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2021 Interior Design Trends

Jan 07, 2021 01:06PM ● By Brigid Wethington

The year of 2020 was a year that provided many the privilege of being able to re-imagine their home…whether they were up for it or not. Closets were finally cleaned out, items donated, paint purchased, and DIY projects Googled.  New hobbies started, stopped, started again and, depending on a persons wherewithal, some "new hobbies" were eventually abandoned. The rise of infections has yet again placed our community into a holding pattern safe inside of our homes. Now more than ever, we need our homes to be more efficient and functional. Our homes have become cafés, libraries, gyms, playgrounds, and full on movie theatres. Our home environment must now handle all of its new expectations and provide comfort and style.   

Instead of flying blind on any new design projects, Columbia Inspired has brought in one of our design experts. Brigid Wethington, Principal Designer of B. Chic Interiors, will introduce us to the new design trends for 2021. 



Color Blocking

This inexpensive technique is a little bit of a 70's throwback. Originally it was accomplished by placing blocks of bold colors together. As we move into 2021, the variety of colors available, whether discovered by accident or ingenuity, can be used to create the most beautiful spaces inside our homes.  This technique provides the homeowner opportunities to be original and creative. Find a room and go for it! The worst thing that can happen is that you have to paint over it, but you never may love it! 


Parisian Modern

Another trend that Wethington has observed,  especially on a local level, is a style she defines as “Parisian Modern”.  Found in the more traditional home, this style has more ornate moldings and trim details combined with ultra modern furnishings and lighting. It creates the perfect combination that is both fresh and timeless.



Accent Walls

Accent walls are back! This technique is to help provide contrast; so use a wall that is minimally interrupted by windows and doors, but large enough to make an impact in the room. A wall that has an interesting shape could be a prime candidate.  Painting the wall a dramatic color and adding trim detail creates quite a striking visual effect.  

No matter the technique just remember to have an open mind. There are many resources online that will provide you with a step by step guide to help you achieve the desired look. However, if anxiety is setting in don't hesitate to find a professional who knows exactly what to do. 


Wethington has been inspired by good design her entire life.  She earned a degree in Marketing and Business Administration from Towson University and spent eight years working in sales and marketing. Compelled to return to her first love: design, Wethington founded B. Chic Interiors in 2007. In 2009, she received a certificate in Interior Design from Maryland Institute College of Art. Wethington and her husband, Justin, live in Columbia with their two children.

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