With people spending so much time indoors this past year, many are wanting to inject a welcome change to their home’s current interior design. If you are considering refreshing your house with an update or two, consider these top budget-friendly decorating trends for 2021.
Upgrade Your Fixtures and Hardware
If you want to refresh your kitchen or bathroom but are working with a limited budget, consider replacing your cabinet hardware. This quick and inexpensive move can provide dated cabinets with an immediate boost, and nearly everyone can do it themselves without the expense of professional help.
Similarly, replacing light fixtures can dramatically alter the feel of any room. Invest in fixtures that give you more light because a bright and cheerful space is always in style. Also, consider replacing traditional incandescent lightbulbs with smart LED lighting options. Not only do these new lights require less energy, but they also allow you to manage them from your phone or set temporary and permanent schedules via a programming app.
Paint Your Cabinets a Trending Color
Another budget-friendly way to refresh your kitchen or bathroom is to add a layer of paint to your current cabinets. Not only does new paint give old cabinets a fresh new look, but it also allows you to make a bold modern statement.
In particular, green cabinets are one of the hottest trends this year. It’s up to you whether you use a lighter or deeper shade of green. Both are popular options, and since green includes a mixture of both blue and yellow, any selection will pair well with both cool and warm color schemes.
Integrate a Few Pieces of Woven Furniture
Interior designers predict that woven furniture styles will continue increasing in popularity this coming year. Both rattan and wicker add warmth to any space, are lightweight, and can be used outside or indoors.
Layer Sustainable Fabrics
You can create a personalized look in the bedroom by mixing and matching the fabrics of your bedroom linens. This approach allows you to express your style, play with the color palette of the room, and add visually-engaging depth and texture to the space.
When choosing which fabrics to layer, keep a few simple tips in mind:
- Replace synthetic fabrics with sustainable textiles, such as organic cotton, linen, bamboo, or hemp.
- Incorporate intricate patterns and vivid colors.
- Try adding color or texture to the room with a statement headboard or bed skirt.
- When purchasing your sheets, duvet, and pillow shams, choose patterns and colors that coordinate but don’t match.
Experiment with Removable Wallpaper
Another 2021 trend for adding patterns and colors to a room is peel-and-stick wallpaper. This self-adhesive option is a great way to add drama to a room without the permanent commitment of regular wallpaper. You can experiment by creating a personalized look, and when you’re ready for a new look, simply peel it off.
Bring a Touch of Nature Inside
Indoor plants and trees continue to be a popular design trend this year, but they should be real rather than faux. Live plants add natural colors and textures to your space, freshen the indoor air, and bring the calmness and serenity of nature into your home. Research has shown that living in a space with plants can actually provide therapeutic benefits, such as reduced stress, depression, and anxiety. The process of caring for plants can also ground you, increase your mindfulness, and give you a sense of purpose.
Additionally, since people are spending less time in restaurants and more time in the kitchen, edible home-grown plants are growing in popularity. If you have an inside space with plenty of sunlight, consider growing herbs and small vegetables in a row of simple terra-cotta pots.
Speaking of sunlight, many interior designers are encouraging homeowners to bring in as much natural light as possible into their indoor space. The 2021 trend is to keep your windows bare whenever possible. If privacy is needed, sheer curtains and adjustable blinds are recommended rather than the heavy curtains of the past. Bringing in natural light can immediately brighten the space and make it more welcoming, and studies show that it increases serotonin and improves sleep habits.
Create More Seating Areas
With more time being spent indoors, people want a living space that is comfortable as well as functional. For this reason, the trend for multiple seating areas is on the rise. Consider breaking up a large, open space with:
- A table and chairs designated for games and puzzles
- An entertainment area for watching television that includes ample comfortable seating, a wall-mounted TV, and a state-of-the-art soundbar
- A well-lit seating area for reading
- A cluster of plush seating that allows family and friends to relax and spend time together
Creating a new look in your home doesn’t require major renovations or a big budget. There are many 2021 cost-effective decor trends that allow you to update your home and add a bit of color and whimsy without breaking the bank.