While some decor is timeless, some just … isn’t. It’s sad, but true. That’s why we asked a few of our go-to designers to level with us and reveal which trends they believe have seen their best days.
“I’m growing weary of mid-century pieces used out of context,” designer Scot Meacham Wood says. “As someone living on the west coast, we seem to be completely inundated with pieces from that period and that 1950s kitsch gets on my nerves.” Instead, he prefers furnishings from the mid-1800s.
“I love a good natural hide shape rug like anyone else, however it’s time to skip the skin!” says designer Francesco Bilotto. “You can still get a similar chic look with a kilim or jute area rug.”Which is safer, too, since cowhide might offend some guests.
In Bilotto’s opinion, light bulbs are meant to be covered by a shade — end of story. “Time and time again I see people placing Edison bulbs in lamps that were not designed to have them,” he says.
“Yes, they are cute and super easy to care for, but the power of a flower still reigns supreme,” Bilotto says. Supplement your windowsills or centerpieces with fresh blooms to add a pop of color to your room.
“Industrial-looking or burnished metals have had their day,” says designer Warren Sheets. He recommends shiny, warm metals like bronze and gold instead, which are having a moment and will help lend elegance to your space.
When done right, designer Lindsay Pennington says these pieces can be useful — but people often come across the same problem as open shelving: “If you’re the least bit inclined to untidiness, it’s not for you.” Plus, keeping items dust-free requires constant upkeep.
OPEN CONCEPTS EVERYWHERE
Even though Bilotto understands the vision (mom can cook, kids can play), he says it’s possible to take this trend too far. “You may actually lose space inside your home by eliminating places to hang art work, place furniture and create privacy,” he says.
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