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3 Living Room Trends for 2021 — and How to Make Them Work in a Small Space

published Nov 24, 2020
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There’s a new year around the corner, and while we don’t exactly have a crystal ball to predict the top living room trends that will become the design stars of 2021, there are three styles we’re betting will continue to be perennial favorites. Modern farmhouse, Scandinavian, and mid-century modern living rooms are on course to remain popular styles in the New Year — and AllModern has the best of every modern style, in one easy-to-shop spot.

We know getting the right look in a small space can be a challenge. That said, whether you have a dedicated living room or just a dedicated living “space” in your studio, a refresh isn’t out of reach. We selected the best picks for small spaces from AllModern that can help you maximize your square footage while also scoring plenty of extra points for style. All of these pieces ship for free once you hit $35 in your cart, and most are ready to ship within just two days. So, you’ve still got plenty of time to refresh your living room in time for the holidays and beyond. Check out our edit of the top picks from each 2021 living room trend below.

#1: Modern Farmhouse

Modern farmhouse decor has been trendy for a while now, but AllModern is helping to make it a more accessible option for decorating smaller spaces (because, well, not all of us are lucky enough to have the square footage of an actual farmhouse). Pieces like their Talty Sofa and Pippin Coffee Table define the look with minimalist forms that are relaxed yet elevated. We also love the idea of a handwoven jute rug with a geometric pattern anchoring the space; it’s modern and a little bit rustic at the same time. We could all use more warmth and comfort in our spaces going into 2021, and the modern farmhouse trend delivers.

#2: Scandinavian

Scandi style is ideal for a smaller living space, since clean lines, low silhouettes, and a simple color palette can make a small space feel so much more airy and relaxed. AllModern has tons of Scandinavian-inspired options that are perfectly sized for small spaces, so we had a hard time choosing. But their Rimmer Sofa is a favorite to anchor a small, Scandi-inspired living room. Sleek armchairs, a quietly eccentric rug, and a touch of graphic artwork help keep the space minimal, but still interesting.

#3: Mid-Century Modern

With a mid-century modern living room, it’s possible to pack a lot of personality into a small space. For this look, we chose this vintage-inspired ottoman to complement a hand-tufted rug that brings in some serious ’60s vibes. We paired them with a statement-making accent chair for added interest and a low-profile sofa with tapered walnut legs that feel just right for this mid-century living room. A pendant globe light can add another touch of interest, and feels delightfully retro.