How the Work-From-Home movement will change our surroundings

By Tracey Aker-Schwartz and Molly Day Auman, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Spring is here! By now you may have noticed a shift in the color and textures playing out in the images you see on sites like Houzz and Pinterest, on television, and on retail shelves.

How does this happen and who determines which colors and items will be trending? Each fall the fashion and interior design industries publish their color and trend forecasts for the upcoming year. They draw us in with ideas and examples from around the globe. As real estate professionals with interior design and construction backgrounds, the team at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty tends to be keenly aware of changing trends.

So, what are the predictions for the next several seasons? Which styles will we see fade away this year?

According to the Sherwin-Williams COLORMIX Forecast, “The pandemic has slowed down or altered our perception of time and afforded many of us some precious moments to experience the beauty of simplicity. Cooking, gardening, staying home … the concept of mindful living has taken on so much more meaning. Realizing the need to surround one’s self with beauty is more important than ever, and to reconnect with nature and the Earth on a deeper, more sustainable level.”

The result: color pallets of earthy warm neutrals, and muted tones that nurture wellness and calm.

Falling out of fashion in 2021? Shiplap. Shiplap siding became a trendy way to decorate interior walls in the 2010s and it is now one of the fastest fading trends. Tile, plaster, rattan, or living walls of plants are set to become more popular in 2021, instead.

The farmhouse style is also fading, in favor of the Industrial interior style, incorporating elements such as exposed stonework, high ceilings, wood and metal elements, and neutral colors. The industrial style mixes modern and traditional design and works for interiors that need to serve as places to live, work, and play.

Barn doors that exploded onto the interior design scene may not retain their popularity as we head further into the 2020s. Pocket doors or classic French doors will likely replace them.

What should we expect in kitchen and bath designs of 2021? While subway tile has been transforming over the past few years with more options becoming available, it will also see a change. The trend will move away from the clean line, smooth finish of machine-made perfection. Experts are predicting we will see colorful backsplashes, adorned in handcrafted ceramic tile, like Moroccan zellige tile and encaustic patterns. The all-gray or all-white kitchen and bath will give way to more bold colors.

Sustainable materials, harmony, balance, and flow are all major themes for 2021.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is located at 2971 Willow Creek Rd. in Prescott. Call 928.227.2435 for more information.