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Design Trends for 2021

March 26, 2021

Design Trends for 2021

Meet our in-house designer and expert Holly Henricks! Holly designs all the interior and exterior color packages of Baessler Homes, accessorizes our model homes, and works with homebuyers to create the home of their dreams. Holly keeps Baessler Homes on trend so we decided to sit down with Holly and share some new design trends for 2021!

Q: What are the biggest design trends you see for 2021?

Holly: One of the most influential themes of the last year that affected residential design - working and schooling from home. Not only these two areas, but people are also building functional home gyms and better outdoor retreats to be able to have a scenery change from their home office. Our homes truly became a “one-stop shop” when it came to basic human function within a space. 

Remodel and new build projects have shifted focus to be able to accommodate this highly coveted element. Having a home office has brought more attention to how important it is to separate personal/private space from public/working spaces. We all need to have boundaries to have a healthy life balance and this became quite a challenge. Enter the Pocket Office. With the ability to transform useless space, we can put a small workspace under the stairs, in a small nook that previously housed a bookshelf, in a large mudroom or laundry space, in a pantry, etc. 

I don’t see this trend fading any time soon as a majority of companies turn towards remote work. While this may not be a permanent change, it will most likely be enough to warrant having some type of functioning home office. Outdoor spaces have also taken center stage in both single and multifamily designs. Many added pools or updated patios to their backyards and those who lived in a condo or apartment quickly sought out private homes that offered outdoor living. The idea of ever being stuck at home for months on end again drove many to improve and build better “staycation” locations for themselves.

Q: What colors do you see popping into 2021?

Holly:  Each year, design industry professionals await the announcement of the color of the year. The 2021 Pantone Color of the year was actually two colors this year, they are PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating. “The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude. Practical and rock-solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a color combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted; this is essential to the human spirit” (Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute).

The Pantone Color of the Year is selected by an expert panel that looks worldwide for color trends and influences. “This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms, and even upcoming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.”

With that being said, I don’t expect everyone to start painting their walls a bright yellow, this can come through in other accents around a home or office. In conjunction with the Pantone Colors, just about every paint company names their own color of the year and those will vary from bright and bold to muted and neutral. Examples include Urbane Bronze by Sherwin-Williams, which is almost a black color, and Aegean Teal by Benjamin Moore.

The Baessler Homes team hopes these tips will keep your home on trend all while creating a space that is functional and a sanctuary for you and your family. Tour our community and models today!

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