Less Is More in 2021 Decor

Less Is More in 2021 Decor
Less Is More in 2021 Decor

Each new year brings new fads, with trends to try and old ones to reconsider.

Between fresh takes on old classics to the forecasted color of the year, we’ve compiled our finds along with tips from our favorite designer.

The key words for 2021 are Less is More

Color schemes

Drum roll please: Bold color schemes and neutrals are back in!

2021 is setting up to be the year where we move away from all neutrals and into a bold color palette. It's time to add character to those formerly all white shiplap and board-and-batten walls!

When we asked Rachel Van Kluyve, a popular blogger, designer, and author of “She Made Herself A Home” what colors we should expect to dominate in 2021, she said “Think black and tans, neutrals, metals, and pops of colors in pillows and rugs.”

Bold accent colors to watch for? Think blues, greys, greens, and blacks.

Bringing in bold colors won't be the only change in color scheme, complimentary neutrals will also transition to warmer colors in lieu of the cold and stark whites of the past. More cozy, less bright white.

Less “fluff”

Say goodbye to clutter and think simple. Less is more when going into 2021. “Expect a more modern farmhouse with a mix of boho and tradition.” States Rachel, “It’s definitely going more modern, simple design and doing away with farmhouse fluff.”

Freeing your space of clutter helps draw your guests eyes to statement pieces and creates an overall cleaner feel to your home.

It’s time to change the trend of having every space of your bookshelf filled and give your favorite pieces the attention they deserve.

If you have a lot of favorites, then simply rotate them throughout the year to refresh your space

A twist on tradition and vintage

Less is more will also be the mantra with the traditional and vintage pieces in 2021. Keeping with the rustic elements and adding pops of color on top of or around it. Pick out pieces that mean something to you, but don’t overwhelm the space with all vintage, antique, or traditional pieces.

Layering in different elements will tie your space together without overwhelming it.

Earthy accents

The perfect accent to the modern farmhouse will continue to be earthy accents: think succulents nestled into cement and terracotta pots. The greens, warm browns, and earthy goodness will complete your space without overwhelming it. Succulents and cacti come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes.

If your indoor plants oftentimes don’t survive—like mine—then simply replace them with a good-looking faux version.

Woodness gracious

Exposed woods in furniture and accent pieces are a refreshing alternative to the painted woods we’ve seen over the last few years. The trend started showing up mid 2020 and will be going even stronger into 2021. Repurposed tables, stools, floors, and you name it will continue to be dominated by gorgeous wood pieces.

The only big difference in the wood trend will come into play when it comes to flooring. Flooring this year will make a change from darker woods to lighter honey tones and light greys.

Living on a “dirt farm” is a blessing in itself. Every single dusty boot print, paw print, and dog hair shows on the darker wood flooring. So I know we can all collectively say “amen” to flooring that is more sensible and timeless in our homes.

The farmhouse decor tree

“Farmhouse” is such a broad term, and there are many different styles and branches. If the modern side doesn’t make your heart pitter-patter, then let’s look at a few other styles you can inject as well.

Rustic flea market style:

The Rustic Flea market style still compliments the warm woods and bold colors just as well as the modern. Think repurposed pieces that are still chippy around the edges, mixed with vintage and antique finds.

French Country Farmhouse:

French country mixes vintage flea market style with shabby chic. Again, it still includes the bold colors and neutral tones but is dominated by floral textures instead of clean lines. Fill your accent wall with vintage oil paintings and tie-in throw pillows with colors featured in the painting.

Boho Farmhouse:

Boho Farmhouse ties in the earth tones (light and dark) with a touch of industrial whimsy. Think metals, terracotta, plants, and cement accents mixed with patterned pillows and soft edges.

After almost a decade of white-on-white, it’s only natural that the pendulum has swung the other way. Take on the new year with an eye towards color, and simplicity.

About the author

Jessica Dilger writes from “Shoo Fly Ranch,” a homesteaded acreage in southwest Washington state where she lives with her family, 30 or so chickens, 14 cows, two calves, and two bottle-fed calves named Ben and Jerry. She also operates FM Farmhouse, a quarterly decor subscription box program.

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