5 Design Pros Weigh In On What Else To Expect In 2021


A personality-driven living space designed by Kate Hume featured in her new book, The Interiors Design of Kate Hume.


While there’s still some uncertainty on what the next few months will look like, one area we can safely speculate what’s next on is the state of design. Take note of the creative forecasts below, and see how they stack up against the changes you’ve made in your home as we head into the latter half of 2021.


Kate Hume

Play Up Your Curiosities 

“I love the idea of personal collection beautifully displayed, whether it be vessels, or antique scissors, or cutting boards or even beach pebbles,” says designer Kate Hume. “Personally I trawl the markets in South Western France, where I live, for “Grès”  jars and bowls (rough stoneware for my winter house) which can come from central France, or Spain, or even Japan. I like to display these items  grouped on large wooden platters, but most of all I like to use them. I tend to infect all my friends and some of my clients with the same passion, so it has become quite a competitive pastime.”

Mara Miller & Jesse Carrier

Embrace Maximalism  

“As people are spending more time at home, we are noticing less minimal designs and more cheerful, rich colors and layered looks,” predicts the husband-and-wife design duo. “We are expecting to see more stimulating and uplifting environments in 2021!”


Tara Bernerd

Bespoke Details Will Steal The Show

From designer Tara Bernerd: “We have long been associated with timeless design and as a practice we are constantly looking for ways to make our designs durable as well as alluring, so that they quite literally stand the test of time.  In 2021, this will feel more important than ever. At our latest hotel, Zentis Osaka in Japan, by mixing sculptural forms, cantilevering a bench seat and shelves from the staircase, with crafted stone and leather-wrapped banister rails, so we have not only created a focal point with the centrally located staircase, we have also created an object that will be cherished.”


Mikel Welch

Anticipate A ’90s Surge

“History always seems to repeat itself. Such is true with interior design,” says designer Mikel Welch. “I believe we are going to see a resurgence of 1990s design trends. Brace yourselves for the return of hunter green walls, arched entryways and of course, brass finishes. I know this can seem scary, but I promise you shoulder pads won’t be involved in the process. I think designers are going to sniff out the good design from the ’90s, and put a current spin so things, so spaces won’t feel dated.”


Stephanie Pierce

Nature Is Still The Ultimate Muse

“As we head into the rest of the year, the kitchen will serve as a multi-use space more than it ever has due to families working, learning, playing and dining together,” remarks Stephanie Pierce, director of design and trends at MasterBrand Cabinets. “As a result, people are craving nurturing environments to promote relaxation, connect them to nature and ease their minds. Incorporating these nature-inspired colors and materials into the kitchen will create an indoor retreat, helping families cohabitate peacefully in the year ahead.”