9 Design Trends We're Tired Of + What's Next

These design trends are so 2015. See which fads our editors are ready to see mature in 2016. Do you agree?

It's a new year, and we're ready for some new design trends to come our way. I asked some of our editors to list a trend they'd like to see evolve in the coming months, and their answers did not disappoint. Check out what they had to say, plus some fresh alternatives they'd love to see this year.

David: Cutesy Wall Sayings

Dali Wall Decals, Life Saying, Featured on HGTV

Dali Wall Decals, Life Saying, Featured on HGTV

"This was fine when you just saw it occasionally, especially if the saying was particularly clever, but as a motif, it’s gotten a bit out of control."

Our Alternative: Photo Murals

HGTV Dream Home 2016 Living Room Mural

HGTV Dream Home 2016 Living Room Mural

Photo by: Lisa Romerein (styled by Elizabeth Demos)

Lisa Romerein (styled by Elizabeth Demos)

Wall sayings aren't all bad, but they can easily go from inspirational to juvenile. The living room in Dream Home 2016 features a huge black-and-white photo from the 1970s that definitely makes an impact without looking like it belongs in a college dorm room.

Tour the Living Room

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Enjoy the View

Photo By: Rustic White Photography, LLC

Coastal Charm

Touch of Drama

Custom Coffee Table

Add Height

Multi-Functional Space

Comfort and Style

Lovely Lamps

Make Guests Comfortable

Coastal Chic

Mix Things Up

Anchor the Space

Cozy and Warm

Natural Light

Window Treatments

Coastal Feel

Black Magic

Local History

Useful Art

Color Cues

Photo By: Rustic White Photography, LLC

Harmonious Look

Photo By: Rustic White Photography, LLC

Great Flow

Deanne: Books Displayed Backwards

Yellow Home Office With Rustic Desk

Yellow Home Office With Rustic Desk

Photo by: Dovetail Furniture

Dovetail Furniture

"I miss seeing titles and authors and jacket designs."

Our Alternative: Hanging Art Directly to Bookshelves

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Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

We’re all about adding interest to the bookshelves, but flipping the books around seems a little counterproductive. How about hanging a favorite picture or object directly to the shelf instead? 

Liz: Granite Countertops

White and Gray Kitchen With Quartz and Granite Countertops

White and Gray Kitchen With Quartz and Granite Countertops

Photo by: Nick Daunys; Design By: DW Design & Decor

Nick Daunys; Design By: DW Design & Decor

“I know, every person on House Hunters wants them, and sure, it’s a quality material. But variety is the spice of life, guys!”

Our Alternative: Concrete Countertops

Concrete Countertops in Eclectic Neutral Kitchen

Concrete Countertops in Eclectic Neutral Kitchen

Photo by: Isaac Turner

Isaac Turner

“I’d love for equally-useful and durable materials like quartz and concrete to get their moment in the sun.”

Liz (Take Two): Color-Coded Wedding Candy

Pink Candy Buffet With Cake Stands & Apothecary Jars

Pink Candy Buffet With Cake Stands & Apothecary Jars

Photo by: Cristina Riches, Bird's Party

Cristina Riches, Bird's Party

“Another trend I’m hoping will evolve this year? Color-coded candy and dessert buffets for weddings and parties.”

Our Alternative: DIY Crafty Favors

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Photo by: Something Turquoise

Something Turquoise

“This year, try swapping it in for a more unique or more delicious DIY favor, like a personalize-your-own craft station or a trail mix bar.” Learn to make these glitzy spoons at Something Turquoise

Kelly: Chalkboard-Painted Walls

Home Office With Chalkboard Wall Paint

Home Office With Chalkboard Wall Paint

Photo by: Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

“I’m really tired of chalkboard-painted walls." 

Our Alternative: Cork Walls

Small Workspace

Small Workspace

"I’m intrigued by the alternative of covering a wall with cork and painting it so it’s seamless with the rest of the space, but I also like leaving them plain.”

