Jan 08, 2021
The Trends You Can’t Live Without in 2021
Happy New Year, Fabulistas!
I am always inspired by new trends. This year, I’m particularly excited about the visual energy sprouting up across the design landscape, from gourmet plating in the kitchen to curated home office spaces.
As we spend all our time at home these days, I’ve put together ideas to touch up our spaces with 2021’s most in-demand trends. You’ll see these trends all over the internet, and I want to give you an in-depth look and guide you in how to make them yours.
These ideas can be incorporated into your home in just a few steps. Every trend has significant color palettes connected to it, which is why I’ve paired each one with one of my signature Color Ways. I’ve also given you a sampling of products that can help you actualize the design trend that speaks to you most. Here’s to a fresh year and a fresh home!
Neutral color palettes are always important, and they’re something I’ve been fusing into my designs for years. Simple shades and shapes can often pack the biggest punch.
Japandi is a fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian design approaches that focuses on sleek lines and soothing interiors. Japandi utilizes natural woods and earthy tones to bring a lightness to any space. Even if you’re not ready for a full Japandi-style room, a few accents here and there can bring a renewed sense of calm to your home. A haven for modern minimalists, this style is the perfect respite for the overwhelming world. It’s sure to bring more zen into your 2021… something we could all use more of.
Make your own gallery at home! If you take your video calls in the kitchen, stacking your shelves with bright and beautiful decor and accessories is a must for the hundreds of Zoom calls destined for the new year. Let your imagination run wild with your favorite colors and textures and make your shelving into its own masterpiece.
Floating shelves are popping up everywhere. One piece can completely elevate a space. How you style your shelves is important... use vases, bowls, and kitchenware and consider the colors, sizes, and placement of each. Create a vignette using various pieces that work well together. Perfect for Zoom calls, a new layout will offer a rich, inviting backdrop for any and every type of call. And when we can all finally be together again, it’ll be even more stunning in person.
In a time when we’re all sharing our kitchen creations online, presentation has never been more important. Being at home, we have a moment to relax and admire our labors of love in the kitchen before diving right in to enjoy them. Slow cooking and slow living have become immensely popular, and so has a more thoughtful, creative way to present them. Whether it’s a decadent family dinner, a newly tested cocktail, or a beautifully presented dinner for one, you deserve to treat yourself.
Today the kitchen is more than a place to work… it’s a place to play. From charcuterie boards with beautiful landscapes of cheeses, meats, fruit, and nuts to breakfast boards decadently smothered in luscious avocado toasts, the possibilities are endless. To top off a perfect spread, you’ll want to match it with an equally sleek and eye-catching serving plate. You can also spruce up your kitchen space with a large bowl or vase to hold utensils, dry goods, or fresh fruit. Now that you’re spending more time in the kitchen, kick it up a notch!
BE YOUR OWN BOSS
Working from home has inspired many people to branch off and start their own business, brand, or side hustle. Over the last year, at-home office spaces have changed, from offering fully stocked mini kitchens to transforming the spaces into Zoom Rooms, like the one I recently designed for the Seasonal Living Magazine Virtual Designer Showhouse. Working from home not only saves time, it can offer a quiet space for brainstorming and reflection—a far cry from the 9-5 workplace.
Like I always say, “If you don’t take a chance, you don’t get one.” I am proud to call myself my own boss and live by my words. My “Robinisms” have guided me throughout my work and my life… and I hope they help to guide you too. To be your own boss, you have to root yourself in your deepest beliefs and values. That’s why I took yet another leap of faith in my career and launched my brand new e-commerce site just before the holidays. The biggest risks often yield the biggest rewards, and those risks have yet to disappoint me. Inspiration begins in your personal space, so set yourself up for success.
CONFIDENCE BEGINS AT HOME
Manifesting has been a part of my daily routine for many years, and as I’ve said throughout my entire career: “Confidence Begins At Home.” In the age of Covid-19, nesting has become more essential than ever; in both your personal and professional life, a comfortable space that resonates with you, keeps you happy, calm, and balanced. People are getting more and more innovative with making their space at home cozy and fresh with home re-designs and light touch-ups. This is your year to get creative with it!
No matter what your goals are for the new year, head into 2021 with positivity, determination, and fearlessness. This all begins at home, so use these first few weeks to plan for a space where you feel your best. If you need help, I’m always available for advice by the hour, by the room, or for full service design. Feeling good about your home allows you to go out into the world with confidence!