Well, 2020 was a year, to say the least. For many people, spending so much more time at homemade every single space feel important—especially the biggies, like the bedroom. The heightened emphasis on comfort and utility at home will likely stay with us through 2021 (at least), and that momentum is affecting every room in the home, including sleep spaces.
“The bedroom is really becoming the ultimate sanctuary,” says Jeanine Hays, designer, and co-creator of AphroChic. “We’re going to see spaces that are more like hotel rooms, focused on luxury, sumptuous materials, and quality pieces that will last for a long time.” Want to know which specific trends for bedrooms and beds lie (heh) ahead? Read on for our 2021 predictions; some of them might even help you sleep better!
Texture on texture
Nubby bouclé, smooth velvet, and other plush fabrics are showing up on bedside benches, accent chairs, and even headboards or bed frames. “It’s all about adding a layered feel with warm, toned textures,” says designer Shea McGee, co-owner of Studio McGee and co-star of Netflix’s “Dream Home Makeover,” who adds that “using at least two different textures makes a bigger impact.”
The bedding itself is looking cozier, too. “More and more, people are using fabrics that are soft and lush not only for a good night’s rest but also to add texture for beauty,” says Taniya Nayak, a featured designer on Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible.” “They’re pairing stitched throws with sateen cotton sheets or even choosing organic woven fabrics with imperfections in the weave.”
Designer Elaine Griffin says this whitewashed wood “is the hottest look of the coming year in my playbook” and will be a popular pick for everything from bedroom furniture to wall paneling and even flooring. Cerusing, which is sometimes referred to as “lime washing,” is yet another great way to add subtle texture to space, since it involves using a cream or wax that’s designed to highlight the grain in wooden details (either by making it appear lighter or darker than the base tone of the piece).
That said, when it comes to shades, Griffin loves cerused wood in all its forms, “whether it’s a chalky pale on rift white oak or an inkier gray on white.” Pick a piece that works with the rest of your room; there’s something for every color scheme, and you can also DIY this kind of finish, too.
With painted murals taking off and the explosion of temporary wallpaper options in the market, bedrooms are about to start playing up the pattern in a big way, according to McGee. From whimsical print-on-print combos in a kid’s room to a statement-making motif on an adult space’s ceiling or area rug, the pattern can be put in both expected and unexpected places, as long as there’s some common theme in color so everything hangs together.
In addition, Griffin notes that flower designs are huge… and not just in a trending sense. “Floral wallpaper is back with a vengeance,” she says, “and the bigger the pattern, the better.”
Traditional materials with a modern twist
“Standbys that were big in the ’90s like wicker and rattan are back, but they’re being reimagined with modern shapes and updated styling,” says McGee, who loves a wicker chair in the corner of a bedroom or a rattan bench at the end of the bed. Nayak also notes the wicker resurgence; she’s seeing it more in boxes and baskets, as many bedrooms now double as workout spots.
All about earth tones
Over the past year, beiges, browns, and rust hues have taken over in textiles, and with the new year now here, McGee says many are ready to double down on warmer hues by using them on focal points like sofas and headboards. When it comes to upholstered headboards specifically, there’s not only this color trend but a stylistic one, too, according to Griffin. “Channeled headboards, either horizontally or vertically, are definitely the way to go,” she advises.
Softer shades… but make them extra
Quiet paint colors will always be a top pick for bedrooms, but increasingly, designers say lighter hues are packing an unexpected punch through faux finishes, special sheens, and decorative wall treatments, like the DIY paneling made out of PVC pipe that’s shown here.
In a similar vein, designer and HGTV host Tiffany Brooks says 2021 is going to be all about what she calls the “touchable” color. “People are looking to make showplaces out of their homes, almost like you are on a vacation,” Brooks says. “So they want details that evoke an experience… like a dusty blue painted texture on the bedroom walls.”
Now that more people are working from home, electronic needs have increased as well, notes Brooks. “We’re all realizing how great it is to have that added burst of tech, whether it’s a charging nightstand drawer, a remote that can pre-set your shower temperatures or even just a writing desk with a place to prop up your tablet.” Despite the fact that technology can be distracting and frowned upon in the bedroom, you’ll definitely be seeing it used in a pinch or to up the creature comfort factor in sleep spaces of all sizes.
Bold, thoughtful lighting
So long, lamps! “[Wall] sconces are coming back in a big way,” says Hays. “They’re no longer just functional. Yes, they’re perfect for reading in the evening, but they’re also beautifully designed, so they act as jewelry for a bedroom.” Brooks says chandeliers will be popular again in bedrooms, too. “They’re the best for adding drama because of their scale,” she says.