Interior Designers Across America Are Officially Retiring These 5 Décor Trends

Updated 10/28/18
Outdated fall décor trends (and what to replace them with)
Phoebe Chuason for Veneer Designs ; DESIGN: Natalie Myers

Perhaps no other season inspires a complete home décor overhaul quite like autumn. With the leaves subtly changing hue and the temperatures dropping to a crisp 60 degrees, change is quite literally in the air. Naturally, the shift from balmy summer nights made for swilling chilled rosé to brisk fall evenings perfect for sipping on hot cocktails elicits a cozy update as we embrace the cooler climate.

Given that we're entering peak autumn, we turned to the pros to find out which of the season's trends have lasting staying power. Ahead, we asked interior designers to weigh in on the outdated fall décor trends they're retiring this season—and the ones to try instead. From curvilinear furniture worth investing in to affordable woven throws that'll lend texture to your space on a budget, here are the trends some of the most sought-after interior designers in America are embracing this fall—and the ones they're steering clear of.

Trend to Retire: Midcentury-Modern Replicas

Fall décor trend: Curvilinear furniture
Courtesy of Katherine Carter

"I am retiring the midcentury replica trend," confesses Los Angeles–based designer Katerine Carter. "Residential and commercial spaces are saturated with this look and clients are now asking me to update because they feel 'dated,'" she reveals. "I'm happy to see the desire for this style aesthetic to end."

Trend to Try: "I am loving the soft organic curvilinear lines of furniture for 2018," says Carter.

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Trend to Retire: Copper

Fall décor trend: Texture
Flashpoint Collective ; DESIGN: Nicole Newkirk

"Copper is definitely a trend that needs to go bye-bye," says San Fransisco–based designer Nicole Newkirk. "This metal is better used for smaller accent décor because it's not as timeless as other metals like gold and silver. So don't be surprised if in a few short months you'll be wanting to switch back to gold or silver."

Trend to try: "Texture, texture, texture," says Newkirk. "Texture is one of the best things you can add to your space. It could be a woven throw blanket, a shaggy chair, or even a credenza," she explains. "If you feel like your room needs a little kick, make sure to add some texture."

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Trend to Retire: Splatter-Paint Patterns

Fall décor trend: Beige
Phoebe Chuason for Veneer Designs ; DESIGN: Natalie Myers

"A trend I'm retiring is the splatter paint pattern in homewares and décor," reveals L.A.-based interior designer Natalie Myers. "It looks cool close up, but from far away it seems messy and haphazard. It's neither here nor there."

Trend to Try: "Beige everything. Trust me—I surprised myself with this one," confesses Myers. "Not a bland geriatric tan. An earthy neutral oatmeal or nude that pairs beautifully with this season's richer rust, mustard, and tobacco hues and is washed out with corresponding whites," she explains. "It captures the spirit of the California cool look quite well."

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Trend to Retire: All-White Interiors

Fall décor trend: Green
Rikki Snyder ; DESIGN: Tamara Magel

"All-white interiors, especially kitchens, are overdone now, and tend to feel flat," explains sought-after interior designer Tamara Magel. "I want more rustic charm."

Trend to Try: "Green! Dark green millwork, green paint, green suede," recommends Magel.

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Trend to Retire: Millennial Pink

Fall décor trend: mixing materials
Roger Davies , Courtesy of Studio Jackson Design

"As much as I respect the ebb and flow of colors, I think pink has come and gone this time around," predicts Los Angeles–based designer Ryan Jackson.

Trend to Try: "Mixing materials, styles, and textures," notes Jackson. "For example, mix handmade ceramics with the clean, machine-quality of polished stainless steel. There is something about that dichotomy which feels curated and thoughtful."

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