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Announcing the Modsy 2021 Trend Report

Each year we take some time to reflect back on the design trends of the past year, as well as look ahead and make some predictions about what’s going to be popular in the coming year. Through our online interior design services, we design countless homes every year. This gives us a unique perspective on what’s happening in the world of interior design—from popular design styles to renovation trends and geographical patterns. It’s fun to see what trends emerge each year and to look back on if any of our predictions from the previous year came true!

In order to assess the past year’s trends, we do a deep dive into what our Modsy customers were searching for, liking, and buying for their projects throughout the year. And, to get even more insights on the most and least-popular styles of the year, we also survey thousands of people from our amazing design community. The result? The Modsy Trend Report.

Today, we’re unveiling our 2021 Trend Report. It’s definitely reflective of the strange year we’ve all had—but there were a couple of surprises along the way as well. Keep reading for a recap of some of our most interesting findings of 2020 and what we’re looking forward to most in 2021!

2020 Trends

In 2020, how we used our homes changed dramatically. This year, we saw a rising desire for functionality in our spaces—which makes sense considering how multifunctional our homes have become. Along with that, a penchant for nostalgia and a desire for personalized spaces also rose in prominence.

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Mid-Century Isn’t Dead

If you read last year’s trend report, you might remember us predicting that the “Mad Men” take on Mid-Century Modern would fall in popularity. But we’re not too proud to say that we were wrong! While we definitely saw a lot of people gravitating toward a more organic version of Mid-Century, there was still plenty of love for the clean lines and approachability of this style. Mid-Century Modern furniture tends to be highly functional and works well in small spaces. And, with more and more people looking to maximize the footprint of small spaces this year—but wanting their home to still look good—we’re not surprised that this style has continued to grow in popularity.

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Traditional Design is on the Rise

In times of uncertainty, people tend to look for more security in their spaces. So, it’s no surprise that traditional design styles have risen in popularity this year. In the past, Traditional has consistently been one of the least popular design styles among Modsy customers. But there was a definite shift this year! The familiarity of Traditional design elements (think: the comfort of your parents’ or grandparents’ homes when you were growing up) have people embracing the Traditional Comfort trend and making their homes feel extra comfy and livable.

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Customers Love Eclectic Spaces

Styles with an eclectic twist also rose in popularity in 2020. With our homes becoming the center of our whole lives, people were looking to inject some personality in their spaces—and eclectic styles are the perfect way to show off your interests and personality. Of course, it probably also helped that the likes of Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid.

Our 2021 Trend Predictions

Wondering what next year will hold? Based on our survey data—and a little bit of gut instinct—here are a few trends we’re predicting will get a lot of loving in 2021.

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Traditional Comfort

We already mentioned that traditional design styles grew in popularity this year—and we’re predicting that they will only continue to be embraced in the design community and in real people’s homes. Particularly, we believe that Traditional Comfort—with the way it combines the simple lines of transitional design with elegant, timeless, and comfortable pieces—will be the favorite way to bring this design style to life.

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Grandmillennial

With its mix of Classic, Eclectic, and Traditional design elements, Grandmillenial style has become a favorite way to inject some personality into “granny” design elements like antiques, wallpaper, and ruffles.

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Light-Toned Woods

We’re predicting that lighter-toned and whitewashed woods will take center stage this coming year. These woods are generally found in Scandinavian-style spaces, which include the ever-popular hygge-inspired look. If you want to embrace this trend and mix lighter-toned woods with the wood finishes you already have at home, check out our guide to mixing wood tones.

modern dining room with sculptural coral-colored dining chairs and marble dining table

80s Revival

The 80s are back—but only the good parts. People are embracing 80s-inspired design elements like sculptural furniture, bold colors, and dramatic statement pieces throughout their homes. What to dip your toe into the 80s revival trend? See how our designers are bringing 80s influences into their designs.

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Natural Materials

We’ve always been big fans of how natural materials can bring contrast, visual depth, and effortless texture into your space. So, it’s no wonder people are decorating with natural materials as a simple way to give their homes a perfectly layered look.

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Bold Wall Colors

Bold colored walls are a simple way to bring joy, excitement, and personality to your home. And, in light of the past year, we could all use a little more of that in our homes, couldn’t we? So, if you’re ready to try something other than white walls, we say: the bolder the better.

