Home decorating ideas: The homewares that flew off the shelves in 2021

In 2020 and 2021, we were all staying indoors more than ever — and therefore spending more time shopping for them. Stores in the United States saw double and, in some cases, triple digit increases in sales of home goods. Makes sense: houses and apartments used to be a place where we spent a fraction of our lives, then they suddenly became our place for work, relaxation, and safe socialization. Upgrades were needed – and good, appreciated. “The uncertainty and fatigue of the last year and their lingering effects are what made the real things so comforting, so meaningful.” muses Robin Standefer, founder of the RW Guild in New York City.

Then there’s the impact of the ongoing pandemic housing boom: as people snap up spots to shelter on the spot, they suddenly find themselves with spaces to fill.

But what exactly did people buy? We decided to ask several retailers, large and small, which products are flying off their shelves.

A few common home decor trends emerged: comfort is paramount, as is emphasizing outdoor spaces for safe summer gatherings. Mirrors are still trendy. People also want to discover their own interior design style and have fun with it: “We see that customers are overwhelmingly engaging with some of our most unique products when redesigning their spaces, moving into a new home or simply continuing to make curated pieces their own add collections,” says Sara Khodja, CB2 Product Development Lead Fashion.

Here are the home decor trends – and items – that are more popular than ever.

This summer we all breathed a sigh of relief and enjoyed the great outdoors with more joy, more friends and more entertainment, and it showed what people were collecting. We’ve seen people come to Guild from all over the world and they just loved the handmade tableware, glassware and especially linens, but that’s not all. Ceramics of every scale have been part of an ongoing conversation. Tables, chairs, whatever. . . The food was the focus of the discussion. -Robin Standefer, Founder of RW Guild

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Enzyme washed linen napkin

“Customers are crazy about our beds, especially in patterns and fun colors. From children’s rooms to guest rooms to master bedroom suites, America decorates and focuses on the heart of the bedroom.” -Danielle Walish, co-founder and creative director of The inner

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Platform bed in Botanicals

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Platform bed in pink stripes

“We sold our oil powered table lamps like crazy. They’re perfect for al fresco entertaining – casting a flattering glow across any table, anywhere. The hand-pleated silk screens in wild colors are elegant and festive. That doesn’t mean everything has to be drab and woven!” -Rebecca Gardner, Founder of houses and parties

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“The increasing interest in wall mirrors also reflects this seasonal movement towards light and bright interiors, so to speak. Ettore Sottsass’ ornate ultrafrangola mirror in bang-bang pink and more subtle white continues to be trendy as it doubles as a mirror and An artwork. Ditto for the figurative Sea Girl and Lipsticks mirrors, designed for Seletti by the artists and pranksters behind them Toilet paper Magazine. Less flashy but just as sculptural are Gio Ponti’s FA 33, popular in a variety of sizes and finishes, and Zieta’s organic-minimalist polished stainless steel Tafla mirror.” -Anthony Barzilay friend, 1. Dibs Editor-in-Chief and Director of Fine Art

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Seletti “Sea Girl” Gold Framed Wall Mirror from Toiletpaper

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Mirror Tafla O3 made of stainless steel by Zieta

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Ettore Sottsass Ultrafragola Mirror

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“Our customers love the sofas that allow them to create a cozy space where they can gather with their family. Modular and casual and comfortable are the elements that are currently arriving.” -Cathy David, Chief Merchandising Officer of world market

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Gray Emmett modular sectional couch

“This season, high sales of items like our Nouveau Floor Mirror, Pavo Black Marble Double Floor Lamp and our surprising, if not so surprising Eva Bust range from utilitarian to pure indulgence, all with a certain flair.” -Sara Khodja, Head of Product Development at CB2

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“The beloved Bucket Stool collection, designed by Yvonne Mouser in Oakland, California and handcrafted by the Amish people of Pennsylvania, is so often rented or purchased from ZZ Driggs, and with good reason. It’s a collection with a lot of utility, but one that’s inherently meant to be transported, which makes it so apt for this state of change we all seem to be experiencing.” -Whitney Frances Falk, Founder and CEO of ZZ Driggs

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Yvonne Mouser bucket stool

“What we’ve seen over the past year is a convergence in demand for products that draw you to nature – whether it’s a natural material or one that’s man-made but mimics the real thing. You’ll see this in our Herbie Accent Table, which is made from a cement composite base material with a applied finish that replicates the look of green onyx, or our Harleen Table Lamp, which uses a cast marble composite instead of carved marble, making the piece lighter in weight, while retaining the fascination of natural stone.” –Terry Clayton, SVP of Sales and Marketing arteries

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Work-from-home products have been in high demand for Feather customers since the pandemic began, and the trend has shown no signs of slowing down. Customers love the elegance and functionality of this desk, as well as the ability to switch places every now and then while spending more time working at home. -Kendra Ovesen, Vice President of Merchandising at Feather

“With everything that’s been going on, barware has been an absolute must this summer. Artel’s Jungle pattern is a perennial favorite and was particularly successful in this unexpected mix and match set.”-Anna Brockway, Co-Founder and President of chairs

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Set of 6 mugs Artel Jungle Deco

“Collections like Paul McCobb also resonate with our customers, from vintage connoisseurs to new enthusiasts. The redesigned pieces showcase our modern take on the design of the mid-century legend.” -Sara Khodja, CB2

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Paul McCob armchair model 1321

Paul McCob Boucle office chair model 3002

This summer, our shoppers seem to be saying, “Let there be light!” Sales of sconces, table lamps and pendant lights are high this season. And many of these lights, like Studio Dunn’s Linden lamp, have white finishes that lighten the mood even further. -Anthony Barzilay friend, 1st dibs

Linden table lamp with contemporary black linen shades

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Linden table lamp by Studio Dunn

“Since this was that Summer of outdoor gatherings, we weren’t surprised to see a keen interest in outdoor games and fun plays. This set takes the family’s favorite game, cornhole, and turns it into fashion.” Anna Brockway, Chairish

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Chairish x The Muddy Dog Scalloped Cornhole Board

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