Interior Design Trends to Expect in 2021


New Features in Interior Design to Add to your Home or Look for When You’re Ready to Buy Your Next House

Are you looking at Encinitas luxury houses with the intention of upgrading this year? Or do you want to know what features Del Mar new homes will have in 2021 so you can compete with them when you put your home on the market?

Knowing which interior design trends will be popular in 2021 will help you decide which features you’d like in your new home or help you upgrade your current house. Here is what you can expect to see in the next few months.

Easy-to-Clean Surfaces

We’ve learned a lot during the pandemic, and one of the lessons is that cleanliness is key. That’s why designers will emphasize easy-to-clean surfaces in their Del Mar new homes this year. Glass and metal will be popular due to their non-porous surfaces and resistance to bacteria growth. We’ll also see more stain-resistant, machine-washable materials on furniture, in carpets, and throughout the house.

Warm Colors

Homeowners are craving comfort, coziness, and warmth after the stressful year. This will lead to the use of rich, earthy tones in interior design. Think burnt orange, olive green, deep browns, and rich burgundies on walls, furniture, rugs, and accents. Pair these warm tones with creamy beiges or light tans to evoke soothing emotions and create a room the whole family will want to gather in.


Comfort and nostalgia is clearly the name of the game when it comes to interior design in 2021. Along with warm colors, the “grandmillennial” or granny chic trend will also gain momentum. This can be described as the revival of homey elements that might be found in your grandparents’ home. Features of grandmillenial design include delicate china, crocheted throws, floral wallpaper, and antique paintings. Tables scattered with vintage books, monogrammed linens, and ornate frames on mirrors also fall into this category, creating an approachable and pleasurable environment. 

Industrial Styling

As owners of Encinitas luxury houses look forward to getting back to a normal way of life in 2021, they’re turning to no-fuss styles that can be easily maintained. Industrial features such as wood and metal elements, exposed stonework, and neutral colors are expected to be big in the new year. It’s a mix of traditional and modern designs that can work for both family living and home office needs. Many of these furnishings either come from reclaimed yards or mimic the look of reclaimed materials.

Rattan and Wicker Furniture

According to interior design experts, a blast from the past will show up in the form of rattan and wicker furniture this year. These pieces, made from woven willow twigs and palm stems, add lightness and warmth to rooms such as bedrooms and dens. Consider adding a wicker headboard for guest bedrooms, a rattan side table in the hallway, or a wicker sofa in the sunroom. Both wicker and rattan are versatile and can be used both indoors and out.

Closed Floor Plans

Open floor plans have been popular for years in Encinitas luxury houses, but the pandemic has shifted that trend. The necessity of family members spending extended periods of time together has led to more emphasis on private space and rooms designated for specific activities. Rooms that flow into each other and offer little to no separation will begin to fade away, and Del Mar’s new homes will start being built with these new needs in mind.

Walls That Make a Statement

Those who use warm tones throughout their homes may decide to throw caution to the wind and create a bolder statement on a single wall or in an entire room. The pandemic has shown us that life is short, and enjoying your own home should be a priority. Creating a statement wall with eye-popping jewel-toned paints or wallpaper with a unique print will become more popular in homes this year. While these statement walls are perfect for adding another layer of enjoyment to your home, you may want to stick with more universally popular warm tones if you plan to sell your home in the near future.

A Rise in Livable Outdoor Spaces

We all could have used a little more room in our homes this year. That’s why 2021 will see more owners of Encinitas luxury houses building on sunrooms, three-season rooms, or partially enclosed porches. These rooms can be used for home offices, entertaining, or just a space where family members can get a little privacy and peace. Cozy outdoor spaces add to the livable space in a home — especially if they have fire pits or outdoor fireplaces that can be lit during chilly evenings. Adding more functional outdoor living space will enhance your family’s lifestyle and your home’s resale value.

More Wellness Features

In 2020, many homeowners began performing activities in their homes that they normally would leave the house for. Homes turned into gyms, spas, offices, and schools during the pandemic, and owners understand more than ever how important our homes are for enhancing our lifestyles. 

Expect new Del Mar homes to be equipped with cozy office nooks, master bathrooms that rival the local spas, and high-tech home gyms. Many people have also come to value rest and relaxation this year, leading to a trend of ultra-comfortable bedrooms decked out with luxury beds and sheets, blackout shades, and noise-reduction features.

A Balance of High Tech and Traditional

Homeowners need the technology that enabled them to work and teach from home this year, but they’re getting away from the belief that high-tech has to equal cold, metallic design. Encinitas luxury homes will start to gravitate toward traditional glamour with materials like marble and brass, cleverly disguising techie devices with beautiful vintage design.

2020 has been a tough year, and we all look forward to what the new year has to bring. If you want to upgrade your home or start looking at one of the many Del Mar new homes to spend next year in, work with an experienced realtor like Zach Weinger to incorporate the newest trends and increase the value of your home. 

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