This month, I’m sharing some food-for-thought to help you, keep on feeling, that your home is your personal refuge. Something that we all find ourselves needing to stay grounded in these uncertain times.

When I design interiors for my clients in Fairfield and Westchester counties, inevitably we discuss what's trending. By paying attention to what is current in interior design, we can keep our home from getting dated and just feeling tired and less inspiring.

So whether you are doing a whole-house-design from scratch or yearning for a one-room refresh, here are my favorite Design Trends for 2021.

Add earth tones

Add earth tones
from benjamin moore

Bring nature indoors

Houseplants have health benefits and even faux versions are good for our mental health. It makes sense. Being outside in a natural green space is not only pretty to look at, it feels calming. Think about where you can put standing, hanging, and tabletop plants to bring the outside into your home. The use of plants and natural materials below is so creative and gives off a soothing vibe.

Bring nature indoors
from paul raeside

Go organic

Another way to bring an earthy vibe and that cozy feeling that comes with it, into our homes, is to add organic materials. Think furniture made of warm woods like rattan, cool natural stone surfaces, natural fiber rugs, and upholstery made of textiles like linen. Bring in texture and statement pieces to add drama to your space. Just look at these chairs!!!!

Go organic
from Palecek Furniture

Get curvy

Straight edges feel more formal and organized while curves and round edges feel a bit more sexy and relaxed. Curvy sofas add both softness and a bit of drama to your room in an understated yet sophisticated way. The modern throw pillows (below) are a smart finishing touch.

Get curvy
from ethan allen
Get Curvy

We love the way this curved sofa and curvy chairs work in this design project we did in Darien. It gave this stunning room all the drama it needed!

Think in layers

Layering fabrics and rugs bring hygge into your space. I've written about hygge before but for those of you not familiar, hygge is all about creating a beautiful home that is not only beautiful but also very LIVABLE and COMFORTABLE. What more could we want, especially in today's times? I don't know about you but this family room feels like an ideal setting to have a cup of joe and read a book in the morning and cuddle up and watch some Netflix in the evening.

Think in layers
from Urbanology Cozy

Functional outdoor spaces

I talked about bringing the outdoors in by adding green plants. Now I want to point out the benefit of bringing the indoors out. Outdoor kitchens and cozy furniture groupings are the way to do it. Don't stop there. Beautiful and relaxing pools are huge. Making your outdoor space feel like a personal retreat will look great and nourish your soul. Check out the green roof below, in this sanctuary of a backyard.

Functional outdoor spaces
by stimson

Dedicated home office space

Now more than ever, we NEED a home office that will relax and motivate us. While that is an oxymoron, it's also true. If you think about it, you need to feel relaxed and comfortable before you can plow ahead with work in an efficient and productive way. I myself feel inspired by the setup and nature view below. What will it take for you to feel that way about your home office space?? After all, our workspace is very personal and also very important.

Dedicated home office space
by Brent Darby

I hope these 2021 Interior Design Trends provide inspiration and motivation for you to make your home the best it can be.

Check out my blog for a deeper dive into some of these trends and REMEMBER you can ask me any questions on social or email anytime.