White-on-white kitchens and shiplap were two of the dominant trends in the home design scene in recent years, but experts say they'll be going out the window in 2017. Here's the top five home design fads that will fade away this year, according to experts interviewed by Realtor.com.
Gray may have been hot over the last few years, but its future is looking gloomy, just like the color itself. "It's been overdone," said Tanya Campbell of Denver-based Viridis Design Studio. "Diversity in the palette will strike a contrast. We may even see a transition from gray color palettes to warmer mochas and taupes."
Shiplap's popularity over the last few years owes itself to Joanna Gaines, host of HGTV's "Fixer Upper" show, who used it as her go-to remodeling piece for all kinds of interiors. But in 2017, it's likely to fall by the wayside at last.
“If you’ve ever wondered what 2016's version of tacky wood paneling would be, look no further than this trend that seems to have overtaken TV design shows," Realtor.com says. Shiplap's main drawbacks include being difficult to remove, and now most designers agree it makes little sense to use it, especially in Colonial or Tudor home styles.
3. The glam look
The glam look's signature bold whites, bright silvers and deep blacks are at the end of an era, experts say. "We're going to leave the glam era behind. That slick, stark, severe minimalism will be replaced with warmer elements," said interior designer Bea Pila. "At the end of the day, we're seeking a deeper comfort level in our personal spaces. That perfect showroom feel we were once into doesn't make this possible."
4. Carrara marble
We'll see much less of this stunning but high-maintenance bathroom decor material in 2017, experts say. The problem is that marble stains all too easily, and for many homeowners it's just too much like hard work to make it worthwhile.
"Instead, consumers are turning to easy-to-clean countertops such as quartz and soapstone" Realtor.com reports. "And it’s not just the rigorous standard of care that’s turning Carrara from a must-have to a must-not. Those distinctive gray veins are becoming a little too distinctive. Omnipresent materials never stay trendy for long, and this one’s ready for the dustbin of history."
5. White-on-white kitchens
The trend of decorating everything in the kitchen in white - from white floors to white countertops and even white cabinets - is rapidly fading. "It's just too much," explained Sara Chiarilli, a designer at Sarasota, Fla.-based Artful Conceptions. "This trend started to go in 2016, but you will find it completely gone in 2017." Even so, Chiarilli predicts that whites will stick around, but they will take on more depth and tones in kitchens in the new year.