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Americana Design: 3 Fresh Takes on this Interior Design Style

When you think of Americana design, you might just think of Fourth of July-inspired stars and stripes. But there are actually many ways for this look to come to life—and some don’t even include red, white, and blue! But, no matter what way you approach it, there’s always a sense of timelessness and comfort to this style.

Made up of many classic design elements, Americana design celebrates the bright spots of our country’s cultural heritage, along with some of its history, folklore, and geography. Like our diverse country, Americana design embodies the many different backgrounds, experiences, and preferences of the people who use it. While one Americana room might lean very traditional and coastal, another is eclectic or industrial! What it always comes back to are the timeless designs and vintage influences that give this style a sense of nostalgia and causal approachability.

The History of Americana Design

Throughout our country’s history, the idea of Americana design has morphed and changed. In 1876, when America celebrated its centennial, people looked toward the early days of the country for design inspiration. Colonial styles, including woven baskets, hooked rugs, and Federal-style furniture, became popular again. In the 1920s and 1930s, Americana styles included bucolic prints and patterns and linoleum tiles stamped with Colonial-inspired brick patterns. By the 1970s and 1980s, Americana design was defined by the collecting of old signs and historic artifacts of the decades past. Replica designs for Route 66 signs and old gas station pumps began to pop up to play into this nostalgia.

In today’s Americana design, you can see mixed influences from all of these eras—including the historic and iconic Arts and Crafts design movement. This design style, which took off after the Industrial Revolution, was born out of a rejection of the fussy, overwrought style of the Victorian era. So, this style instead embraces simplicity and the natural beauty and traditional, artisanal craftsmanship of furniture and architecture. The simplicity of Arts and Crafts design comes through in Americana design, which celebrates livable, approachable spaces with rustic woodwork and traditional interior design ideas and elements.

Want to learn more about decorating with Americana design and see this look come to life? Tour our three takes on Americana living room design ideas and decide which one is right for you!

Americana designClassic Americana Style

As you can tell by its name, this is your everyday Americana decorating style, brought to life through a red, white, and blue color palette and the use of flags and stripes as decor. This is likely the type of room that comes to mind when you think of an Americana theme in your home. It has that classic, traditional-but-timeless vibe to it, with nods to the simplicity of days gone by. And, while it feels particularly fresh and relevant in the summer months, it’s a style that can be used and celebrated year-round.

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Americana designA neutral color palette makes this living room a bright, cozy, and inviting space, while varying shades of red and blue are used as accents to make the design pop. With a focus on comfort and livability, this is definitely a family-friendly approach to Americana decorating. (Even with a white sofa! Many parents swear by white slipcovers, which you can just bleach in the wash and keep it sparkling clean!)

You’ll notice rustic design influence throughout Classic Americana homes, with raw and natural wood tones and textures, along with various natural fibers, like the linen sofa slipcover and the jute rug. A room like this also demands some nature-inspired touches, like using greenery as decor, along with simple, everyday items like apples on the coffee table and wood in the fireplace.

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Along with rustic elements, Classic Americana design also has noticeable coastal interior design influences—of the Nantucket and Cape Cod variety, specifically. You see that in the use of furniture with caning, the natural materials throughout, and the white and light blue color palette, especially in the striped pillows. The room above even has some subtle nautical touches, like  the art prints on the built-in shelves.

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Americana designClassic Colonial Americana: AKA Grand Millennial

The most unexpected Americana decorating style of the bunch, Grand Millennial is a very particular brand of Americana style. With some serious Colonial American vibes, it definitely leans formal and classical in its design influences. You’ll see that come through in dark wood furniture, woven textures, and ornate decor—like the scalloped mirror in the living room design above, or the brass accents throughout.

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Americana designBut, where this style steps out of Colonial Americana and into Grand Millennial is with the colors and patterns. Florals are a big part of the Grand Millennial look, along with other vintage-inspired patterns, like chinoiserie, toile, or the wallpaper used in this room.

Grand Millennial Americana has a collected but polished look, and celebrates a thrifted or vintage vibe. Trinkets like a scottie dog figurine, small vintage paintings, and other collected objects give this style curated eclecticism. Stylize these decorative objects on a bookcase or console to really show off your collections!

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Ultimately, Grand Millennial Americana decorating is all about the mix of old with new. Along with decorative objects, think about the furniture as well. So, a chesterfield sofa with modern blue velvet upholstery, or a vintage-inspired coffee table with modern design elements.

