Tired Trends in Home Decor

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    Tired: Pallet Art

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    Pallet Art. Snappy Pixels

    Remember the first time you saw a piece of pallet art?  How thrifty yet chic, you may have thought.  How original!  If you spend any time at all on Pinterest, however, you are probably way over the pallet trend.  Some trends seem to catch on 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.  (I can't lie, however; I still like owls and I'm not totally over those zippy zig-zags.)  While we may not be ready to put some of these trends away for good, here are some fresh alternatives that may give them a run for their money.

    Tired: Pallet Art

    Pallets have been turned into art, furniture, light fixtures, wine racks, dog beds, and...we get it already.  They're useful.

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  • 02 of 18

    Fresh: Pegboards

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    Pegboard Art. Punk Projects

    Pegboards, like pallets, are also useful, but have a more modern, less rustic feel.  

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  • 03 of 18

    Tired: Shabby Chic

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    Shabby Chic Decor. Daly and Newton / OJO Images / Getty

    Whitewashed furniture and faded floral prints have definitely seen their day.  This ultra-feminine style of decorating has been pushed aside for a more modern vibe.

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  • 04 of 18

    Fresh: Boho Chic

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    Boho Chic Dining Room. Digs Digs

    Boho chic is the new shabby chic, but less frilly and way more eclectic.  Stemming from 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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  • 05 of 18

    Tired: Chevron

    Yellow Chevron Shower Curtain. Urban Outfitters

    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.

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    Fresh: Global Prints

    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.

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  • 07 of 18

    Tired: Faux Taxidermy

    Faux Taxidermy. Liz Marie Blog

    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 taxidermy trend has evolved to include moose, rhinos, and even gazelles.  Thank goodness they're fake!

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  • 08 of 18

    Fresh: Woven Wall Art

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    Woven Wall Hanging. CB2

    Retro handicrafts like macrame are making a comeback and are a fresh replacement for your tired taxidermy.

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  • 09 of 18

    Tired: Tree Stumps

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    Tree Stump End Table. West Elm

    Rustic and woodland-chic, tree stumps and tree rounds have been turned into side tables, coasters, stools, serving trays and cake stands.  They're still cool, but not new. 

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    Fresh: Concrete

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    Concrete and Glass Terrarium. Home Made Modern

    Concrete, on the other hand, is the 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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    Tired: Mason Jars

    Mason Jar Vases. World Market

    They can be painted, wrapped in burlap or paper, used as soap dispensers, silverware caddies, and toothbrush holders.  Mason jars, although done to death, are still country kitchen staples and will forever look great with a bunch of sunflowers in them.

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    Fresh: Ceramic Vases

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    Ceramic Vases. Barruntando via Etsy

    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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  • 13 of 18

    Tired: Keep Calm and Carry On

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    Typography Art. Target

    Although this particular phrase 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.  

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    Fresh: Original Art Prints

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    Art by Lauren Adams. Minted

    Mix in some fresh, original art to add class to your home.  Thanks to these affordable places to buy fine art, filling a wall with original prints is no longer out of reach.

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    Tired: Birds and Owls

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    Bird Area Rug. Wayfair

    Bird silhouettes have so saturated the market that comedians are making jokes about them.  Owls have a retro appeal, but are still a bit overdone.

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    Fresh: Other Animals

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    Octopus Pillow. Society 6

    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. If you must go with the feathered variety, though, peacocks are enjoying the limelight.  Woodland creatures have been around for the last couple of years with foxes, squirrels, and hedgehogs getting the most play.  Oceanic animals like the octopus are popular.  And finally, insects like dragonflies and beetles are trending.

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    Tired: Aqua

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    Aqua Mirror. Etsy

    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

    Wall Art in Shades of Indigo. Pottery Barn

    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.