The 13 Biggest Home Decor Trends We Predict Will Be Everywhere In 2021

Ashley Dennis | 19 Nov 2020 | Trends

Raise your hand if you spent some time parked on the couch this year! Spending more time at home became the new normal for many of us, so creating a cozy, peaceful and inspiring home became more important than ever. These big home-life changes also flipped the home decor industry upside down and made us all dig deeper to get more creative. There was no shortage of fresh, new home decor trends to try and there's even more in store for next year. We shared our favorite trends last year for 2020 and we're even more excited to share which home decor trends we see on the horizon for 2021!

bright white living room with pink furniture and light woven wood shades and wicker accessories.

Pictured: Blinds.com Woven Wood Shade in Bonaire Flaxen. Photo via @dreaming_of_decor.

Home School and The Revival of DIY

In previous years, buying completed home fixtures or paying someone to complete a project was the way to do things. But with tighter budgets and more time on our hands, we've seen a revival of the DIY mentality. Throwing back to Home Economics class, we saw #Decorhacks flooding social media — from painting to plumbing and everything in between. Many people are learning how to make cost-saving duplicates of their favorite designer home decor pieces too.

sunny bedroom corner with wicker cabinet and big window.

Pictured: Blinds.com Premium Roller Shades in Rainier Snowfall. Photo via @abeautifulmess.

As the kids get used to home school, some adults are revisiting those 9th grade woodshop classes for a bit of homeschooling on their own. Built-in bookshelves, shiplap, window seats, home school desks and installing trim and molding were popular woodworking projects and are surging in popularity heading into the new year. These projects are great for beginners as they mostly require only basic saw skills and a screwdriver or hammer.

room corner with ashy wood dresser, white rattan basket and wainscoting on wall.

Photo via @crazywonderfulblog.

Geometric Murals + Abstract Wallpaper

In a year that's been - well, a bit of a downer - homeowners have been looking to add more joy to their spaces. By our estimation, homeowners have been more open to taking risks with painted murals and patterned wallpaper. For many, painting geometric designs on their walls even felt a bit meditative, and was a welcome distraction from the stress of the outside world.

living room with abstract, wavy rainbow mural on wall.

Photo via Banyan Bridges.

With a growing interest in 70s motifs through the last few years, swirling curves and groovy flowers have been showing up in quite a few murals. One of our favorite creators for mural inspiration is Banyan Bridges (above), but we also love the wall treatment that Young House Love created in their daughter's bedroom (below).

short, white bedroom dresser in front of a pastel rainbow wall mural.

Photo used with permission via Young House Love and not associated with a paid sponsorship or collaboration.

Some are embracing a cleaner color-blocked look with simple curved shapes or tonal delineation. Many are using color-blocking on lower walls as faux wainscoting or to define a decor element like a headboard or fun mirror.

woman taking selfie in tall mirror. A black arch is painted on the wall behind her.

Photo via annamaegroves.

Over the past decade, we've seen a slow resurgence of interest in wallpaper. Memories of bad grandma florals and novelty wallpaper borders have faded and people are trying out large abstract prints, hand drawn figures and geometrics. With the growing embrace of murals and wallpaper in late 2020, we're confident that this trend will continue going strong into 2021.

And P.S. — grandma florals aren't completely outdated, as you'll see in our Cottagecore section further below!

woman setting plant on the window sill. white, blackout roman shade is lowered halfway down the window.

Pictured: Blinds.com Premium Roman Shade in Gent Bisque. Photo via @OhJoy.

Reuse, Renew, Repurpose All The Things!

As people become more budget-conscious in 2020, they are embracing and repurposing what they already have before buying brand new. Those planning a renovation in 2021 are frequently working to incorporate existing features into their room's look, like @kelliebetjinteriors did by matching new wallpaper with her existing cheerful green tile! This saves on project costs but is also more sustainable, environmentally friendly and adds character to the space.

Bathroom with white tile, green tile border, vintage inspired vanity sink and woven wood shades in the window.

Pictured: Blinds.com Woven Wood Shades in Malay Oak. Photo by @kelliebetjinteriors.

People are also thrifting to save money or giving second-hand pieces a makeover with fresh hardware and a coat of paint. Some are even repurposing pieces to give them new life like @emmacheyenne did with this dresser-turned-vanity!

bathroom with white tile, green walls, gold light fixtures, woven wood shades and a sink vanity that was built from an old dresser.

Pictured: Blinds.com Woven Wood Shades in Montego Bark. Photo via @emmacheyenne.

