The common themes that came out of a homebound year.
There are so many industries that courted less of our time this year. We didn't put on clothes. We didn't board planes. We didn't attend parties. But we did turn our attention towards refurbishing our homes. Now, as we begin to consider returning to those various pastimes and creative endeavors, we retain a newfound appreciation coupled with a deeper knowledge of our interiors.
According to Etsy trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson, "After a year of working, learning, and relaxing at home, many shoppers are eager to find new ways to spruce up their spaces, so it's no surprise that this year's home decor trends are a reflection of our evolved relationship with our homes," she explains. As we've engaged more with our homes, trends reveal more this year than they have in years prior, depicting a need for creative expression within our living spaces. "While last year's focus was on building multi-functional rooms, this year is all about creating synergy and adding fashion back into function." Johnson has revealed the top six decor trends according to Etsy data, and the results range from Japandi style to mushroom motifs.
"Marble is making way for another durable, sustainable material in home decor: travertine. Shoppers are especially looking for travertine tables—both vintage and handmade. Travertine is the perfect material to incorporate into high-traffic rooms with items like coasters, lamp bases, or coffee tables. It's helpful to think of travertine as an alternative for anywhere you might have used marble."
Japanese and Scandinavian Aesthetics
"As many continue to spend time at home, clutter-free yet cozy spaces are top of mind. Enter Japandi—a hybrid of Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetics that shoppers are welcoming into their homes. Shoppers are prioritizing decor that evokes feelings of serenity and warmth, exactly what these two aesthetics embody. To get the look, try pairing warm shades of wood with contrasting neutral colors."
Wavy, Squiggly, and Curvy Decor
"Shoppers are increasingly looking for creative additions to their homes, and these wavy decor pieces are eye-catching conversation starters that add a touch of playfulness to any home. The trend can be incorporated into decor with subtle touches like mug handles or bold statements with larger items like floor-length mirrors. Any item that typically incorporates geometric shapes—like lines, arches, or squares—can easily take on a wavy form."
The Home Sanctuary
"Creating spa-like atmospheres in bathrooms is one popular way to unwind—we've seen a 7,466 percent increase in searches for eucalyptus shower bundles, a 212 percent increase in searches for bath caddies, and a 120 percent increase in searches for waffle towels this year. Something as simple as a calming candle can go a long way when trying to create a spa-like sanctuary at home. Some of my favorite scents to incorporate into my space are lavender, eucalyptus, and bergamot."
"An easy option for both minimalists and maximalists, checkerboard pattern is the perfect 'starter print' for people looking to add playful patterns into their homes. From neons to neutrals, shoppers can find checkered-print items that blend into their existing home decor."
"The mushroom lamp first made its debut in the late 1960s but really took off in the early to mid-1970s. The iconic design, which mimics the shape of a capped mushroom, became a staple in mid-century modern decor. We've also seen a whopping 902 percent increase in searches for mushroom pillows and pillow cases."
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