Decorating a home is a work in progress. Your space inevitably transforms over time as you add sentimental pieces, family heirlooms, and collectibles from travels—and as you realize certain interior design trends are out of style, and other trends are coming back.
To keep our homes from looking dated, we asked some top interior experts, from Nate Berkus to Emily Henderson, to share the design trends they're tired of in 2018, and those they're most excited about.
1. OUT: Brass Overkill
If you're looking around at all the brass in your home, don't worry—we're just as obsessed with the shiny metal. And while Olivia Korenberg and Jenn Pablo, co-founders of TwoFold Interiors, still love the look, they do think we've gone a little overboard. "Don't get us wrong, we love brass, especially one that has some wear and patina to it, however, we feel too much brass can feel a bit contrived and even cheap without the proper context," they explained. "We've found that mixing metals provides a more eclectic and sophisticated palette."
2. OUT: The Serge Mouille Lamp
Even though it's an absolute classic (and will be around and appreciated forever), Ginny MacDonald, interior designer and former design director at Emily Henderson, is ready to bid farewell to Serge Mouille lamps. "Or at least all the knockoffs everyone is doing nowadays," she said. "Their oversize arms bring a real statement to any room, but they're so oversaturated and have been made more common with their replicas, which is a shame. It's like the Eames molded chair. I'm a fan of local, well-crafted pieces, so I tend to look toward smaller companies like Allied Maker."
3. IN: Dark Green Paint
The all-white look has dominated design trends this year, but MacDonald says it's time to move to the dark side. "I hate to say it, but I think my beloved dark blue is going to make way for dark green's grand entrance," she said. "Over the last few months, I've seen tons of dark green pop up in kitchens, living rooms, and furniture. I'm excited to see where this trend takes us in 2018. I'm working on a couple of projects where green is heavily featured, so watch this space."
4. OUT: The Moroccan Pouf
According to MacDonald, the Moroccan pouf is officially out. "I feel these went out in 2015, but I'm still seeing them used a lot," she said. "It's tricky to find poufs around that size, so there's a niche in the market."
5. OUT: Marble Imitation
Marble will never go out of style in our books—it's an absolute classic—but MacDonald says it's time to ditch the imitations. "While it is a timeless material, I feel like I've seen enough of everything being made from it, and so many cheap imitations," she said.
6. IN: Bronze
Since brass is out, we need a new metal to take its place. Say hello to bronze, the latest interior design trend in metal. "I think bronze is going to be the new It metal," said Homepolish interior designer Tali Roth. "It plays well with other finishes and colors and is a little bit more on the neutral side. Mixing metals always looks chic."
7. OUT: Macramé
We adore the boho-chic trend, but Korenberg and Pablo say it's time to retire macramé. "Truthfully, we've never loved macramé, but now more than ever we are looking forward to this trend passing," they confessed. "There are so many other ways to add bohemian flair to your space instead of covering your walls with cumbersome wall hangings. Thoughtful plantings and art selections can make a huge impact in helping your space feel more lived in and inspired."
8. OUT: Copper Overload
Copper is dead? We never thought we'd see the day. "I'm definitely not over these materials yet, but copper is so hot right now that I feel like it's going to reach its peak soon," she said. "I'll be sad to see copper go because its blush tones are so pleasing to the eye, but when they aren't done well, it has a tendency to look cheap. I did just grab [some copper] candlesticks, so even if the trend dies down, they can still make an appearance on my Thanksgiving table."
9. IN: Quality Over Quantity
When it comes to design, Korenberg and Pablo believe people will start choosing quality over quantity. "Lately, we have been drawn to images where the emphasis is on the quality of the material and objects," they explained. "Our goal is to simplify and focus on getting to the root of what is necessary and essential. If a room is thoughtfully designed, there is less need to bombard the space with accessories and fluff to make the room feel complete."
10. OUT: Indigo Everything
While we appreciate a beautiful shibori or indigo textile as much as the next person, Korenberg and Pablo say it's time to turn the indigo dial down a notch or two. "We suggest mixing and matching textiles to keep things from feeling too trendy or predictable," they said. "Use a variation in blue tones to create visual impact, and always ground with neutrals. A striped pillow or Kuba cloth textile can break up the palette so that the eye is less overwhelmed."
11. OUT: All White Everything
It's official: The all-white look is out. "I'm over white walls," said Roth. "I think [it's time] to be more experimental with color. The past few years, we have all been loving the wonderful Scandinavian influences, so there has been a lot of whites and grays and super-cool tones. I think people are craving warmer tones, and we will see colors such as taupe, mink, and mustard make a huge comeback."
