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," too. Of course, who better to speak on the topic of outdated décor trends than interior designers themselves?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, read on below to learn the trends interior designers say are over—and the trends they're endorsing instead.
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." When you're styling artwork on your walls, make a statement by choosing a few special pieces that deserve attention rather than filling the entire available space.
Decorate in odd numbers: If you're styling a few pieces in a set on your wall, use odd numbers to create balance. Instead of a gallery wall with ten or more works of art, choose three favorites that work well together and hang them evenly for symmetry.
In: Stand-Out Art
There's nothing like an accent piece to draw attention to your space. Artwork bought at large retailers can certainly be attractive, but stand-out pieces from your favorite artists will create a more unique feeling in any room. Choose visually interesting work that complements the overall color scheme in your design, and don't be afraid to go bold with color if you find a piece that catches your eye.
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
"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. Choose pieces of varying décor styles that make you feel joy and blend well together—the mix of colors, textures, and patterns can reflect your personality to make your space feel like home.
Out: White Lacquer Furniture
"Try adding storage pieces to your space that aren't in traditional white lacquer finishes," advises Schultz. While it's often more affordable, simple white storage solutions don't evoke feelings of personal style or carefully chosen décor. Whether that means decorating in dark hues or embracing your colorful side, choose items in your home that are curated mindfully.
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, the interior designer recommends. Choose a color palette for your space that feels cohesive while keeping things vibrant and interesting.
Out: Buying "Fast Fashion" 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." It might be time to part with items from large retailers or box stores in favor of unique, personal home décor.
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." For a truly well-designed home, it's always helpful to consult the experts. Find an interior designer in your area who can understand your style to make your space look its best.
Consider how you want your finished space to look, and make a plan to upgrade certain décor by room: You may be inclined to complete the living room before the bedroom to entertain guests, or you might start with the kitchen upgrade first for a personal oasis at mealtime.
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. Nothing is more cleanable and resilient than natural fibers." For example, instead of a woven accent chair made from plastic-based materials, choose legitimate rattan furniture that gains personality with age.
In: Natural Textiles
Caan suggests opting for wool, cotton, linen, alpaca, and leather textures. "These materials are healthy, cleanable, breathable, and they age beautifully," the interior designer offers. Genuine leather furniture is an especially great pick when it comes to aging: This hardy material becomes more beautiful with each year of use (so it's no wonder that vintage stores often showcase their favorite aged leather finds).
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.
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." If you're not much for bold colors, choose a few earthy shades to bring vibrance and life to your space without overwhelming the overall design.
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." Wallpapers with warm, simple backgrounds also create a feeling of elegance while minimally introducing color for a pop of personality.
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 [of bookmatched marble]," 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-Matched Marble
Instead, Vaquero chooses a cleaner cut of marble that looks more cohesive in a space. "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."