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14 Crazy Design Ideas HGTV Editors Hope Become a Thing in 2021

December 11, 2020

We polled HGTV editors to see what design dreams they hoped would come true in the new year. Read on to see their inspired, odd and fun picks.

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Conversation Pits

"I got a text from a friend a few months ago that said: 'Do we support '70s conversation pits coming back?' My answer was an overwhelming 'Yes.' I love everything about them: how they’re sunken into the floor, the way the steps create additional seating, plus who can resist a giant sectional? The first thing I want to do when it is safe is gather with my friends, and a conversation pit would be the perfect place to do it." —Jessica Yonker, HGTV online editor

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Arts + Crafts Redux

"In 2021, I would love to see a refreshed Arts and Crafts style come into play. Bungalow-style homes became popular in the early 1900s in large part due to the Arts and Crafts Movement of the same time. The popularity of bungalows then led into Craftsman, Prairie and Mission style homes and furnishings. (Mission was popular in the Southwest while Prairie style was more common in the Midwest and Craftsman was found throughout the U.S.). I would love to see today’s designers take those classic styles and shapes from famous artisans of that time like Gustav Stickley, William Morris and Frank Lloyd Wright and give them a fresh 2021 zing. We need more beautiful built-ins and detailed millwork in natural wood, stained glass windows and lighting with very linear patterns, wrought-iron accents, botanical wallpaper and fabrics and creamy deep-hued pottery." —Jackie McGilvray, HGTV editor

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Phone Nooks

"Some of our readers won’t remember this, but there was a time when phones had a specific location in the home and couldn’t be moved from that spot. While I’m not recommending that we turn back time and go un-mobile, it would be nice to have an updated version of a “phone nook” for putting the phone back in its place — both literally and figuratively. My ideal phone nook would include a charging station and would be out of the way, maybe inset into a hallway wall, instead of on the kitchen countertop like my household’s phones are. I’d always know where my phone was, and maybe — just maybe — I’d stop carrying it around the house with me everywhere, thoughtlessly checking Instagram." —Kelly Smith Trimble, HGTV senior director, editorial

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More Natural Wood

"In 2021 I really want to see more natural wood used in design. Instead of painting an old piece of furniture, try refinishing it and letting that beautiful natural wood shine." —Lauren Fansler, HGTV editor

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