12. IN: Pottery
With the emergence of quality over quantity, handmade products will gain popularity too, and Orlando Soria, creative director at Homepolish, says we'll see more pottery. "This isn't breaking news, but pottery will continue to be a popular trend, along with anything sculptural or handmade," he said. "People are looking for unique home accents—real art to make their space feel personalized to them."
13. OUT: Reclaimed Wood
Though he does love handmade items, Soria is "over the reclaimed wood trend." "It's been co-opted by so many furniture makers that don't do a good job of capturing what was good about the trend in the first place," he said. "Real old wood with character and a naturally distressed finish."
14. OUT: Edison Bulbs
Soria is also tired of Edison bulbs. "I've been over them for a while now, but I'm ready for them to die," he said. "Too many Brooklyn bars (and other establishments that copied that aesthetic) got into the trend, and their ubiquity (along with their cloying old-timeness) got stale fast."
15. IN: Embellishments
The minimalistic trend has seemingly swept through everyone's home, but Emily Henderson, founder of Emily Henderson Design, says it's time to bring back some embellishment. "I have been a fan of embellishments in fashion for a long time, and I am excited that that particular trend is bleeding into design in a refined and palatable way," she said. "Ruffles, pleats, and ornate carvings (of course, done in the right way) are a few of the things that are starting to pop up in design, and I am excited to see more of it."
16. OUT: Chevron
Many of us feel as though the chevron trend has surpassed its use-by date, and Soria confirms they're officially done. "This one is controversial, but I hate basic chevrons and am ready for them to go away," he said. "By this, I mean the crisp, simple ones with two colors in a chevron pattern. There are some more traditional, more ornate chevrons I still like, but every big-box store released chevrons on everything and I just got sick of looking at the pattern. Next!"
17. IN: Hand-Dyed Fabrics
Just as the handmade trend starts to sweep its way into our home décor choices, Soria says fabric will also go in this direction. "Hand-dyed fabrics (more refined than simple old-school tie-dye) will come in again," he said. "The new hand-dyed fabrics will have subtler patterns and be more simple than previous versions."
18. IN: Art Deco Furniture
While we still aren't over the midcentury-modern look, Soria said we will soon be swapping these pieces for Art Deco styles. "I'm seeing a lot of 1930s-inspired Art Deco furniture lately, and I think that trend of sculptural, non-rectangular furniture is going to have a comeback," he said. "People are starting to sway away from the simple, modern eclectic look in favor of a more high design, avant-garde look."
19. OUT: Fiddle-Leaf Figs
They seemed to be in every corner of the home tours we featured in 2017, but Kathryn Robson, principal architect of Robson Rak, says it's time to move on. "I'm tired of seeing the outdated fiddle-leaf fig in most interior shots," she said. "In fact, I think that indoor plants are an outdated accessory. On the other hand, cut flowers and greenery are a necessity."
20. OUT: Faux Design
Although the fake world in fashion and design has come a long way (e.g., faux fur, engineered wood, and even bonded leathers and fabrics), Henderson said there is still a big faux culprit she is not a fan of. "When new tries to imitate old in all the wrong ways," she said. "I am talking faux shabby chic, faux industrial, and faux finishes. Don't get me wrong, there are definitely some industrial-inspired or antique-inspired pieces out there that still work, but the trend of making everything new look old is something that is old and dated to me."
21. IN: Seamless Cabinets
We love a simple, modern kitchen design, and Passman says this will continue with the seamless, frameless cabinet look. "This clean and simple design is in (which we are so happy about)," she said. "People are starting to stray away from too many lines. Keeping cabinets seamless is a great way to create a calm space."
22. OUT: Geometric Tiles
We love a unique backsplash, but there's one that Robson is definitely done with. "I am very sick and tired of seeing geometric tiles on kitchen splashbacks and feature walls in bathrooms," she said.
23. ALWAYS IN: Going Against Trends
While home décor trends are definitely fun to sprinkle around, Nate Berkus doesn't follow them. "Trends are designed to make people feel bad about themselves and what they don’t have," he said. "It's more about what feels classic; just do what do you love."
His design directors Lauren Buxbaum Gordon and Sasha Adler agree: "We strongly believe you should fill your home with not only beautiful things but things that have meaning to you," they said. "Pieces that you find on your travels or that you fall in love with at first glance will never be out of style. We are so 'over' design trends, and our hope is that we will continue to celebrate more individualism and authentic style. Because living beautifully is about living with what you love, and no one can tell you what that is or should be."