FD Asks: Q&A with Juan Montoya

The acclaimed New York-based designer's work is recognized around the world. Here, he explains the trends to watch in 2021

Designer Juan Montoya offers expert insights into 2021 design trends.
Juan Montoya

 When you want to know what’s trending, you go straight to the experts. We caught up with five big-name designers who have their fingers on the pulse of what’s now—and what’s next. From multifunctional spaces to making your home a haven to the latest in colors and textures, check out our 2021 design trend report.

Acclaimed interior designer Juan Montoya’s New York-based design firm specializes in residential and contract interior design, with projects located throughout the world—including many in South Florida. A member of the Interior Design Hall of Fame, Montoya is the recipient of an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Parsons School of Design, a doctorate from New York School of Interior Design, the Star of Design Award, and the Legends Award from Pratt Institute. He has been named to AD100 since its inaugural list, AD Collector’s (France) top 100, AD 30 Deans of Design, and a Grand Master on Elle Decor’s A-list.

Interior by Juan Montoya

Q: With more people focused on their living environments, what trends do you see for entertaining and dining at home?

A: More comfortable and aesthetically pleasing design. Beautiful tabletops are important because you’ll be eating more at home. And expanded dining areas, with seating not only in the kitchen, but also in the living room and throughout the house, so you have more options.

Q: What textures and colors are trending now?

A: The exquisite juxtaposition of textures, colors and volumes, together with thoughtful attention to shadows, scale and spatial quality, result in interiors that exude refinement and elegant simplicity.

Interior by Juan Montoya

Q: Comfort and easy living are big right now. How do you create that vibe?

A: I am inspired by textiles with a lot of texture and a smooth hand. In tropical paradises, I love to use local artisans and local materials.

Q: What’s the latest in indoor/outdoor design?

A: I love to bring the outside in. Tropical paradises always serve as inspiration to me with their vibrant colors and lush flora.

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