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3 Home Decor Trends That Are Phasing Out in 2021

by Dawn Allcot

Are you tackling some home renovations and interior design projects in 2021? If you’re looking to keep up with the latest home decor trends, you’ll want to know what’s going out of style. If you’re looking to sell your home, you’ll want to steer clear of these home decor trends so that you can stage your home in the latest styles or a timeless look sure to attract buyers. 

If you plan to stay in your current house for a while, focus on what you love. However, avoid these trends so you don’t spend money only to have your newly renovated home look dated


If you’ve ever watched interior designer Joanna Gaines on her TV show “Fixer Upper,” you may want to shiplap every wall of your home, thinking it’s the hottest home decor trend of the decade. But slow down before you make this pricey home design choice that will require a lot of time and effort to do right. 

Shiplap is characterized by long, horizontal wood boards that overlap each other. They are often painted white but sometimes stained or left their natural color and treated with sealant or clear-coat for durability. 

Shiplap has its roots in New England homes, where it served as a protective exterior during winter weather. On the other hand, interior shiplap has a decorative purpose in homes with a modern farmhouse aesthetic. But the rustic look is on its way out in 2021.

Say Good-bye to the Modern Farmhouse Aesthetic, While You’re at It

From “Live, Laugh, Love” signs to mason jar decor, interior designers are closing the barn door on the farmhouse aesthetic to favor a more contemporary, updated look or even an industrial design. The key in 2021? Let your personality shine through in your space. 

If you’re looking to sell your home in 2021, embrace plaster walls and homey elements, such as floral accents and all-natural fabric pillows and throws.

White Interiors

Minimalist, clean, white interiors get a bit boring day after day. Spending all our time at home is a challenge we’ve faced through 2020 that doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon. The problem with a white interior? It doesn’t leave a lot of room to show your personality – plus, it can show the dirt more than other color schemes. 

Instead, consider bringing in the outdoors with earthy tones, sage green and pastels – as long as you accent those lighter colors with a tone that pops. Another hot color combination to consider is the Pantone colors of the year: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating. 

Ditch the White Kitchen, Especially 

White kitchens have fallen out of favor as we spend more time at home. Shades of green and blue, on the other hand, can give your kitchen a cheery pop of color, whether you’re using the space for dining at home, virtual learning or meetings. 

Open Floor Plans

Another 2021 home decor trend going out of style driven by the pandemic is the open floor plan concept. If you’re planning a complete home remodel, consider adding walls to divide common areas into more usable, practical space. 

Otherwise, think about using bookcases and other furniture to create distinct work areas, relaxing and play. 

Steer Clear of Dark Colors on Accent Walls 

Dark colors and accent walls added interest to open floor plans. But heavy jewel tones can make smaller and enclosed spaces feel claustrophobic. Pantone may be onto something with their recommendation of bright, cheery yellow and classic blues colors. Instead of a deep-colored accent wall, plaster texturing and even floral wallpapers are being touted as some of the hottest home decor trends for 2021.

2021 Home Decor Trends

Now that you know what interior design trends are phasing out in 2021, you’re able to make better home renovations to either attract potential buyers or to make sure your home is up-to-date on the latest styles.

Contact us today if you’re looking to sell your home.

Dawn Allcot is a full-time freelance writer and content marketing expert specializing in real estate, finance and technology. She writes regularly for, GoBankingRates and other websites. 


Drill Warrior – Is Shiplap Still in Style or Is It Outdated?

Forbes – Here Are the Interior Design Trends Going Away in 2021

Interior Decor Trends – Modern Kitchen Color Trends 2021

Pantone – Announcing the Pantone Color of the Year 2021

Southern Living – 8 Interior Paint Color Trends You’re Going To See Everywhere in 2021


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