9 home decor trends that are on the way out, according to design insiders
Home decor trends are constantly evolving. As styles come and go, it can be difficult to keep up with what’s in and what’s on its way out. While some design styles will always be timeless (like antique furniture and marble finishes), what’s trendy now may not stay in style for very long.
Of course, being involved with the latest trends can be fun, and “outdated” can be subjective depending on your personal taste. If there’s a decor trend on this list that brings you joy in your home, by all means flaunt it. And remember that trends work in cycles, what is outdated now will likely become popular again, given some time.
However, if you’re ready to update your living room decor, update your bedroom, or just want to freshen up your kitchen, we spoke with interior designers about outdated home decor trends you might want to leave in the past.
Mid-century modern design
Clean lines, functional pieces, and bold touches will always have a place in design, but the complete commitment to a sleek, geometric look is on the way out. Now, blending is the way to go. “Mix high-quality, designer mid-century pieces with collectible contemporary pieces from designers like Nada Debs or Dirk van der Kooij for a thoughtful yet eclectic look,” says Bethany Adams, principal of Bethany Adams Interiors.
Open floor plans
Adams believes open floor plans lost their luster at the height of the global pandemic. “Remember when we all wanted to be able to Let’s be together “All the time?” Adams says. “Neither do I. Working and learning from home has left many families longing for the days gone by when you could cook a meal or read a book in blissful solitude. As a result, open floor plans have been scrapped, and walls and doors have been installed. Fortunately, most homes have Historic is exactly that way, so there are plenty of great residences available to meet your needs for some alone time.”
Everything is white
Neutral spaces are quickly becoming a thing of the past as designers opt for more earthy textures, bold patterns, and bright colors. “In a world of constant unpredictability, clients crave spaces that feel warm and livable,” says Ashley Macuja, principal designer at Collected Interiors. “Rooms covered in stark shades of white can look cold if not covered in a layer of texture, and feel less practical for the average family. Additionally, color and pattern add welcome energy to a room, inviting families and guests to feel warm and stay a while.” ”
Many furniture buyers are ditching mass-produced pieces and opting for sustainable alternatives like upcycling, thrifting, and DIY. While throwback furniture will likely always be around as an option for people unable or unwilling to shop for high-end items, there is an upward trend toward used vintage pieces, like those found on 1stDibs or Chairish, and repurposing old pieces. “This means that with a good eye, a few tools, and a few tools, the upcycling trend is set to continue,” says Matt Podesta, co-founder and creative director of Huckleberry Home.
Feature walls rose in popularity when modern farmhouse style was popular. According to Avery Cox, principal designer and founder of Avery Cox Design, the feature wall concept was a simple way to add texture or color to a space without making a full commitment. As designers move towards bolder patterns, feature walls are becoming a thing of the past. “Don’t be shy about adding wallpaper to an entire room or painting all the walls and ceiling the same color,” Cox says. “This gives the room an intentional sense of depth that a feature wall doesn’t achieve.”
Sharp edges are out, curves are in. From bean-shaped sofas to round countertops, people are opting for softer features. Curves can make a space feel more fluid, blending each area together to create more cohesion.
Matching furniture sets
While designers are taking a more mix-and-match approach to space design, there is no longer a need for matching furniture sets. Even retailers are slowly starting to phase out their digital catalogs. “Mixing some unique vintage or antique pieces with existing fabrics” can make a design more visually interesting, says Karen Rideau of Kitchen Design Group.
In the early 2000s, you could find granite everywhere, from bathrooms to kitchens. However, while granite countertops can seem like a neutral and timeless option, coarse-grained rocks take a back seat to natural quartzite countertops, according to Rideau. Rideau also suggests combining matching stains in order to pull the room together.
Recessed can lights are typically installed in the ceiling as a simple overhead lighting option. However, designers are moving away from this practical element and using decorative lights or sconces, according to Rideau, making lighting its own focal point. Additionally, sconces can be seamlessly integrated with any design style, from contemporary to modern.