Natural abundance of Earth tones and organic materials
After collectively spending more time indoors than ever before, we love the idea of bringing a little more nature into the home. Earthy tones, organic fabrics and furnishings derived of natural materials, like wicker and rattan, are expected to take center stage this year. But don’t take our word for it… Real Simple reports that, “it's official: earth tones, including beige, brown, burnt umber, and terracotta, will continue their popularity streak in 2021,” with design experts noting “warm taupes, beiges, sands—basically any earth tone is surging in popularity.
Maybe we’re a little biased, but we couldn’t agree with this prediction more. Our nature-inspired wood and stone porcelain tile collections are among our most popular looks, and we’ve got big plans up our sleeve for our fabric-inspired tile collection in 2021 (stay tuned for more!).
Oversized tiles in bigger kitchens and bathrooms
A welcome prediction underscored in the latest trend report by The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), kitchens and bathrooms will evolve to become somewhat larger than they are today. Houzz’s latest study on bathroom trends mirrors this forecast, reporting homeowners’ biggest bathroom frustration is limited space. Unsurprisingly, many homeowners feel the same way about their kitchens. A favorite source of ours for dreamy design inspiration, Residential Products reports that kitchen islands are expected to grow in size, as most homeowners are already using the multipurpose space as a surface for food prep, homework, Zoom calls, dining and so much more.
So, what do oversized tiles have to do with bigger kitchens and bathrooms? Surprisingly, a lot! As these frequented spaces grow, they become increasingly difficult to clean – and keep clean. Large format tiles “can help visually expand a small space” and “fewer grout lines means less cleaning and less visual clutter,” according to Houzz design pros. Less cleaning and more space? That’s a trend we can get behind… though we can’t deny that beautifully curated mosaics make for gorgeous backsplashes. Head over to our Instagram for kitchen and bath inspo.
All things cozy and joy-inducing with hints of self-expression
With all the uncertainties last year brought, consumers’ penchant for nostalgia hit an all-time high. Comfort food made a comeback, old movies reminded us of simpler times, and in an unexpected twist, “cottagecore” and “grand millennial” became mainstream design trends impossible to ignore.
Homeowners and apartment dwellers alike are throwing out the rule book and designing spaces that meld timeless, old-school charm with modern twists that reflect their personal style. Think dark wood furniture, funky patterned upholstery and floral statement wallpaper balanced with (yep, you guessed it), earthy color palettes. Better Homes & Gardens suggests, “choosing fabrics in bold patterns, but keep the color palette tight and consistent so the look is layered and cozy, not chaotic. Above all, decorate with what you love.”
Ready to bring your dream kitchen and bathroom to life this year? Check out our ceramic and porcelain tiles that blend American heritage with Italian design at atlasconcordeusa.com.