In 2021 many of the home-focused trends that emerged in 2020 were still going strong. The biggest learning we have is around how people view their spaces and a clear need for them to feel calm, cozy, and organized to the dwellers.

In a world with so many things out of our own control, home organization is one way we can exhibit control over our own lives. And creating a home that feels cozy and calm is the perfect way to feel safe and at ease with the chaos of the outside world.

2021 trends point to the fact that people are less stressed about feeling “productive” in their spaces, and once again looking to their homes as places of entertainment—although who and how they entertain may have changed significantly. As we look towards 2022, we’ll continue to see homeowners investing in their spaces and creating havens for their families and guests.

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Modsy 2021 Highlights

  • People who used Modsy in 2021 are 60% more likely to be happier than those who have never used Modsy. On top of that, people who have used Modsy are 81% more likely to say they feel satisfied with their home as compared to those who have never used Modsy.
  • In the past 12 months, Modsy has rendered 17,673,178 3D Design images!
  • We launched our Modsy Real Estate Division to change the way people shop for homes and furnish them after buying by creating fully shoppable, 3D model home tours.

 

The Top Style & Design Trends of 2021

2021 is the year of cozy and comfy. In our inaugural Interior Wellness Report, we learned that most people identify “cozy” and “comfortable” as two of the most important factors in goods design.

Top 10 Modsy Style Quiz Results of 2021

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1. Mod Visionary

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2. Mod Enthusiast

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3. Rustic Warmth

4. Refined Rustic

5. Mod Collector

6. Contemporary Connoisseur

7. Contemporary Minimalist

8. Elegant Connoisseur

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9. Modern Rustic

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10. Atomic Industrial

How the Top Styles Changed from 2020 to 2021

  • Last year’s number 1 style is even more popular than ever. Mod Visionary, a clean, minimal take on Mid-Century Modern style has jumped up 22% in popularity. This just proves that the clean and comfortable lines of Mid-Century Modern design are here to stay.
  • Refined Connoisseur is 2021’s biggest mover with a 25% increase in popularity. The style is a mixture of classic and eclectic vibes suggesting that people are finally starting to show off the antiques that they’re collecting.
  • Less is More Chic, Modsy’s take on Maximalist style, grew 23% in popularity. For years we’ve been seeing this style take over Instagram and are finally seeing it become more mainstream.
  • Refined Farmhouse style is a mixture of classic and rustic, farmhouse styles grew 17% in popularity. This shows us that Farmhouse styles are still quite popular and people are keen on adding antiques into their rustic decor.
  • When looking at our top 10 most popular styles of 2020, Contemporary Minimalist had the biggest drop in 2021, decreasing 14% in popularity. It’s no surprise that this minimal and sleek style isn’t quite as popular these days as people are leaning towards more cozy and comfortable spaces.

 

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Most Popular Color Families

One big constant from 2020 to 2021 are people’s favorite colors. Once again, cool and neutral tones topped the list of favorites, suggesting that people are less likely to jump on color trends but rather engage in classic colors.

Top colors ranked: Blue, White, Green, Black, Brown

 

Top-Selling Products

The top-selling products of 2021 are all versatile, comfortable, prioritize storage, and lean towards a natural look.

  1. Drum Storage Coffee Table, Walnut/Antique Brass, West Elm
  2. Sausalito 8-Drawer Wide Dresser, Seadrift, Pottery Barn
  3. Carter Pouf, Natural, Tanjore
  4. Morrice Wall Mirror, Bronze, Ashby Home
  5. Haven Sectional, Poly Performance Washed Canvas, West Elm
  6. Encore Armchair, Natural, Uttermost
  7. Sofia Wall Mirror, Gold, Ashby Home
  8. Allister Chair, Teak and Rattan, Noir
  9. Juno Media Console, Large, Reclaimed Pine, Pottery Barn
  10. Pictograph Console, Cerused White, West Elm
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2021 room renovation trends

Room & Renovation Trends

In 2021 more people did design projects than in 2020. In 2021 77% of people identified as having engaged in a DIY home project or a design project compared to just 69% last year. As the pandemic continued to push people to spend more time in their homes and skip yearly vacations, many decided to put that money towards home updates, and that trend continued to grow in 2021.

Rooms Most in Need of a Redesign

It’s a three-way tie! Kitchens, bedrooms, and living rooms each received 18% of the vote for which room needs a redesign. The Home Office came in 4th place with 10% of people identifying it as the room in their home most in need of a redesign.

