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Fresh & Eclectic Design Trends for 2021

Real Estate Agent with Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert

Recent interior design trends have focused on one primary era or design scheme. Mid-century modern furniture and accents have dominated the magazine covers and home shows as decorators have worked with their clients to bring this trend into their spaces.

Yet, what to do about the beautiful antique chest from your grandma or the dining room table you inherited from your mom? These pieces of history seem to have no place in modern design and have been relegated to storage units and garages over the past decade. Well, it’s time to pull them out again as design trends are moving away from stark modern schemes to a warm, eclectic look.

The main principle in merging design styles is to focus on one unifying element— like warm wood tones or the high sheen of gold accents—and then look for pieces that suit that theme. For example, a gold-gilded mirror with baroque detailing can complement a room filled with neutral furnishings with gold or silver-toned accent pieces. The unifying element is the color and sheen of the mirror. Mix and match your wood antiques with modern furniture of the same kind of wood or hue. Add oriental-style rugs, traditional paintings, and interesting vases against a backdrop of subtle sofas and industrial accents for a unique look.

As with all décor, the room and style should reflect the owner and their lifestyle. Start with a few pieces and look for ways to meld them into your living spaces. There is no reason to reject the past simply to have a stylish home.

John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Kat DeLong these are very valuable list of eclectic design trends for 2021.

Jul 01, 2021 08:54 PM
Kat DeLong
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ

Thank you, John!

Jul 01, 2021 09:13 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Thank you for the post Kat.  I have to admit I am not at all a big fan of the skinny wooden legs on couches and end tables that seem to be making a very popular come back.  Oh well.  Mark

Jul 01, 2021 09:36 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

The news that design is allowing for some of our antique pieces to return is music to my ears.  I have two pieces of furniture that I have kept and refuse to part with.  Both are 1890s Old English.  I have managed to work them into an updated environment for a few years now.  I'm glad it's finally come of age.

Jul 03, 2021 03:30 AM