As the new year approaches, plenty of homeowners look for ways to refresh their spaces to keep them feeling interesting and updated.
If you’re preparing to put a place on the market, keeping up with trends is key because unless your prospective buyers are flippers, stagers, or redecorating fiends, nothing can make would-be buyers turn tail faster than some outdated decor.
Check out these once-popular home decor trends that are being shown the door, and find out what’s replacing them in the months ahead.
1. Rose gold loses its luster
Sorry, rose gold. You were lovely, but it’s over. This mauve metallic is out, and straight-up gold and brushed gold are back.
2. Goodbye, granite counters
Granite had a great run in the 1990s and 2000s, but this kitchen staple is being replaced by quartz, which is considered virtually indestructible. So, go ahead, set those hot plates down and don’t worry about a thing. Since granite is porous, it has the potential to trap bacteria if not cared for correctly. Removing that concern is a welcome relief in arguably the busiest room in the house.
3. Sunsetting nautical motifs
You’d think something as classic as navy and white could never go out of style, but when it comes to nautical-themed decor, that ship is sinking. Fast. Even when designing a beach house, experts are putting those sailboats, shells, and starfish out to sea and letting a mix of bold blues blend for a less-is-more aesthetic.
4. Bye-bye, Edison bulbs
Edison bulbs were a bright light on the decor scene from 2015 on, but their popularity is definitely dimming. Is it any wonder? It’s only so long you can stand to look at an exposed bulb. (Sorry, Edison.) Also, the trend was most often incorporated in industrial motifs, which are also on the way out, by the way.
5. See ya later, statement range hoods
Though some boast beautiful detail, many statement range hoods were swallowing up the room. Skinny hoods are on trend and slimming down the look of stovetops.
6. So long, all-white kitchens
All-white kitchens were all the rage. If there’s a room in the home that should appear as clean as can be, it’s definitely the kitchen. But as people spend more and more time in this space, often dubbed “the heart of the home,” they’re longing for a look that’s warmer and more reflective of their personalities. Prepare to see bright, bold kitchens, complete with colorful appliances, to be in vogue for the next few years.
7. Questioning the wisdom of word art
Designers suggest homeowners look beyond their walls for inspiration and motivation. If you want your walls to make a statement, decorators suggest the use of wallpaper or hand-painted murals.
8. Barn doors, you’re back out in the cold
There’s no debating it, barn doors had a moment. Adding them to bathrooms or closets brought the rustic charm of the country indoors, no matter your locale. But, as farmhouse-chic style wanes, barn doors are being put out to pasture.
9. Chevron prints are no longer on point
Chevron prints were all the rage for a while there, appearing on everything from clothing to wallpaper. But this pattern has been overdone. Replacing it are geometric shapes and tropical prints.
10. Shiplap gets docked
Wood on the walls peaked for a few years. It’s time to pack up that paneling and move on. As farmhouse decor loses its appeal, it’s no surprise this trend is starting to feel outdated.
If you’re hoping to make a home feel as current as possible, considering removing these decorating duds and replacing them with on-trend alternatives.