Reasons for Redesigning in 2021 versus 2020

2021 is all about style! When comparing people’s reasons for redesigning a space in 2020 v. 2021 functionality is no longer number 1; in 2021 design style takes the top spot with 47% of people prioritizing it as compared to 32% who chose functionality. In 2021 Productivity was a lot less important, dropping to 3% from 18%, suggesting that people stopped stressing about how to get work done in their space. People’s desire to create nice guest accommodations doubled, jumping to 8% year over year, which means entertaining at home is finally making a comeback.

  • 2020: Functionality 38%, Family Entertainment 21%, Productivity 18%, Design Style/Aesthetics 18%, Accommodating guests 4%, Children’s Happiness 4%
  • 2021: Design Style/Aesthetics 47%, Functionality 32%, Accommodating Guests 8%, Family Entertainment 6%, Productivity 3%, Children’s Happiness 1%, Other 3%

The Most Popular Rooms Designed at Modsy

  • The Living Room is Back! While living room design rates dropped from 2019 to 2020, we’re seeing living room design rates beating 2019 data with this room type consisting of 40% of all rooms designed at Modsy in 2021 an 11% increase year over year. After learning that the living room is the space where people find the most joy and engage in “me time” most often, it’s no wonder that people are looking to refresh this space the most.
  • The Home Office Is so 2020. While 81% of people said they want to continue to work from home at least some of the time, comparing fall 2020 to fall 2021, we saw a 30% decrease in the number of people designing home offices. With more people going back to work and school, there might be less of a need for home offices.
  • Bye Open Concepts. The open living/dining room may have been the bane of your existence in 2020, and many people turned to Modsy to help make the most of these wide-open spaces. In 2021, we saw a 9% decrease in design requests for this space. Does this suggest that people need less help making them work, or that open living room/dining rooms are on their way out in home design?

 

Top Modsy Design Ideas

Almost all of the most popular images on our design inspiration galleries have a farmhouse vibe in common. We saw that style gain popularity across the board, in our Style Quiz and Instagram feed too, so we weren’t surprised to see these beautiful images top the charts!

Most-Liked Designs from Our Ideas Gallery

1. Natural Material-Filled Living Room

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2. Living Space With Rustic Flair

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3. Modern Rustic Style

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4. Cozy Family Room

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5. Magnificently Moody Living Space

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Most-Liked Designs from Instagram

 

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1. Cloffice Design!

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2. Hope Colling’s Dream Living Room

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3. Alicia’s Living Room Transformation

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4. Modern Coastal Bedroom Dreams

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5. An Ode to Natural Materials

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2022 Trend Predictions

People like to dabble in trends but don’t want to commit. When asked how they engaged with interior design trends people had the following to say:

  • 52% – I incorporate trends into accessories and small decor
  • 21% – My style is timeless and always feels on-trend
  • 19% – I ignore trends completely
  • 3% – I let trends dictate the design of my home

5% mentioned “Other”

Modsy’s Predictions for the Home Trends of 2022

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Earthy Neutrals in Large Upholstery:  In 2022 we’ll see ivory, cream, and white sofas and upholstered pieces giving way to richer, earthy neutrals such as camel, taupe, cognac, rust, and sage. These colors still feel neutral but add richness to the space.

 

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Early-American Antiques: For the past few years we’ve been seeing a revival of antiques. In 2022 we think we’ll see Early American antiques start to take center stage. With interior designers leaning towards these pieces for their gorgeous patina, dark wood, and simple forms and 2021’s Met Gala theme, Americana, these pieces and furniture inspired by them will become much more popular.

 

Moody Woodwork: In 2022 moody-colored wainscotting will continue to gain popularity because it leans into the saturated color trend by adding an elevated look to any room with features that make the space look much more expensive. It’s easy to get this look, even in cookie-cutter houses, and makes any space feel like a regal, old home.

 

classic silhouettes 2022 design trend

Classic Silhouettes: While antiques themselves will continue to grow in popularity, furniture that’s inspired by these pieces will too, especially in their shape and form. We’ll see more classical shapes introduced to popular furniture trends including slipper feet, symmetrical forms, rush seats, wingback chairs, and camel sofas.

 

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Legs for Days: 2021 will usher in a trend where furniture looks much leggier; chairs, sofas, case pieces will be visibly lifted off the ground, allowing you to see clearly underneath these pieces. This is in contrast to furniture that sits fully on the ground. Lifted pieces are great for smaller spaces as it allows the design to look lighter and airier.

 

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Chunky Furniture: In large furniture pieces and smaller accents, we’ll see a trend towards chunky silhouettes and thicker forms. Rather than dainty legs or subtle curves, shapes will be more robust, appearing thicker and taking a cue from Art Deco and 1980s styling.

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