vintage and Second-Hand Items

Top 10 Home Decor Trends for 2021
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You’ve heard the quote, “one person’s junk is another person’s treasure.”  It is absolutely true. Not only do thrift stores have furniture, clothes, and house décor overflowing their bins, the prices are always fair. Another place to look is on Facebook Marketplace, which is becoming super active in many areas. Even if these items need some work, it just creates a new DIY project for yourself.  It feels great to find items that you can breathe new life into that would go perfect in any room.

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By Bonnie Chuong

Hello! My name is Bonnie and I live in Toronto, Canada working as a landscape architect. I am always interested in trying new crafts and my main interests are in fibre arts, sewing, photography, and watercolour painting. I also love travelling and have lived in South Korea for two years.