Breaking news: Spring is almost here. Major home décor retailers from Anthropologie to Target have been stocking their shelves with the season's latest trends for months now, which begs the question: Which trends are the pros (aka interior designers) buying into? To find out, we consulted the pros at Decorist, a leading online interior design platform that connects users with sought-after designers.
Just in time for spring, we asked Decorist elite designers Briana Nix, Elena Calabrese, and Baylee Deyon to weigh in on the tired décor trends they're retiring this season and share the fresh fads that should be on our radar instead. Great ready to say goodbye to uninspired all-neutral interiors and far-from-original floral arrangements, and prepare to welcome mossy green hues and airy pampas grass in their place.
Here, three Decorist interior designers reveal the decorating trends that are "out" this spring—and which are "in."
Trend to ditch: All-neutral interiors
"This is hard for me—I love black, white, and grays in my home, always and forever," says Decorist elite designer Briana Nix. "Classic as they may be, neutral interiors can feel like they need some new life after the long winter we've all just had."
Trend to try instead: Mossy green hues
"One Kings Lane carries a very pretty and delicate paint color called Spanish Moss that is perfect for a splash of subtle color if you're nervous about getting too bold," offers the interior designer. "Give yourself a new coat on a white wall or paint your kitchen cabinets when spring fever hits. Alternatively, a simple way to breathe some freshness into your home is to switch out some of your smaller decor items. I'll be swapping out my white dinner plates for this pretty green set from Cost Plus World Market for my next spring fling."
Trend to ditch: Mudcloth textiles
"We've seen so much of mudcloth textiles the last few years, it's time for a change from the heavy indigo color," says Nix.
Trend to try instead: Graphic patterns
"Break up with the dark color of mudcloth and go for bold geometric patterns," suggests the interior designer. "Changing out your existing rug can change the entire feel of your space without meaning a complete overhaul. Bed Bath & Beyond has a great selection of rugs in exciting patterns like this Kaleen Origami Prism print. And a quick change of throw pillows with a bit of pattern will give you some freshness with the change of the season."
Trend to ditch: Hand and feet motifs in furniture and décor accessories
"Bookends, sculptures, lamp bases, objet d' arts, armless chairs, stools, whatever form, let's put them to rest," advocates Decorist elite designer Elena Calabrese. "I have personally always found them to be a bit creepy so I won't be speccing any hand bookends or 'footstools' this spring!"
Trend to try instead: Fringe
"Adding any kind of fringe is a great way to bring color into a neutral space, or a fun eclectic vibe into a modern space," says the interior designer. "The more colorful the better. It speaks to my bohemian side, but yet seems a bit more buttoned up and reminiscent of art deco, which in my mind is always on trend."
Trend to ditch: Ikat, shibori, and indigo pillows
"I loved these patterns a lot, and now it's time to say goodbye," confesses Calabrese. "I appreciate all the women across the world that have been making these textiles for many many years, but I do think we, the American market, has overdosed on them. Of course, I still love the boho vibe so maybe this trend can evolve to incorporate warmer tones to work with the trending pinks, corals, and golds."
Trend to try instead: Wall murals
"This trend has been gaining momentum over the last few years," observes the interior designer. "This season we are seeing more ethereal, abstract, nature-inspired patterns. I love how the oversized images make a statement in the room and the clean-lined furniture and white ceilings make for a super fresh look."
Trend to ditch: Florals
Trend to try instead: Pampas grass
"The average vase of tulips is now being replaced with something even more whimsical and airy—pampas grass," notes Decorist elite designer Baylee Deyon. "This pale mauve grass is the perfect addition to your countertops, nightstand, or coffee table."
Trend to ditch: Neon colors
Trend to try instead: Pastels
"I am ditching brighter, neon colors this spring," divulges Deyon. "I find a room to be much more cheerful and inviting when it is accented with softer colors such as robin egg blue and pale pinks. Whether you bring in pastels through pillows, accent furniture, or a bright new rug, it will make all the difference in your spring home décor."