Saving on big ticket items by upcycling or repurposing existing pieces frees up more budget that can be used to polish off a look with new lighting, window treatments and wall paint for a complete makeover.

Beige home office with wicker chair and greige blackout cellular shades in window.

Pictured: SimplyEco Cordless Blackout Cellular Shades in Anchor Grey.

Eco-friendly materials also play a part in decor decisions. More shoppers are looking for pieces that are environmentally friendly. Forests that grow the wood used in furniture (like wood blinds and wood shutters) are being more sustainably managed and plastic water bottles can now be recycled into a wide variety of products including window treatments!

Modern Home Technologies

While antique and vintage decor pieces are hot right now, so is home technology! Nearly everything in the home can be controlled via app or remote, from refrigerators to window treatments. Who knew the Jetsons had it right when they showed sentient home appliances?

tall canopy bed frame with tall black windows on each side. image is animated so blackout roller shades raise up and down over the windows.

Pictured: Blinds.com Premium Woven Wood Shades in Kula Coconut. Photo via @chrislovesjulia.

Stylish motorized window treatments aren't just for hard to reach windows anymore. Whether linked to a smart hub or controlled via app, motorized lift control for blinds or shades is on its way to becoming a home staple.

Have questions about motorized window treatments? Give our expert Design Consultants a call: 800-505-1905.

Natural Stone and Light Wood Tones

Stone, marble and ceramic are stealing the spotlight everywhere! Designers are experimenting with materials like slate for countertops, sometimes conjuring up dreamy Tuscan Villa or Mediterranean vibes. These internationally inspired kitchens are especially charming during a time when travel has become limited.

kitchen corner with farmhouse sink, brass fixtures, slate counters, white backsplash tile and white roman shades over window.

Pictured: Blinds.com Premium Roman Shade in Shannon White Flint. Photo via @thimbleandcloth.

We also love seeing all the white marble counters with tall backsplashes. Extending the backsplash to meet the upper cabinets, or even the ceiling, makes a kitchen feel elegant and clean.

If your backsplash or tile project wraps around your window, our expert Design Consultants can help you with a tile cut-out so your window treatments fit better! 800-505-1905.

kitchen with cream toned cabinets, mirror glass cabinet doors, white marble counters and backsplash, and ivory roman shades.

Pictured: Bali Custom Tailored Roman Shade in Hoffman Wayfarer. Photo via @ms.elliijean.

But stone isn't just limited to kitchens! Expect to see more stone fireplace facades, stone wall detailing and natural store flooring in 2021 too.

whitewashed stone fireplace in a big bedroom near a tall black window with a black roller shade.

Decor enthusiasts are also experimenting with light toned maple, ash, birch, or even bamboo butcher block counters. Often they are a more affordable alternative to standard granite.

Sink with butcher block counters, grey cabinets and woven wood shades on the window.

Pictured: Blinds.com Woven Wood Shades in Madrid Cafe. Photo via @midcenturymodernmomma.

Lighter wood tones are also becoming a window treatment staple, with woven wood shade colors like antigua natural, bonaire flaxen and rustic jute being customer favorites. Wood and faux wood shutters are also seeing increased popularity. Designers recommend matching your window treatments to your counters or floor to help unite a room's aesthetic.

woman opening grey linen drapes around a bedroom window that also has a woven wood shade lowered part way.

Pictured: Blinds.com Woven Wood Shades in Antigua Natural. Photo via @crazywonderfulblog.

Enveloping Color

2021 will leave all-white walls and neutral spaces in the rearview mirror. Although some still adhere to a neutral, calming palette, many decorators are using rich colors like deep teal, burgundy, dark green and black to create "jewel box" rooms. Deep colors make small spaces like a home office, media room, or guest bedroom feel cozy.

rec room with burgundy walls and ceiling. Guitars hang on one wall, a piano sits against another and an eames chair is in the middle.

Photo via Chris Loves Julia.

In 2020, homeowners stuck with blues or cooler tones if they were going to go for a non-neutral palette, but recently we've seen a big shift toward warm tones — we believe 2021 will see a surge in terra cotta, oxblood, and plum spaces. The key for these enveloping spaces is to paint the ceiling (and often the trim and doors too) the same bold hue.

living room with charcoal painted walls and ceiling. light toned woven wood shades add contrast in the windows.

Photo via haileyshacienda.

