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, and 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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Tired: Pallet Art
Pallets have been DIYed into art, furniture, light fixtures, wine racks, dog beds, and you name it. They're useful. However, now that you see them everywhere, holding a strong grip on the farmhouse trend, it might be time to get rid of this art for now.Continue to 2 of 18 below.
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Tired: Shabby Vintage
Shabby vintage, 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 aura, more crisp lines, and a masculine influence.Continue to 4 of 18 below.
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Fresh: Unconventional Creative
Unconventional creative is less frilly and much more eclectic. Inspired by the carefree culture of the '60s and '70s, this style has retro roots but is managing to feel fresh again due to its mishmash of bold patterns and colors and its globe-trotting spirit.Continue to 5 of 18 below.
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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.Continue to 6 of 18 below.
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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 whimsical look that's so popular. Look for oriental and Moroccan rugs, embroidered pillows, and anything that inspires a more holistic viewpoint.Continue to 7 of 18 below.
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Tired: Faux Taxidermy
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.Continue to 8 of 18 below.
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Fresh: Woven Wall Art
Retro handicrafts such as macrame and globally influenced woven tapestries are making a comeback. Since they pop off the wall and add a touch of texture, they're a fresh replacement for your tired taxidermy.Continue to 9 of 18 below.
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Tired: Tree Stumps
Rustic and woodland-vintage, 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 care-free city apartment? Not so much.Continue to 10 of 18 below.
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Concrete, on the other hand, is the new raw material. Its austerity is tempered when paired with wood tones or other natural elements such as plants, and its gray tones are very on-trend.Continue to 11 of 18 below.
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Tired: Mason Jars
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. 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.Continue to 12 of 18 below.
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Fresh: Ceramic Vases
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.Continue to 13 of 18 below.
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Tired: Keep Calm and Carry On
Although this particular phrase (and variations) has enjoyed a larger share of the spotlight, typography art 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.Continue to 14 of 18 below.
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Fresh: Original Art Prints
Mix in some fresh, original art to add character and personality to your home that feels distinctly yours. Thanks to these affordable online 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.Continue to 15 of 18 below.
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Tired: Birds and Owls
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.Continue to 16 of 18 below.
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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 such as dragonflies and beetles are trending.Continue to 17 of 18 below.
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Many of the last dozen-plus 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.Continue to 18 of 18 below.
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Indigo may have stolen the spotlight from aqua 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.