These 2021 small space décor trends will make your shoebox-sized apartment feel so much larger while maintaining personality and style.
No, but really. We know that decorating your shoebox-sized apartment to make it look cute and trying to fit in everything you need is a challenge. We’ve been there, but fitting in everything and making a workspace where you can Zoom with a decent background this 2020 felt nearly impossible. It was such a big challenge that maximizing every square foot and turning spaces into multi-functional topics trended in the interior design industry. From hanging mirrors to installing floating shelves, design experts shared a lot of smart styling tips to make a small space look bigger than it appears.
As we gear up for the new year, we learned that home offices and multi-functional spaces are part of the interior design trends for 2021, which made us think, “how about the city dwellers who live in tiny homes?” Turns out, interior design experts share their predictions for the 2021 small space décor trends that will transform your homes into a comfortable, stylish oasis!
Clean Soft Style
Mark Lavender, principal of M. Lavender Interiors, thinks that the style for small spaces will continue to head in a more clean, soft look that brings elements of the outdoors into the space. “I see light colors with pops of bold dramatic color being used sparingly and purposefully to create interest,” adds Lavender in an interview with MyDomaine.
Design experts predict that the color trends for 2021 will be inspired by earthy tones and soothing neutrals that provides a sense of calm, familiarity, and warmth. It’s also a good décor tip to keep everything neutral to make the space look more spacious than it is. Make it look cozy and visually interesting by adding a variety of textures.
According to designer Breegan Jane, one of the 2021 small space décor trends will be a makeshift home office, whether it’s in the corner of a room or converting a closet with a desk that also functions as display shelves. You can opt for glossy white lacquered cabinets and furniture to give the illusion of a larger, more open space. Adds pops of vibrant colors to make the space look fun and lively, especially if you have children schooling from home.
The 2018 top interior style is making a comeback! Roxy Te Owens of Society Social says in an interview with MyDomaine, “We’re so excited to see that maximalist style is making a comeback. We’ve always been fans of the ‘more is more’ aesthetic, but know it can be overwhelming to pull off in a smaller space. With that said, one of our favorite tips for making a smaller space feel more grandiose (while still adding a bit of flair) is to paint or wallpaper your ceiling. This space is frequently overlooked, but when given a little attention, it can truly add a show-stopping element that brings your eye upward and welcomes you in!“
Take notes from this fabulously over-the-top blue home office designed by Miles Redd from House Beautiful. The wallpaper helps ease the transition between the windows and the walls for a stylish flow.
Make It Float
Most of us are making the best to maximize our tiny space where we can eat, sleep, and work. Heather Goerzen, creative and design at Havenly, completely gets it. That’s why she predicts that one of the 2021 small space décor trends will be small scale desks with complementary shelving.
“While some of us may be fortunate to have a devoted home office space, most of us are making the best of it with a dual purpose room: Zoom by day, Netflix by night. In order to maximize space, we’re seeing a growing trend in small scale desks with complementary shelving. The vertical height allows clients to reduce their horizontal desk footprint while offering much-needed storage space to tuck away relics of the workday, creating more visual calm in their daily home lives. Plus, with a little styling TLC, it becomes a beautiful vignette of its very own,” explains Goerzen.
A perfect example would be this boho chic home office by Old Brand New. Embrace your inner flower child and free spirit by decorating the space with a bold, patterned rug, color on color, and indoor plants.
Designer LJ Savarie shares in an interview with MyDomaine, “Mudrooms were once a luxury, not a necessity, but now they are de rigueur. For the 2020 Lake Forest Showhouse in suburban Chicago, Michele Frigon and I redid the home’s mudroom with coronavirus-appropriate upgrades, like a sink for hand-washing with a Brizo faucet in antimicrobial hardware, white Cambria nonporous quartz surfaces to highlight any dirt for quick clean-up, baskets to drop packages, and a jar of custom face masks in Casa by PC textiles, which were promptly snagged by visitors! In the future, I anticipate mudrooms becoming even more tricked out.“
Mitchelll Parker, Houzz senior editor, predicts that floating vanities will be one of the 2021 small space décor trends since its popularity is continuously increasing.
“Home professionals on Houzz are recommending curb-less showers. These can make a small bathroom feel larger because the physical and visual barrier is removed, and you can run one continuous surface of tile straight-through, giving the appearance of more space.
According to the Houzz 2020 Bathroom Trends Study, 15 percent of renovating homeowners chose floating vanities (up from 11 percent in 2019). It’s a great way to free up floor space to give the appearance of more space and makes cleaning the floor easy.”
According to Janelle Hughes and Kim R. Williams, co-owners of KJ Design & Mortar Styling, “A small space is the perfect place to transform the walls. Changing the paint color is always a great choice, but wallpaper packs a nice punch. From bold patterns to grasscloth or leather textures, millennial wallpaper is not your grandma’s wallpaper. Don’t underestimate the power of wood, either. We like to use it to add dimensions to walls in small spaces too.“
We hope that these 2021 small space décor trends will inspire you to find ways to maximize your quaint little home. Learn more interior design tips and ideas on Omysa’s Design blog. Happy decorating!