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13 Home Trends That Could Be Going Out of Style

By Thomas O'Shaughnessy | July 13, 2023

Your home is your sanctuary, your castle, your safe space. But sometimes it’s also a design nightmare.  If your home feels like it could use a refresh, you’re not alone. Before you get started, here are 13 home trends that could soon be going out of style.

When trends matter

Moving to a new home is the perfect time to revamp your style. Following trends that include classic pieces is a great way to design not just for the moment but also for the future.

Pitfalls of following trends in home design

Making changes to your home’s interior is one of the hidden costs of home ownership. The hardest part about following trends in home design is that what looks exciting and fresh one day can quickly appear dated and stale the next. 

And if you are actively rehabbing a home to flip it, getting too trendy can ultimately impact your bottom line when it's time to put it on the market. 

Say goodbye to these 13 home trends

1. Minimalist kitchens

If living at home during the COVID-19 pandemic taught us anything it’s that we like to use the spaces we live in. Home design magazines featuring squeaky clean kitchens with bare counters and no life seem impractical and cold. Look for cheerful, useful cooking spaces that have roomy workspaces and tools close at hand (not hidden behind a drawer without a pull).

2. Open floor plans

The pandemic also caused open floor plans to grow out of style. When everyone headed home, families were confronted with the lack of private space in their connected living and dining spaces. They quickly realized that there is such a thing as too much togetherness. 

The open floor plan is a classic that might not be permanently extinct, but many people are pressing pause and opting to break their homes into more distinct spaces. 

3. Open shelves

Open shelves? Shut it down.

If you’re disciplined about what goes on the shelves and ready to dust and clean regularly, open shelves might work well for your home. The rest of us need cabinets to hide our clutter and less pressure to dust weekly.

4. Monochromatic neutrals

The fantasy of an all-white home is great … if you have no children or pets, or if you never plan on wearing shoes or eating in the house. Conventional wisdom also states that homes with a neutral palette are easier to sell.  While it’s true that pale monochromatic palettes are beautiful and clean-looking in the beginning, they are hard to maintain. Even the formerly popular “greige” palette starts to seem dingy with time and wear.

Fortunately, this is an easy transformation to make. Add pops of color with pillows and rugs, and paint an accent wall to break up the visual monotony.

5. Maximalism

Overflowing shelves, mix-and-match pattern profusion, and rooms stuffed floor to ceiling with books, paintings, and decor is on the way out. Just as the minimalist color palette is making way for more, maximalist design is paring down to less. 

6. Light wood

Light wood provides an airy feeling and a sense of lightness, but it’s time to get more grounded. Designers are using more mixed wood tones, including darker species of hardwood. This personalizes a space and makes it feel less off-the-shelf and more bespoke.

7. Disposable furniture

No more fast furniture designed to break within a year or two. Consumers and designers are looking for fewer pieces of better quality.

8. Overly coordinated color schemes

Remember those bookshelves with volumes arranged by color? Say goodbye to this confusing and purely aesthetic manner of shelving books. While you’re at it, also bid adieu to matchy-match and color-coordinated furnishings purchased all at once and make way for delightfully clashing single pieces. 

9. The TV as the center of the home

Yes, people are still watching TV. No, they don’t necessarily need a massive flat screen to be the center of attention in the family room. Consider creating a more conversational vibe with the television as an option when it’s movie night.

10. Large leather couches

The Chesterfield sofa has been the height of home fashion, anchoring itself (and its occupants) in any room it appeared. But now the home is lightening up a bit, leaving these heavy pieces in the dust.

But don’t put your beloved comfy sofa on the curb just yet. Such a classic piece is bound to come back in style. Use textiles to lighten it up, or consider elevating it slightly to add space underneath.

11. Faux anything

Clever copies of eye-catching designs often tempt designers on a budget. In the end, though, a fake (or reproduction, to be kinder) is not worth its budget price. Save money for the real thing, or get creative with your current pieces.

If you have a bigger budget for furnishings, commission a local craftsman to design a piece or two. Then you have an original design that’s perfect for you. 

12. Designing a geographically inappropriate home

A beach house in midtown Manhattan? A farmhouse in Detroit? These seem so out of place as to be ridiculous, and most designers agree this geographically inept reign of terror is over.

13. Statement lighting

Remember those huge pendant lamps that took up a room’s airspace and provided desperately little light? No? How about the massive chandelier in the house you just bought that leaves barely any space for the table underneath it? Drawing a blank?

Possibly because this type of lighting is on its way out. It’s just not practical for most homes, often well out of scale to the size of the room. Ironically, removing these large lamps may instantly brighten up the space.

The future of design

Ultimately, home design is a matter of personal taste and style. It’s important to create a home that matches your needs, your personality, and your lifestyle, regardless of home trends. 

As with all types of design from clothes to cars, if your decor isn’t in style now, just wait a few years when the trend comes back around!

  • 9 comments on “13 Home Trends That Could Be Going Out of Style”

    1. I go for comfort, traditional style my favorite colors and accents that are functional and stylish while keeping true to my budget.I may add a trendy piece.Family photos& mementos give my home the happy inviting vibe that I want.By the way, I place my books title spine out. I like to read so books are more than decorative. I really can't dig through the shelves to find my books& Sometimes a visible title sparks conversation with friends and family who visit.Some are children's books and they will read during their visit I encourage reading and I may give them a book to go.

    2. I love the insightful decorating trend tips of the present*future. Eclectic will ALWAYS be my vibe.

    3. Good information thank you . I'm elderly with a dilemma have a 20x20 2 sliding doors with a fireplace in the center,a door to kit,door to hall and door to bedr.How do I place a sect.sofa and 3 lg.bookshelves?Also 50 inch T.V.thanks for help.

    4. One of the most spot on articles I read this year. Trends are just that. It's best to follow common sense guidelines as shown here. Thank you!

    5. I have a large leather sofa dark burgundy. The color just isn't stylish, so I dyed the leather dark mahogany and it looks elegant.

    6. I am So glad to see someone speak out about the impractical boring designs of the last few years. Have been a Designer for over 50 years and have been dismayed at the lack of creativity. Homes need to be personal, reflect our lifestyles and tastes. Should Not be based on how many "likes" one gets.

    7. As a designer, I do not provide trends and I do not dictate what is “in or out.”
      My goal is to help create a home that is functional and fits the personalities and styles people love to live with. I have floor to ceiling bookshelves because I love books! I also love leather sofas and eclectic styles. I do not follow the rules of other designers; I create functional environments people live to live in. I retired and am an artist now.

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