And speaking of furniture, in a Grand Millennial living room, opt for sophisticated seating. Go for a comfortable but conversational set-up, where you can enjoy reading or afternoon tea just as much as conversation with friends! As for a color palette, pastels rule in Grand Millennial design. But make sure to incorporate pops of bright colors for a new millennial vibe!

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Americana designIndustrial Americana

As the name Industrial Americana implies, this style has some major industrial interior design influences. It’s ideal if you can use the architecture of your space as a foundation for this style—whether that’s high ceilings, brick walls, or exposed ductwork. Anything that gives off an industrial and rugged feel.

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Americana designThen, use natural materials used in a bold way to help your Industrial Americana designs come to life. In the living room above, we did this through an overstuffed leather chesterfield sofa and club chair, along with a mixed material coffee table and a metal bookcase. An edison bulb and piping floor lamp, along with other rustic metals throughout the space, add to the industrial vibe.

Overall, Industrial Americana decorating is very utilitarian. But it has a more sophisticated spin with the leather furniture, color palette, and decorative objects, which give it a bit of a cigar lounge vibe. But what places this style in the Americana camp rather than being strictly industrial is both the focus on comfort and the color palette.

While the room above has a darker color palette, which mostly comes from the natural materials throughout, classic American hues are used in a subtle and traditional way. This faded vintage-inspired rug infuses red, white, and blue into the space in an unexpected way, and you’ll also notice those colors in traditional patterns in the throw pillows.

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Americana designThe decor also has that folksy, collected Americana vibe in a way that is simple but rugged. In the living room above, we achieved this through pieces like a wood-carved ram head, iron dice, a vintage car, globe, maps, vintage prints, a vintage-style clock—all of which subtly speak to American ingenuity and exploration.

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The Industrial Lighting Trend Your Rooms Need for 2020

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Like to be on the cutting edge of design trends? Then you’ll want to keep reading. Because we see a major lighting trend on the horizon! You may have spotted them on Pinterest and Instagram: sleek, minimal, and sculptural industrial light fixtures. They’re everywhere, and we’re loving them. Usually made of matte black metal – or occasionally a brushed steel or brass – these pieces show off sculptural, minimal designs with no frills or ornamentation.

We’re predicting this trend will carry us through 2019 and well into 2020. So, you may want to jump on board! Because, while good lighting may seem like a small detail, it can make or break a room! Not sure how to chase down this style? We’re shedding some light (we had to) on this trend and giving you some bright ideas on how to make it your own!

industrial lightingMix and Match Styles

One of the reasons we love the industrial lighting trend is that you rarely see these pieces in purely industrial design. More often than not, these fixtures are the crowning jewels in minimal, modern, and even rustic spaces. They easily fit into multiple design styles, and can even help blend different styles together, like Rustic Minimalism.

We love how these pieces offer a note of edgy, minimal contrast that can be a lovely counterbalance to large, plush furniture or rooms with a more feminine design aesthetic. This lighting style is all about grounding a room and helps keeps it from becoming too much of one thing.

industrial lightingPlay With Proportion

The industrial lighting trend is all about the push and pulls between minimalism and boldness. While the fixtures themselves are minimal and sleek, you can amp up the scale to make a bold statement.

Take this oversized floor lamp, for example. It has a simple and streamlined design – but its large scale adds serious drama. Arching designs like this are also a great way to add a sense of overhead lighting if your room doesn’t have a built-in ceiling fixture.

industrial lightingGo Sculptural and Geometric

While industrial lamps and light fixtures are minimal in design, many are also incredibly sculptural. With that, they add a lot more than just light to the room – almost serving as works of art within your space. The floor lamp in this room features an interesting angular design that’s perfect for adding bold style and flooding a larger room with plenty of light!

industrial lightingScore with Sconces

You’ve probably noticed that many fixtures in the industrial lighting trend are wall-mounted sconces. These pieces are both beautiful and practical; they add sculptural style to a room but are also able to swivel, extend, and pivot, so you can shed light exactly where you need it. They’re perfect in a bedroom if you want to free up the surface area on your nightstand – all the more room for books, flowers, drinks, or midnight snacks! They’re also great above your sofa, in a dining room, or nestled in a reading nook.

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