According to a new study, 55% of Americans made a significant change decorating their home in 2020—and 71% said that, even after spending so much time at home in 2020, they’re planning to take their projects to the next level in the new year.
Expect several trendy design features to take up residence in Americans’ homes this year, including smart furniture (34%), natural elements (31%) and colorful statement art (28%), which were among the most coveted interior features respondents want to incorporate in 2021.
Sustainable design (26%) and light-colored woods (26%) also featured prominently in respondents’ redesign plans.
Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Puffy with 2,000 Americans across the spectrum, the survey also looked at the styles and items most key to creating respondents’ dream dwellings.
Top decor style shifts pursued by respondents in 2020 included making over a room in modern (35%), traditional (22%) and mid-century modern (12%) design styles.
Eclectic (9%) and minimalist (9%) styles also made an impression, and it’s likely these will continue to be popular in the new year.
The most common reason for the decor alterations, though, wasn’t purely out of boredom, and the changes were not purely cosmetic.
While a change of scenery was sorely needed for 11% of respondents, it wasn’t the top reason respondents reported changing up their interiors.
Nor was a desire to have a space that better served them for the new functions, like homeschooling, that their homes required, the most popular reason (12%).
Instead, craving a home with more luxurious items (28%) and creating a place that felt more like a sanctuary (25%) were actually the motivations respondents cited most often when asked why they wanted to change up their space.
Nearly four in 10 also said that Scandinavian design – known for its clean lines – was an influence in their home decor changes.
Coziness is a top priority for many respondents, with 78% saying that when it comes to decor, coziness is more important than anything else.
And the interior revamps they already made in 2020 seem to have had the intended effect for 73% of respondents, who agreed with the statement, “My home is my sanctuary.”
When asked which items were most key to making their home their cozy dwelling space, respondents’ couches (27%) and beds (27%) were the clear frontrunners.
“It’s no surprise that simplicity, sustainability and technology are the standout focal points of 2021 home decor. We are seeing a significant shift in the mindset of decorators. There is now more emphasis on merging visual appeal with function and coziness — especially in the bedroom,” added Arthur Andreasyan, CEO of Puffy.
“Creating a sanctuary that delivers comfort every day is critical for overall wellness and happiness.”