Top Interior Designers Reveal the Best Trends to Try in 2021

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Our favorite trend.. if you can’t go on vacation, bring the vacation to your home!

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We hope you enjoy the article below, full of ideas for the New Year.


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Top Interior Designers Reveal the Best Trends to Try in 2021

2020 changed life as we know it in so many ways. It especially affected the collective relationship we all have with our homes. As a result, we saw a renewed focus on functionality, flexibility, and comforting aesthetics within our interiors. What will 2021 bring, you ask? We checked in with some of the top interior designers to see what they anticipate will be the biggest home trends of 2021. Read on to see what they had to say. 

Bolder designs and color choices

In 2021 there will be a big push towards mixing patterns, materials, textures, and colors to create a more layered artistic look rather than a clean monochromatic scene that we saw a lot of in 2020. Farewell white and gray with a splash of navy and hello mustard and forest green with a splash of dusty pink. Wallpaper is in its prime and we’ll be seeing people pay more attention to the 5th wall (the ceiling). – Crystal Blackshaw

Bringing the outdoors in

With everything that the world endured last year, it is of no surprise that we will see more trends that truly mimic the serenity of nature. After all, nature has been known to be restorative. From warm, moody, natural elements and tones, to furniture that is as raw and curved as mother nature could devise, 2021 trends will look to bring the outdoors in. – For Love and Design

A cleaner version of traditional and timeless interiors 

People are in their homes more than ever before and we find they want to feel comforted and surrounded by color, texture, and more cozy elements. Contemporary interiors will always be current, but I see color palettes, textiles, etc. move back to a more traditional aesthetic. – Paxton Place Design

Hidden workspaces within the home

As we work and study from home we all need space to focus, Zoom, and remain productive. A secretary, once an outdated piece of furniture, is a piece chock full of drawers with a top that folds down only to allow a person to have an individual space to work and then folds up hiding chaos from the decor. It can be a beautiful antique for a more traditional home or more contemporary blending into our transitional and modern homes. – Carolyn Thayer Interiors

A divided floor plan for privacy 

With everyone spending so much time at home – people are looking for more privacy. They want a more divided floor plan, but also a large kitchen and family room. While people want to see others in the house they need soundproofing elements, so perhaps a casement window wall that divides a kitchen and breakfast area will be a trend going forward. – Susie Novak Interiors

Spaces that promote health and wellness 

Last year, we discovered how important it is to have spaces that serve our daily needs. 2021 design will build on that discovery. I predict we will see clients wanting spaces that promote health and wellness (less stress, more calm) at home. We will see it in products like touch-free faucets, programmed lighting, and smart toilets that warm and wash. We will also see more focus on livability. Of course, we want our furnishings to be beautiful. But they also have to be super comfortable and made with fabrics that are easy to clean and lasting. Think pragmatic beauty. This is part of the calming factor – we don’t want to have to fuss with our stuff. – Jenni Leasia Design

Embracing Grandmillennial styling  

“Grandmillennial” design pays homage to classic traditional style by mixing colors and patterns, wallpapers and trims, old and new. Grandmillennial or “Granny Chic” is a youthful interpretation of classic home decor – think the Home Alone house. Mass-produced furniture in monochromatic colors we have seen in the past is not part of this trend. – Olive Juice

Sustainability and natural organic elements

By bringing in live plants, and choosing sustainable natural materials, while also reducing the use of materials in our spaces that emit VOC and other chemicals, we can improve our indoor air quality while also reducing our impact on the environment. The use of natural and sustainable materials such as wood, wicker, hemp, acacia, rattan, cotton, and live greenery will dominate the 2021 design trend to help create an organic and relaxed feeling in our homes. – Om In The Home

Statement fireplaces 

Along with two-tone kitchen cabinets and ditching the garden tub in the master bath, updating that old brick fireplace is the way to go. Painting brick can go a long way but a stone veneer over the brick or any dated facade would allow you to hide cords and cable if you’d like to now hang your TV. Add a new mantle and your tired old fireplace will be the star of your room. – Your Home by Wendy

Being thoughtful about your possessions   

If it doesn’t spark a memory, give inspiration, or have a purpose you probably don’t need it.  Make room for positive possession. – Simple JOY Designs

Traditional, single-use areas becoming new, multi-use spaces

Formal dining rooms and guest rooms are a thing of the past! Think meditation and yoga spaces, homework stations for multiple kids, inside playgrounds, hobby rooms, or home theaters. – Personal Space

