Residential design and architecture are always changing with the latest socio-economic, environmental, and industry trends, and in 2021 these fields have continued to evolve. Driven by the pandemic, technological advancement, and aesthetic preferences of younger generations, interior design is going through some important changes that all professionals in this field need to keep track of and implement into their work.

From the increasing importance of environmental design, to the use of advanced tools like CAD and BIM in the design process, all the way to the use of the right décor elements, there are many pieces to this puzzle. Let’s take a closer look at the key residential interior design trends you should know about and implement in 2021 to bring the best modern interiors to life.

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Working from home, means that home offices play a key role in interior design for 2021.

#1 The rise of the home office

Now that more and more people around the world are working from home, it should come as no surprise that the concept of the home office has become extremely popular in interior design. People are trying every which way to squeeze a workstation into their homes in order to bring a productive workspace to life and to do this they may need the help of experienced designers.

It is up to interior designers to create a home office that fits perfectly into an interior without affecting the living space or sacrificing the square footage in any impactful way. Nowadays, tech-savvy professionals are expecting their new houses and apartments to come with their own home offices, and no matter how big or small the office is, it is important to incorporate this space into new residential designs.

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Use simulations to track the movement of the sun throughout the day with software such as BricsCAD BIM. Image credit HOK

#2 Using BIM software to elevate efficiency

In the planning and design phases, in order to create accurate, efficient, and impactful interior designs, it is imperative to use the right tech tools. Using the right 3D rendering software can transform the way you approach your work, so it’s important to use the CAD and BIM tools that offer as many features as possible to create efficient, functional, and beautiful designs.

You see, it’s not just about the aesthetic appeal of the design and how it affects the client, it’s about planning for the functional features that will facilitate conservation, preservation, and financial stability. BIM software allows you to plan and incorporate every important element into your design in a centralized program., to minimize risks and maximize the design process across the board.

#3Going neutral to evoke peace and positivity

One of the most impactful interior design trends nowadays is the neutral design concept. Neutral designs have been gaining in popularity in recent years, but in the stressful times of a global pandemic, this concept has skyrocketed around the world. Why? Because a neutral design scheme sets the stage for peace, positivity, and happiness in a modern living environment.

If you take a look at this handy guide on neutral tones, you’ll see that it all starts with the floors, and that choosing a good neutral foundation is key. From there, you can proceed with neutral tones on the furniture and complementary elements like coffee tables and shelves.

Neutral hues also work wonderfully on walls and curtains, to support the flow of natural light in the room and create a peaceful ambiance. Most importantly though, a neutral design allows all accents and focal points to come to life, which is something that modern homeowners love to see.

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Mixed living/working environments is a trend that will continue beyond 2021

#4 Smart technology for the modern home

Another big trend in interior design for 2021 is, of course, the smart home. Nowadays, homes are designed with connectivity and smart technology in mind, and it’s important to note that technology is not just an addition – it’s an inextricable part of the home.

Smart technology allows green designs to come to life, it allows homeowners to optimize their energy and water savings, lead more comfortable lives, and enhance the safety of their living environment. In essence, it elevates their quality of life, which is why it’s so important to include smart and IoT-enabled tech into your designs.

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The popularity of smart devices will continue to grow in 2021.

#5 Multi-functional interior design

Lastly, it’s important to remember that the new generations of homeowners are purposefully downsizing in an attempt to avoid hefty mortgages and the high cost of living that comes with a bigger home. But that doesn’t mean that they want to sacrifice comfort and functionality, which is why interior designs need to be functional and aesthetic at the same time.

In 2021 and in the years to come, the key focus of interior design will be on multi-functional spaces and modular décor elements. The purpose of these design solutions is to allow homeowners to optimize their limited living space for every occasion and create the feeling of a more capacious and comfortable home.

Wrapping up

Interior design is always evolving, and in 2021 the key focus is on evoking the right emotions, not only with the design, but also by using better tools to streamline the design process. With these trends in mind, interior designers will be able to align their work with the needs of the market and their clients, and ensure a successful year.


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