If you're puzzled about window coverings in a monochrome or bold-colored room, try roman shades in a coordinating color to really amp up the cozy feel - like Oh Joy did in her guest bedroom below. Or, to highlight the natural light, try a roman shade or roller shade in a lightweight neutral fabric.

woman raises a dark blue blackout roman shade in a room with matching blue walls.

Pictured: Blinds.com Premium Roman Shades in Luxe Velvet Lapis. Photo via @OhJoy.

We're also seeing many home exteriors swing dark. This San Francisco Victorian's ornate molding pops in all black, and Chris Loves Julia's traditional home gets depth with inky grey siding.

Front of a gabled home painted a matte charcoal black during the fall as trees change colors.

Photo via Chris Loves Julia.

A Shift In Neutrals

Greys and greiges moved into the home decor space in the 2000s and were considered a classic for many years. But as people look to breathe warmth into their homes, we're seeing a shift back to buttery off-whites and soft beiges. Creamy linen Roman Shades, like the Blinds.com Premium Roman Shade in Linen Stripe Vanilla-Stone, have been a top choice for those redecorating their windows.

kitchen dining nook with burnt orange colored bench seat and creamy linen roman shades.

Pictured: Blinds.com Premium Roman Shade in Gent Vanilla. Photo via @hartley_home.

White shiplap walls are sticking around into 2021 too. But many people are modernizing this look by adding contrast with black or deep coffee-toned wood blinds, faux wood blind, woven wood shades. Applying these darker colors to floors and lower cabinets helps such a bright, white room feel grounded.

modern farmhouse kitchen with white shiplap walls, coffee colored woven wood shades and black cabinets.

Pictured: Blinds.com Woven Wood Shades in Tibet Walnut. Photo via @prettyonfridays.

Gotta Get Out(doors)

Staying home all year has made many people see the value in creating outdoor living spaces. Outdoor dining is becoming trendy as many restaurants switch to sidewalk dining experiences. At home, people are looking to bring that bistro feel to their backyards and porches with chic patio furniture in natural wood and black metal finishes.

backyard patio with wood pergola, white chairs and a fire pit. White woven wood shades can be seen in the windows.

Pictured: Blinds.com 2" Faux Wood Blinds in white. Photo via @blackhouseandthegiant.

Indoor plants are taking over! People are bringing the outdoors in as indoor garden rooms are "growing" in popularity. It seems that nearly every homebody has a fiddle-leaf fig, snake plant or pothos plant hanging out in the corner.

Dining room with lots of house plants and a vertical cellular shade over the sliding glass door.

Pictured: Blinds.com Light Filtering Vertical Cellular Shades in Cloud.

Grandma Style for The Masses

Whether it's oodles of quilts and florals in an English cottage, or stately molding and marble busts in a historic home, traditional decor is back in a big way.

Maximalist styled library room with built in bookshelves and velvet furniture. Everything is a shade of maroon.

Photo via @The Makerista.

Don't get it wrong, this look isn't a return to the shabby chic obsession we saw in the early 2000s. There's nothing shabby about these homes filled with velvet couches, sumptuous curtains, and stately fireplaces. Even if your furnishings are secondhand or vintage, the goal of the look is a luxurious European parlor feel.

Office with floor to ceiling built in bookshelves painted a muted navy blue.

Photo via Wit and Delight.

The hipper, younger alternative to this look is Cottagecore. Essential elements include floral upholstery, wicker, pleated lampshades, exposed stone, and lots of pattern layering. When choosing window treatments for a traditional, or Cottagecore vibe, the look won't be complete without voluminous fabric in the form of pleated curtains or roman shades.

vintage inspired bedroom with striped canopy bed and antique looking lace.

Photo via tallwoodcountryhouse.

A Passion for Postmodernism

If traditional decor isn't your speed, you can go in the polar opposite direction with postmodern design.

In 2020, this trend kicked off with bright neons and 80s bowling alley squiggle patterns on everything. Heading into 2021, it's evolved to be a bit more straight-from-your-aunt's-house with pastel colors, squat lamps with oversized shades, shell motifs and chunky wood furniture.

postmodern living room with builtin bookshelves painted a pale, icy green. light brown woven wood shades are in the window.

We're also seeing lots of glass tables, half round molding, tambour, salt and pepper granite, and abstract art in primary colors. Another interpretation of postmodernism that seems to be truly unique to our current era is what we'd like to call "so ugly it's cool" decor. This could be throwback vintage furniture that shoppers would have gagged at a few years ago, or the highly impractical but statement-making spray foam furniture trend.

living room corner with white roman shades over the windows. a cat sits on cabinets under the window.