Chelsea: Mason Jar Decor

DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

“As summer drinkware, they're great. For storing homemade jams, even better! But as a soap dispenser? Nah.”

Our Alternative: Milk Glass

Corner Milk Glass Display in White Country Kitchen

Corner Milk Glass Display in White Country Kitchen

Photo by: codyulrich.com

codyulrich.com

“Let me propose a swap. Milk glass is equally as rustic and charming (and inexpensive!) but with a timeless, vintage look that Mason jars just can't achieve.”

Farima: Fake Moustaches 

WallCandy Arts Removable Mustache Wallpaper

WallCandy Arts Removable Mustache Wallpaper

“I will not be sad if I never see a mug with this print on it again. It was cute for maybe two months, but here’s hoping we only see them on men in 2016!"

Our Alternative: Memphis Design

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See what Meg and Lili have to say about this bold, retro print.

We get it. An over-the-top fake moustache print can add a fun, quirky vibe to just about anything. But maybe it's time to move onto something new. We think Memphis design is going to be huge for 2016. Think of it like fake moustache's older, cooler brother. Pair this retro print with modern accents for a look that screams 2016. 

Camille: Neon Kitchens

Eclectic Neon Pink and Green Kitchen with Diner-Style Stools

Eclectic Neon Pink and Green Kitchen with Diner-Style Stools

Photo by: Photography by Suki Medencevic

Photography by Suki Medencevic

“As a lover of color, it pains me to say this but (I'm over) neon anything in an interior. Thankfully it was a short-lived trend that never caught on with the majority of Americans.”

Our Alternative: Bold Pops of Color

Bold Yellow Stove

Bold Yellow Stove

Photo by: Jean Allsopp

Jean Allsopp

Courtesy of HGTV Magazine

“Instead of overloading a space with over-the-top colors, take a more measured approach and pop in a few high-energy hues balanced by neutrals and softer shades.”

Kayla: Matchy-Matchy Elaborate Parties

Yellow and Gray Dessert Table

Yellow and Gray Dessert Table

“I’m ready to see elaborate party themes for both kids and adults with matchy-matchy decor and printables galore go back to basics.”

Our Alternative: High/Low Mix and Match

Cheerful Table Setting With Striped Tablecloth

Cheerful Table Setting With Striped Tablecloth

“Pull a party together using repurposed items combined with store-bought pieces, dressed-up everyday foods and signature cocktails.“

Shannon: Stainless Steel Appliances

After: Stainless Steel Update

After: Stainless Steel Update

Photo by: HGTV fan young2by2

HGTV fan young2by2

“I’m over stainless steel appliances for 2016. I used to like them, but after seeing them in every single kitchen for so many years, I’m ready for some new finishes to emerge.”

Our Alternative: Retro-Inspired Designs

Yellow Spanish-Style Kitchen With Retro Pink Refrigerator

Yellow Spanish-Style Kitchen With Retro Pink Refrigerator

“I personally love colorful, retro-inspired appliances, but for a more neutral look, I also like darker, brushed-metal appliances that are fingerprint resistant and sleek, white appliances inspired by smartphone design.

17 Top Kitchen Trends

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Gray is the New White

Opt for New Functionality

Photo By: Blum

Classic Black and White Palette

Photo By: Courtesy of IKEA

Fresh Hues for Sinks

Photo By: Kohler

Choose Bold Fixtures

Contrast Light and Shadow

Maximize Kitchen Storage

Add In Automation

Photo By: Moen ©Dave Dickerson

Go Commercial-Grade

Save Money With a Look-Alike

New Colors for Quartz

Photo By: Caesarstone

Mix Countertop Materials

Photo By: EnGrain

Timeless Farmhouse Flair

Marry the Kitchen to Your Home's Style

From: Jo Ann Alston

Contemporary Combo

Flexible Palette

Photo By: Ikea

Opt for Architectural Lines

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