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What's Hot in 2021

The industry experts and savvy consumers have spoken. The trends for 2021 are here. Every year there is the new "it" color, flooring and countertop material or tile shape trend, and this year is no different.

Lesley Hodges, design manager at Saddleback Design, has some insight of her own.

  • Countertops: In 2021 engineered stone, specifically large veined patterns, or concrete looks, will be more popular than natural stone. However, granite and quartzite are still in the mix.

  • Flooring: LVP, SPC and WPC will be popular with buyers who have children and pets. Engineered and site finished wood floors are also still in high demand in a variety of natural tones, neutral taupe and lighter tones in general.

  • Cabinet and countertop colors: Painted cabinets are all the rage in 2021 along with open shelving. Blues, greens, taupe and white will pop up everywhere. People are having fun in this category, mixing uppers, lowers, islands and shelving.

  • Tile: Color everywhere, as well as large format tile and new mosaics. Shapes, pickets, hex, elongated hex, circles and rhomboids, there is something for everyone. Feature walls, fireplaces, backsplashes will also be the center of attention.

  • Colors: This year we will see more palettes instead of just one specific color. Warm neutrals paired with soft colors, bright colors paired with white or black. With people spending more time than ever at home, they are creating spaces that reflect them.

From Color of the Year, PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating

For over 20 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. The 2021 Color of the Year is best described as two independent colors that highlight how different elements come together to support one another. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic.

Click HERE to create your own custom palette.

From Woman & Home: Japandi

Japandi is the new home trend for 2021, combining all we love from Scandinavian aesthetics with a touch of Japanese minimalism. Japandi is the perfect combination of simplifying and calming with interiors that are clean and minimalist but warm and cozy at the same time. And absolutely beautiful. Photo courtesy of

From Elle Decor: Color-pop cabinets and countertops

The need for comfort is growing, and that is evident in interior design. Paint allows us to surround ourselves with comfort and hues that sooth. Heavy-duty materials and finishes help battle the every day wear and tear that happens faster now that everyone is home more often. Painted cabinets with open shelving is hot in 2021. The ability to mix and match offers even more individualism.

From Flooring Inc: Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Durable, warm, resilient, and stylish, luxury vinyl is still going strong in 2021. This is the go-to flooring option for many people, and it will remain that way for decades to come. As technology advances, luxury vinyl mimics wood and tile perfectly. Decorative patterns are gaining popularity, and there is less upkeep and maintenance. So easy to clean. Tile flooring will be hot because it comes with numerous style options and is also easy to clean and maintain. Laminate (yes, we said laminate) is going to become even more popular in the next few years because it’s affordable, stylish and durable. Carpet will always be a popular choice because softness and comfort are hard to beat in specific rooms and areas. Photo courtesy of Flooring Inc.

What trends do you see happening in 2020?


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