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Looking Ahead: 2021 Interior Design Trends

It’s hard to believe we’re already well into month 2 of 2021. Our team has been going non-stop these last few weeks, reminding us of our important role as a drapery workroom for so many incredibly talented interior designers. Trusting us to help bring your designs to life in your client’s home is a big deal to us and we’re humbled by your continued loyalty.

Over the last year, we’ve all learned to be flexible and patient, being ok with the fact that some things are just beyond our control. And although it seems like we’re always going one thousand miles per hour, we understand the value of slowing down to listen so that we can get it right the first time.

After enjoying some much needed downtime during the holidays, we returned to the workroom and set our focus towards reconnecting on existing 2020 projects and scoping out new ones for 2021. With the pandemic still a big part of our day to day life and an integral factor in how we work with you, we’re always looking for ways to continue the impeccable service you expect from Makkas Drapery Workroom.

We may not know exactly when things will go back to “normal” but what we do know is that we are committed more than ever to support your business throughout the next 11 months and beyond.

And there’s a lot to look forward to!

Especially when it comes to design. Before we wrapped up 2020, we had the opportunity to talk with some of our design partners about the trends they saw coming in 2021.

As we mentioned in our December blog, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted how many people are redesigning their homes with a focus on living, learning and working together, under the same roof. Whether it’s schooling from home, holding marathon Zoom calls or relaxing in multipurpose family rooms, 2021 is chock full of all the bright, creative design ideas we need to pull us out of our stay-at-home slump into more joyful and hopeful spaces.

Here’s a top 5 round-up of the trends we’re seeing and hearing out there:

#1: Carving out a WFH space (as an alternative to a dedicated office).

The biggest impact the pandemic has had on interior design trends is the evolving work from home space. That focus on the perfect, zoom-worthy, efficiently designed home office space will continue through 2021. We love how this space we worked on with designer Lee Kimball effectively uses valuable window space to create an innovative WFH corner office.

A beautifully efficient work from home space by Lee Kimball.

In fact, finding multi-use space for home office zooming is on the rise. Check out what design partner Christina Wikman Interiors created to make her client’s space more dual purpose.

#2: Reading areas and nooks.

From cozy and quiet carved out spaces to comfortable window seats, finding time for solitude within the home has been at an all time high. We loved helping to fabricate this comfy and inviting space designed by Keeler & Co.

A cozy and quiet window nook collaboration with Keeler & Co.

#3: Multi-purpose family rooms.

One interior design trend that we really saw take off over the last 10 months was the heightened need for family rooms (like this one from Katie Rosenfeld & Company) that can easily shape shift to accommodate family game night, reading and telling stories!

A multi-purpose family room design from Katie Rosenfeld and Company.

#4: Return of the bright and bold.

With Pantone’s colors of the year announcement — yellow (Illuminating) and gray (Ultimate Gray) — we expect to see design that captures the spirit and intent of these colors.

According to Pantone, these colors convey, “a message of happiness supported by fortitude, the combination of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is aspirational and gives us hope. We need to feel that everything is going to get brighter – this is essential to the human spirit.” We can’t disagree with that!

#5: Lots of pillows to get cozy.

Well, we're not sure if it’s a new thing, but it’s definitely picked up on intensity as we look for ways to relieve stress through cozy and comfy design. Because you never can have enough pillows, right?

What design trends are you seeing in 2021?

Be sure you’re following us over on Instagram to keep up with our latest interior design collaborations and, of course, our On the Road with Manny series!

Happy designing.

The Makkas Drapery Team

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