5 Feel-Good Design Trends in 2021

5 Feel-Good Design Trends in 2021

Recovering from a pandemic is influencing how we think about our homes and how we design and decorate. With all of this extra time at home there has been a stronger connection to our spaces and how we function and feel in it. This has inspired trends that are staying or coming in 2021.


PANTONE’s Color(s) of the Year. 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating

“A marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and up lifting.” The perfect message as we look forward to a (long awaited for) new year. 

The executive director of the Pantone Color Institute describes these two colors as “The union of 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.”

Indoor Plants-

Bringing a sense of calm and a breath of fresh air is always a great addition to any space and with all the extra time everyone spent at home, any reason to get re-connected to the outdoors became a priority. Indoor plants and trees are here to stay!

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Echo Lake Modern | Michelle Yorke Design
Durable Fabrics-

Yes, it’s trending! As we continue to spend more time at home for work and managing distance learning, durable seating is a must. The spaces previously used for relaxing have now become spaces for Zoom calls, home schoolers or energetic toddlers. As cleanliness was pushed to the forefront of the minds of homeowners this year, easy-to-clean surfaces became a must. Sunbrella is one of my go-to’s for stylish, durable fabrics.

More Color-

Earthy, warm and soothing colors are expected to be in the spotlight in 2021. A sense of comfort and coziness was needed during this challenging year more than ever. As we sought refuge in our homes, a warm and inviting space was something our homes couldn’t go without. Paint companies embraced grounded hues like Sherwin-Williams’ Color of the Year – Urbane Bronze.

Natural Materials-

Natural materials – like stone, leather, jute and lighter finished woods – were a huge trend in 2020. And it looks like they’re here to stay. These elements add an organic feel to a space and create a sense of calm.

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Echo Lake Modern | Michelle Yorke Design



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