Warmer, brighter, and cozy spaces

Wood floors are getting lighter, while wall and cabinet colors of creams, soft blues, and pale green tones are becoming more prevalent. Other favorites include boucle fabrics, knurled textures, and luxe gold finishes. – Evalia Design

Blending indoor and outdoor living

Flexibility is everything, it’s wonderful to have a room that can be fully opened when the weather is great, and closed when less than ideal. Planning ahead is crucial, it’s important to think about these things prior to beginning a project. Speaking of the outdoors, this is a great time to plan an outdoor kitchen, fireplace, or enhance the outside for entertaining once the weather changes. – Gray | Walter

Warmer colors to create a sanctuary 

Since “stay at home” has become the slogan for the past year, I think families are embracing warmer colors to create their sanctuary. Darker colors for accent walls or a dramatic bedroom are becoming the trend. We are getting away from whites and cool grays. – Home Decor by Donna

Bringing the vacation vibe into your home

People are looking for a sanctuary at home with warm tones, calm color palettes, and natural blonde woods. However, we are also seeing saturated colors and funky wall treatments with accent scenes of palm leaves, florals, and tropical accents; lots of greens and salmon pink. It seems that people are perhaps interested in bringing the vacation to their home until we can return to normal travel. – Mia Rao Design

Accessory dwelling units

The last number of homes I’ve photographed all have newly-finished ADUs – and I expect to see more in the coming year. ADUs afford a lot of flexibility when it comes to working from home, multi-generational living, workout spaces, and more. – STRUKTR Studios

Using plants as wall art 

Using live plants or botanically correct aka faux plants as wall art will make a big 2021 debut. Both indoors and out, in luxury estates and condominiums, our Dallas interior design clients are spending more time in their Dallas homes and gravitating toward nature. The vertical garden walls concept is timeless and provides texture and a visual statement when collectively combined in patterns using nature’s varied colors and shades of green.  Dee Frazier of D’KOR HOME by Dee Frazier Interiors

Bold black and white patterned furniture

Think bold black and white stripes on a plush fabric, modern sofa. Or a black velvet sofa with black and white striped pillows and a bold red floral pillow for a pop of color. – Rumble Interiors

Originally published by Redfin

A Thanksgiving Feast for the Eyes..

Let’s Dish…

We have had the pleasure of getting to know many families over the years at Mia Rao Design. Each is unique and fantastic in their own way. Our clients invite us into their homes and into their lives, letting us create spaces that are perfect and comfortable just for them.

This year, the importance of “home” is more relevant than ever before. We are grateful to all of our clients for allowing us the privilege to design these warm rooms for creating memories and enjoying delicious meals .

Modern to traditional, we wanted to share some of these delightful dining rooms that will no doubt be enjoyed this Thanksgiving, and for future gatherings around the table . Each has its own unique vibe and we love every one. A feast for the eyes!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Use It Before You Lose It! Summer Outdoor Space…

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Many of us have outdoor spaces that we can’t wait to use in the spring, but forget about as the summer lingers on.

At Mia Rao Design, we say, “Use it before you lose it”! August and September are prime time for outdoor lounging and entertaining.

The greenery has filled in..
The flowers are in full bloom..
The sun has slid past its peak, creating perfect light..
The heat is beginning to subside..

The end of summer’s rich color saturation makes the perfect backdrop for cocktails with friends, an end of season barbecue or a simple cup of coffee in the morning.

If the evening air cools, no worries, the fire pit adds ambience and a little extra warmth to the party!


Welcome to SurreaLounge

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“Pop-up” Bars are all the rage. How about a “Pop-up” Party?

Welcome to SurreaLounge!

Recently, for the River North Design District’s Fall Gallery Walk, Mia Rao Design created this lush, loungy vignette with the help of some of our favorite industry partners.

Featuring the art of Anna Pales via Gruen Galleries, the Transceramica solid surface showroom was the perfect backdrop to host this captivating stop on the art walk. A porcelain “petrified wood” wall perfectly framed Pales’ signature elongated trees. The organic styling of sculputural furniture pieces from, provided the perfect perch to soak up the atmosphere. Mia Rao Design expertly hung greenery and lightling from the exposed beam ceiling creating a canopy grounded by a gorgeous looped wool rug from Atelier Lapchi.

The feeling.. a hidden party in the woods, under the stars, topped off with martinis and music!

Really, a surreal night to remember.

Thank you to all who joined us for fun, and beautiful art!