Tired Trends in Home Decor

  • 01 of 19

    Tired Trends & How To Update Them

    Boho living room with navy walls
    Natemueller/ Twenty20

    Your home decor should be a reflection of, well, you! Just as your clothing or hairstyle reflects your unique taste, the objects you choose to bring into your home, the color of your walls, the finishes and textures in your space should give visitors a sense of who you and your family are and how you live.

    Decorating trends come and go, and  some trends seem to spread more than others, due in large part to social media sharing. "Etsy and the internet have sped up the half-life of all our trends and fads to the point that they're everywhere before we even realize we're into them," says Offbeat Home and Life.

    As a result, you can't go into a store or someone's home these days without seeing chevron or something with a bird on it. And while some of us may not be ready to put some of these trends away for good, here are some fresh alternatives to consider instead. 

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  • 02 of 19

    Tired: Pallet Art

    Wood pallet artwork
    21envy/ Twenty20

    Pallets have been DIYed into art, furniture, light fixtures, wine racks, dog beds, and...we get it already. They're useful. However, now that we see them everywhere, holding a strong grip on the farmhouse trend, it might be time to this art for now.

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  • 03 of 19

    Fresh: Pegboards

    Pegboards, like pallets, are also useful, but have a more modern, less rustic feel. You can use yours to create a storage and creative space, like this cheery craft room on Home Stories A to Z.

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  • 04 of 19

    Tired: Shabby Chic

    shabby chic bedroom
    Daly and Newton / OJO Images / Getty

    Shabby Chic, the early '90s decor trend known for whitewashed furniture and faded floral prints has definitely seen its day (at least for now). This ultra-feminine style of decorating has been pushed aside for a more modern vibe, more crisp lines and a masculine influence.

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  • 05 of 19

    Fresh: Boho Chic

    Boho chic living room
    Saponari.bu17/ Twenty20

    Boho chic is the new shabby chic. It's less frilly and much more eclectic. Inspired by the bohemian culture of the '60s and '70s, this style has retro roots but is managing to feel fresh again due to its mish-mash of bold patterns and colors and its globe-trotting spirit.

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  • 06 of 19

    Tired: Chevron

    Chevron bedspread and curtains in a gray and teal bedroom
    kst8er76/ Twenty20

    Chevron is a popular pattern that has dominated for several years now, and although still going strong, you may be a bit sick of it. (We don't blame you.)

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  • 07 of 19

    Fresh: Global Prints

    Bicycle parked at wall under hanging carpets with traditional patterns. Marrakesh, Morocco
    Evgenii Zotov/ Getty Images

    Fabric prints are becoming less preppy and more ethnic and eclectic these days, thanks in part to the boho chic look that's so popular. Look for oriental and Moroccan rugs, embroidered pillows and anything that inspires a more wholistic viewpoint.

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  • 08 of 19

    Tired: Faux Taxidermy

    Display with painting and faux taxidermy
    SmitBruins/ Twenty20

    Deer silhouettes gave way to deer busts, which morphed into faux animal busts of almost any kind and color. Deer are certainly the most popular, but the faux taxidermy trend has evolved to include moose, rhinos, and even gazelles. Thank goodness they're fake!

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  • 09 of 19

    Fresh: Woven Wall Art

    Macrame wall hanging
    _Mariamei/ Twenty20

    Retro handicrafts like macrame, and globally influenced woven tapestries are making a comeback. Since they pop off the wall and add a touch of texture, we think they're a fresh replacement for your tired taxidermy.

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  • 10 of 19

    Tired: Tree Stumps

    Salmon and egg sandwich on a tree stump platter
    Alena Gamm / EyeEm / Getty Images

    Rustic and woodland-chic, tree stumps and tree rounds have been turned into side tables, coasters, stools, serving trays and cake stands. And they definitely have their place... mostly in cabins and rustic getaway homes. Your chic city apartment? Not so much.

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  • 11 of 19

    Fresh: Concrete

    Hand holding a concrete planter
    Ohmyterv/ Twenty20

    Concrete, on the other hand, is the new new raw material. Its austerity is tempered when paired with wood tones or other natural elements like plants, and its gray tones are very on-trend.  

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  • 12 of 19

    Tired: Mason Jars

    Mason jar flower arrangements
    Alex Tihonovs / EyeEm / Getty Images

    Oh man, it's time to take a break from mason jars. They can be painted, wrapped in burlap or paper, used as soap dispensers, silverware caddies, and toothbrush holders it's true. Mason jars, although done to death, are still country kitchen staples and will forever look great with a bunch of sunflowers in them. And okay, they are basically the perfect drinking vessel for sweet tea or lemonade.. But... there are other options!

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    Fresh: Ceramic Vases

    Arrangement of colorful ceramic vases
    Sstodola/ Twenty20

    Ceramic vases of all shapes and sizes—particularly sets of them—are the fresh and modern way to go for house plants and cut flowers. Try a set of faceted, geometric vases, or a pair of curvy, mid-century modern ones.

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    Tired: Keep Calm and Carry On

    Keep Calm and carry on sign
    Nirastar/ Twenty20

    Although this particular phrase (and variations) has enjoyed a larger share of the spotlight, typography art in general is no longer a new idea. A pillow or sign here or there is totally OK, but you don't want your home to literally tell a story. And please, give this specific poster a rest!

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  • 15 of 19

    Fresh: Original Art Prints

    lauren adams art minted
    Art by Lauren Adams. Minted

    Mix in some fresh, original art to add character and personality to your home that feels distinctly yours. Thanks to these affordable places to buy art, filling a wall with original prints is no longer out of reach, so go ahead and retire that typography and embrace a totally original gallery wall!

    Pictured: Morning River by Lauren Adams

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  • 16 of 19

    Tired: Birds and Owls

    Abstract wire bird wall art
    Jasmin Merdan/ Getty Images

    Bird silhouettes have so saturated the market that comedians are making jokes about them. (Remember "But a bird on it!" from Portlandia?) Owls have a retro appeal, but are still a bit overdone. And don't get us started on peacock feathers. 

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    Fresh: Other Animals

    There doesn't seem to be one particular creature that has the most "it" appeal right now; but, it's safe to say that birds and owls aren't the most original choices. Woodland creatures have been around for the last couple of years with foxes, squirrels, and hedgehogs getting the most play. Llamas and alpacas are definitely having a moment. And finally, insects like dragonflies and beetles are trending.

    Pictured: Alpaca (Standing) by Meg Does Pottery

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    Tired: Aqua

    Aqua and lace painted furniture
    Kahluafozz/ Twenty20

    Four out of the last 15 color choices for Pantone's Color of the Year have been some variation on aqua.  It's a beautiful color, to be sure, but you may have grown weary of it.

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    Fresh: Indigo

    Indigo dyed textiles
    Jan_6131/ Twenty20

    Indigo may have stolen the spotlight from aqua this year thanks to the denim trend. Plus, the classic color combination of navy and white never really goes out of style. You can incorporate this hue into your home in a myriad of ways including throw pillows, art, linens and elements of your rugs and curtains.