If ringing in the new year inspires you to want to ring in some updates to your home, you are not alone. Studies generally show a predictable uptick in renovations and home interiors purchases in the first quarter. All of us have undoubtedly spent more time in our homes this past year than in any previous year. With that comes a deeper understanding of how we live, and what refuels us in these crazy times. All things design are driven by form and function.  I’ve gathered the trends I see beginning to take hold as they pertain to these 2 areas, and will share them over two blogs. Here I will share the 2nd of two blogs, this one being the 2021 trends as they pertain to form, namely finishes, door styles, and textures.  

Calming, Nature-Inspired Palettes

Dura Supreme’s Dash door style in Lodge Oak Textured Foil paired with Linen White

White painted cabinetry will forever be a time-honored classic, but we will be seeing the bright, stark whites give way to softer whites, and be paired with less cold grays and more wood tones.

Dura Supreme’ kitchen in Dash door style in Lodge Oak Textured Foil paired with Linen White

Interior Design by Southern Studio Interior Design & New Old Interiors, Cabinet Design by Greenbrook Design, Photography by MB Productions of NC & Brie Williams Photography

We are seeing wood stains showing more true browns, devoid of any red or golden undertones.

Homeowners are also wanting more character-rich wood and live edges, which provide stunning focal points with their one-of-a-kind nods to nature.

Raw edge waterfall countertop. Design by Devon Grace Interiors, Illinois, Photography by Hallie Duesenberg

Below is a beautiful master bathroom suite incorporating much of what I’ve already mentioned- the warmer whites, the character-rich woods, and true brown tones.

Master suite with true browns, warmer whites, and character-rich wood, by Joinery & Design Company in MN.

Accent Colors more Complex, Moody

Accent cabinetry is trending towards more deep muddy greens (think a darker olive/army green), and while blue has been at the forefront for years now, we are seeing it turning from the strong, bright navy hues towards more moody, stormy blues. Great examples of each are below.

Dark stormy blue accent cabinetry. Interior Design by Southern Studio Interior Design & New Old Interiors, Cabinet Design by Greenbrook Design, Photography by MB Productions of NC & Brie Williams Photography

Green accent. Interior Design by Southern Studio Interior Design & New Old Interiors, Cabinet Design by Greenbrook Design, Photography by MB Productions of NC & Brie Williams Photography

Mid-Century Meets 21st Century

Dura Supreme Camden door style in Quarter Sawn Oak with a Cashew stained finish

Dura Supreme Camden door style in Quarter Sawn Oak with a Cashew stained finish

I can confidently say there has been an uptick in more modern design. Over the last 5 years, we have all seen the shift away from traditional styling to more transitional design. Now, we are seeing the dial move even further toward minimalistic, clean-lined spaces. More slab door styles and doors with minimally styled rails and stiles are gaining in popularity. The difference between the Mid-Century Modern slab design of the past and 2021 would have to be the introduction of more texture.

Dura Supreme’s Chroma door style in a Custom Color Match finish, accented by textured driftwood

Dura Supreme kitchen with Walnut slab doors paired with Pearl paint.

Many are pairing these slab door styles with shakers, or pairing two slab door styles together- one in a paint, and one in a wood tone with artful grain patterns. Dura Supreme saw this demand coming and got ahead of it with great new offerings.

With Dura Supreme’s new contemporary door product rollout late last year, there are dozens of new slab finishes and styles to pick from. Our new Reese door style is a perfect fit to pair with these slabs because of its slim rails and stiles, it can stand alone or pair effortlessly with a slab door. A beautiful nod to Mid-Century design, with updated species and finishes for our century.

Below is the Reese door style in a kitchen island.

Dura Supreme kitchen with Reese door style

This concludes my Trends 2021 Series pertaining to form and function. As styling and finishes morph over this year, you can expect to see more blogs on these topics keeping you on-trend!

 

CLICK HERE To view Part 1 of 2 of this blog series

Sandy is the Lead Designer for Dura Supreme Cabinetry with 15+ years of involvement in the field of Kitchen & Bath Design and a degree in Interior Design. Sandy’s experience ranges from running all aspects of a Design+Build firm to creating beautiful cabinetry designs at Dura Supreme. She has been a judge through the Builders Association of the Twin Cities for their semi-annual Parade of Homes Tour and is continually inspired by creative uses of space, appreciating projects where form and function are blended seamlessly.

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