9 Design Trends We're Tired Of + What's Next
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
"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 Magazine offers an inside look at HGTV Dream Home 2016's beachy-beautiful living room. This splashy wall-spanning photo, taken in the 1970s, shows surfers hanging ten at a nearby beach. The image was blown up by a vinyl company, then applied like a giant decal. The paint color throughout the rest of the room is Quiet Rain by Glidden.
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.
Deanne: Books Displayed Backwards
"I miss seeing titles and authors and jacket designs."
Our Alternative: Hanging Art Directly to Bookshelves
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
Two countertops? Twice as nice! A center island topped with quartz by Cambria is a functional focal point in this kitchen by Denise Wenacur of DW Design & Decor, and the countertops around the room’s perimeter are solid black granite. “That mix – and those materials – represent the most current countertop trends,” Wenacur says.
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
“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
Dessert buffets are a popular trend at weddings, and creating your own sweets setup is more manageable than you might think. The key is to stick to the same color palette as your reception, but play with different heights and textures. A mixture of store-bought confections can sit happily beside your homemade delights in clear glass domes and display pedestals. Here, desserts and candies in varying hues of pink are featured throughout the table for a unified look.
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
“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
“I’m really tired of chalkboard-painted walls."
Our Alternative: Cork Walls
Get creative with your space. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn finds space under the stairs to house a multipurpose workstation in this 700-square-foot Brooklyn loft.
"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
The overall style of Sarah and John’s great room and kitchen is contemporary, organic and rustic. To add a touch of farmhouse charm, a simple Mason jar was repurposed as a soap dispenser by drilling a hole into the lid, then inserting a pump from a discarded plastic soap container.
“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 shelves maximize space by storing and displaying a milk glass collection in this small kitchen. Fresh flowers, fruit and eggs bring bright, natural color that pops against the stark white background. A tarnished watering can used as a vase and a natural wood cutting board are beautiful country touches.
“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
“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
Design Goals - Memphis Design Lovefest 04:46
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
“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
“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
“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
"We're seeing more prints in wedding decor, from sweet florals to graphic prints like stripes and chevron, or even plaids. Go bold in color or use metallic and shades of white for a more subtle palette. Prints are absolutely stunning and add an unexpected element to your wedding decor," says Sara Murray, BHLDN Stylist.
“Pull a party together using repurposed items combined with store-bought pieces, dressed-up everyday foods and signature cocktails.“
Shannon: Stainless Steel Appliances
“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
A vintage pink refrigerator is positioned against a yellow wall on which are several small clay animals. Brightly-colored iron chairs sit around a rustic wood table carved from a tree. A mosaic tile counter and painted hood continue the colorful look.
“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.