Photo via theblandhouse. Featuring Designer Roman Shade in Odyssey Whisper White.

To delve deeper into the postmodern look we've broken out checkerboard motifs and curved shapes into their own sections below.

Curves Beat Out Clean Lines

We can't see straight with all of the arches, curves, circles, squiggles, and scallops in our feeds. Soft shapes are definitely on the rise, and these curved architectural elements are a big point of attraction for 70s and 80s era modern homes.

70s inspired living room with curvy shelves, light wood wainscoting and retro inspired curvy furniture.

Photo via Hot Pink Pineapples.

This trend is wide-ranging, and works equally as well in postmodern, mid century, traditional, and even new build homes. An arch or curve really adds character and visual interest to any space! When renovating, you can go large-scale with this trend by adding arched doorways, circular windows, or curved walls. Get inspired with Chris Loves Julia's arched window and doorways, or Sarah Sherman Samuel's arched bunk beds, curved staircase, or round skylight.

living room with very large, black arch top window.

Photo via Chris Loves Julia.

Curves can be incorporated in small ways like adding fluted molding to walls or furniture, bringing in a chunky curved couch, textiles with a flowing motif, or Instagram's favorite circle vase.

Yellow door with a yellow arch painted over it.

Photo via The Indigo Leopard Home.

Checkerboard — Checking In!

As the 80s and 90s are making their comeback, so are some old-school patterns. In a throwback to retro fashions like the classic black and white checkered sneakers, checkerboard has checked into homes and hearts for a more than a long weekend visit.

large dining hall with black and white checkered flooring.

Photo via Chris Loves Julia.

The checkerboard motif has caught on across a wide range of decor styles. You're just as likely to see it as a harlequin floor pattern in a historic home, and a rainbow bright version in a postmodern inspired space (like Jordan Ferney's bold pink and red stairwell mural).

nursery with blue and white checkerboard rug

Photo via The House that Lars Built.

If this trend isn't speaking your language, you might prefer its cousin, the Buffalo Check! This plaid is a timeless classic that's garnering renewed attention as postmodern trends are revived. Keep the stripes and squares big for a cozy farmhouse look that still packs a bold and graphic punch!

cozy modern country living room corner with buffalo checkered arm chair, grey window bench seat and grey roman shades.

Pictured: Blinds.com Premium Roman Shade in Ashton Stripe Greysmoke. Photo via @littledesignshoppecreativeco.

It's All Sunshine and Rainbows

After a storm, there's often a rainbow — so it's fitting to close out a year like 2020 with this trend. Rainbows exploded onto the 2020 scene as messages of hope and encouragement in windows everywhere last summer. And they'll be sticking around, lifting spirits in 2021, too.

Wall with pastel rainbow painted thin wood planks covering the entire wall.

Photo used with permission via Young House Love and not associated with a paid sponsorship or collaboration.

Rainbow decor really had a glow up with help from designers like Vintage Revivals and her rainbow tile backsplash or @colormecourtney with her rainbow order bookshelves. Even window treatments got the rainbow treatment. Sleek roller shades can be made in just about any color you can imagine.

flatlay of roller shade colors in rainbow order.

Varying the tones away from the standard ROYGBIV spectrum and playing with more neutral, earthy shades can make the rainbow feels less gaudy without losing any of its magic. Or try the candy, minimal style and experiment with pastel rainbows for a more subtle prismatic look.

Nursery with rainbow carpet, a rainbow wall hanging and woven wood shades over the window.

Pictured: Blinds.com Woven Wood Shades in Terra Oak. Photo via @britterstx.

Windows Need A Trendy Makeover?

We're repeating our mantra: "2021 is going to be a good year!" We're eager to try these trends in our own homes, and see what our lovely readers come up with for their own homes. If your home's windows are in need of a makeover, check out our Instagram or Pinterest for more trends and inspiration. Then give our expert Design Consultants a call to get started on your window project: 844-551-3769.

More Decorating Inspiration:

How 2020 Changed Home Decor

The Top 9 Home Decor Trends of 2020

How To Bring 2020's Color Of The Year Into Your Home

  • About Author

    Ashley is the Blinds.com Junior Social Media Specialist. A weekend-warrior, she and her husband spend their time fixing up their townhome together. She is an Illustrator and has converted her dining room into a tiny studio where she hangs out with her two assistant-cats: Blue & Chai. Sci-fi books, video games and hula hooping are also her jam. Follow her on Instagram @Adenn.fox.