Designers Have Had Enough—It's Time to Say Goodbye to These Trends Already

Updated 07/08/19
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Eric Roth Photography; DESIGN: Liz Caan & Co.

We know you come to MyDomaine for intel on which décor trends are currently "in"—so it's only natural that we keep you up to date on which tired design trends are "out" right now too. Of course, who better to speak to the topic of outdated décor trends than interior designers themselves? After all, it's basically their job to stay up-to-date on what's cool in interior design.

To gain insider info from the pros, we asked interior designers Ana Claudia Schultz of Ana Claudia Design, Liz Caan of Liz Caan & Co., Caroline Grant and Dolores Suarez of Dekar Design, Jennifer Vaquero of September Workshop, and the designers behind We Three Design to weigh in on the trends they're ready to say goodbye to.

From passé white lacquer furniture to "boring" neutral tones, these are the trends interior designers say are over—and the trends they're endorsing instead.

Living room with cowboy artwork
 Courtesy of We Three Design

OUT: Gallery walls.

"Sometimes less is best, and we are feeling that with art," say the designers behind We Three Design. "Too much art in one space can start looking messy and undefined."

IN: Stand-out art.

"Next time you want to dress up your walls, try fewer pieces and play with scale instead," offer the designers at We Three Design. "We have been loving singular, stand-out pieces—there’s something lovable about a little restraint."

Contemporary vase
 Sarah Elliott; DESIGN: Ana Claudia Interiors

OUT: Decorating in all one style.

Although it might be tempting, resist the urge to adhere to a singular design style when decorating your home, advises Ana Claudia Schultz of Ana Claudia Design. "We are all a combination of many experiences so your style should be as eclectic as you and tell your story," the interior designer tells MyDomaine.

IN: Embracing eclecticism.

Rather, "incorporate many pieces from different styles that speak to you," says Schultz. "However, they should complement one another whether with materials or color palettes," the interior designer cautions.

Living room with lavender media console
Sarah Elliott; DESIGN: Ana Claudia Design

OUT: White lacquer furniture.

"Try adding storage pieces to your space that aren't in traditional white lacquer finishes," advises Schultz.

IN: Furniture in "new" neutral hues.

"Select furniture that comes in different colors," suggests Schultz. Opt for pieces in shades of taupe or blush, which are being embraced as "new" neutrals, offers the interior designer.

Kitchen with hardwood floors
Eric Roth Photography; DESIGN: Liz Caan & Co.

OUT: Buying "fast," high-street homewares.

"I would love to say goodbye to 'quick, immediate, and cheap' homewares," admits Liz Caan of Liz Caan & Co. "Sometimes it's better to think more globally about what you truly need—and a good investment is worth waiting for." 

IN: Investing in home décor.

"[Think] about what you truly need, and be willing to invest the time and money necessary to get the best solution and not the quick fix," advises Caan. "Hire a professional. Do your research."

Eclectic living room
 Eric Roth Photography; DESIGN: Liz Caan & Co.

OUT: Indestructible materials.

Outdoor and indestructible materials are on the way out, according to Caan. "Frankly, houses and materials should patina and show signs of life," the designer explains. Nothing is more cleanable and resilient than natural fibers."

IN: Natural textiles.

Instead, Caan suggests opting for wool, cotton, linen, alpaca, and leather textiles. "These materials are healthy, cleanable, breathable and they age beautifully," offers the interior designer.

Living room with birch wallpaper
Brittany Ambridge; DESIGN: Dekar Design

OUT: Overly matchy spaces.

"Matching all items in the room doesn't leave much room for creativity or imagination when decorating," Caroline Grant and Dolores Suarez of Dekar Design tell MyDomaine. "It doesn’t allow your true personality to shine through in your decorating style—embrace what you like," the designers offer instead.

IN: Personality-filled rooms.

Of course, one of the easiest ways to allow your personality to come through is to go bold with patterns you love, according to Grant and Suarez. "Don't be afraid to use wallpaper in a small space, it can make the room feel cozy like this Cole & Son birch tree paper in an upstairs media room with views of Central Park," offer the designers.

Nursery with elephant wallpaper
Brittany Ambridge; DESIGN: Dekar Design

OUT: Neutral tones.

"It's important to decorate spaces at home with more than just neutral tones," say Grant and Suarez. "Individuals should design their homes as colorfully as their lives."

IN: Colorful wallpaper.

"We love to use gender-neutral wallcoverings in a nursery to make it more versatile," offer Grant and Suarez. "This colorful elephant wallpaper from Caitlin McGauley is fun and playful without being overly feminine or masculine."

Marble tile shower
 Amy Bartlam; DESIGN: September Workshop

OUT: Bookmatched marble.

"It’s probably an unpopular opinion (and to be fair I have seen it done well), but generally speaking, I’m not a fan," admits Jennifer Vaquero of September Workshop. "I find the patterns are often distracting to the point of detracting from other elements in the space and they *ahem* often remind me of certain anatomical features."

IN: Vein matching.

"Opt for vein matching, which gives the appearance of a continuous slab, or tiled marble for a more random look," offers Vaquero. "We did tiled marble in our Santa Monica condo project and love the way it turned out. This Bianco Carrara is a great option."

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