Farah Merhi’s Tips for an On-trend Home in 2021

After spending much of 2020 at home, people are seeking ways to refresh their spaces for the new year.  Farah Merhi (@farahjmerhi), American Signature Furniture’s Designer Looks Style Expert and founder of Inspire Me! Home Décor, offers these tips based on 2021’s hottest home décor trends. 

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1. Go monochromatic

Soft, warm tones are in, but keep it all in the same color family to achieve a monochromatic look that feels relaxing and inviting. Tone-on-tone décor—such as different shades of cream pillows in a mix of textures and fabrics—is completely on-trend for 2021.

“Beyond playing it up with pillows, think outside the box and have fun with it!,” Merhi says. “For example, think about a bookcase overhaul. Flip books around so the spine is facing the wall, and the pages are outward to create an unexpected monochromatic look.” Merhi adds: “In the market for a sofa or sectional? Consider a large, ivory pit-style sectional to brighten up your family-relaxation space. Look for lighter wood bases or warm, slightly off-white pieces versus anything featuring dark wood.”

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2. Go moody blue

Considering a major furniture update? Go big with blue. “Since 2020’s Pantone Color of the Year is blue, we will be seeing a major blue trend in 2021. How to achieve the look without overwhelming your space? Pick one major blue piece and decorate around it,” Merhi says. “I love the idea of a deep blue sectional, like the American Signature Furniture Cordelle sectional. Or, pick blue dining room chairs to complement your dining table. Another idea is going with a classic blue headboard for your bedroom.” 2021 is all about the deep blue mood!

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3. Go for the gold

Say hello to gold and honey. This trend is coming strong in 2021. Afraid to use gold? Introduce it in your home slowly through your accents: “I am obsessed with gold for 2021. Gold glams up any room! I recently remodeled my kitchen and used gold for accents everywhere—from my cabinet hardware to the legs on my kitchen-island stools! I also did a sparkly gold backsplash for my coffee bar. These accents are easily swapped out for new trends when the time comes,” Merhi says.

Merhi’s No. 1 tip for following trends? “Make sure it’s a reflection of you. A trend is a trend. If you don’t love it, avoid it.” She adds that, when making a major purchase based on a trend, don’t splurge: “Get inspired by designer looks and then buy it for less. Look for real wood bases, cedar-lined drawers, customizable fabrics, real metal accents. These are indicators that the furniture, while more affordable, is quality-made and will last.”

Farah Merhi is a celebrity in the world of interior design and home décor, an author and founder of Inspire Me! Home Décor, and American Signature Furniture’s first-ever Designer Looks Style Expert. Since 2012, Farah has amassed over 6 million Instagram followers on her Inspire Me! Home Décor account, making it the most-followed home décor page on the social platform. 

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