2021 Home Decor Trends for a Winter Transition

Decoration and Design
Interior Design
By Dikran Seferian November 24, 2021

With the frosty season right around the corner, the mild autumn weather makes way for the colder months ahead. Gentle autumn breezes turn into stronger gusts of wind while warm colors fade into the ice. As the winter aesthetic takes over the outdoor atmosphere, your home can welcome a transition of its own. 2021 has been an eventful year for interior design. To keep up with recent times — lockdowns and all — a variety of design elements have made their way to the trends. Essentially, spending more time at home may warrant a change of scenery every now and then; and the winter home decor ideas of 2021 are ideal for implementing this change. You can breathe new life into your home by adopting a few of the most trending design elements of the frosty season. 

Use Earthy Hues

This winter season, consider venturing out of the typical frosty colors and give earthy hues a try. Timber tones and rustic shades inspired by the great outdoors fill up the cozy winter interior this year. Go for colors like rust, caramel, olive green, and cherry for the living room to instill a welcoming aura. As for the bedroom, you can let the waves carry you off to sleep with tones of ocean blue. If an array of colors doesn’t sit well with your palette, you could stick to one or two of the earthy hues to accompany a more subtle scheme. Cherry red, for instance, perfectly resonates as an undertone with light gray while rust and beige are a match made in winter heaven.

Choosing the Best Color Palette for Your Winter Transition

Choosing the Best Color Palette for Your Winter Transition

Add Life With Houseplants 

An injection of greenery into your interior design this winter is all that you may need to create a sense of vibrancy in an otherwise dormant season. And since the lockdowns will probably make their way into 2022, what better way to spend your time at home than doing a bit of indoor gardening. You can even arrange a console table feature with a small variety of miniature plants and complementary elements such as a gold-plated watering pot. Philodendron gloriosum and fern leaf cactus plants are ideal options to incorporate in your winter tabletop decor. Meanwhile, larger varieties like banana leaf plants are gracing corners in many homes.

Indoor Plants to Bring Your Winter Interior to Life

Indoor Plants to Bring Your Winter Interior to Life

Have a Feature Wall

The best focal points are where you’d least expect them. This winter, consider creating one with a dramatic feature wall. You can celebrate the wilderness by emulating a mountain range horizon with boards of pinewood. Having a naturally textured wall as a focal point is also an ideal way to add depth and dimension to any interior. Alternatively, you can play around with various shades of natural stone to create a uniquely patterned DIY stone veneer wall or faux fireplace.

Sprucing Up Your Living Space With a Feature Wall

Sprucing Up Your Living Space With a Feature Wall

Be Bold With Accents

Make a statement this frosty season by going for accents that stand out. Bold colors like emerald green are perfect for creating a lively contrast while corresponding with the overall theme of the interior design. You can use edgy colors for anything from throw pillows, ornate vases, wall decor, to even area rugs. Don’t hesitate to go the extra mile with heavy undertones this year. Your interior design style is a reflection of your character; as the color palette can be your voice, be loud with the accents.

Bold Hues That Energize Your Color Scheme

Bold Hues That Energize Your Color Scheme

Pinecone Plethora

You can’t go wrong with a few pinecones to accentuate the winter transition, especially when paired with candelabra. Pinecones are ideal additions for creating an aesthetic that combines the element of rustic nature with more than a touch of texture. Stylish ways you can incorporate pinecones in your decor include placing a few in basket arrangements, decorative bowls, and alongside candelabra.

Simple Ways to Reinforce Your Winter Theme

Simple Ways to Reinforce Your Winter Theme

Display Handicrafts

What better way to support local artisans while adding character to your living spaces than with handmade decorative pieces. You could adorn an armchair with crocheted furniture cover to go with handicraft decor. With the variety of patterns, shapes, and sizes available, there are no limits as to how you can display your artisanal gadgets. For instance, consider dressing up your candelabra with crochet candle holder covers.

Appreciating the Elegance of Hand-Made Home Decor

Appreciating the Elegance of Hand-Made Home Decor

Make Use of Natural Elements

Whether it's wicker baskets, rattan furniture, or jute rugs, elements of interior design made of natural materials are all the rage this year. Moreover, they brilliantly correspond with the winter decor trends of this year’s winter season — among other elements like marble and terracotta. Besides the texture and tone they provide, natural woven items are a perfect way to showcase exquisite craftsmanship.

What Natural Elements Mean for a Winter Home Design

What Natural Elements Mean for a Winter Home Design

Candle Cornucopia

Candelabra are yet to go out of style. And this year, they’re bigger than ever. You can set the mood with these winter decor elements by placing them in dining rooms, living rooms, and especially bathrooms. Not only do they provide warmth and allure, many even offer an enchanting aroma — consider scented candles to please more than one of your senses.

Setting the Winter Mood With Decorative Candles

Setting the Winter Mood With Decorative Candles

Enchanting String Lights

Who said string lights are only for Christmas trees? This popular option for lighting is an ideal way to bring charm and visual warmth wherever you decide to place it. Consider running a set of string lights along the headboard of your bed or throughout a blanket ladder. If you have a canopy bed, you can sleep “under the stars” by placing a set above the canopy ceiling curtain.

Different Ways to Incorporate String Lights into Your Living Spaces

Different Ways to Incorporate String Lights into Your Living Spaces

Touch-Me Textures

A very convenient way to add texture and warmth to your winter living space is with chunky blankets. Besides the aesthetic qualities, chunky blankets are divinely comfortable to snuggle up in during those cold evenings. It’s no wonder that these blankets are the latest obsession among many people — and have been picked up by interior designers as an element of design. Other style items that accentuate the hygge of a winter design come in the form of heavily textured area rugs. A shag-pile or a faux sheepskin rug, for instance, could provide aesthetic value as well as comfort to a bedroom.

Textured Elements That Provide Both Comfort and Dimension

Textured Elements That Provide Both Comfort and Dimension

Dried Flowers Are In

One element of decor that’s garnering a lot of appeals this season is dried foliage. Besides being trendy as ever, dried flowers are a perfect way to balance the vibrancy of your houseplants. Moreover, their color and texture go hand in hand with the overall theme of your winter transition. Not sure how to bring your kitchen decor together? A dried bouquet might be that final touch you need.

Classic Elements of Design That Are Still Trending

Classic Elements of Design That Are Still Trending

Play With Patterns

Don’t hold back on patterns this winter. Feel free to experiment with different ones until you find the look that speaks your mind. For instance, why not go for a chevron partition beside a Persian rug? A brave mix of patterns never fails to make a bold statement; as long as the end result is cohesive, anything goes. A plaid blanket is a good source of pattern that also provides much-needed warmth during the frosty days of winter.

Trending Ideas for Patterning a Winter Design

Trending Ideas for Patterning a Winter Design

Give Cottagecore a Try

One trend that is dominating social media this year is the cottagecore style. This homey design endearingly brings character and coziness to any interior, making it a perfect choice for a winter transition. Cottagecore makes use of traditional elements such as parquet flooring, bare brick walls, and exposed timber beams — all of which resonate well with other winter trends. Consider mixing vintage elements with modern finds to add a touch of personality.

Newly Emerging Design Styles to Look into for Your Winter Transition

Newly Emerging Design Styles to Look into for Your Winter Transition

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Dikran Seferian

Written by Dikran Seferian