The new design trends for 2021 are here and Nancy isn’t at all happy with a lot of them.  Jem Funk, Interior Designer and Lighting Consultant with Premier Lighting, and a frequent guest on this podcast, chatted with Nancy about what the experts have decided for 2021.  You be the judge!


Power of Color

  • IN:  Bright palettes and rich colors in the design of furniture, lamps, accessories.
  • OUT:  Pastel shades, inspired by the Scandinavian style.
  • 2021 Colors:
  • Pantone color institute chose Ultra Violet as the main color of 2021
  • Violet is a complex, dominant color that is unlikely to become widespread, since it is more like a bohemian one.  
  • Benjamin Moore’s 2021 color of the year is Aegean Teal
  • A rich blend of blue-green and gray, this mid-tone reflects balance and natural harmony. When selecting this year’s Color of the Year, the Benjamin Moore team focused on grounded and rooted colors.
  • Sherwin-Williams has selected four color palettes: bold blues, muddy greens, muted reds, bright pinks, and warm whites 
  • Every Paint company has their own color of the year.
  • Brown is coming back strong paired with avocado, orange, and harvest gold 
  • Color psychologists say brown communicates strength, reliability, and stability. It evokes feelings of comfort and safety.
  • Brown also creates a sense of nostalgia, when life less complicated, more down-to-earth, and common sense prevailed.
  • Note:  Brown gets Nancy depressed.

Harmony with Nature

  • unpainted wood surfaces, stone textures, living plants, wicker furniture
  • Decorative elements and prints also gravitate to nature
  • Images of animals, birds, leaves and flowers
  • Vivid tropical motifs and an intense floral print. Was popular in 2020 and still hanging on for 2021

The charm of Luxury

  • The trends of 2021 refer us to elegant luxury with elements of art deco of the 20s of the last century.
  • upholstery, – velvet. color of precious stones such as sapphire, citrine, emerald and amethyst.
  • new round of style for vintage furniture.


  • the most important trend of 2021 in design calls for just to ignore these very trends,
  • to personalize the space and adjust the interior primarily for yourself.
  • In this individual approach to design, everything that is dear to residents is concentrated, their interests and tastes are taken into account.
  • The interior is no longer limited to the framework of one style, but follows primarily the needs and preferences of the owners.
  • But even if you don’t have the opportunity to purchase unique designer furniture and decor elements, the mass market now also seeks to produce products that can be easily customized for yourself, just changing, for example, the location of lamps, shelves, modules.

 From Interior Décor Trends

Pantone’s Violet color for 2021


This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting
October 21, 2020

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