7 Home Decor Trends Beyond Designers

Interior trends come and go as design concepts shift based on functionality and popularity. Here, some of our favorite designers and tastemakers from around the country share what trends they can’t wait to see in the rearview mirror. Some are decidedly out of fashion, while others have the staying power of really nasty moves. From everything in white to the modern farmhouse approach, here are seven trends that 2022 designers can’t wait to say goodbye to.

7 trends Designers are over

Gray on gray on gray

      A trend that several designers are not a fan of is the overuse of gray in the home. Merrill Lyons, Director of Lyons Studio in New York City, says, “Monochromatic gray has got to go! It’s just so over the top, and it takes a really sharp eye and a healthy budget to make it look good.” The designer cautions that unless you’re working with a professional who can create texture and depth, it’s much more realistic to consider layering in some colors and eclectic combinations of fixtures and furniture. She continues: “If you like a monochromatic room, try it with color or a wide spread of the same color. For example, if you really don’t like too much color, try the full spectrum of neutrals from black to white and there in between.” Here are our favorite neutral paint colors to bring some fresh pop of color into your space without getting too bold.

      Bryan Frost, Florida’s owner Black canopy interiors, is also beyond this trend in home design. In his experience, customers like to use mostly neutral colors, especially gray, in their home. Instead, Frost shares, “Try a bold color for a refresh! Closet trends embrace green and blue. Wallpaper doubles as a piece of art, bringing a colorful splash to a statically neutral space.” Here are our favorite bold paint color combinations and unexpected wallpaper ideas to get you started.

      Phoenix-based Lauren Lerner, the founder and chief designer of Living with LoLo, is also fed up with shades of gray. Although they have been used everywhere in recent years, she is happy to see new color trends emerging that help customers smile and feel energized. “Gray walls and countertops are disappearing and being replaced by more warm neutrals and brights. The new warmer neutrals go so well with greenery, allowing our customers to bring a little more of the outdoors in,” says Lerner.

      Matching metals

      Matchy-matchy never looks good, especially when it comes to using metallic finishes in a room. Andrew Howard from Florida, an interior designer at James Michael Howard, has had enough of matching metals. He explains: “I’m tired of all the metals in a room having to match… It’s getting a lot more fun and interesting to mix up, and I don’t know why we’ve pigeonholed ourselves about these things for so long. ”

      Wicker Furniture

      Although wicker furniture has long been used for its durable properties and tropical aesthetic, Tara Miller, owner and chief interior designer of Omaha’s The Heartland Interior Design, thinks its time has come and gone after peaking in 2019. “I would like to think that wicker furniture has grown tired and feels dated. In its place now is the more clean and refined wicker furniture. This natural material can be seen in the front of cabinets, sideboards and in the seats and backs of chairs. It’s a beautiful natural fiber that has a similar color to wicker, but has a cleaner appearance,” said the design professional.

      If you still like the wicker look, make sure to buy well-made pieces with a more modern silhouette. Our wicker furniture picks add texture to your space without dating it.

      Animal Shaped Rugs

      In addition to a real hunting lodge or cabin, animal-shaped carpets are difficult to remove. Beth Kooby, interior designer at Beth Kooby Design in Atlanta, explains, “I’m not a fan of the animal-shaped rugs I see everywhere now. They’re too childish for any room other than a kid’s room! I’d rather see a colorful vintage wool rug.”

      Modern Farmhouse

      Slap no more, please, according to Bryan Frost. “Shiplap and rustic farmhouse applications are beginning to read pedestrians. Going forward, shiplaps and popular molding details should only be used in connection with the architectural style of the house,” said the owner of Black Awning Interiors. Instead, he suggests embracing your home’s era and design style by using trim, moldings, or details that relate to your home’s architectural features.

      Likewise, Beth Kooby is above the modern farmhouse outside aesthetic. “I’m tired of seeing so many homeowners still jumping on the modern farm, painting the house white and the window treatments black. This works great on a real farm.” The interior designer explains that trying to impose a style on a house never looks good.

      Molly Van Amburgh, a Texas designer, agrees. “I’m so tired of painting nice, old red, dark brick white when there was no reason to do it, except to look like every other house in the neighborhood. I like a white house, I live in a white brick house, but it is not always necessary or necessary.Instead, hire a designer, architect or landscape architect who all have the [home’s history] to help you see what can be changed to maintain its beauty.” Van Amburgh continues, “Every home doesn’t need a black metal glass door. I agree that many homes could use a new front door, but again, think about the architecture of the house – a black metal door may not be the answer!”

      Joyce Downing Pickens, director at JDP Interiors, has also had enough of the farming trend. “There is something about this style that takes away all that is charming about a traditional farmhouse and its character and leaves you with something that feels sterile. You have to work a lot harder with your furniture and accessories to warm up these spaces and give back character Unless you’re a designer, it makes the owner fail,” shared the Los Angeles-based design professional.

      Lauren Lerner, an interior designer based in Phoenix, Arizona, is also ready to say goodbye to the heyday of the modern farmhouse. She explains: “We still have new customers asking for this, and it just doesn’t feel fresh to us anymore. We’re replacing this with more modern and contemporary styles.”

      Duped trend

      Another trend Frost wants to say goodbye to is when homeowners try dupes, a kind of fast fashion approach to interior design. He explains: “Instagram and other digital platforms have become a regurgitation of non-original DIY design accounts pointing to common plank and slat makeovers and ‘duped’ furniture look-a-likes. A lack of quality promotes disposable interiors.” Instead, Frost suggests investing in quality materials and craftsmanship with a focus on quality and longevity.

      All-White All

      Pickens is ready to say goodbye to all that is white. Instead, she shares that there is another British-inspired design aesthetic, which she describes as the layered sensibilities of patterned fabrics, wallpaper and muted color tones. “Patterned fabrics, wallpaper and layers are popping up everywhere, and I’m here for it! I love it the harder you look, the more you see. [It] feels like a present to the eyes, unlike the all-white everything of the 2000s, which was very bare and flat,” explains the designer.

      Tara Miller of The Heartland Interior Design is especially excited to see all-white kitchens go out of style. Miller adds: “Goodbye, all white kitchens [that] feeling lifeless and sterile.” Instead of white, the founder suggests ways to make your kitchen an accurate reflection of your most authentic self. She expanded: “Look at your closet and see what colors you like to wear. Look at your jewelry and see what metallic tones you are attracted to. Do you like to spend your time outdoors or in the city? Collect a mental picture of all the things where you love and implement them in your kitchen! It might be a more natural hand-formed backsplash tile rather than a stiff white subway tile. It might be a green cabinet color that reminds you of walking in the woods.”

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