Tired Trends in Home Decor

Boho living room with navy walls

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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

    Wood pallet artwork with words reading: Life is the art of drawing without an erase by John F. Gardner.

    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.

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    Fresh: Pegboards

    Sherwin Williams hopeful craft room, via Home Stories A to Z.
    Home Stories A to Z

    Pegboards, just 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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    Tired: Shabby Vintage

    Shabby chic bedroom in white with dresser, bed, and mirror.
    Daly and Newton/OJO Images/Getty Images

    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.

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    Fresh: Unconventional Creative

    Boho chic living room with circular table, blue chair, faux fireplace, and bull head on the wall.

    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.

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    Tired: Chevron

    Chevron bedspread and curtains in a gray and teal bedroom.

    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

    Bicycle parked at wall under hanging carpets with traditional patterns.
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    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.

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    Tired: Faux Taxidermy

    Display with painting and faux taxidermy on a table.

    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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    Fresh: Woven Wall Art

    Macrame wall hanging with a plant below.

    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.

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    Tired: Tree Stumps

    Salmon and egg sandwich on a tree stump platter.
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    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.

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    Fresh: Concrete

    Hand holding a concrete planter with a spiky plant.

    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.

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    Tired: Mason Jars

    Mason jar flower arrangements with lace and string on the jars
    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. 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 dozens of colorful 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.

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    Tired: Keep Calm and Carry On

    Red Keep Calm and Carry On sign on a shelf with other signage.

    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.

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    Fresh: Original Art Prints

    Morning River artwork by Lauren Adams in a frame.

    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.

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    Tired: Birds and Owls

    Abstract wire bird wall art mounted on a wall.
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    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

    Ceramic alpaca sitting on a table with a couch in the background.
    Meg Does Pottery

    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.

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    Tired: Aqua

    Aqua and lace painted teal furniture

    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.

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    Fresh: Indigo

    Indigo dyed textiles next to each other.

    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.