As one might expect from the trending designs for the new year, a return to vintage, upcycled and refinished furniture lies ahead. Led by the millennial generation and driven by nostalgia, cost-effectiveness and concern for the environment, buying second hand, refinishing or reupholstering used or vintage furniture and abstaining from purchasing new furniture items will be a large focus for home owners and interior designers. Vintage furniture demands have been growing steadily since the mid-century modern furniture craze began and there’s no sign of it slowing down. Many companies in the furniture industry are making moves towards sustainability through advancements in production technology, promoting recycling of unused and discarded materials and using more sustainable and responsibly or locally sourced materials.
With this return to the past we will see caning, wicker, art deco, warm woods and handmade, decorative pieces rise in demand in the new year. Appreciation for craftsmanship and shifts away from fast furniture will likely make the vintage and environmentally conscious movement the new normal when it comes to sustainable interior design, and with that will come an appreciation for the details, materials, shapes and warmth commonly found in vintage furniture. Layering vintage items with contemporary pieces will create a multidimensional, eclectic space filled with pieces collected over the years and treasured for many more to come.
Organic, soft, rounded shapes in furniture will also be popular, enveloping us like a long-anticipated hug from a trusted friend that knows how much we’ve been needing comfort. The sofa is taking the center stage and cementing it’s importance in our homes, understanding that we need it to hold up to another year of working, sleeping, lounging, eating, and all-around constant use. Cushions, backs and arms will be stuffed to the brim while arms and backs will be curved and high, surrounding us with safe, luxurious comfort. For the same reasons four-poster beds are on the rise despite having not been in high demand since the 1980s.
What Trends We’re Leaving in 2020?
According to the experts the long-standing interior giants of shiplap, all white interiors and mid-century modern furniture might be falling out of favor after years and years as the most sought after trends. There are so many ways designers are adding to texture to walls without relying on shiplap; stucco, plaster, rattan, tile and living walls flooded with plants are all textures we will see a lot of in the new year. Plan to see fewer and fewer all white interiors, especially all white farmhouse interiors, as designers and home owners bring the fun and the flavor back to homes with wallpaper, rugs, pillows, bold paint colors, curtains. And the mid-century modern aesthetic popular with millennial-age decorators will slowly become less popular, likely to be taken over by the cottagecore, grandmillenial or granny chic trends. Single-use spaces, single purpose furnishings, fast furniture, minimalism, faux greenery and terrazzo are also trends we’re saying sayonara too in 2021.
Are you updating your interior space in 2021? Let us know what changes you’re making in the comments! Happy New Year from the Creative Style Furniture Team.