Architectural Design Trends to Watch Out for in 2021

Hatchworks uses Granada Tile's Castelo pattern for Kitchen tiles
Designer: Hatchworks, Photographer: Stacie Leigh Photography, Castelo 1026 A

2020 has been a challenging year for a lot of people, but with the coming new year, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. With everyone looking to the next stage as we come out of the pandemic, it’s time to check out what architectural trends the future will bring. Discover the architectural design trends to watch out for in 2021 below. From minimalist and multipurpose to eco-friendly and natural light, let’s see the role that cement tile might play.


Taryn Bones uses for ALittleOffCenter - Olympic cement tiles Kitchen Backsplash
Architect: Taryn Bones, Photographer: Joyelle West Photography, ALittleOffCenter – Olympic

Minimalism describes an architectural style that keeps things as straightforward and simple as possible, with a minimum of décor and clutter. One reason people are drawn to minimalism is that, right now, we’re living in a complex, rushed world. Minimalism allows you to reduce stress, distractions and can help you improve your mental health and overall happiness. The best way to be creative with a minimalist design is to create attractive eye lines that make the space look larger.

Since it’s so basic, it’s easy to keep a clean and organized look with a minimalist approach. Add a different shade of color, mirror, plants and etch to bring out the entryway and add some life to your space. Some architects, like Taryn Bone, are known for their use of minimalism.

Open and Multipurpose Spaces

Billie James Design uses Granada Tile's Borga for a patio
Designer: Billie James Design, Borga 1031 A

When one refers to open design or multipurpose spaces, they’re talking about an architecture design that maximizes the use of a given space and makes it capable of handling a wide variety of uses. Shared office spaces are one type of this space, but homes that use open floor plans are also multipurpose. People like these floor plans because they’re airy and big, and you’ll never feel claustrophobic.

These areas offer tons of space, making it easy to get truly creative with your design and décor. The wide-open area also makes it simple to install tables, shelving and storage to keep things looking clean and neat. Look to history for great open design inspiration, like the early 20th-century works of Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe.

Natural Light

Deirdre Doherty Interior Design uses Granada Tile's Cluny pattern in a bathroom
Designer: Deirdre Doherty Interior Design, Photographer: Ryan Phillips, Cluny 888 C

Natural light is a crucial component of well being. Use windows and skylights that allow daylight to filter in and bright colors to reflect the light throughout a space. People like natural light because it’s less harsh than artificial, and sunlight is actually good for you.

You can get creative with natural light by using mirrors and reflective colors to guide an eye line throughout a space and capture light at various times of the day. Carefully space your mirrors to keep things looking clean. Look to architects like Raffaello Rosselli and firms like Office Mass for inspiration.

Eco-Friendly Design

Justina Blakeney using her cement tile - Egret- to design her space
Designer: Justina Blakeney, Egret

Eco-friendly design involves using green building materials and sustainable design. Areas with this kind of architecture use natural lighting and thermodynamic heating drawn from the earth. Solar power is common, as is a philosophy to reduce, reuse and recycle. People are more eco-conscious these days, and that leads to a love of these kinds of spaces, which sometimes have a quirky sensibility.

It’s easy to get creative in such a space by reusing and repurposing — architectural salvage, a visit to a secondhand store and recycled artwork go a long way. To keep an organized look, it’s important to decide whether you want a unified design or an off-centered and unique look. The most famous architect to embrace sustainable architecture is Frank Lloyd Wright.

Choose Granada Tile

The one design feature that fits with all of the above is hand-poured cement tile. Cement tile can help you create a unique design theme in styles like Spanish Colonial, Moroccan, Mediterranean, etched relief designs and more. Check out Granada Tile’s collections: Andalucia, Minis, Relief, and Echo. For more advice, call Granada Tile at 213-788-4238 or contact us online today!


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